After a long wait the NBA is finally back, with the 2021 season fully underway.
The Warriors have been dethroned, and after a short off-season this edition shapes up as the closest in a long time. Both Los Angeles teams are set to compete for the title while the likes of the Bucks, the 76ers and the Rockets will also be in the mix, and you won’t miss out when watching at home on TV or streaming games to a mobile device using the options listed in this guide.
2021 NBA TV Preview
The league is wide open, and a number of teams are well-positioned to take advantage. The Lakers have re-paired LeBron James with Anthony Davis while the Clippers snared Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in the off-season, and Los Angeles will be abuzz throughout the season with two title contenders in the city. Elsewhere, the Rockets’ new tandem of James Harden and Russell Westbrook will be as explosive as any, while over in the east, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks will again be dangerous and the 76ers might have the most talented starting five in the league.
It shapes up as one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory, and fans in Australia will now have more ways to watch it all after SBS signed on as the league’s first NBA free to air broadcaster in Australia in eight years. The deal means SBS will show two regular season games per week live on its Viceland channel over the next two seasons. ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo), however, will remain your home of the NBA, with 190 LIVE regular season games including the marquee Thanksgiving and Boxing Day match-ups, as well as over 30 matches featuring each of the Los Angeles teams and Aussie Ben Simmons’ 76ers. ESPN will also be home to the NBA All Star weekend action (February 14-16) and the 2021 NBA finals, with every contest available live and in High Definition.
NBA TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Thu, 14 Jan||Knicks v Nets||LIVE: 11.45am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Thu, 14 Jan||Clippers v Pelicans||LIVE: 2.05pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Fri, 15 Jan||76ers v Heat||LIVE: 11.45am||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Mon, 18 Jan||Pelicans v Kings||LIVE: 1.00pm||Foxtel / Kayo|
|Tue, 19 Jan||Nuggets v 76ers||LIVE: 11.30am||Foxtel / Kayo|
Shown as Sydney time on ESPN, and broadcast on Foxtel and Kayo Sports. The NBA on Free to Air TV is not available in Australia. Full NBA replays to be shown through-out the week.
Stream the NBA Live and Free
While SBS is now the official NBA free to air TV provider in Australia, and will offer 2 live matches per week, ESPN (Foxtel/Kayo) will televise 190 LIVE NBA games during the 2019/20 regular season, as well as every match of the NBA Semi-Finals, Conference Finals and the Championship Finals. This includes replays of the games you may have missed, and an opportunity to watch the NBA online with either Foxtel Now or Foxtel Now from Telstra.
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So if you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to ESPN you may wish to review the FREE 14 day Kayo Sports trial. With the Kayo trial you can stream the NBA free with eligible mobile devices and browsers, including 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.
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Live sport returns to Kayo, with every game and every action from AUS v IND Cricket, BBL, NBA, A-League and more – all available on Kayo’s 14 day trial.
Watch NBA League Pass Free
If you’re a major fan of the NBA, and want to watch every minute of every game Stateside, then the NBA League Pass may just be your ideal solution. With the NBA League Pass, you can choose between annual or monthly subscriptions and gain instant access to live games and other NBA related content.
This means, for example, if you would like to watch only the Playoffs, Finals or the All-Star Weekend, you can pay $39.99/month and cancel any time after. You will also get every other game that takes place during this period live and on demand. An annual subscription, that’s every game across the course of the season, including All-Star and pre-season games, is available for $299.99/year.
NBA League Pass can be viewed on a wide range of devices, from PCs and Tablets to Games Consoles and Mobile Phones. You can stream NBA League Pass on up to five devices at once, meaning it’s great if you wish to share the subscription cost with other basketball-loving mates! Still not sure? Check out the NBA League Pass 7 Day Trial here.
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How to Stream the NBA in Australia
Not everyone currently has, or wants to take on a Foxtel or Telstra subscription. So with this consideration in mind, what other choices do you have when it comes to streaming the available NBA games? Let’s look at some of the best streaming options 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.
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 Kayo Sports 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 National Football League 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, beIN Sports and all the live action available each and every week.
Best NBA TV Shows in Australia
Looking for even more NBA television TV shows to keep you up to date during the 2021 season and into the playoffs? Enjoy these regularly scheduled programs that include ‘NBA Countdown’, ‘Sportscenter’, ‘The Jump’ and more. Take a look at the listings below for all the details on where to find the best in off-court action available on TV.
|NBA: The Jump||Alongside host Rachel Nichols, keep up to date with the latest news and stories from the NBA with a rotating panel of players and analysts.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|NBA Countdown||Join Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, and Chauncey Billups as they discuss the biggest storylines from around the NBA.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|Sportscenter||ESPN’s most well-known sports show, Sportscenter takes you through the most important news from around the NBA and an array of other sport on TV.||ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)|
|Jalen and Jacoby||Former NBA player Jalen Rose and ESPN producer David Jacoby take a unique look at the latest goings on in the sporting world.||ESPN (Foxtel)|
|Inside the NBA Halftime Report||Host Ernie Johnson and former NBA star Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal combine humour and analysis to dissect the first half of the current game.||ESPN (Foxtel)|
|SBS Courtside||Join host Lucy Zelic and Adrian Arciuli for a 30-minute recap of all the news and highlights from the NBA, WNBA and NBL. Hosts include NBA legend Paul Pierce and Aussie point guard Patty Mills.||SBS|