One of the biggest drawbacks of going online-only at your household or being on the move is that your options for watching live basketball are suddenly much fewer. Sure, you might be able to hold off a day until highlights emerge online during the regular season, but during playoffs, nothing short of scalping a ticket or spending frustrating hours finding an illegal stream will get you your fix. Rather than going through the trouble, check out these apps that will let you stream the NBA Championship Finals online.
In a very timely announcement, Google announced last night that its dirt-cheap Chromecast online streaming device will support a raft of new apps, including WatchESPN. It joins several other ‘casting devices such as Roku, Apple TV and Microsoft gaming consoles, so you’ve got some more options if you want to watch the series on your flat screen. However, although the app itself is free, the downside is that you must have an ESPN subscription through a carrier such as Comcast or Time Warner. Apps available for iOS and Android will also put the experience in your pocket or on a tablet.
NBA Game Time
Game Time also spans all devices, from smartphones to streaming boxes, depending on the subscription package. Users who have purchased an NBA League Pass get live stats and video highlights in addition to live streaming straight to their device. Multiple camera angles are also on tap. A League Pass is available through most cable providers for $55 a season for mobile devices, but a playoffs-only package will only set you have $16.99, allowing you to watch just the finals if that’s all you want. If you haven’t cut the cord and have a carrier, chances are you can get access to an NBA League Pass Broadband as part of your subscription to stream to Roku, Apple TV and consoles. That option, however, has a much shakier history.
For viewers of NBA on TNT that want to watch their game on the go, there’s an app for that. TNT Overtime combines a four-camera live streaming experience with companion elements such as voting, enhances stats and the opportunity to interact with NBA experts. It’s also tied to social media, providing an interactive map of social conversations related to the game at hand (presumably this devolves into a constant stream of trash talk). Over the course of TNT’s 40 Games in 40 Nights coverage of the playoffs, not every game has been streamed—however, with only one series left, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Canadian, but still want to watch the Spurs face off with the Heat? The Sports Network announced two days ago that they will be delivering live and on-demand online coverage of the NBA Finals to TSN subscribers via their mobile app, TSN GO. The app, currently available for PC, iOS and Android, streams the broadcaster’s TSN and TSN2 channels. The upshot is that the subscription is free—the downside is that you have to subscribe to the channel via a television service provider.