NBA Basketball Live Stream and Aussie Free Air TV Guide


NBA Free to Air TV Schedule

After a long wait the NBA is finally back, with the 2019/20 season tipping off on the 23rd of October.

The Warriors have been dethroned, and after a huge off-season of player movement 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.

2019/20 NBA TV Preview

After years of dominance, the Golden State Warriors will go into this season without Klay Thompson, who suffered an ACL injury in last season’s finals, or Kevin Durant, who has moved to the Brooklyn Nets. As a result, the league is wide open, and a number of teams are well-positioned to take advantage. The Lakers have 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 2020 NBA finals, with every contest available live and in High Definition.

2019 NBA Live Australian TV Fixtures (Sydney time)

Date Event Time Channel
Thursday 14 November Clippers @ Rockets 11.30am Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 14 November Warriors @ Lakers 2.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 15 November Mavericks @ Knicks 12.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 15 November Nets @ Nuggets 2.30pm Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 16 November Jazz @ Grizzlies 12.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 16 November Celtics @ Warriors 2.30pm Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 16 November Kings @ Lakers 2.30pm SBS
Sunday 17 November Bucks @ Pacers 11.00am SBS
Sunday 17 November Pelicans @ Heat 12.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 21 November Warriors @ Mavericks 11.00am Foxtel / Kayo
Thursday 21 November Celtics @ Clippers 2.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 22 November Trail Blazers @ Bucks 12.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Friday 22 November Pelicans @ Suns 2.30pm Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 23 November Spurs @ 76ers 12.00pm Foxtel / Kayo
Saturday 23 November Warriors @ Jazz 1.00pm SBS
Saturday 23 November Rockets @ Clippers 2.30pm Foxtel / Kayo
Sunday 24 November Heat @ 76ers 11.30am SBS
Sunday 24 November Lakers @ Grizzlies 12.00pm 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.

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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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.

Apple TV

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.

Apple TV

Google Chromecast

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.

Google Chromecast

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.

Foxtel Now Box

Best NBA TV Shows in Australia

Looking for even more NBA television TV shows to keep you up to date during the 2019 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.

ShowDescriptionChannel
NBA: The JumpAlongside 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 CountdownJoin Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce, and Chauncey Billups as they discuss the biggest storylines from around the NBA.ESPN (Kayo/Foxtel)
SportscenterESPN’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 JacobyFormer 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 ReportHost 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 CourtsideJoin 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