The 2020 NBA Playoffs will be here before you know it, and basketball fans don’t want to miss a second of what’s sure to be an exciting postseason. Thankfully, you can watch the NBA Playoffs without cable or satellite thanks to a host of new legal streaming services, like fuboTV (free trial), Vidgo (free trial), Hulu with Live TV, and others. Some options will even let you watch the NBA Playoffs online free for a period of time!
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Watching the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals without cable is as simple as 1, 2, 3; and today I’ll show you how. Let’s get started!
Watch NBA Playoffs Without Cable: At a Glance
Looking for the cliff notes? Here’s our recommendation for streaming the NBA Playoffs in 2019:
Sign up for fuboTV (try it free for 7 days). This affordable live streaming service offers a great way to watch NBA Playoffs without cable.
fuboTV costs $59.99 a month, and provides access to ESPN, ESPNEWS, NBA TV, and ABC. That means fuboTV will cover all the playoffs except games airing on TNT. It’s also one of the easiest ways to get ABC, rather than having to find a workaround.
fuboTV is an online streaming service that lets you watch live TV without cable. It covers anywhere 90+ channels, depending on the package you choose. You can stream on Roku, Apple TV and other streaming players, as well as your computer, mobile devices and more.
NBA Playoffs Channels
First things first; if you want to watch the NBA Finals without cable, you’ll need to know what channels they air on first.
There are five channels that the NBA Finals will air on, and they are ABC, ESPN, ESPNEWS, TNT and NBA TV. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But those are cable channels!” And they are. But luckily, you still don’t need a cable provider to watch ESPN or the other channels you’ll need. I’ll show you how in just a minute, but first let’s talk about ABC.
The cheapest way to get ABC is through a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna. Far more advanced than their rabbit-eared ancestors, OTA antennas can give you all of the broadcast channels you know and love (ABC included) in 1080i HD picture for free (minus the cost of the antenna, of course). My favorite OTA antenna brand is Mohu, but feel free to shop around.
Do note that an antenna won’t help you with the games on ESPN – only those on ABC.
fuboTV Provides Affordable NBA Playoffs Streaming
As discussed above, fuboTV is one of the best ways to watch NBA Playoffs games without cable. Plans start from $59.99 a month, with no contract.
fuboTV offers most of the channels you’ll need; ESPN, ABC, ESPNews, and NBA TV.
- Get most of the channels you need for the whole playoffs
- Customize your channel lineup to suit your tastes
- Watch live TV without cable
- Watch on mobile devices, computers, streaming players like Roku, and more
- Plans from $59.99/month
- No contract or commitment
- Free 7 day trial available
Other Ways to Watch Playoff Games Online
Here are some other great choices:
Vidgo – $30/mo starting out – free 7 day trial
Vidgo is probably the cheapest way to get ESPN channels, ABC, and other valuable networks. It has a very impressive channel selection, with up to 60+ channels in total. Learn more in our Vidgo review.
Hulu Live TV – $55/mo – free 7 day trial
Hulu Live TV offers ESPN, ESPN3 (via the WatchESPN app), ESPNEWS, TNT, and many other useful channels. It also has an impressive selection of on-demand content to keep you entertained long after the Playoffs are over. Learn more in our Hulu review.
YouTube TV – $65/mo – free 7 day trial
YouTube TV also covers many valuable channels for NBA fans, including ESPN and TNT. It’s got a slick DVR with unlimited storage. However, it’s one of the most expensive options. Learn more in our YouTube TV review.
NBA Playoffs TV Schedule
We don’t yet have the full NBA Playoffs schedule. You can check here for the latest updates.
Now that we know where and when to watch the NBA Finals, the only thing left for us to do is sit back and enjoy the game. So who are you pulling for in the finals? Sound off on social media or let us know in the comments below!
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