Another week has come and gone; and another exciting set of matches is on the horizon. This week we’ve got the NBA Conference Finals in full force, the NHL Conference Finals, the French Open, and another great set of MLB match-ups for us to look forward to; and all without the burdensome cost of cable. Let’s get started.
**All times in Eastern Time Zone**
Below I show you when and where to watch, but let’s first talk about “how to watch.” Unlike watching football without cable, most MLB games do not air on Major Network channels. To catch the MLB games on ESPN, you’re going to need a subscription to Sling TV. It’s $20 a month, there’s no commitments, and you get over 20 live television channels to stream; ESPN included. You can also get ESPN with PlayStation Vue’s new streaming offering, though it will cost you $10 dollars more than Sling.
Games on the MLBN is going to require a subscription to MLB.TV. It’s costs $40 a season and you get access to every out of market MLB game in a season. It’s a great tool for when the game you’re looking for is out of reach; especially early on in the season.
Finally, for the games on FOX, the only thing you’ll need is an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With an OTA antenna, you can get access to all of the major broadcast networks in your area (Fox included) for free. Even if you don’t like baseball, OTA antennas are a fantastic tool for people looking for a better cable TV alternative.
The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is the second stop in the annual Grand Slam Tournament and one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. For the last couple of years, tennis fans have been able to watch coverage of the tournament via ESPN and NBC , but in recent years that has fallen by the wayside.
Your best bet to get comprehensive coverage is going to come to you from the online service Tennis Channel Plus. A year’s subscription will cost you $90, but you will get comprehensive coverage of over 45 world tennis tournaments; including the French Open.
Here’s what the first days of the tournament will look like:
Sunday, May 22
Monday, May 23
Tuesday, May 24
Wednesday, May 25
Thursday, May 26
Friday, May 27
Saturday, May 28
The NBA Conference Playoffs are in full effect, and if you’ve missed the first couple games and need to know how to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable; don’t worry, we’ve got your back. To watch the NBA Playoffs without cable, you’ll need a subscription to Sling TV and an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.
A subscription to Sling TV, which costs $20, gives you streaming access to 20+ live television channels; all with no contracts or commitments. Bundled in that default package is ESPN and TNT, which will be critical; as you’ll see in a moment. Again, you can also get these channels with PlayStation Vue, but at a higher cost point.
The OTA antenna will also be key a little on down the road as we get to the final face-off between the Eastern and Western Conference Champions. All of the matches will air on ABC, which can you watch for free with an OTA antenna.
Now, you might notice that Sling TV has an add-on with ABC, but I recommend getting the antenna anyway. An OTA gives you access to ALL of the major broadcast networks, not just one, and in the long run will be much less expensive than keeping a $5 add-on.
Now that we know how to catch the remaining playoff games, here are the games we’ve got left:
Eastern Conference Finals – Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
Western Conference Finals – Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
We’re only a few games away from the final match-up of the NHL season. So if you’ve been out of the loop, it’s time to hop back in. Sadly, the last two games of the conferences finals will air on NBC Sports Network; which requires either a cable subscription or a PlayStation Vue subscription ($30 a month).
However, if you don’t mind waiting a little bit, you can still catch the playoffs with NHL.TV. NHL.TV allows you to stream every NHL game in a given season. Games that are locally or nationally televised are not available for live streaming, but they are available after the game airs.
Since the playoffs are nationally televised, they cannot be live streamed. But like I said, if you don’t mind waiting a little bit, you won’t be behind the eight ball too much. NHL.TV is currently the “Offseason” package for $24.99. Click here to find out more
Eastern Conference Finals – Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Western Conference Finals – St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
Which games are you looking forward to the most this week? I’m pretty pumped to about the NBA Finals myself. Let me know what you think in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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