The 2023-24 NBA regular season is almost upon us. Following a busy offseason, another year full of exciting storylines awaits us. Can the Denver Nuggets repeat? How will Bradley Beal look in a Phoenix Suns uniform? How will the new-look, young Washington Wizards perform? We will soon find the answers to these questions.
In order to find the answers to these questions, we have to figure out how to watch NBA games this season. Here is your all-encompassing guide.
How to watch the NBA on cable in 2023-24
In order to have access to all the games, a subscription to cable, satellite, or streaming service that has ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV is needed.
All 30 teams are scheduled to make at least one appearance on TNT or ESPN. Primetime weeknight doubleheaders across TNT (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and ESPN (Wednesdays and Fridays) will be played at 7:30 p.m. ET/10 p.m. ET.
ABC will televise 16 games as part of its two-weekend series, NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC and NBA Sunday Showcase.
How to watch the NBA without cable in 2023-24
An alternative way to watch the NBA if you don’t have cable is through a streaming service. These services include Directv Stream, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, and Sling.
If you subscribe to ESPN or TNT through a cable, satellite, or streaming provider, you can also watch games through the ESPN app or the WatchTNT app.
How to watch the NBA on Fubo TV
FuboTV offers three plans: Pro (150+ channels) for $74.99 a month, Elite (210+ channels) for $84.99 a month, and Premier (220+ channels, 1,000 hr. cloud DVR) for $94.99 a month. On top of your base plan, you can add NBA League Pass for $14.99/month for a limited time only.
How to watch the NBA on Sling
Sling TV offers two main subscription plans – Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Sling Orange costs $40 per month and includes ESPN and TNT. Sling Blue costs $40 per month and includes NBA TV and several other sports channels. If you want access to Sling Orange+ Sling Blue combo package you can subscribe to both plans for $55 per month.
You can add NBA League Pass to these base plans for an additional $29/month. If you only want to have access to a specific team, you can have access to live regular season games and full replays for one NBA team of your choice for $18/month.
How to watch the NBA on YouTube TV
Fans who do not live in the local market of their favorite team can still catch nearly every game live through out-of-market broadcasts with NBA League Pass on YouTube TV.
YouTube TV costs $64.99/month, and The NBA League Pass service is available for an additional $40/mo. Alternatively, viewers can sign up for the annual subscription for $119.99/year to watch all of a single team’s games throughout the entire NBA season.
How to watch the NBA on Hulu
In addition to carrying all nationally broadcast games, Hulu + Live TV also carries all but five of the regional sports networks (RSNs) that are home to most NBA game broadcasts in local markets. Most local games are broadcast by FOX Sports or NBC Sports RSNs and are both available on Hulu + Live TV.
Hulu + Live TV starts at $69.99.
How to order NBA League Pass
Every game that is not nationally televised or locally blacked out will be available on NBA League Pass. NBA League Pass offers live, out-of-market games all season through the NBA App, NBA.com, connected televisions, and TV providers.
How much does NBA League Pass cost?
There are two available plans for NBA League Pass. The standard plan that allows you to stream games live or on-demand is $99.99 for the season.
The premium plan allows you to watch games commercial-free on 3 devices at a time with access to in-arena streams. It is $149.99 for the season.
How to get NBA TV
If you do not receive NBA TV as part of your cable/streaming/satellite package, you can now purchase the network standalone for $7/month or $59/year through NBA League Pass. NBA League Pass is available to purchase through the NBA itself or through YouTube TV, Fubo, DirecTV Stream, and Amazon Prime Video.
How to watch NBA games online with a VPN
However, with all these different ways of watching the NBA, there are still blackout restrictions fans have to deal with. These are essentially bans implemented on nationally and locally televised games in a certain media market because of exclusive streaming rights.
If you want to bypass the NBA League Pass blackouts, you’ll need a VPN service. Using a VPN for the NBA helps you seem as if you’re in a different location where the blackouts don’t apply and watch the games with no issues.
NordVPN, SurfShark, and PureVPN are some alternatives to use when trying to get around the restrictions.