NBA TV is owned by the National Basketball Association of America. It is the oldest league controlled and owned cable network in America. The league mainly uses the network as a way of advertising its out of market package called the NBA League pass and the partner channel TNT. The channel broadcasts all things basketball from exhibitions to playoffs and regular season games. Also, fans are treated to documentaries and specials. Apart from NBA, the network also broadcasts WNBA games. Interestingly, the most number of people at any given time watching the channel was when the Spurs played against the Warriors on April 10, 2016, averaging 2.6 million viewers.


Channel Sports Games Streamed Free Trial HD Stream Cable Required iOS App Android App
Watch-NBA-TV-Online NBA Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes

Watch the NBA TV Without Cable

It is possible to watch or stream NBA TV and that too without having a regular cable TV subscription. Streaming services like Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW have made it possible for basketball fans to live stream NBA TV via their mobile devices or computer’s browser. Also, the app (both services have apps for iOS and android devices) ensures that subscribers can even stream on the go from anywhere within the United States. Sling TV starts at $20 a month with DIRECTV NOW costing $35. Both services are a lot cheaper than regular cable and do not require a long-term commitment either.

You can try both services for a limited time using the links below:

Sling (7 Days Free) DIRECTV NOW (7 Days Free)

Streaming NBA TV with the Official App

The NBA TV app does not stream the channel live. However, what it does is allow subscribers to watch a couple of programs. Alternatively, people with a League Pass can watch regular season games or ones they have signed up to watch.

Which Sports Events are Streamed on NBA TV?

Most regular season games and the playoffs are telecast on NBA TV. However, please check the network’s broadcast schedule for programing specific to your location.