The NBA season has seen the Warriors and Spurs having record setting years, and the Cavaliers continuing their claim as the best team in the Eastern Conference.
But, we are looking forward to potentially finding out if there is another contender in the East, like the Toronto Raptors, that may just be good enough to challenge the LeBron-led Cavaliers in a 7-game series. Or, who knows maybe we will see another upset as we did last year when the Clippers ousted the reigning champion Spurs in the first round.
Regardless of what happens during the playoffs, we know everyone wants to watch. That’s why we put together an awesome guide for cable cutters to watch the NBA Playoffs. There are tons of options in there and below are some of our favorites.
Your antenna is one of your best options because the NBA Finals will be broadcast exclusively on ABC. There may be other ways to access it, like WatchESPN, but almost all people in the U.S. can access ABC for free over the air. During the season, ABC broadcasts tons of other games as well, including some of the big Christmas day match-ups.
In the rest of the playoffs, ABC will be broadcasting a few weekend games in Round 1 and 2 and will split coverage with ESPN for the Western Conference Finals. Not only do you get the ability to watch a ton of the NBA playoffs for free, but the quality of the actual broadcast is incredible since you can receive uncompressed HD without any lag right on the big screen.
The antenna gets you access to other channels like NBC, FOX, and CBS as well. So, you can use it to watch a lot of sporting events like NFL games, live PGA Tour tournaments, and MLB games. There are more and more options out there for cable cutters, but if you’re looking for basic broadcast networks with perfect HD resolution than an antenna is certainly the top choice.
Overall, Sling TV is a great option for those looking for a full cable alternative. This is exactly what Dish Network intended when it launched the service in 2015. For $20 per month you can watch more than 20 cable channels live streaming through your internet connection. TBS, ESPN, and TNT are included in the basic package and you can use your Sling TV login for WatchESPN to view the ABC broadcasts.
You can definitely use Sling TV to watch quite a bit of the playoffs if you are willing to pay the monthly subscription cost. It is nice there is no contract required, so you can always cancel at any time you would like. There is no hardware setup, so you can just sign up and pay for Sling TV when you really want it.
If you’re interested in gaining more access, you can include add-on channel packages for an additional $5 each month. These range across several niches to include packages like Sports, Kids, and Spanish television. You can watch Sling TV on most major mobile devices and tablets and on your TV with Chromecast, Roku, or Amazon Fire TV.
Here is another streaming service, similar to Sling TV, which can now be counted as one of the top cable alternatives. It was launched earlier last year, but with seriously limited availability. Now, it’s been rolled out across the United States and the price tag has been lowered to $29.99 per month.
PlayStation Vue offers a sizable number of channels that you can live stream through your subscription. TBS, TNT, and ESPN are all included and you can watch ABC’s broadcasts on-demand normally a day after they air. PlayStation Vue is compatible with PlayStation consoles, iOS devices, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.
You can pay more each month if you want to add more channels as well, but PlayStation Vue does it slightly different and offers fully expanded plans. You can pay $5 more and get about 15 more channels or an additional $15 for about 45 more channels and even some premium content as well. Tons more information can be found in this PlayStation Vue review.
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