NBA TV is a must-have channel for fans of pro basketball. But that doesn’t meant that cable is a must-have channel for NBA fans! As longtime readers know, we’ve spent plenty of time telling you how to watch NBA games without cable. Now we’re back to show you how to watch NBA TV without cable, meaning you can get round-the-clock NBA coverage from an NBA TV live stream – no cable required. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Watch NBA TV Online Without Cable
For years, NBA TV was something that you could only get through cable or satellite. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case.
The reason that you can now watch NBA TV without cable is that cable and satellite are no longer the only options you have when it comes to pay TV. There are other services out there that qualify as what industry insiders call “multichannel” services: live TV services with multiple network television stations on offer. And the new crop of services that fits the pay TV multichannel service mold are also, in some ways, very different from cable. Let’s take a moment to talk about how they’re changing the game.
First things first: the “they” we’re talking about here are “skinny bundles.” Skinny bundles are slimmed-down versions of multichannel services – instead of cable’s bulky and overpriced bundles, skinny bundles offer lean, cost-effective channel packages. And, even more importantly, skinny bundles deliver their live TV over the internet. That means more options and competition, because you don’t get any regional monopolies. And it also means that you can watch your cable-free live TV on a whole bunch of different devices, including things like your smartphones and tablets (and, of course, your big-screen TV)!
Not every skinny bundle service offers an NBA TV live stream, so not every skinny bundle serves as an answer to our main query here (how to watch NBA TV without cable). But plenty of skinny bundles will let you watch NBA TV online without cable, so let’s meet some of your best options!
Sling TV works a little differently from a lot of the other skinny bundle services. Rather than scaling its base packages up with higher channel counts and prices, Sling TV just offers you a choice of one (or both) of two base packages before moving on to peddling “Extras” – small add-on bundles that group like-minded channels together into affordable packages you can tack onto your base bundle. In other words, you can build a custom skinny bundle with Sling TV, which means you can avoid paying for the stuff you don’t want to pay for.
So where is NBA TV in all of this? To get NBA TV, you’ll first need to sign up for Sling Orange ($20 per month). Then, you’ll need to add Sports Extra ($5 per month). You can choose to grab Sling Blue as well (Sling Blue is $25 on its own, but you can get both Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $40 a month), but you’ll need Sling Orange if you want Sports Extra to include NBA TV in its lineup – the Sling Blue version of the Extra doesn’t have it.
fuboTV offers two skinny bundle options. The first, which is simply called “fubo,” costs $39.99 per month in most markets. The second, “fubo Extra,” adds channels and ups the price to $49.99 per month. Either one of these bundles will give you an NBA TV live stream, making them equally great solutions to the dilemma of how to watch NBA TV without cable. How much you feel like spending for channels other than NBA TV is, of course, up to you! fuboTV has a few tricks for sweetening the deal, too. As of this writing, they’re offering discounted prices for your first paid month of fuboTV. And fuboTV has long offered a great week-long free trial that makes it easy to check the service out risk-free. You can sign up for that by clicking on the link below.
PlayStation Vue organizes its offerings in a way that’s pretty typical among skinny bundles. You have a choice of four base bundles that you can subscribe to directly, and then you have some add-ons that can only be purchased if you have a base bundle. The base packages vary in size and price, and the larger bundles always include all of the channels that their smaller counterparts do. You’ll first spot NBA TV in the second-smallest of PlayStation Vue’s bundles: “Core,” which costs $44.99 per month. From there, of course, you’re free to keep climbing up to bigger and pricier packages. You can test out PlayStation Vue for free by signing up for the service’s free trial using the link below.
YouTube TV is Google’s skinny bundle, and it’s sort of new. We say “sort of” because YouTube TV has been around for about a year now, but it has not yet fully rolled out nationwide. It’s available in most major markets, but there are still spots where you won’t find this particular answer to the dilemma of how to watch NBA TV without cable.
If you can get YouTube TV, though, it’s a great option. You’ll find an NBA TV live stream in YouTube TV’s $40-per-month bundle. And YouTube TV offers a free trial period, too – you can test it out for free by clicking on the link right below this paragraph.
DIRECTV NOW has a few different skinny bundles for you to choose from – and some of them aren’t really that skinny at all! The more you’re willing to pay, the more channels you can get from DIRECTV NOW. Each of the service’s larger bundles has all of the channels that its smaller counterparts do, so you’ll never lose content by climbing the price ladder. And how far do you have to go in order to watch NBA TV without cable? Not too far: “Go Big,” the second-largest of DIRECTV NOW’s bundles, is the first to include your NBA TV live stream. Go Big will cost you $60 per month – but that’s after you enjoy a week for free by signing up for the free trial via the link below, of course.
Can I Watch NBA TV on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?
NBA TV offers thrilling action, and being able to watch that stuff on your computer or phone is pretty cool. But while it’s nice to know how to watch NBA TV without cable on those devices, what we really want to know is how to watch NBA TV without cable on our biggest, baddest, highest-definition-est TVs. And when it comes to that, the question becomes: can we use those services listed above with Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices?
We can! DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have apps that work on or with Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast devices. DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV also have you covered if you use a Fire TV device. And fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work wonderfully on Android TV, which is the steaming platform used by the Nvidia Shield, among other devices.
That’s not to say that we’re turning our nose up at watching NBA TV without cable on the go. On the contrary, we’re thrilled that DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. Likewise, we’re stoked that DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work on desktop or laptop computers running Windows or Mac operating systems.
Gamers, even you guys are covered: PlayStation Vue works on modern PlayStation consoles, while Sling TV and YouTube TV work on the current generation of Xbox devices.
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