Streaming of live sporting activities is increasingly becoming a common activity in the digital media landscape. The NBA season games have ended but do not worry since the playoffs are just around the corner. Whether you have subscribed to the official TV channel, cut the cable cord for initial time or even stream online, there a number of options on how you can watch the NBA Playoffs. Importantly, NBA playoffs will be aired on ABC, ESPNews, TNT, ESPN, NBATV and importantly ESPN2. On that note, in the following discussion, we are going to look at how to watch NBA Playoffs Live online without a cable.
NBA Playoffs Live Media streaming services
Fubo TV was an all soccer TV channel but recently it has started showing other games including the fans’ favorite NBA. With a $40 per month subscription, you will get access to a number of channels including NBA TV which broadcasts for the first two months at an offer $20 in total. Importantly, Fubo TV also features a number of regional sports network which essentially depends on your geographical location. However, this premier service doesn’t include channels such as TNT, ABC or any of the ESPN channels. For you to catch all the basketball live actions, you have to complement the package with any of the above channels. In nutshell, Fubo TV package can be one of your options to help you catch coming NBA Playoffs 2018.
Sling TV is a well-known streaming service that offers you some of the best sports live actions through the internet. Sling TV comes with about 50 to 60 channels Moreover the service is very easy to handle and comes with many cable telecast options that will keep you updated on how the NBA Playoffs live actions are taking place. The packages for Sling TV are Blue, Orange and a combination of the two. Additionally, Sling TV features the Orange the package that will enable you to access TNT, ESPN and crucially ESPN2. Besides the regular season games, ESPN provides you access to other NBA actions and are as follows: the NBA draft lottery, one of the two conference finals, the NBA draft and importantly any NBA playoff game that takes place on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. TNT also offers you with other NBA games besides the regular game. Some of this games that you can get from TNT include NBA all-star game, NBA playoff game that takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and crucially NBA conference finals not shown on ESPN. Sling TV also has Sports extra add-on at only $5 in a single month. All you need to make a monthly subscription of $20 and you will enjoy your sport without any delay or problem. Crucially, if you have a digital antenna you also catch up with the ABC broadcasts.
With Directv Now you similarly able to get access to TNT, ABC, ESPN and crucially ESPN2. It’s the second best streaming option when it comes to cost. The Directv Now streaming services will offer more than 60 channels from which you will enjoy the NBA Playoffs live plus other live actions from for other games. Importantly, this actually a dozen more than what PlayStation Vue provides. You only need as little as $35 per month which is also $5 less than PlayStation Vue.
Hulu with Hulu Live TV
This is one of the newly introduced cable-less options through which you NBA Playoff fans can get to enjoy the game without having to attend it physically. With the mere subscription of $40 per month, you are able to get access to live sports, news, entertainment and significantly the Hulu streaming library. This basically means that you are able to view ABC, TNT, ESPN2, and ESPN. This is the exact channel list that you will get through it may change depending on your geographical location and market. You ought to keep it in mind that with Hulu TV subscription, you will not get to customize PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, this is on their own and if you will want them you will have to independently subscribe to them. In short, you won’t use your subscription beyond the basketball season.
The channel list provided by PlayStation Vue is similar to that of Sling TV although these channels include live feeds from major channels such as ABC. If you are to afford the subscription for this option you will get access to the following channels: ABC, TNT, ESPN2, and ESPN. The subscription cost is $40 per month. One important thing with this option is that you can use the PlayStation Vue credentials to sign into TV Everywhere apps like NBC Sports and Fox Sports Go and importantly catch up with regional broadcast at no any extra charge. Before you go for a subscription, always confirm if it’s in your area.
NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is actually the best option and all-time recommendation for all the hardwood NBA fans. As a matter of fact, NBA League Pass is the official league’s streaming service channel. For only $29 per month or rather $200 per year, you will able to watch all the NBA live in the market including the 2018 NBA Playoff. One important thing about the NBA League Pass is that it shows even the games that are not broadcast nationally on the other four popular sports channel (TNT, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2). As if not enough, NBA League Pass subscription gives you a chance to watch up to four games simultaneously in HD and crucially you can watch them in your tablets, computers, smartphone or any other streaming gadget. Furthermore, all the games that have been broadcast in TNT, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 are 24hrs broadcast here after their completion. More importantly, NBA League Pass gives you access to accurately select classic games. For $40 a month or rather $250 a year you can subscribe to NBA League Pass premium which basically provides you with an in-arena stream at game breaks. Other NBA League Pass packages are as follows:
Basically involves subscribing to a live action for a single team of your choice. With the package, you will get full game replays and audio broadcasts for each of the team you have subscribed to for only $17.99. Although it’s not the perfect option, it’s relatively better than the Sling TV option. However, this package falls a victim of package blackout restriction.
This generally involves subscribing to the NBA Playoff action for all the teams. With this subscription, you will need to pay an additional $11 a month. Nevertheless, the subscription also falls under the blackout restriction. One major outstanding advantage for all teams’ subscription is its Virtual Reality for particular games. This is something that everyone can welcome when it comes to streaming NBA playoffs online.
NBA Team Pass
If you want all the live updates about your favorite NBA team just invest in NBA Team Pass. The subscription is also a major recommendation for all the NBA hardcore since NBA Team Pass is actually the league’s official streaming channel. Importantly, with only$18 dollars a month or $120 dollars a year, you get to stream multiple channels including the channels live out of the market game. With this package subscription, you will be able to get local broadcasts for your favorite team’s squad for both the away and home team games. All the NBA rules still apply in as much as the NBA Team Pass package is concerned. This simply means it’s not a guarantee that has you have paid for your subscription you will get the rights to stream the live NBA Playoffs. Your geographical location determines a lot. Therefore, always use your Zip Code to confirm if the channel you are subscribing can be watched within your location. The league has given Blackout Explorer as the official platform where you enter your Zip Code and confirm the same.
NBA Playoff Streaming is still mixed for cord cutters
To some extent, online streaming of NBA games is still a 50-50 action because of a number of reasons. One major reason is the availability of the national broadcast via the streaming services. This basically means that the other channels will find it difficult when it comes to competing with other channels. Additionally, there are high chances of other streaming channels denied the rights to show the NBA Playoff Live action because of the need to attract many customers to the national streaming channel. Until all issues pertaining the national streaming channels and regional sports network are solved, you might actually get yourself following the live action through only your radio.
What hardware do you need?
When it comes to streaming live action NBA Playoffs, there are generally a number of hardware that you need to keep in mind. Choosing the right hardware is basically determined by how you plan to watch the game. Options such as Fubo TV, Sling TV or Direct TV require run apps while other options require a computer or a phone. Some other hardware that you consider includes android, IOS, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple TV.