How to Watch the NBA Finals 2019 without cable
Watching the NBA Finals without a cable TV or satellite subscription has never been easier.
My top choice for watching the NBA Finals is Hulu with Live TV because it carries more than 140 ABC stations across the U.S.
So it’s your the best shot for streaming the NBA Finals live without having to do too much research.
This quick guide will show you how to watch every moment of the on-court battles by tapping into an NBA live stream.
If you don’t use a TV antenna to get a local ABC station for free, then live streaming games on a Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick or Fire TV is your best option.
Watch 2019 NBA Finals with a TV antenna
If you have an antenna around your house, now is the time to plug it in and scan for channels.
With ABC carrying all of the NBA Finals, you’ll get a lot of value out of your antenna. Best of all, the picture will be in uncompressed HD quality – something your cable company can’t deliver.
I have a ClearStream FLEX for an indoor antenna. Based on my testing, an Antop 400-BV is a better choice if you need one mounted to your attic or roof. To get an idea on where broadcast towers are in your area, check out free online tools such as AntennasDirect to find broadcast towers in your area.
You can also read The Best Indoor TV Antennas of 2019 to learn about the top antennas that I tested over the course of a year.
Sling TV: How to watch NBA Finals 2019 live stream
Sling TV can be a decent budget option to watch the NBA Finals without cable. You can get ESPN3 in all markets with the Sling Orange plan for $25 per month. The subscription includes ABC in select markets. So even if ABC isn’t offered in your area, you can still use Sling TV to stream the NBA Finals anywhere in the U.S.
If NBA TV is a must, then for another $5 per month, you can get the Sports Extra bundle which includes NBA TV, and a dozen more channels like Outside TV and NHL Network. Even if you add NBA TV or choose 50 hours of Cloud DVR service for another $5 per month, you’re still on the cheapest bundle at $35 per month.
Sling TV will work on Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and other major streaming devices. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and simply cancel online if Sling TV doesn’t seem like the right fit.
Don’t have a streaming device yet?
DirecTV Now: Live Stream without cable
DirecTV Now offers two plans for watching the NBA Finals. You’ll get ABC within the least expensive channel bundle called Plus, which costs $50 per month for 45+ channels.
The nice thing about DirecTV Now is that you can also stream the game on your iPhone or tablet on the go.
DirecTV Now has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices. You can try out DirecTV Now free for 7-days.
Watch NBA Finals live stream on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue has local ABC stations allowing you to live stream NBA Finals games.
The Access package is $44.99 per month for 48+ channels, including ABC, ESPN and TNT.
Watch NBA Finals on Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is the best option for most people because it has the most local ABC stations among live streaming services.
A subscription costs $44.99 per month for 65+ channels. But you’re also getting a lot more value-wise that Hulu’s competitors can’t offer.
Aside from live channels like A&E, FS1, FS2, National Geographic and TNT, you’re also getting access to Hulu’s massive on-demand library of TV shows and movies. It’s the same one that people subscribe $5.99 per month for. And you’ll also get access to Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale and the adaptation of Stephen King fiction such as Castle Rock.
So when you’re not watching basketball, there’s a whole lot of other shows and movies up for grabs. You can try out Hulu with Live TV free for a week. If you don’t like the service, you can easily cancel online. There’s no obligation or contracts like a cable company. Look over the channel lineup for your area.
Stream the Finals on YouTube TV
YouTube TV offers a number of ways to live stream ABC. There’s only one channel bundle that costs $44.99 per month and unlimited Cloud DVR. You’ll also get networks like TNT, ESPN, FS1, FS2 and AMC. Check out YouTube TV’s free 7-day trial and watch the NBA Finals online or on an Apple TV or Roku.
Can I live stream games on the ABC app?
Sure, but there’s a couple caveats. To live stream on the ABC app without a cable subscription, you will need to subscribe to PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV or YouTube TV. Sling TV doesn’t currently have app authentication for the ABC app, but it does for WatchESPN.
What’s the best way to stream the NBA Finals?
Hulu with Live TV gives you the most value for your money and it’s the best shot for most people who are trying to get a local ABC station to watch a game.
For $44.99 per month, you’re getting 60+ live channels, including all the channels you’ll need for the NBA Finals. You’ll also get Hulu’s massive on-demand library for movies and TV shows and all Hulu Originals. You can try out Hulu with Live TV free for a week .
Sling TV is a solid backup options because they carry the most important channels for the least amount of money.
What’s your preferred way to watch the NBA Finals without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.
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