NBC Sports Boston is a key channel watching the Boston Celtics live, and you can stream the network without a cable TV subscription.
Between now and April 30, you can sign up for the Choice bundle and get $30 off for the first three months.
But if you’re cutting the cord for the first time, it’s worth weighing the pros and cons of each service.
Table of Contents
- Where can I watch NBC Sports Boston?
- Stream NBC Sports Boston live on Roku or Fire TV Stick
- Watching Boston Celtics games for free
- What’s the best way to watch NBC Sports Boston without cable?
Where can I watch NBC Sports Boston?
As long as you live in the Boston market (essentially New England), you can use a streaming service to watch NBC Sports Boston without cable TV.
NBC Sports Boston is available on live TV streaming services throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, central Connecticut and eastern and central Connecticut.
The channel also has the rights to the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.
Stream NBC Sports Boston live on Roku or Fire TV Stick
You can stream NBC Sports Boston using Smart TV or a streaming device such as Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick. You just need to have an Internet connection and download the app to the service you sign up for.
DIRECTV STREAM has NBC Sports Boston in the Choice plan.
A subscription costs $89.99 per month for 90+ channels. NESN, TNT, ESPN and NBA TV and local channels are included in the Choice lineup.
(Between now and April 30, new subscribers can get $30 off each the first three months of service. So that means you would pay $79.99 per month.)
You get unlimited Cloud DVR and options to record games from specific sports teams.
Subscribers can get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations.
There are no contracts. You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has ESPN, NBC Sports Boston, TNT and local channels such as ABC. It has all the channels you will need to watch every Celtics game.
The live TV package has 75+ channels, Disney+ Hulu’s on-demand library and ESPN+. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR to record shows, movies and sporting events. It has all the channels you will need to watch every Celtics game this season.
You can watch live TV on two screens at once. And if you’re using a Roku, Apple TV or Fire TV, you can use your Hulu subscription to activate dozens of apps. A subscription costs $69.99 per month.
You can look over the Hulu + Live TV channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
fuboTV has 130 channels including NBC Sports Boston, ESPN, FS1 and local FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC stations.
New England sports fans also get NESN and NESN Plus with their subscription. The fubo starter plan costs $69.99 per month. Subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at a time.
You will be able to record games using 250 hours of Cloud DVR. The “lookback” feature also maintains an on-demand style menu for games that aired in the last 72 hours.
fuboTV has apps for pretty much every device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and NVIDIA Shield TV.
YouTube TV has a long roster of regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Boston. A subscription costs $64.99 per month for roughly 85+ channels.
ESPN, FOX and TNT are part of the channel lineup. You can watch live TV on three screens at once.
YouTube TV supports Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One and Smart TVs. You can try out YouTube TV free for 7 days.
Watching Boston Celtics games for free
Boston Celtics fans can also catch some nationally televised games on ABC using a TV antenna. Here are some resources that I have assembled from my own hands-on testing.
- How to Choose the Best TV Antenna and OTA DVR
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
What’s the best way to watch NBC Sports Boston without cable?
DIRECTV STREAM has NBC Sports Boston as part its Choice bundle. Subscribers get NESN, NBA TV, and local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations. You can try out fuboTV with a free 5-day trial.
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble