Where to stream NBA online in Australia
See every slam dunk live. Watch the NBA live in Australia on your TV or via stream online with this guide.
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For a long time, Australian NBA fans only had one option for getting their basketball fix: Foxtel. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. Aussies now have a variety of ways to stay caught-up with the National Basketball Association.
The most common NBA games shown in Australia are shown on ESPN a few times per week. Though now you can also catch weekly games on SBS and then of course there's NBA's own League Pass streaming every game live.
Live streaming NBA with Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports offers coverage of roughly seven NBA games per week, similar to the Foxtel model. You can watch both live games and replays in HD, on a variety of devices including PCs/Macs, smartphones and laptops, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV and Samsung TV (2018 or later). Kayo and Foxtel have access to games shown on ESPN.
During the preseason Kayo will have select coverage of at least five games.
Users have two subscription options. You can pay $25 a month to stream on two screens at the same time or $35 a month for three simultaneous streams. Whichever way you go, you can test-drive the platform with a 14-day free trial available to new customers.
Kayo differentiates itself with the extreme amount of content that it has and special viewing tools. There are over 50 sports but also heaps of basketball programming.
This includes NBL matches, NBA Draft, FIBA World Cup, NBA Finals, Christmas Day games, plus shows like The Jump and basketball experts Woj & Lowe. It's worth noting that League Pass also has access to the NBA Draft, every playoff game, Christmas Day games and All-Star Weekend.
Special viewing tools Kayo has incorporated into the platform includes SplitView, Key Moments Timeline, Interactive Stats, alternate camera angles and Kayo Minis. SplitView is the most interesting as it allows users to watch four different sports or programs at once. Considering the NBA has games seven days a week this could ensure you don't miss out on your other favourite sports.
Kayo Minis and the Key Moments Timeline are awesome for when you're trying to catch up on the action. Minis are special condensed versions of games. While the Key Moments are handpicked highlights so you can skip to all the best bits. Right now similar to League Pass's condensed games, Kayo has ESPN mini NBA games for up to 72 hours upon completion.
Stream every NBA game with NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is the league's own dedicated streaming service. If you really love the NBA you probably want to watch every game as it's a long flight across the Pacific to attend one. 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.
Luckily fans are able to jump straight in and test it out with a seven-day free trial. Right now NBA League Pass has multiple packages available, either an annual or monthly subscription.
The holy grail of packages is named League Pass and gives you access to every single game live or on demand. A subscription for this is currently priced at $239.99 for a full year or $39.99 a month.
Otherwise there's a Team Pass which gives you access to every single game of the one team you choose to follow. Team Pass is $169.99 a year or $19.99 a month. Or you can opt for the eight-game choice which as the name suggest lets you select eight games per month to watch. This option costs $109.99 a year or $14.99 a month.
You can watch League Pass on one device at a time. League Pass also comes with several features including live stats, multi-screen viewing and more. For more information check out our comprehensive NBA League Pass guide.
NBA Australian TV schedule
Watch NBA on free-to-air with SBS
SBS was able to strike a deal to broadcast two NBA games live each week for the next two seasons, plus a weekly WNBA game. In what's turned out to be a perfect scenario for basketball fans, the two live games aired on SBS each week differ to those that are on ESPN. Matches will be shown in HD on SBS Viceland and streamed live via the SBS On Demand app.
For the resumption of the NBA season SBS will have up to five live NBA games per week. To check out SBS's games schedule see our ESPN and SBS NBA schedule guide later on in this article. It's also important to note that SBS won't have any NBA Playoff series, All-Star Weekend or the draft.
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Watch NBA with Foxtel
Foxtel offers a limited selection of basketball games broadcast on ESPN. To get ESPN, you need to subscribe to the Sports HD package for $25 a month and the base Foxtel Plus pack for $49 a month. Once that’s done, you can stream NBA games on your smartphone, tablet or laptop with the Foxtel GO app. The app is free with your Foxtel subscription.
All you need to do is download it from Google Play or the App Store and enter your Foxtel ID. You’ll be online in no time. To watch with your laptop, go to the Foxtel website.
Alternatively, basketball fans can also follow the NBA with Foxtel Now. The streaming sibling to traditional Foxtel lets you watch Foxtel channels via the Internet, no contracts required. Like regular Foxtel, to get ESPN you will need the Sport pack, priced at $29 a month. There is a catch, because the Sport pack is a Premium pack, so you need to subscribe to the Essentials pack as well to be able to get it. That costs $25 a month and comes with a selection of Pop and Lifestyle channels. This brings your minimum monthly spend to $54 a month.
Streaming NBA via Fetch TV
ESPN is also accessible via Fetch TV. The channel is included in the Vibe pack, which costs $6 a month. However, the total price of your Fetch subscription will depend on whether you purchase a box via a broadband provider or buy one outright.
How does the 2020/21 NBA season work?
The end of the 2019/20 season was completed in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando and the Lakers were crowned NBA champions. However, things will be a little more normal for 2020/21 despite still being impacted by coronavirus.
Every team will return to their home market except for the Toronto Raptors who will be playing out of Tampa, Florida as the Canadian government has denied other teams entry.
Given that the last season didn't finish until 12 October (AEDT), this year's campaign will be starting later than usual. Teams will begin preseason games on 12 December. The offical start date of the 2020/21 season is 23 December (AEDT). The season will consist of 72 games rather than 82 as well.
This decision was made for two reasons. To help the schedule finish in July so that in 2021/22 they can begin at the normal time of late October or early November. Also to try and give players more rest in what will be a condensed year.
One other change this year originally was the NBA All-Star Weekend being scrapped. However, the NBA has now changed its mind and will be holding a special All-Star event 8 March.
An inclusion during the bubble will be continuing on too. The play-in tournament is here to stay. This time teams from each conference seeded 7–10 at the end of the regular season will compete to make the playoffs. First the 7 and 8 seeds will play, where the winner earns the 7 seed. Then 9 plays 10 in an elimination game. The winner of that then plays the loser of 7 vs 8 to earn the final playoff spot.
Play-in games will be at most a mini three-game series between the two teams. The eighth seed will be required to win just one game which ensures they'll make the playoffs. While for the ninth seeded team they'll need to win the opening two games to snatch a playoff berth. So it's essentially a best of two series.
How do the NBA Playoffs work?
The NBA Playoffs sees eight teams from both the Western and Eastern conferences compete in a best-of-seven series per round. Based on regular-season records each team is ranked one through to eight. Overall the playoffs have four rounds. It starts with the first round, followed by the second round, conference finals and NBA Finals. The winner of each conference then meets in the NBA Finals.
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