NBA TV is one of the channels you will need to watch the NBA this season. The channel will air over 100 nationally televised NBA games this season. NBA TV is available through many cable companies in the U.S. However, you don’t need cable to watch NBA TV. You can watch the same NBA TV available through cable and satellite TV through the following streaming services: Sling TV, FuboTV, or YouTube TV. You also get NBA TV if you subscribe to NBA League Pass, which airs every out-of-market game that isn’t nationally broadcast on ABC, ESPN, or TNT.
NBA TV on Sling TV
Sling TV is the next most affordable option to watch NBA TV. The channel is available through both the Sling TV “Orange” and “Blue package by adding the “Sports Extra” add-on channel pack. The additional sports package costs an additional $11 per month on top of the $40 for one of the Sling TV basic package, bringing the total to $51 per month.
We recommend picking up the “Blue” package over the “Orange” unless you want ESPN and other Disney-owned channels. The Blue channel package tends to have an overall better channel selection and allows you to stream to 3 devices simultaneously. The Orange plan only allows one stream at a time. You could opt to subscribe to both plans for $55 per month.
Sling TV is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more, so it’s not a problem to enjoy NBA TV on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices. There are more channels available on Sling TV than what I’ve mentioned here. To find out more, check out this detailed review of Sling TV. You can sign up for Sling here. And you can cancel at any time, as there are no contracts or long-term commitments.
NBA TV on YouTube TV
YouTube TV also carries NBA TV in its basic channel lineup. However, it is considerably more expensive than Sling TV, $72.99per month after a free trial. There is no long term contract, and if you cancel within the trial period, you will not be charged.
YouTube TV provides:
- access to NBA TV, Local Network Channels, and over 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- YouTube TV supports Roku, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more.
- Includes YouTube TV on-demand
- offers a 1-week free trial.
Check our review of YouTube TV for more details.
NBA TV on FuboTV
FuboTV is a streaming service built for sports. NBA TV is available through the “fubo Extra” channel add-on. After subscribing to the “Pro” plan for $74.99, the “fubo Extra” channel pack adds on another $7.99 per month. Fubo offers NBA TV, along with 100+ other channels. You can get a fuboTV subscription to watch NBA TV live on FuboTV. The package includes:
- Live NBA TV, ESPN, 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.
NBA TV on DIRECTV STREAM
AT&T’s live streaming service is another way to watch NBA TV live. However, you have to subscribe to their “Choice” package for $108.99 per month. You can sign up online, and they don’t force you into a contract so you can cancel at any time. The service also includes a cloud DVR service and allows you to simultaneously stream to an unlimited number of devices in the home, and up to 3 outside the home.
DIRECTV STREAM is supported on the following devices:
- 4th Gen Apple TV
- Google Chromecast, 2nd gen and higher
- Amazon Fire TV
- Fire TV Stick
- iOS devices
- Chrome and Safari browsers
See our review of DIRECTV STREAM for more details on this streaming service.
Watching NBA TV Without Cable
Read on to see how to watch NBA TV through Live TV streaming services.
NBA TV Through League Pass
NBA TV is a channel you get when subscribing to NBA League Pass. Subscribers can stream the channel on their mobile phones, connected devices like Roku, gaming consoles, tablets, and web browsers.
NBA League Pass provides three ways to subscribe:
- Team Pass – Watch live, out-of-market games for the Houston Rockets for $13.99 per month or $89.99 per year.
- League Pass – Watch live, out-of-market games for the Houston Rockets and every other team for $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
- Premium League Pass – Watch live, out-of-market games for every team for $22.99 per month or $149.99 per year. (commercial-free)
Keep in mind that there are blackout rules in effect. Games won’t be aired live if:
- They are being broadcast on ESPN, ABC, or TNT. (NBA TV is included with a subscription to NBA League pass.
- They are being broadcast where you live on the regional sports network’s broadcast area that owns the rights to air NBA games in your area. You will need a streaming service that carries your regional sports network like DIRECTV STREAM (sign up), to watch those games.
Once subscribed to NBA League Pass you watch through the NBA app. You can download the NBA app to any of the following devices:
- Apple TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- PlayStation 4 and 5
- Xbox One and Xbox Series X
- PC and Mac Browsers
Once you download the NBA app, you can watch NBA TV on your TV-connected device (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, etc.) Follow the example below:
- Go to the channel store on your device.
- Search for the NBA app, and add it to your device.
- Open the app, and click the setting gear from the top right of the menu.
- Then select “Sign in” on the League Pass Screen (NBA TV is considered a part of League Pass).
- Enter the email and password associated with your NBA TV account
- You can now watch NBA TV on your TV through the NBA app