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The 2019/20 NBL campaign is reaching its crescendo. A season that began with Melbourne United as the defending champions and newcomers South East Melbourne Phoenix added to the mix has now reached the play-off stage.
The top 4 teams at the end of the 28-game regular season – Sydney Kings, Perth Wildcats, Cairns Taipans and Melbourne United – qualified for the semi-finals. You can take a look back here at our full NBL fixtures schedule and team guide.
This season there were again nine teams competing in the NBL, made up of eight from Australia and one from New Zealand. And with new broadcasting deals available on subscription and free-to-air television, it has been a great season for fans to tune in.
As mentioned, the top four teams qualify for the semi-finals. Under the current system, first plays fourth and second faces third in a best-of-three format. The winners of the semi-finals then meet in the grand final, held over five games if required. The team with the best record in the regular season gets home court advantage in the play-offs.
Starting with the 2019/20 NBL season, SBS reached an agreement to broadcast 67 games (up to 4 matches a round) on SBS Viceland. The remaining 59 games are on ESPN, which is available via Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Fetch TV. All finals are being simulcast on both networks. Or, you can get an NBL TV subscription and stream all the action online. Here's how to keep up.
Kayo Sports offers coverage of over 50 sports from all over the world, with content from ESPN included in the mix. Hence, you can stream NBL games on Kayo Sports with minimal hassle, plus an average of seven games live per week during the NBA regular season and every game of the NBA finals. In other words, there's plenty of content for basketball fans to stream.
A Basic Kayo Sports subscription costs $25/month and lets you watch on 2 screens at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription and watch on 2 screens simultaneously. Either way, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial.
Besides the generous content library, Kayo Sports boasts excellent features that are built with sports streaming in mind. You can watch up to four videos on the same screen with SplitView, explore a fascinating world of statistics with Interactive Stats or hide scores when you're running late with the No Spoilers setting. For those short on time, Key Moments lets you jump right to the action that matters in selected match-ups, while Kayo Minis deliver all the highlights from selected games in 20 minutes or less. Read more about everything the service offers in our in-depth Kayo Sports review.
The online platform is available via web on PCs/Macs or you can download the app on your smartphone/tablet and watch on the go. Kayo Sports is also compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
ESPN is included in Foxtel iQ subscriptions with the Sports HD channel pack, so you can watch on TV or stream games on the go with the Foxtel GO app. The app is free for all Foxtel subscribers. You can also stream with the WatchESPN app, free for Foxtel users with the Sports HD pack.
The Sports HD channel pack from Foxtel generally costs $25/month, on top of the base Foxtel Plus pack ($49/month). Subscribers get access to 12 sports channels, as well as iQ4, an advanced set-top box that lets you record live TV and watch content in 4K. Foxtel iQ deals are always available, so you can save on fees and score discounts when bundling multiple channel packs.
Basketball fans can also stream ESPN with Foxtel Now. The channel is included in the Sport pack, priced at $29/month. This is a premium offering, so you need to subscribe to Essentials as well to add Sport to your subscription. Essentials costs $25/month and offers a mix of Pop and Lifestyle channels.
Foxtel Now is compatible with PCs and Macs or you can download the app to your smartphone/tablet. You can also watch on TV via Sony Android TVs, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers get a 10-day free trial.
ESPN is available on Fetch TV as part of the Vibe channel pack. The pack costs only $6/month. Note: the total price of your subscription will vary based on whether you got your Fetch box through a broadband provider or bought it outright.
The NBL play-offs are all live on SBS Viceland, plus you can stream games on SBS On Demand for free. Check out the schedule below for more info on which games will be available on Viceland.
Through the magic of online streaming, Australian basketball fans can watch all the NBL they want, live and untethered from the living room couch, no TV required. Every steal, every assist, every dunk; with NBL TV, you'll never have to miss another shot.
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