Watch the NBA Playoffs, TV & Streaming Options

Mon Aug 10, 2020 13:47:55PM

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Make sure you have all the channels you need and the right cable provider to watch every single NBA Playoff game with this guide.

TV Channels Airing Games


ABC will air some games from the first round, semifinals and is the exclusive home for NBA Finals coverage. Luckily you don't need a cable subscription to access ABC; a digital antenna hooked up to your television can pick up ABC for free. Or ABC comes standard as part of your local TV lineup in most any basic or extended cable package.

ESPN and TNT will air almost all the other NBA Playoff games. Both channels air games from the first round, the semifinals and they split coverage of the Conference Championships. You will need a basic cable account to access these channels. Or of course, you can always go to a local bar or restaurant that is known for airing sporting events to get around that.

Of course, if you have NBA TV as part of your cable channel lineup, you can watch any games that ABC, ESPN or TNT don't air, from the first round. For blackout reasons, NBA TV can't air a lot of games the other channels have contracts for already. But they will also be airing highlights and have plenty of NBA Playoffs commentary throughout.

Cable TV & Streaming

Cable TV - Spectrum, U-Verse, Verizon Fios, Xfinity
Satellite TV - DirecTV, Dish Network
Internet TV packages - AT&T TV Now, YouTubeTV

All of these providers offer all 4 TV channels (ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV) airing the NBA Playoffs. Options include traditional cable, satellite TV or internet TV packages for the growing community of cord-cutters.

WatchESPN. For all games airing on ESPN and ABC, use this link. It works on your computer, mobile phone or tablet, as long as you have your login info (or someone else is nice enough to allow you possibly borrow theirs?, just a thought).

You will also find many options for highlights, recaps and pre-game commentary of each game there as well.

Watch TNT. For all games airing on TNT, use this link. Just sign in with your cable login info, and you are good to stream their channel live.

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