Note: This article will be updated once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and schedules come out.
Every year, 30 National Basketball Association (NBA) teams compete for a place in the playoffs — an end of season tournament that culminates in one of the most exciting sporting events of the year, the NBA Finals.
The NBA Playoffs were set to get underway on April 18, and the Finals on June 4. Unfortunately, the NBA recently suspended the current season due to COVID-19 precautions. The league has not yet made any further scheduling announcements. While we don’t yet know when things will pick back up again, we do know that NBA Finals games are typically nationally televised by ABC per contractual agreements.
Live TV streaming services for the NBA Finals
To access the NBA Finals live stream, you’ll need a streaming service that features ABC. Note NBA League Pass doesn’t air nationally televised games, so you won’t be able to watch the NBA Finals using the league’s streaming service. The following leading streaming providers will let you watch the NBA Finals:
AT&T TV Now – AT&T TV Now offers a comprehensive selection of channels, including ABC — packages start at $65/mo. Local blackout restrictions don’t apply to nationally broadcast games, so you should be able to watch the Finals through AT&T TV Now no matter where you live.
You can access the service from up to three devices at a time. Plus, you get 500 hours of recording time with every AT&T TV Now package. The service even lets you customize your package by adding premium channels like Cinemax, EPIX, Showtime, and Starz. And some packages come with HBO included at no extra cost. AT&T TV Now offers a seven-day free trial.
Hulu + Live TV – Hulu + Live TV is another excellent option that features access to ABC. It’s live TV plans start at $54.99/mo. The service offers a no-ad plan for $60.99/mo., which will limit commercial interruptions when you’re watching on-demand programming — you’ll still have to sit through commercials when viewing live TV, like the NBA Finals.
The service lets you stream on up to two devices at a time. And a basic Hulu + Live TV subscription provides 50 hours of cloud recording space. For those who tend to record lots of material, the Enhanced Cloud DVR add-on offers 200 hours of space for an extra $9.99/mo.
You also have the option to add premium channels like Cinemax, HBO, Showtime, and Starz to your Hulu + Live TV subscription for an extra monthly fee. The service offers new subscribers a free seven-day trial.
YouTube TV – YouTube TV’s 1 plan costs $49.99/mo. and includes ABC. YouTube TV takes the cake when it comes to cloud DVR storage, offering unlimited recording at no additional cost — recordings last 9 months.
You can stream from up to three devices at a time with your YouTube TV subscription, which is on par with most streaming services. Although it doesn’t have HBO, the service comes with several add-on premium channels, including EPIX, Showtime, and Starz. Sports fans can also enjoy add-on networks like FOX Soccer Plus and NBA League Pass.
Like many streaming providers, YouTube TV comes with a 7-day free trial. But it also offers lengthier trial periods every now and then.
How to watch the NBA Finals with an antenna
Other than watching the NBA Finals with a cable subscription or through a streaming service, you might also consider using an antenna. This is actually a fantastic option when it comes to watching the NBA Finals since all games will be nationally broadcast over the air by ABC. The antenna will pick up ABC, which you can then watch on TVs and other devices. You can use a Tablo DVR or HDHomeRun to connect your antenna to an Apple TV, Fire TV, or Roku device.
Antenna Web has a comprehensive list of the channels that are available in your region.
The final cut
With a number of live streaming options to choose from, basketball fans have plenty of ways to keep up with the NBA Finals. You can choose between services like AT&T TV Now, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. All of these services come with simultaneous streaming, cloud DVR storage, and premium add-on channels like Cinemax, EPIX, HBO, Showtime, and Starz — and all feature free seven-day trials. If streaming isn’t your thing, no worries, you can always watch the NBA Finals for free with an antenna and the right device.
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