If you love the game of basketball but don't know how to go about getting the most out of your armchair experience then fear not. We have you covered. How? With our guide to the best NBA streaming services, that's how!
The obvious choice
The heading says it all, this is the obvious choice. If you love basketball then you do have the option of picking up a NBA pass. This is a service provided by the league itself.
Perhaps surprisingly, some of their options make this the cheapest choice out there although it's worth noting that you're obvious limited to the NBA action rather than getting access to wider television and movies.
So, what do the NBA options look like? They start from as little as $4 per month with a three game option all the way up to $38.
The more expensive choice gives you access to premium features (such as throwback games meaning you can go back in time to check out the players with most technical fouls in NBA history) as well as every NBA game. If a middle ground is more your thing then you can buy specific team packages for half of that price – $19.
Sling TV is a long established company offering television streaming across a range of channel types; some of them happen to feature NBA. You can pick up a plan with Sling for around $30 per month; this makes it the cheapest offering for NBA streaming combined with a wider TV offering.
For that outlay, you'll be able to tap into every fixture shown on the likes of TNT, CNN and global sports broadcaster ESPN. These things can come and go pretty quickly but time your strike right and you'll benefit from a compelling sign up offer that a) gives you access to a free trial and b) can sort you out with some 4K ready privileges.
Vidgo is another service like Sling where buying at the right time will see you bank some benefits. It isn't a service that can boast the biggest marketing budget with their brand considered somewhat of a smaller player in the world of NBA streaming, however, that doesn't mean that Vidgo, who allow streaming across up to three devices, are not worth having a look at.
Their most common package is $40 per month, which unlocks over 60 channels including the likes of ABC and ESPN.
Hulu package themselves as a service that is much broader than a NBA streaming service with access to films and their in-house commissioned shows a particular pull to customers.
Of course, part of their platform is still heavily geared towards basketball hence they're on our list.
What access can you get? There are three core channels for your NBA fill; these are ESPN, ABC and TNT.
The company does have a more generous trial offering compared to those we've already looked at but a cost of $55 a month means Hulu comes in a fair bit more expensive than Vidgo and Sling.
On a pure basketball level, you'd be forgiven for saying it's not worth it. If, however, you have your eyes on more than just the NBA then you might be able to justify the increased price.
The last NBA streaming service we look at is the most expensive at $65 per month. They can offer a total of near on 100 channels to justify this price though with plenty of sports offerings included;
It is worth stressing these won't be limited to basketball action though with the Golf Channel and the NFL Network just two examples of other sports available. For your NBA fix you'll be looking to tap into Fox Sports, ABC, ESPN and CBS Sports.
On top of all that, you can delve into the next generation of young talent with the PAC 12 channel. If you're still unconvinced of the value for money then the fact you can get over 200 hours of recording time might turn your head – you won't need to watch the NBA action live.
There you have it, the best NBA streaming services. Did we miss any? Let us know!