ESPN is all set to bring the magic of the 2019 NBA season alive for millions of fans in Australia and New Zealand. This season, ESPN in partnership with Foxtel will once again offer the best NBA television coverage with more than 200 regular season and Playoff games, every event of the All-Star Weekend and every game of the NBA Finals LIVE.
This is way more coverage of the premier global basketball league than Oz has ever experienced before, and is aimed at creating a vibrant NBA presence in the region. In 2019, ESPN will telecast the NBA Playoffs to include 12 first round games, 12 Conference semi-final matches and each and every game of the Conference and Championship Finals. Other featured events include:
NBA’s popularity has been steadily growing in Australia and New Zealand with fans asking for more games. ESPN of Australia and New Zealand have conveyed their commitment toward building and growing a strong NBA audience. The current programming deal extends over the 2019 season and is planned to lead on to a nine year multi-platform agreement at a time when there is no NBA Free to air channel in Australia.
So whether you’re a fan of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant’s Golden State Warriors, James Harden’s Houston Rockets, Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, Aussie sensation Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks or Kawhi Leonard on the Toronto Raptors, you may wish to check out Foxtel Sports package, which also includes live streaming options to variety of Mobile devices with Foxtel Go.
NBA 2019 Live on ESPN Australia (Sydney time)
|Friday 14 June||LIVE (Game 6): Warriors v Raptors||11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Monday 17 June||LIVE (Game 7 if needed): Raptors v Warriors||10.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Foxtel will have replays while Kayo Sports offers every game of the NBA Finals available on Demand.
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If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to ESPN you may wish to review the Foxtel now free trial which is good for 10 days and allows fans to watch the NBA live online with compatible internet connected devices.
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How to Stream the NBA in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on the cost of a Foxtel or Telstra pay TV subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the NBA Finals, and how can you maximise their use? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options currently available on the Aussie market.
Arguably the gold-standard of the lower-profile streaming device for years now, the Apple TV is popular because it delivers. This tiny box is now in its fifth generation, and has recently added 4K and HDR streaming. You can also download apps just like you would on your phone. And that means almost every major player is supported, including the Kayo Sports streaming service and Foxtel Now, both of which offer NBA games live.
This amazing little device now comes in two options for streaming video, both with an HDMI connection linking them to your TV. You can choose from the standard or the Ultra Chromecast version – the difference is that the Ultra handles 4K video, which is becoming increasingly available in Australia thanks to Foxtel. Once plugged in and connected to your home Wi-Fi network, the device can be reached by a vast range of apps to stream video, including the sport on Kayo and Foxtel Now. While it’s not as seamless as using a dedicated device – it’s still extremely versatile.
Foxtel Now Box
Another increasingly popular streaming device option would be the Foxtel Now Box. Launched over a year ago, it delivers the easiest way to stream Foxtel Now, as well as YouTube and Stan, directly to your TV. There’s no installation required so you can immediately start streaming the NBA playoffs and other sport on your TV. Simply plug it in and start watching, fuss-free. Of course, you’ll need to subscribe to Foxtel Now’s Sports pack, which offers access to twelve channels including Fox Sports, Fox League, Fox Footy, ESPN (official NBA channel), beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.