How to Watch Your Favorite NBA Team without Cable in 2017
It’s time to get back out on the court for the 2017–2018 NBA season. Over the past few years, it’s gotten easier to watch NBA games even if you don’t have cable.
While previously there were only good options for those who wanted to watch an out-of-market package online, now there are even options for those who live in the same city as their home team.
- If you live in the same city as your favorite team — subscribe to a Live TV Streaming Service
- Use our NBA Streaming tool to find the best streaming service for your team.
- If you live in a different city than your favorite team — subscribe to NBA League Pass Online
If you live in the same city as your favorite team
Lucky for you, there are now options to stream your favorite team online, even if you don’t subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite service.
Since last season, one of the biggest changes is that there are now 6 providers that offer Live TV Streaming including regional sports networks.
- DIRECTV NOW — Click here for a 7-day free trial
- fuboTV — Click here for a free 7-day free trial
- Hulu Live TV — Click here for a 7-day free trial
- Playstation Vue — Click here for a 5-day free trial
- Sling TV — Click here for a 7-day free trial
- YouTube TV — Click here for a 14-day free trial
ESPN will air 87 games this season including 21 Wednesday doubleheaders and 14 Friday doubleheaders. They also will air every game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
ESPN is available on all services except fuboTV.
If you subscribe to Sling, it is only included in the Sling Orange plan, so if you want ESPN and Regional Sports Networks you will have to subscribe to their Sling Orange + Blue plan ($40).
TNT will air 67 games this season including 20 Thursday doubleheaders and 11 Tuesday doubleheaders. They also will air every game of the Western Conference Finals.
TNT is available on all services except fuboTV and YouTube TV.
NBA TV will feature 106 games this season including 37 doubleheaders, one triple-header, and a quadruple-header.
You can get NBA TV by subscribing to fuboTV ($40), Playstation Vue Core ($45), or by adding the “Sports Extra” pack to Sling Orange (+$5) or Blue ($10).
ABC will air 16 regular season games and will be the exclusive broadcaster for the NBA Finals.
ABC is available on all services except fuboTV.
If you subscribe to Sling Orange, you will need to add the Broadcast Extra pack (+$5) or it is included with Sling Orange + Blue plan ($40).
Unfortunately, while ABC is available on most services, it may not be available in your local market. We suggest you check out each provider’s site before subscribing.
Most of your team’s games will be on a Regional Sports Network (RSN) like NBC Sports Bay Area, Fox Sports Sun, Fox Sports Southeast, or MSG Network.
While most of the services includes RSNs from Fox Sports and NBC Sports, we suggest checking out our NBA Team Streaming Tool to find out which service will get you the most games of your favorite team at the best price.
For instance, MSG (Knicks) is only available on fuboTV, while Fox Sports Indiana (Pacers) is only available on fuboTV and YouTube TV.
Sometimes if a game is on an overflow channel (like NBC Sports Washington+ or Fox Sports West+) or a regional version of Fox Sports Net (like Fox Sports New Orleans) you might have to use your TV Everywhere credentials in the Fox Sports Go, NBC Sports, or MSG Go apps.
Unfortunately, none of the streaming services offer AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Rockets), Spectrum SportsNet LA (Lakers) or Altitude (Nuggets).
If you live in the different city as your favorite team
NBA League Pass Online
Your only option to stream your favorite team while out-of-market is to subscribe to NBA League Pass Online.
You will be able to stream games on a wide range of smartphones, tablets, and connected TV devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.
This season they offer a premium plan ($250) that includes In-arena streams during game breaks, so you don't have to watch commercials.
While you’ll be able to watch most of your team’s games — note that all games that air on ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, and ABC will be blacked out.
We suggest adding one of the above Live TV Streaming Services if you want to watch nationally televised games.