How to watch 2020/21 NBL season live and online
Catch every game from the high-flying Australian basketball league live from anywhere in the world.
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The 2020/21 NBL season is upon us, with everyone once again chasing the Perth Wildcats. The West Australian club has won the past two titles and three of the past four overall.
The top 4 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the semi-finals. You can take a look back here at our full NBL fixtures schedule and team guide.
This season there are again nine teams competing in the NBL, made up of eight from Australia and one from New Zealand. One of the more exciting additions is the return of coaching great Brian Goorjian, who has taken the reins at the Hawks.
How do the NBL playoffs work?
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 playoffs.
Watch NBL games free with SBS
The NBL is 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.
Stream NBL games with Kayo Sports
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 special 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.
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 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.
Watch NBL games with Foxtel
ESPN is included in Foxtel iQ subscriptions with the Sports HD channel pack, so you can watch on TV or stream games 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 costs $25/month, which you need on top of the base Foxtel Plus pack ($49/month), a minimum total of $74/month. Foxtel iQ deals are regularly available, so you can save on fees and score discounts when bundling multiple channel packs.
Stream NBL games with Foxtel Now
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.
Watch NBL games with Fetch TV
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.
Stream NBL games with NBL TV
Australian basketball fans can also 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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