NBA Basketball is the game that remains in talking round the year. It is not only famous in the USA but it is widely liked by the people around the world. NBA is the series of events that comprises of NBA Preseason, NBA Playoffs, NBA All Star Games and NBA Finals. Besides this it has one of the event games happen every year to bring new talent in NBA, yes, “NBA Drafts”. The NCAA College Basketball is the root that leads to the NBA selection of quality players in the USA.
In this article I am going to share an ultimate guide to watch NBA in USA, outside the USA, the TV Channels and the online streaming services enabling you to watch NBA.
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TV Channels to Broadcast NBA
Even though it is the era of online streaming, yet the old school people love to watch NBA on TV channels. Besides this Satellite TV are also there to access the official broadcasters of NBA in the USA.
ESPN is the one of the official National broadcaster of NBA in USA. It majorly broadcast Wednesday and Friday Games. However sometimes you can watch weekend game on ESPN. You can access ESPN Tv by following methods in the US.
Cable: Available on almost all cable Networks
Direc TV:Channel 206, Channel 209-1 (alternate feed), Channel 1206 (VOD)
Dish Network:Channel 140, Channels 144, 145, 146, 147 (alternate feeds)
U-verse TV: Channel 602 (SD), Channel 1602 (HD)
Verizon Fios: Channel 70 (SD), Channel 570 (HD)
Google Fiber: Channel 21, Xfinity, Channel 27 (SD), Channel 403 (HD)
The NBA’s package (under the NBA on ESPN branding) generally begins with Christmas Day games. It followed by a series of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon games throughout the rest of the season. It also involves weekend playoff games, and all NBA Finals games.
In addition to Saturday Night Football in primetime, ABC regularly broadcasts an afternoon doubleheader on Saturdays during college football season.
ABC also broadcasts a few bowl games. Beginning with the 2015 NFL season, ESPN has agreed to start simulcasting a wild card playoff game on ABC. Check more details here
Cable: Available on almost all cable Networks
Until the 2002–03 season, TNT broadcast NBA games on numerous Tuesday nights. After TBS was opted out of NBA coverage as a result of the league’s contract renewal with Turner Sports, the weekly telecasts were shifted to Thursday nights in the 2003–04 season.
TNT airs opening night games, the NBA All-Star Game, the vast majority of games within the conference playoffs, and one of the Conference Finals (the Eastern Conference Finals in odd-number years and the Western Conference Finals in even-number years) under the NBA on TNT branding.
It also airs the NBA regular season games, which are typically aired as a doubleheader on most weeks.
The All-Star Game has been simulcast on TBS since 2015 to drown out any in-house rivalry; however, unlike previous TBS/TNT simulcasts, it is not specifically acknowledged in promotional advertising, and only TNT’s airing of it is noted.
Cable: Available on all Cable Systems
Dish Network: Channel 138 (SD/HD)
DirecTV : Channel 245 (East; SD/HD), Channel 245-1 (West; HD)
Verizon FiOS: Channel 51 (SD), Channel 551 (HD)
U-verse TV: Channel 108 (East), Channel 109 (West), Channel 1108 (East; HD), Channel 1109 (West; HD)
CenturyLink Prism: Channel 108 (East), Channel 109 (West), Channel 1108 (East; HD), Channel 1109 (West; HD)
Claro PR (Puerto Rico): Channel 1115 (HD)
NBA TV provides daily basketball news, as well as programmes on the lives of individual basketball players. Besides this it also airs documentaries about a certain NBA team during the season, and archived broadcasts of popular games.
NBA TV broadcasts at least 90 regular season games, as well as some first-round playoff games, four days a week during the NBA season (primarily on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, though occasional Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday games may air if ESPN does not have rights to coverage on those nights).
It also broadcasts its own NBA Draft coverage.
Because NBA TV (although being owned by the league) does not have exclusive broadcast rights to any of its games, live games on the network are subject to local blackout restrictions.
NBA TV games are also televised by the local rights holder for each team, which is either a regional sports network or a broadcast television station.
The score box displayed during NBA TV’s game coverage (which was formerly located in the lower-left hand corner of the screen) was replaced with a banner format angled horizontally across the screen beginning with the 2012–13 season.
Verizon FiOS: Channel 89 (SD), Channel 589 (HD)
Comcast: Channel 734 (SD), Channel 478 (HD)
Charter Spectrum: Channel 308 (HD)
DirecTV : Channel 216
Dish Network: Channel 156, Channel 9508 (VOD)
SA/Cisco PowerVu; G-14 N/Central America/Caribbean: 3820 V / 30000 / 5/6 / DVB-S2 18 (SD) (Transponder 6)
SA/Cisco PowerVu; G-13 N/Central America/Caribbean: 4160 V / 29270 / 7/8 / DVB-S 3 (HD)/4 (SD)/5 (test video; SD) (Transponder 23)
AT&T U-verse: Channel 632 (SD), Channel 1632 (HD)
On TV, On Mobile Apps, Online/Without Cable, Outside US
How to Watch NBA on Mobile Apps
There are following Mobile Apps on which you can stream NBA games:
You can watch NBA games on ESPN mobile App. This app is available for the users of USA. You just need to check out its prize, buy its subscription and then enjoy watching the NBA games without any hassle. Keep that in mind, it will only broadcast those games that comes under the window of its channel. For more details read the programming rights of ESPN TV in the first portion of this article.
NBA on ABC App
The official ABC app allows you to watch the ‘NBA on ABC’ live for free, as well as all of ABC’s other shows. The only stipulation is that you must be a network subscriber. It’s worthless to download the app to your iOS or Android device if you don’t subscribe to the network via your local, often unfriendly cable service.
For the details of NBA programming read the first portion of this article. You will be able to access only those NBA games that are mentioned above in TV Channel portion.
NBA on TNT App
TNT app is also there to rescue you when you are in dire need to watch NBA on Mobile. You can download it directly from their websites. The programming of NBA matches will be as same as that of their TV channels. Programs that are not in official list of TNT TV cannot be access through the TNT app.
NBA Official App
NBA Official app is there to stream the NBA games on Mobile. Fans can watch NBA Finals and NBA Playoffs on this official mobile app. No matter if they have android device or an iOS, the NBA app will do the rest of the job.
Depending on your preference and convenience, you can watch live streaming or replays. NBA basketball fans will be able to access the most up-to-date information as well as entertaining game clips. Not only that, but they can use the app to acquire scores, standings, stats, and schedules for the team they’re rooting for.
The NBA app also includes an NBA TV option for cable subscribers. NBA League and Playoff Pass prices start at $17.99 per month for one club and go up to $249.99 per year for all teams, all while avoiding commercials.
How to Watch NBA without Cable
This is an era of online streaming. Today people have smart gadgets and loves to watch their favorite games on their mobile, iOS, Android TV, X Boxes, Play Station and much more…
So there must be the ways to access the NBA matches online. In other words there are online streaming services that enable you to connect with the official broadcasters via its platform.
In easy words there are following online streaming services that you must have if you want to watch your favorite NBA games:
How to Watch NBA outside the US
To watch NBA outside the US, you can have the access of the official broadcasters. In addition to that you can access the online streaming services to watch NBA Games.
Here are our complete guides to watch the NBA games on different countries of the world.
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How to Watch NBA Blackout Games?
Except for the United States and Canada, NBA League Pass provides access to every NBA game. Because local and national content providers have some exclusive rights to televise live games and content, blackout restrictions exist. The audio of blacked-out games will be available to listen to live.
Customers may view all regular-season games that are not affected by a regional or national blackout. When a game is televised locally in your area through a regional sports network or an over-the-air station, a blackout occurs.
If a game is blacked out on NBA League Pass in your location, you may watch it on your local station. When games are shown on national television, they will also be blacked out. This is true for games televised on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. You may watch these games by turning in to the appropriate channel.
Replays of games that have been blacked out owing to regional or over-the-air transmission will be available 72 hours after the game has ended. Replays of games that were blacked out due to national broadcast will not be available on Prime Video through NBA League Pass.
There are some locations where the users might face blackout issues. In other words, there may be some areas in the US, where the users have to loss the telecast of matches other than their local teams. To overcome this you can follow following steps:
- Download and Subscribe to the Express VPN
- Launch the Express VPN and change your location
- Access your streaming service and add your credentials
- Browse for the channel that is streaming NBA
- Enjoy the Streaming
Where to Watch NBA Matches Live for Free Online
Every year millions of people search for this query but they find no satisfactory clue. In real there is no legal way to watch NBA live free of cost. So I will share only those ways of free streaming that are legit and secure for you. There are following ways to watch NBA Live for free.
Utilize the Trial Period
Many online streaming services offers free trials period. The streaming includes Amazon Prime Video(30-Days Trial), Hulu+Live (7-Days), Youtube Premium (30-Days), fuboTV (7-Days), Peacock Tv (7-Days) and Paramount Plus (7-Days)
So you can enjoy the free trial period if you resides in the US. The online streaming services shared above are OTT based and only available in USA.
Screen Sharing Option
However the screen sharing service is not free yet it will cost will much lesser than the original cost. The streaming services does not care if you share the access password to your friend or any family member. Even some streaming services like hulu+LIVE allows screen sharing.
The Illicit Ways to Avoid
Never go for the illicit ways of free streaming like that of Reddit and unofficial sites. There is the wide number of websites available who stream the game live but they have no broadcasting or streaming rights.
Never try to reach them without a VPN if you are in the first tier country. You might get traced and them have to face a legal proceedings.
How does the NBA System Works?
The NBA has 30 teams separated into two conferences, each with four divisions. During the regular season, each team plays 82 games. No matter how awful a team’s record is, the top seed in each division is guaranteed a playoff berth.
This would result in a total of eight playoff spots. The remaining eight are determined by the four non-division-winning teams in each conference with the next four best records. Each year, 16 of the 30 teams make the playoffs. The Western Conference has eight teams, whereas the Eastern Conference has eight.
Each encounter in the playoffs is referred to as a best-of-seven series. In other words, the team that wins four games against its opponent progresses. Only Games 5, 6, and 7 are played if they are required. To advance to the Finals, a club must win three games in a best-of-seven series against three teams from their own conference, and then compete against a team from the opposing league that has also done so.
It’s a regular 7-game series between a West and an East squad in the Finals.
By the way, the 7-game series is structured as follows (from the standpoint of the higher seeded team with home court advantage): two home games, two road games, one home game, one away game, and finally one home game. Obviously, from the perspective of the visiting team, the home/away title is inverted.
Baskets are used to determine points. A shot from inside the 3-point line, including dunks and layups, is worth two points. A shot from outside the 3-point line, no matter how far away, is worth three points. One point is awarded for each shot made from the free throw line.
How to Watch NBA on TV in India?
It’s available on SonyLiv. What I do is, because I have an Airtel TV subscription. You can also watch NBA games on channels like Sony Ten 1 or Sony Ten 2, which also broadcast NBA games.
Subscription to the NBA app, which is one of the simplest and most expensive options, allows you to watch all games live in HD. You may also watch previous bouts here.
However, you must keep up with the NBA schedule because live matches are frequently shown in the morning (in India), starting at 5:00 a.m. or 5:30 a.m. Matches are broadcast at 8 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.