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How to watch the World Series if you don’t have cable

The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since 1988. The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for only the second time in franchise history — and the team’s first as a member of the American League. The Dodgers won 104 games this year on the strength of having baseball’s best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, and an offense led by rookie phenom Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner and his giant, red beard.

The Astros won 101 games during the regular season and have a dominant lefty of their own in Dallas Keuchel and are led by a tiny shortstop with a big bat in the 5’6″ Jose Altuve.

Game schedule

The best-of-seven series starts in Los Angeles before moving to Houston for games 3, 4 and 5. All games start just past 8:00p.m. ET.

  • Game 1: Tue, Oct.

    24 in Los Angeles

  • Game 2: Wed, Oct.

    25 in Los Angeles

  • Game 3: Fri, Oct.

    27 in Houston

  • Game 4: Sat, Oct.

    28 in Houston

  • Game 5*: Sun, Oct.

    29 in Houston

  • Game 6*: Tue, Oct.

    31 in Los Angeles

  • Game 7*: Wed, Nov.

    1 in Los Angeles

* – if necessary Fox[1] will broadcast the games nationally, but you don’t need a TV in order to watch. Here’s how you can stream the Series.

Sling TV

Sling TV[2]‘s cheap, £20-a-month Blue plan includes Fox, but you must live in a market where Sling TV offers a live, local feed of Fox and just on-demand content.

Check out this Sling TV support page[3] to see the available live channels in your area. Sling TV offers a free, seven-day trial.

PlayStation Vue

Like Sling TV, Sony’s streaming TV service is a cable TV alternative that doesn’t require a contract and features a 7-day free trial. PlayStation Vue[4] is available nationwide, but live programming is still available only in select markets, so you may want to use the free trial to ensure you get live streaming on Fox in your area. Sony doesn’t offer a list its channel lineup by market, but Cord Cutter News[5] keeps tabs on which markets offer live, local feeds of the networks, including Fox.

If you want to sign up for a PlayStation Vue plan for the World Series, then the Access plan for £40 a month is the cheapest option that includes Fox. To sign up for PlayStation Vue, you no longer need a PlayStation 3[6] (£109.00 at Amazon.com[7]) or a PlayStation 4 console. In addition to the PS3 and PS4, supported devices include Amazon Fire TV devices, Roku streaming devices and Google Chromecast[8] (£41.99 at Walmart[9]) devices.

DirectTV Now

Direct TV Now[10]‘s £35-a-month package includes Fox and there is a 7-day free trial.

The usual caveat applies: Check the channel lineup[11] in your area to make sure you can watch your local TV stations live.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV[12] costs £40 a month and includes Fox. The first month is free, but you’ll need to check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area[13].

YouTube TV

YouTube TV[14] costs £35 a month and offers live, local feeds of the major networks, including Fox. There’s a 30-day free trial.

If you live in a market where you can get YouTube TV, then you likely get a live feed of Fox, but there are exceptions. Get the details about YouTube TV’s available networks here[15].

MLB.com At Bat app

The MLB.com At Bat app (available for iOS[16], Android and Kindle Fire) is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it’s less useful for tuning into baseball’s postseason because you not only need to prove you are a cable TV subscriber, but you must also be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short: Arvig, AT&T/DirecTV, Brighthouse, Buckeye, Cox, Dish, Fubo TV, Optimum, Suddenlink, TimeWarner, Verizon, WOW!

If you are a subscriber to one of the above pay TV providers, then you can proceed with the £24.99 Postseason Package[17]. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year.

Fox Sports Go app

Another option if you are a cable subscriber is the Fox Sports Go app[18] — maybe you want to watch baseball on a screen other than your TV. Unlike the MLB.com At Bat, you can watch the World Series for free — well, for no more than you’re already paying for cable.

The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon[19] Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV[20] (£179.00 at Apple[21]), Android TV[22], Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox.

You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

References

  1. ^ Fox (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Sling TV (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Sling TV support page (help.sling.com)
  4. ^ PlayStation Vue (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ Cord Cutter News (cordcuttersnews.com)
  6. ^ PlayStation 3 (www.cnet.com)
  7. ^ £109.00 at Amazon.com (dw.cbsi.com)
  8. ^ Google Chromecast (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ £41.99 at Walmart (dw.cbsi.com)
  10. ^ Direct TV Now (www.cnet.com)
  11. ^ channel lineup (help.directvnow.com)
  12. ^ Hulu with Live TV (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ live channels Hulu offers in your area (www.hulu.com)
  14. ^ YouTube TV (www.cnet.com)
  15. ^ YouTube TV’s available networks here (support.google.com)
  16. ^ iOS (www.cnet.com)
  17. ^ Postseason Package (mlb.mlb.com)
  18. ^ Fox Sports Go app (www.foxsports.com)
  19. ^ Amazon (www.cnet.com)
  20. ^ Apple TV (www.cnet.com)
  21. ^ £179.00 at Apple (dw.cbsi.com)
  22. ^ Android TV (www.cnet.com)

How Netflix hooks you into ‘Stranger Things’ (The 3:59, Ep. 303)

CNET

“Stranger Things” is almost back. The second season of the cultural phenomenon arrives on Netflix on Friday. We discuss the tricks Netflix plays to get us hooked on that show[1] and others, including choosing that perfect splash photo to tease the show.

Not that we need another photo to get us excited. We also discuss T-Mobile’s third-quarter earnings results[2] and how we all really just want to know what’s going on with its pending rumored merger with Sprint. Lastly, we talk about Boxed, a retailer that managed to add automation while keeping its staff employed.

It runs counter to the idea that robots have to take our jobs[3]. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows[4] on YouTube.

How Netflix hooks you into Stranger Things (The 3:59, Ep.

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Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

References

  1. ^ Netflix plays to get us hooked on that show (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ T-Mobile’s third-quarter earnings results (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ runs counter to the idea that robots have to take our jobs (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ extended shows (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^ iTunes (itunes.apple.com)
  6. ^ RSS (feed.cnet.com)
  7. ^ Google Play (goo.gl)
  8. ^ FeedBurner (feeds.feedburner.com)
  9. ^ SoundCloud (soundcloud.com)
  10. ^ TuneIn (tunein.com)
  11. ^ Stitcher (www.stitcher.com)

Dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with Netflix and Google

Never been to the Great Barrier Reef? Interactive and immersive experiences are available so you can see it from your couch.

William West / AFP/Getty Images

You don’t have to visit Australia to experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Google[1], Netflix[2] and Twitter[3], as well as the BBC[4] and Australian nonprofit New Horizons[5], have produced digital experiences that make the reef accessible from your couch.

Swim in the pristine waters of Australia’s Coral Sea, spy on the reef’s bountiful marine life and soak up the grandeur of a UNESCO World Heritage Site[6] without putting on a swimsuit. Some of the projects use virtual reality[7] to immerse you in a world that is both beautiful and alien. Big names, including David Attenborough and Google, are behind some of the efforts, ensuring they’re as entertaining as they are educational.

This is part of our series “Rebooting the Reef[8]” on efforts to save one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

The efforts to document the Great Barrier Reef come as global warming pushes sea temperatures higher, endangering the reef’s coral.

Bleachings in 2016 and 2017 killed huge swaths of the tiny marine animals, which expel the algae that live with and nourish them when exposed to heat. An estimated 29 percent of the shallow-water coral was killed last year alone, according to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the government body responsible for monitoring its health. The documentarians hope making the reef’s beauty available to everyone will inspire us to change our behavior.

If we curb global warming, the reef will get a chance to recover. If we don’t, VR experiences might become the only way future generations can see it.

Begin your dive with David Attenborough

The BBC’s “Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough[9]” is a good place to start your virtual tour of the reef. The three-part series, released in 2015, introduces viewers to the reef’s inhabitants and is hosted with the characteristic charm of the beloved naturalist[10].

You can stream the documentary on Netflix[11].

See more from Rebooting the Reef[12]. If you happen to be in Canberra, Australia, or Trondheim, Norway, stop by the National Museum Australia[13] or the Trondheim Science Centre[14] to see a condensed VR version called “David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive[15].” You’ll spend the 19-minute experience in the Triton submersible with Attenborough as he glides through the Great Barrier Reef. Further information is supplied by Justin Marshall, a professor and reef expert, as they slowly descend and come up close to corals, an assortment of fishes and reef sharks.

The creators of “Dive,” Atlantic Productions and Alchemy VR, also produced an interactive site[16] with five chapters, each set at a different location on the Great Barrier Reef. Each chapter is accompanied by a short video and slides that explore the reef and its inhabitants. One of the most moving elements is an interactive depiction of the reef’s deteriorating health.

It lets you pan a 360-degree camera[17] and change the amount of pollution[18] hitting the reef, driving home the ways human activity affects the reef over time. The site won the Best Interactive award[19] at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival last month.

Chase corals on Netflix

Attenborough’s film may leave you exhilarated, like a child discovering the treasures of nature. But the makers of “Chasing Coral[20],” a Netflix documentary, want to provoke more than wonder.

The film[21] is a no-holds-barred presentation of the Great Barrier Reef’s dire health, designed to make us act.

#RoamReport – Coral reefs are among the most diverse and important ecosystems on the planet–and they are dying before our very eyes. To uncover why, @ChasingCoral director @JeffOrlowski and a team of scientists and divers embarked on a three-year adventure to capture 500+ hours of underwater footage from reefs around the globe. In timelapses, the team documented how rising ocean temperatures cause mass bleaching of coral.

Watch the results seen in the powerful new documentary @ChasingCoral available on @netflix. Healthy coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, feed a billion people, generate £36 billion in revenue and millions of tourism jobs, and protect our coastlines from tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods. “We live at a unique moment in time where we can change history,” says Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who brought his expertise in climate change and coral reefs to the film. “It’s not too late for coral reefs.” Learn what you can do to help at chasingcoral.com. . >> Footage courtesy of @ExposureLabs @ChasingCoral @Netflix – Report by @roam.[22]

A post shared by Chasing Coral (@chasingcoral) on Aug 3, 2017 at 9:49am PDT

Richard Vevers, who heads marine advocacy The Ocean Agency and stewarded the project, said he was devastated to see stretches of dead coral after having seen them healthy a year earlier. The producers re-create the visual beauty of the reef, but Vevers says they can’t replicate other sensory experiences that may capture the plight of the Great Barrier Reef better than any image.

“You come out of the water and that’s when it hits you because you smell it,” says Vevers. “It’s the dying flesh of all the animals.” The movie premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Documentary Audience Award[23]. Netflix made it available online[24] in July. “Chasing Coral” won Best Impact Film[25] at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival last month.

Embark on an expedition with Google

“Chasing Coral” might not have happened if Vevers hadn’t begun his quest to capture[26] the devastation of the Great Barrier Reef on Google Street View.

Using images collected by XL Caitlin Seaview Survey[27], a marine study Vevers runs, Google pulled together 360-degree underwater photos in the Google Street View format[28]. The photos, taken in different years, are a record of the reef’s health. You might find the experience more immersive using Google Earth VR[29] for the Oculus Rift[30] and HTC Vive[31].

If you’re like me, you’ll likely find yourself intrigued by the shape of the corals. Some resemble brains, others wishbones. They’re all mesmerising.

Visit Lady Elliot Island on Google Expeditions.

Screengrab by Zoey Chong/CNET

Street View and Earth VR are great for getting a sense of the scope of the reef and its problems. If you want to get a more complete understanding of what you’re seeing, take a dive with Google Expeditions[32]. Designed for classrooms, Google Expeditions is useful for solo travellers and has an “Explore on your own” option.

The app has two Great Barrier Reef adventures. One explains the ecosystem and science of the reef, and the other serves as a virtual travel guide, showing you famous spots, such as Lady Elliot Island and Heron Island.

Australia brings the parks to you in VR

New Horizons[33], an Australian nonprofit, is part of the team behind the Parallel Parks initiative[34], a project to capture the Great Barrier Reef and three other national parks in VR. New Horizons wants to bring the wonder of the parks to people who can’t get to them, particularly people with disabilities.

In September, Parallel Parks held an event in Sydney, where it showed a two-minute video[35] of its reef experience. In the first minute you’re flying across the sea at Vlasoff Cay, marvelling at the expanse of the reef. Then you’re taken beneath the waters where you dive among a multicoloured expanse of corals, which are sometimes called “the rainforests of the sea.”

Join a dive on Periscope

In July, Twitter collaborated with travel personality Mitchell Oates to livestream a dive at the Great Barrier Reef.

More than 100,000 viewers watched at least part of Oates’ dive, which you can replay from his Periscope channel[36]. Unlike the documentaries, the quality isn’t pristine. But that enhances the realistic feel of the unedited recording.

Oates’ raw excitement is plainly visible as he dives the reef for the first time, ticking an item off his bucket list. Nearby fish occasionally videobomb him as he explores the earth-coloured coral. Real-time viewers were engaged too.

Oates panned the camera wherever he was asked, and he answered viewer questions during the broadcast. The Smartest Stuff[37]: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. iHate[38]: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet.

References

  1. ^ Google (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Netflix (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Twitter (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ BBC (www.cnet.com)
  5. ^ New Horizons (newhorizons.org.au)
  6. ^ UNESCO World Heritage Site (whc.unesco.org)
  7. ^ virtual reality (www.cnet.com)
  8. ^ Rebooting the Reef (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough (www.bbc.co.uk)
  10. ^ the beloved naturalist (www.metacritic.com)
  11. ^ Netflix (www.netflix.com)
  12. ^ Rebooting the Reef (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ National Museum Australia (www.nma.gov.au)
  14. ^ Trondheim Science Centre (www.vitensenteret.com)
  15. ^ David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive (www.attenboroughsreef.com)
  16. ^ interactive site (attenboroughsreef.com)
  17. ^ pan a 360-degree camera (attenboroughsreef.com)
  18. ^ change the amount of pollution (attenboroughsreef.com)
  19. ^ won the Best Interactive award (www.jhfestival.org)
  20. ^ Chasing Coral (www.chasingcoral.com)
  21. ^ film (www.metacritic.com)
  22. ^ #RoamReport – Coral reefs are among the most diverse and important ecosystems on the planet–and they are dying before our very eyes.

    To uncover why, @ChasingCoral director @JeffOrlowski and a team of scientists and divers embarked on a three-year adventure to capture 500+ hours of underwater footage from reefs around the globe. In timelapses, the team documented how rising ocean temperatures cause mass bleaching of coral. Watch the results seen in the powerful new documentary @ChasingCoral available on @netflix.

    Healthy coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, feed a billion people, generate £36 billion in revenue and millions of tourism jobs, and protect our coastlines from tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods. “We live at a unique moment in time where we can change history,” says Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who brought his expertise in climate change and coral reefs to the film. “It’s not too late for coral reefs.” Learn what you can do to help at chasingcoral.com. . >> Footage courtesy of @ExposureLabs @ChasingCoral @Netflix – Report by @roam. (www.instagram.com)

  23. ^ US Documentary Audience Award (www.sundance.org)
  24. ^ made it available online (www.netflix.com)
  25. ^ won Best Impact Film (www.jhfestival.org)
  26. ^ his quest to capture (www.blog.google)
  27. ^ XL Caitlin Seaview Survey (catlinseaviewsurvey.com)
  28. ^ Google Street View format (www.google.com)
  29. ^ Google Earth VR (vr.google.com)
  30. ^ Oculus Rift (www.cnet.com)
  31. ^ HTC Vive (www.cnet.com)
  32. ^ Google Expeditions (edu.google.com)
  33. ^ New Horizons (www.newhorizons.org.au)
  34. ^ Parallel Parks initiative (parallelparks.com.au)
  35. ^ two-minute video (youtu.be)
  36. ^ channel (www.pscp.tv)
  37. ^ The Smartest Stuff (www.cnet.com)
  38. ^ iHate (www.cnet.com)

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