TV Answer Man, our family has cut the cord but we do love baseball and would like to watch tonight’s game five with the Phillies and the Astros. Is there any easy free way to do it without spending any money? — Valerie, Exton, Pennsylvania.

Valerie, the Philadelphia Phillies do play the Houston Astros tonight at 8 p.m. ET in game five of the World Series. The game, which will be broadcast by Fox, is a pivotal one with the series tied at two games apiece.

So, how can you watch the game without paying a dime, you ask?

There are two ways:

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1. Use an antenna.
An indoor or outdoor antenna can pick up the local Fox network affiliate signal in most areas, although not all as we note in our story on whether antennas are a good idea for cord-cutters. If you don’t already own an antenna, you can get one for as little as $20. But that’s not free, is it? So let’s move on to method number two for watching the game for free:

2. Get a free trial from a live streaming service.
YouTube TV is now offering a two-week free trial for its $64.99 base service which includes the Fox affiliate in most markets. If you already own a streaming device, or a Smart TV with the YouTube TV app, and have a decent Internet plan, this is your best bet to watch the game for free. Just be sure to cancel your membership prior to the end of the two weeks if you don’t want to be billed for the first month. (Of course, you can continue your subscription if you wind up liking YouTube TV.)

You can check here to see if the Fox affiliate in your area would be in your YouTube TV lineup. As an alternative, FuboTV has a seven-day free trial and you can check its list of Fox affiliates here.

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— Phillip Swann