ESPN is all set to bring the magic of the 2019/20 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 190 regular season games plus comprehensive playoff action, every event of the All-Star Weekend and every game of the NBA Finals LIVE.
Following the huge step-up in NBA coverage in Australia that we saw last season, this year’s comprehensive coverage will continue the aim of creating a vibrant NBA presence in the region. ESPN Australia will show all the biggest match-ups throughout the regular season, and will have comprehensive coverage of the NBA Playoffs including every game of the NBA Finals LIVE and in High Definition. Other featured events include:
- 2020 NBA All Star weekend
- 190 regular season games
- All five marquee Boxing Day (AEDT) match-ups
- The 2020 NBA Playoffs including the NBA Finals
NBA’s popularity has been steadily growing in Australia and New Zealand with fans asking for more games, and ESPN of Australia and New Zealand have conveyed their commitment toward building and growing a strong NBA audience. The current programming deal extends through the 2020 season and is planned to lead on to a nine year multi-platform agreement at a time when SBS has just signed a deal to make them the only NBA Free to air channel in Australia.
So whether you’re a fan of LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, 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 Los Angeles Clippers, you may wish to check out Foxtel Sports package, which also includes live streaming options to variety of Mobile devices with Foxtel Go.
** 2020 NBA Season Postponement Announcement **
The NBA has announced that starting from March 12 the 2020 season will be suspended until further notice. This is due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and concerns that the games and arenas may expose players and fans to this community health concern. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus. If any significant new details about the NBA’s plans for the remainder of the 2020 season are made available, this notice will include them and the TV fixtures will be updated.
Watch or Stream the NBA Live
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. Eligible platforms include PC, Mac, iOS or Android mobile devices, as well as Telstra TV, the Google Chromecast, Playstation 4 and more. Foxtel Now can also be renewed month-to-month, requires no set-up fees and can be accessed instantly.
Alternatively, Kayo Sports have a 14 day trial offering. With the Kayo trial you will have access to these same ESPN games and can stream the NBA free and Live using eligible mobile devices. Devices that include select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge, with new apps and platforms arriving soon.
Kayo also has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. For fans who want to catch up on the action, Kayo Minis provide a 10-20-minute recap after play has concluded. Other game changing features include Interactive Graphics, SplitView, NoSpoilers and Key Moments, which provide highlights throughout the matches in real-time.
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NBA LIVE on ESPN Australia (Sydney time)
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|TBC||Bucks @ Wizards||Cancelled||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Bulls @ Knicks||Cancelled||Foxtel / Kayo|
|TBC||Warriors @ Spurs||Cancelled||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Foxtel will have replays while Kayo Sports offers the NBA available on Demand.
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 most reliable 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.