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Being an Australian fan of American NBA isn't easy. Most TV networks limit their coverage to a brief round-up on the nightly news, maybe sparing a few seconds for a clip of LeBron James or Stephen Curry dominating the paint. For a long time, Aussies have had to resort to Foxtel for their basketball fix, shelling out for a full subscription even if they only want to watch the ESPN channels. To make matters worse, ESPN only televises a portion of all NBA games every season, and if you happen to miss a match, there's no way to go back and watch it again.
Thankfully, Aussies now have another option. Harnessing the power of online streaming, the NBA has brought its NBA League Pass to Australia, giving fans nationwide the ability to watch every single NBA game live or on-demand without forking out a small fortune. Whether you're at home on the couch or on the train into work, with an NBA League Pass you'll never have to miss a game again.
What is NBA League Pass?
NBA League Pass is a subscription streaming service dedicated to covering the world of American professional basketball. In addition to streaming every second of every match live across the Internet, NBA League Pass serves as a single destination for all the latest news, statistics, highlights and recaps from the current NBA season.
How do I sign up for NBA League Pass and what does it get me?
When it comes to getting your NBA game on, there are a couple of different options. Without signing up for anything, you can visit the NBA website or download the free NBA app on compatible devices to read up on all the latest news, scores, and statistics from across the league. You can also watch a selection of video highlights recapping the most recent round.
If you're looking for the full streaming package, however, you'll need to purchase an NBA League Pass subscription through the NBA website or via in-app purchase. With a League Pass subscription, you get access to live streams and on-demand replays of every single game in the pre-season, regular season and playoffs, as well as special events such as the NBA Global Games and the NBA All-Star Game.
Whether you're watching live or catching up on-demand, you can enjoy the action in full High Definition (HD), as long as your device and Internet connection support it. For around 90% of the regular season games, you also get access to home and away commentary feeds, letting you listen to your favourite team's announcers break down the match as it plays out. For even more insight, every NBA League Pass comes with NBA TV, a 24/7 stream of NBA programming including exclusive interviews, match-by-match analysis from expert personalities, and recaps of each day's highlights.
Can I watch full-match replays through NBA League Pass?
With an NBA League Pass subscription, you can go back and watch full-length replays of all current-season matches as well as matches from recent seasons, whenever you like. You'll also get access to full replays of some of the most important games from NBA history.
How much does NBA League Pass cost?
NBA League Pass subscriptions come in three variants: a Single Game pass for $12.99, a Monthly Pass for $40.99, and an Annual Pass for $109.99. Monthly and Annual passes involve recurring payments, so make sure you cancel your subscription if you want to end your service at any point.
What devices are compatible with NBA League Pass?
You can access NBA League Pass content from a wide variety of devices, both through dedicated apps and via the NBA website.
To stream matches through the NBA website, you need either a Windows PC running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later, or a Mac computer running OS X 10.9 or later. You also need to have the latest version of one of the following browsers installed: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera or Safari.
As a bonus, if you're streaming through the NBA website, you can take advantage of the site's Pop-Out feature which lets you arrange and watch multiple video streams on a single screen at the same time. You'll need a fairly modern PC and a fast Internet connection to take advantage of this feature.
If you want to stream NBA games on-the-go, you need the official NBA app for Android and Apple devices. The Android version supports phones and tablets running Android 4.0.3 and higher, while the iOS version is compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running iOS 8.0 or later. To improve the viewing experience on small screens, both versions of the app feature an optional Mobile View which zooms in on the action, making it easier to discern players and keep track of what's going on.
Sometimes the only way to watch the game is on the big screen, and NBA League Pass provides plenty of ways to do this. Dedicated versions of the NBA app are available for Apple TV, Xbox One, Telstra TV, PS3, PS4 and Chromecast, each supporting both live streaming and on-demand video.
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How much data does NBA League Pass use?
To stream NBA League Pass content at the lowest quality, you need a minimum Internet connection of 800Kbps. Streaming in HD requires a minimum 3Mbps connection. Since a typical 48-minute NBA game spans around two hours due to timeouts, half-time breaks and other stoppages, this works out at roughly 700MB of data usage per game on the lowest video quality. At HD quality, this increases to around 2.7GB per game.
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