How To Watch the NBA Without Cable
Getting ready for the 2023-2024 NBA season? Here’s how to watch the NBA without signing up for a cable or satellite TV service.
The NBA season’s just around the corner, as the 2023–2024 season tips off October 24. And what are you going to do if you want to keep up with your favorite team but don’t want a lengthy TV contract?
Thankfully, you have multiple ways to catch every NBA game this season. Whether you’re watching three or 30 games every week, let’s break down some of the easiest ways to watch NBA games without cable.
1. Get a live TV streaming service
Live TV streaming services are popular these days for a lot of reasons: With a service like fuboTV or YouTube TV, you don’t have to deal with equipment fees, contracts, or satellite signal drops in bad weather.
For hardcore NBA fans, we’d recommend subscribing to DIRECTV STREAM. The DIRECTV streaming service is our top streaming pick for NBA fans because of its huge channel counts and regional sports network (RSN) coverage. RSNs are the main way to watch non-national NBA games, and DIRECTV STREAM will have you covered for every midweek matchup.
But if you’re mainly concerned about national NBA broadcasts, you’ll still find a lot to like with competitors like YouTube TV or Sling TV. Check out our main How To Watch the NBA guide and Best Streaming Services for Sports page for more ways to live stream NBA games.
2. Stream NBA League Pass for out-of-market games
Are you a Thunder fan who’s living in Texas? Want to catch 76ers games if you’re outside of Philly? NBA League Pass offers live and on-demand access to every out-of-market NBA game.
NBA League Pass costs only $14.99–$22.99/mo., and it’s available on multiple streaming services and as a standalone subscription. You can get commercial-free broadcasts by upgrading to NBA League Pass Premium, and both plans include NBA TV.
Check out our NBA League Pass review to learn more about the NBA’s streaming service.
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3. Only interested in your team? Get NBA Team Pass
The cheapest all-in-one streaming service for watching the NFL is NFL+. Forged from the ashes of NFL Game Pass, NFL+ offers two subscription plans. Its basic plan is $6.99 a month and includes live in-market and primetime NFL games for phone and tablet users. But for $14.99 a month, NFL+ Premium users get NFL Network, NFL RedZone, and full-length replays of every NFL game—meaning you can watch every out-of-market game after the final whistle.
If you’re on a tight budget, NFL+ is one of the best ways to watch football games without cable. Its device limitations are annoying for watching live games, but having access to full-game replays is a great feature. NFL+ even has an on-demand library of shows and documentaries like A Football Life and Hard Knocks.
4. Watch free NBA games with an antenna or a free trial
While most NBA games are on cable networks like TNT, many high-profile national games are broadcast on ABC. If you spring for an over-the-air (OTA) antenna, you can watch these games for free—OTA antennas tap into local TV network broadcasts, so you can watch major networks like ABC without paying for a cable plan.
We recommend Mohu antennas because they offer 4K support and have low-profile form factors that can easily slip behind a TV without taking up extra space. Check out our full Mohu review to learn more about their antennas.
If you’re on the road and need to catch a must-win game, many streaming services offer free trials. Check out our free streaming TV trials guide for free ways to try out services like DIRECT STREAM and fuboTV.