Best Ways to Watch the NBA FAQ
Where can I watch free NBA games?
There are a couple ways to get free access to NBA games. You can start by taking advantage of free trial periods. Try out streaming services like Sling TV—you’ll get free access to the NBA for the five or seven days they offer.
The other kind of free way to get the NBA is to make a one-time purchase of an HD antenna (not free, we know) and then you can get locally broadcast NBA games and the postseason for free.
Can I watch NBA games without cable?
Yes, there are lots of options to watch NBA without cable. We suggest you take a look at Sling TV. You can also get some NBA games with the help of an HD antenna. Simply purchase the HD antenna, hook it up, and you’ll be able to pick locally broadcast games over the air.
Sling not right for you? Check out our guide to streaming sports for more options.
Does Hulu have NBA TV?
Hulu + Live TV does not offer NBA TV. It does have ABC, ESPN, and TNT, though, so you can get some NBA coverage—just not the actual channel.
Can I watch NBA on Amazon Prime?
You can get live NBA games by adding the NBA League Pass to your prime subscription. It usually costs $99 a season, but will add the NBA games right to your Prime Video.
This will give you access to live out-of-market games and nationally or locally broadcast games three hours later.
Can I watch ESPN without cable?
Yes. You can get ESPN through multiple streaming services like Sling TV.
Can I bypass game blackouts?
Yes, but let us first say, it’s probably easier to just get the local channel. If you want to bypass a games blackout, you’re going to need to sign up for a VPN.
A VPN, or virtual private network, essentially connects your internet service with a different network. This allows your computer to connect to a different region where the blackout restriction does not apply.
Why are there blacked-out games on NBA TV?
Games are blacked out on NBA TV when they’re already being aired by a local channel in your area. Because the local channel has the rights to air the game, NBA TV has a blackout. For more information on blackouts, check out the NBA’s blackout page.
How can I watch the NBA All-Star Game?
The best way to stream all of All-Star Weekend is with the Sling TV Orange package for $30 per month, which gets you both ESPN and TNT for less than the typical cable package.