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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.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream NBA TV:
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!
Stream NBA TV for free with fuboTV
FuboTV offers a lot of great channels, and NBA TV is among them. fuboTV also offers NBA League Pass, the NBA's live game streaming service, as an add-on. That makes this service a particularly good choice for NBA fans.
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. For more on the service, read through our fuboTV review.
Stream NBA TV with Sling TV
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.
Since Sling TV is so customizable, it's pretty easy to create a bundle that includes NBA TV! For more on Sling TV, check out our Sling TV review or click on the link below to sign up for the service.
YouTube TV is Google's skinny bundle, and it's a great option for NBA fans. You'll find an NBA TV live stream in YouTube TV's bundle. On top of that, YouTube TV makes NBA League Pass — the NBA's dedicated live game streaming service — available as an add-on to YouTube TV subscriptions. 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. If you're interested in our opinion, you should read our YouTube TV review.
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! fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work great on Roku devices.
fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work on Fire TV devices.
Apple TV users can choose between fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work great with Chromecast devices.
fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV have apps for Android TV 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 fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all have apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Likewise, we're stoked that fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all work on desktop or laptop computers running Windows or Mac operating systems.
Gamers, even you guys are covered: Sling TV and YouTube TV work on the current generation of Xbox devices.
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