ESPN is all set to bring the magic of the 2020/21 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:
- 2021 NBA All Star weekend
- 190 regular season games
- All five marquee Boxing Day (AEDT) match-ups
- The 2021 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 2021 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.
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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)
|Wed, 12 May||Celtics v Heat||LIVE: 9.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thu, 13 May||Wizards vs Hawks||LIVE: 9.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thu, 13 May||Trail Blazers vs Jazz||LIVE: 11.00am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, 14 May||76ers vs Heat||LIVE: 9.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, 14 May||Trail Blazers vs Suns||LIVE: 12.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Sat, 15 May||Pelicans vs Warriors||LIVE: 11.30am||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.
For years, Apple TV devices have been an ideal instant streaming solution that does it all. There are two models available – Apple TV HD handles video up to 1080p, while Apple TV 4K adds full support for 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision. Kayo Sports is great on Apple TV, with flawless 4-way Split View.
A hugely popular low-cost streaming solution, Google’s Chromecast got a make-over in 2020, and now comes in two very different flavours. The basic Chromecast is still available, but the newer Google TV version (which replaces the Ultra) adds a remote control and an on-screen interface.
Foxtel Now Box
Foxtel’s own streaming box is an Android TV device that brings the Foxtel Now experience front and centre in its user interface – making it a natural choice if your preferred way of streaming sports is via the live channels that Foxtel Now offers, with on-demand streaming and live free-to-air channels as well.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
This easy alternative comes in three flavours – a budget Lite model, the standard one, and a 4K version. All of them are simple “plug in and go” stick-shaped devices that work similarly to Google’s newest Chromecast, except these use Amazon’s custom user interface and support Alexa voice control.
Nvidia Shield TV
A powerful Android TV streaming device from one of the world’s leading PC graphics companies comes in the form of a small “tube” with connections at either end, along with a slim backlit remote control. It can easily deal with every streaming app under the sun, including Kayo and Foxtel.