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Where to stream 2023 NBA season online in Australia: Full ESPN TV schedule
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The NBA has crowned a new champion in the Denver Nuggets, a new batch of rookies have been drafted headlined by Victor Wembanyama and free agency saw more than US$2.4 billion handed out.
To watch this year's NBA season your main options are once more NBA League Pass, which has every game. Or if you're only after a few games then ESPN is the Australian rights holder and is distributed out to Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV.
NBA ESPN TV schedule Australia
The 2023 NBA season officially tips off on Wednesday 25 October 2023 (AEDT) with the Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers.
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|Date||Game||Time (AEDT)||How to watch|
|Tue 5 Dec||Quarterfinal 1 Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Tue 5 Dec||Quarterfinal 2 Sacramento Kings vs New Orleans Pelicans||2:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Wed 6 Dec||Quarterfinal 3 Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks||11:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Wed 6 Dec||Quarterfinal 4 Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns||2:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Thu 7 Dec||Minnesota Timberwolves vs San Antonio Spurs||11:30 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Thu 7 Dec||Los Angeles Clippers vs Denver Nuggets||2:05 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Fri 8 Dec||Semifinal 1||9:00 AM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Fri 8 Dec||Semifinal 2||12:30 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
|Sat 9 Dec||Utah Jazz vs Los Angeles Clippers||1:00 PM||Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NBA League Pass|
Live stream every NBA game with NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is the league's own dedicated streaming service. If you love the NBA you'll want to familiarise yourself with it as it's the only way to watch every game regular-season and playoff game.
Luckily fans can jump straight in and test it out with a 7-day free trial. NBA League Pass has multiple packages available as either annual or monthly subscriptions.
The prices for this season are identical to the 2022/23 pricing ($209.99 a year or $29.99 a month). However, while the price didn't come down this year it has increased the package to allow 3 simultaneous streams, up from 2. That means you can split it with friends for potentially a third of the cost.
The previous holy grail of League Pass subscription options is still also called League Pass. It gives you access to every single game live or on demand, but you can only watch on 1 device at a time. A subscription for this is priced at $154.99 for a full year or $21.99 a month.
If you're a true NBA fan but have no friends to split the cost with, the League Pass package is still likely your best choice.
Otherwise, there's a Team Pass that gives you access to every single game of the 1 team you choose to follow. Team Pass is $139.99 a year or $19.99 a month.
You can only watch League Pass on 1 device at any time, unless you opt for the newly modified League Pass Premium package that allows you to watch on 3 devices at once. League Pass comes with live stats, multi-screen viewing, offline viewing, NBA TV and other features. For more information, check out our comprehensive NBA League Pass guide.
NBA live stream on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports streams NBA games via ESPN, which features some of the biggest match-ups throughout the season. On average Kayo has 9 NBA games per week.
You can watch both live games and replays in HD on a variety of devices, including PCs/Macs, smartphones, Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4, PS5, Android TV, Telstra TV and selected smart TVs.
Users have multiple subscription options. For $25 a month you're allowed to view on only 1 screen at a time. You can pay $30 a month to stream on 2 screens at the same time or $35 a month for 3 simultaneous streams. A 7-day free trial is available for new customers.
Kayo differentiates itself with the extreme amount of content that it has. There are over 50 sports on Kayo, including heaps of basketball programming.
It covers every NBL match, the NBA Draft, NBA Finals, All-Star Weekend and Christmas Day games, plus shows such as NBA Today and Inside the NBA. It's worth noting League Pass also has access to the same NBA content minus the shows mentioned.
Right now similar to League Pass's condensed games, Kayo has ESPN mini NBA games for up to 72 hours upon completion.
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Stream NBA on Foxtel Now
Alternatively, basketball fans can get NBA streams with Foxtel Now. The streaming sibling to traditional Foxtel lets you watch Foxtel channels via the internet with no contracts required.
Like regular Foxtel, to get ESPN you will need the Sport pack. But there is a catch – because the Sport pack is a premium pack, you need to subscribe to the Essentials pack as well to get it, which comes with a selection of Pop and Lifestyle channels.
This brings your minimum spend to watch NBA on Foxtel Now to $54 a month.
Foxtel Now is available on PCs/Macs, mobile devices, Chromecast/AirPlay, PS4, Telstra TV, Android TV and the Foxtel Now box.
There is no longer a free trial.
Watch NBA with Foxtel iQ
Foxtel offers a limited selection of basketball games broadcast on ESPN. To get ESPN, you need to subscribe to the Sports HD package and the base Foxtel Plus pack.
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.
However, given the minimum monthly cost is $77, you're better off going with any other option. Kayo would give you the same NBA coverage and cost $52 less each month if you went with its cheapest package.
Live NBA via Fetch TV
ESPN is also accessible via Fetch TV, meaning you can stream the NBA Finals. The channel is included in the Vibe pack that costs $6 a month.
However, the total price of your subscription depends on whether you purchase a Fetch box via a broadband provider or buy it outright.
How does the 2023/24 NBA season work?
This year's NBA season is virtually identical to last year's, with the season starting in October, trade deadline in February, Play-in tournament and Playoffs in April and the Finals starting in June.
The only real change this year is the new in-season tournament. It begins early in the season on 4 November, teams have been split evenly into 6 pools with 3 in each conference. These games will still be part of the 82 games each team plays over the regular season. The players of the team who wins the tournament will be rewarded with an extra US$500,000 each.
NBA 2023/24 season key dates
- Opening night: 25 October 2023 AEDT
- In-season tournament: 4 November AEDT
- In-season tournament final: 10 November AEDT
- Christmas games: 26 December 2023 AEDT
- Trade deadline: 8 February 2024 AEDT
- All-Star game: 19 February 2024 AEDT
- Play-in tournament: 16 April 2024 AEST
- Playoffs: 20 April 2024 AEST
- Finals: 6 June 2024 AEST
- Draft: 27 June 2024 AEST
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