How to Watch the NBA Anywhere, on Any Device
While the TV and couch will probably always be the preferred method of watching pro hoops, the NBA is finally starting to make moves to accomodate fans' poly-gadget, on-demand lifestyles.
Tue, October 29, 2013
IDG News Service — While the TV and couch will probably always be the preferred method of watching pro hoops, the NBA is finally starting to make moves to accomodate fans' poly-gadget, on-demand lifestyles.
The bad news is that most of these streaming options still require you to prove that you have a cable subscription, so in most cases a full-on cord cut will have to wait a bit longer.
New cable-streaming options
The NBA is now finalizing agreements for the 201314 season that will allow regional cable providers to stream home-market gamesA to subscribers' computers or mobile devices. It will be the first time a major U.S. sports league has done this.
Sixteen NBA teams are finalizing home-market streaming deals with Fox Sports Media Group,A while another eight teams are finishing deals with NBC Sports Group (aka Comcast). Fox Sports Media and NBC Sports Group areA the biggest regional sports network owners in the United States.
To stream games, fans will need to authenticate their cable subscription online, or through a specialized app such as Fox Sports Go (sorry, Android users, the app is currently available only on iOS). Smaller regional cable carriers will begin participating in the streaming deals "later in the season." Check with your local TV network or on your local team's website to see what options are available in your area.
You'll also find streaming options for nationally broadcast games, but these too require you to have a cable subscription.
Other Web options
With a verified cable subscription, you can log in to stream NBA games on ESPNA via WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN app (Android or iOS). This offering is available mostly on Fridays and Wednesdays (see the full schedule).
TNT also features nationally broadcast games throughout the season, mostly on Thursday nights (see the full schedule). Viewers can watch live games online via the TNT Overtime site, which provides interactive features and alternative angles. Overtime was designed as a second-screen app, but you can use it as a primary video source in a pinch. You should be able to access most Overtime games without a cable subscription.
ABC is the other national NBA partner. The games are mainly on Sundays (see the schedule). You can stream the games via the aptly named Watch ABC app (Android, iOS, Kindle Fire). For now, Watch ABC is available onlyA to customers of a handful of cable providers.