The NBA will air 5 NBA games this Christmas Day on ESPN and ESPN3. However, you don’t need cable to watch.
How To Watch: A Free Trial to FuboTV will provide ESPN and ESPN3 through the ESPN app so you can watch all 5 Christmas Day NBA games Free!
Below I list the steps to install the ESPN app and watch ESPN3. Before following the steps, you must have your TV provider credentials handy. Your credentials are the username and password you use to log into your live TV streaming service or other pay-TV provider accounts.
Using the ESPN App on Your Streaming Device or Smart TV
- Sign up for a Free Trial to fuboTV
- Go to the channel store on your device (For example, in Roku, it’s “The Channel Store.”
- Search for the ESPN app, and add it to your device. (The ESPN app is available on nearly every streaming and smart device)
- Open the app, and click the setting gear from the top right of the menu.
- Then select “Account Information” and then “TV Provider.”
- Your Roku device will provide an activation code and the URL https://espn.com/active.
- Using a web browser on your laptop or mobile device, go to https://espn.com/active and entered the supplied code.
- You will then be asked for the TV provider you signed up for that has ESPN. You will then log into the service using the credentials from the TV streaming service you are subscribed to. ( For example, I used my Hulu credentials)
- Once you successfully log in, The ESPN App screen will refresh and list your TV provider.
- The ESPN app is now set up. In the ESPN app, you should be able to go to “Browse,” then “Channels” and watch any channels listed that your TV streaming service provides. (ESPN and ESPN3 in this case)
Christmas Day NBA TV Schedule
The following NBA games will air on Christmas day:
- 12:00 pm: Atlanta Hawks at New York Kicks, ESPN
- 2:30 pm: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN3
- 5:00 pm: Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns, ESPN3
- 8:00 pm: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers, ESPN & ESPN3
- 10:30 pm: Dallas Maverick at Utah Jazz, ESPN
Streaming Service For Watching the NBA on Christmas
The following streaming services provide access to ESPN and ESPN3 so you can watch every NBA game on Christmas.
FuboTV is an excellent place to go for sports. In addition to ESPN3, over 90 channels are offered in its Pro Plan for $74.99. Fubo also offers ESPN, ESPN2, in their standard package, with ESPNU and ESPNews available through channel upgrade options.
- ESPN3 and more are available in fuboTV’s channel lineup
- You can watch on three screens at the same time
- 250 hours of cloud DVR storage
- The FuboTV app is available on major platforms, including Apple TV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV.
Hulu Live TV
Most cord cutters are familiar with Hulu’s On-Demand service. However, they also offer a live TV service that includes ESPN3 through the ESPN app. Hulu Live TV provides ESPN3, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN U, ESPN News, ACC Network, and SEC Network for $76.99/month. You can also use your Hulu Live TV credentials to watch ESPN3 on the ESPN app. Hulu’s Live TV package includes:
- Access to Disney+ and ESPN+ is included
- over 60 channels including live ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS in most of the country
- a cloud DVR along
- Stream to two streams at the same time, with an upgrade option for unlimited streams.
- The Hulu on-demand streaming library
- It’s is available on Android, iOS, Xbox One, 4th Gen Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV and stick.
If you are curious about all the channels Hulu Live TV offers in your area, including ESPN3, you can use this tool on Hulu’s Website: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zip code.
Sling TV offers access to ESPN3 through the ESPN app with their Sling Orange plan for $40 per month after any promotional pricing. Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy Comedy Central on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices.
Aside from one of the most comprehensive sports packages on the Internet, Sling also provides ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater/Bases Loaded, SEC Network, and more. Sling TV allows you to watch sports online or on most TV streaming devices with no contract required. Sling also offers on-demand, a cloud DVR, and more. Read our Sling TV review for more information. It includes information about what’s available on all the Sling TV Channels.