There are a number of ways to watch the Boston Celtics live without cable.
The best choice right now for cord-cutters and New England sports fans is DIRECTV STREAM.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial without any obligations. Subscribers get 90 channels, including NBC Sports Boston, ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV.
NESN and NESNPlus are included, which carries Boston Bruins and Red Sox games.
Table of Contents
- How to Stream Boston Celtics Games Live
- Can I watch the Boston Celtics on Sling TV?
- How to Watch Boston Celtics games for free
- What’s the best way to watch Boston Celtics games without cable?
How to Stream Boston Celtics Games Live
Learning how to watch Celtics games without cable is pretty easy. Live TV streaming services carry channels once exclusive to cable over the Internet. So having a reliable Internet connection is important.
Almost all of these streaming services have apps on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV and Apple TV.
After you sign up for a streaming service online, you can sign in to your account through the app.
fuboTV has 130 channels, including dozens of sports and local channels.
In Massachusetts, you’ll get WBZ (CBS), FOX 25, My38, NECN, NBC Boston and NBCSN. If you’re elsewhere in New England, your locals will likely be a little different.
NBA TV, NFL Network, FS1, NESN and NESNPlus are all included in the channel lineup.
Subscribers get 250 hours of Cloud DVR. A “Lookback” feature shows games that were played within the last 72 hours. fuboTV also carries select live sports in 4K HDR resolution.
You can watch live TV on three screens at a time.
fuboTV has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices.
The fubo starter plan costs $69.99 per month. You can look over the local channel lineup or fubo’s latest promotions for new and returning customers.
Just cancel before the end of your free trial if you decide the service is not for you.
Hulu With Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has 75+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and access to every channel you need to watch Celtics games.
Subscribers get NBC Sports Boston, TNT, ABC and ESPN.
A&E, HGTV, Disney Channel, CNN and CBS Sports Network are also included in the channel lineup.
You also get access to Hulu’s massive on-demand library. So you’re really getting two different streaming services for the price of one. You can watch live TV on two screens at once.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month. You can look over Hulu’s channel lineup in your area to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Hulu with Live TV works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox gaming consoles. There’s no contract or obligation to keep the service if it’s not a right fit for you.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has all the channels you need to watch the Boston Celtics in the Choice plan.
A subscription costs $84.99 per month for 90+ channels. Subscribers get $15 off per month for the first two months of service. That lowers the price to $74.99 per month.
NBC Sports Boston, ESPN, TNT, NESN, NBA TV and local channels are included in the Choice lineup. You get 20 hours of Cloud DVR and a robust library of on-demand movies and shows.
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.
When you sign up, 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.
YouTube TV has 85+ channels, including NBC Sports Boston, ESPN, TNT and ABC.
A subscription costs $64.99 and includes unlimited Cloud DVR. 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.
Can I watch the Boston Celtics on Sling TV?
You can watch some, but not all Boston Celtics games on Sling TV.
Celtics games that air on TNT and ESPN are available through the Sling Orange plan. But Sling TV doesn’t have ABC or NBC Sports Boston, which carries the most Celtics games.
Sling Orange costs $35 per month. Roku, Amazon Fire TV and just about any other streaming device has an app for Sling TV.
The first month of a subscription costs only $10. There are no contracts, and you can cancel anytime.
You can look over your channel options with Sling TV, before deciding whether to sign up.
How to Watch 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 over the years 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 Boston Celtics games without cable?
DIRECTV STREAM is the best choice for most New England fans that want NBC Sports Boston, ABC, ESPN and NBA TV. There are more than 90 live TV channels and unlimited Cloud DVR.
You can look over the local channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up for a free 5-day trial.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Fire TV devices, Smart TVs and Google Chromecast with Google TV. There are mobile apps for iPhones and Android smartphones.
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Whit Waltman says
I had Fubo for over a year to watch Revolution matches (NBCSports Boston too) and was very satisfied with the streaming service, but their fees kept going up. I’m switching to YouTube TV this season because it’s a little cheaper.
So what is best option, we have Verizon internet and ps4 hubby has to have every Celtics game, no problem buying roku, not sure what to get bye, YouTube live, hululive.. or just buy an antenna for outside
I had slingtv recently and it seems as though you can add the sports channel on top of regular programming with sling to watch all of Celtics games. Its a regional sports channel for Celtics. However, I did not care for the formatting of the sling program. It seems to have issues.
Eugene Chay says
Re DirecTV Now:
“NBC Sports Boston, ESPN and TNT are part of a 60+ channel lineup that costs $35 per month.”
This bit is flat out wrong. I just signed up for DirecTV Now in the hopes of getting Boston Celtics games all season, but when I did, I couldn’t find access to NBC Sports Boston.
I chatted with a customer service agent. It turns out, NBC Sports Boston is a Regional Sports Network that’s only available in the $50/mo package, not the $35/mo package.
Your article needs to be corrected.
The Cord Cutter says
Sorry to hear about that, Eugene. If that’s so, DTVN needs to correct it’s own site.
I’ll follow up on this.
Jim G. says
Greetings from South Carolina. Local options include only southern sports networks as of January 2019. Please understand that not everyone reading this is from New England. I have yet to *truly* find all 82 games from any one service – someone please correct me if I’ve missed an option. #CelticsNation.
Jorn M says
PS Vue does let you watch Celtics/Sox/Bruins away from your home network. You just have to log in and stream on your home network once with the device you want to use. Then you are able to stream whenever and wherever with that device.