The 2017 NBA Finals are here, and for the third-straight year will be a matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. These two have clearly proved themselves to be the best teams in the game over the last several years.
This will be a series you won’t want to miss and you can definitely watch the NBA Finals without cable. The Cavs won last year and the Warriors the year before, so this will be the chance for one of the teams to pull away from the other, at least until next year.
Last year, we highlighted how you can cut cable and watch the Finals and this year is no different. You won’t have any problem watching every single game on ABC as long as you get prepared ahead of time. An antenna is the number one thing you’ll need to not miss a single game during the NBA Finals. You can also head to Untangle.TV to get a complete cord cutting package recommendation for everything you’ll need to watch the NBA Finals and whatever else you love to watch.
Note: All games air on ABC, times in ET
Game 1: Thursday, June 1
Game 2: Sunday, June 4
Game 3: Wednesday, June 7
Game 4: Friday, June 9
Game 5: Monday, June 12*
Game 6: Thursday, June 15*
Game 7: Sunday, June 18*
A TV antenna is one of the best tools on the market to watch the NBA without cable. It’s basically the only option out there that’ll let you watch popular TV without needing to pay any subscription costs. That’s because the only cost for watching with an antenna is the initial price you pay when you buy it for the first time.
You can watch over-the-air network broadcasts like ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX for free with the antenna. Everything you receive on your TV also comes in high-definition picture. You can watch the Finals in perfectly crisp HD on your big screen, even without cable.
An over-the-air DVR brings all of the traditional features of DVRs and much more to your TV watching experience with an antenna. Everything that you watch with an antenna can be recorded with the OTA DVR, like a Tablo. You can also pause or rewind TV as you’re watching it live.
One of the best parts about these DVRs is the ability to live stream TV. The DVR connects to your internet and will let you watch whatever the antenna is currently receiving on your phone, tablet, or computer. So, if you cut cable and get an antenna and OTA DVR, you can actually live stream the entire 2017 NBA Finals wherever you can get an internet connection.
There are a few streaming services that’ll also offer an ABC live stream. In select areas, you can get ABC live streaming right on some of these services, but in others you can use your subscription to watch a simulcast of the game on WatchESPN. This comes in especially handy if you live in an area that gets poor antenna reception or if you need to watch on the go.
DIRECTV NOW is a service with a large channel package that makes it a viable option as a cable replacement. For $35 per month, you can watch more than 60 channels including ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, and much more. PlayStation Vue offers similar channels, around 50 in total, in its $29.99 per month starting package. There’s also a cloud DVR on the service to record your favorite TV to watch later.
Sling TV is another one that may provide an ABC live stream. It’ll cost $20 per month for the “Sling Orange” starting package and an extra $5 per month for the “Broadcast Extra” package that includes ABC. If you can’t get ABC live, Sling TV actually lets you watch the ABC simulcast on ESPN3, right through the service. All of these services have free trials, so you can always test them out before committing to the monthly costs.
There’s officially no excuse for you to miss out on the 2017 NBA Finals. Even without cable, you have plenty of choices to watch and even some great options to watch the games later if you can’t get in front of your TV in time. Now, all you have to do is pick which team you’ll be rooting for!
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