How to watch NBA on free to air with SBS

The 2021/22 NBA season is even more accessible, with free to air broadcaster SBS continuing their live coverage. The terrestrial network will show a total of two head-to-heads a week across the regular season.

The games which are aired will also be shown on the network’s streaming platform, SBS On Demand, where they will be available to watch either live or on-demand. The SBS website will feature additional NBA content to supplement the broadcast.

Stream NBA on Free to Air

SBS is the stand-alone free to air broadcaster of the world’s biggest basketball league for the 2021/22 season in Australia. SBS is now in its third straight season, giving fans the handy option of accessing games on free to air TV.

It is worth noting, however, that the quantity of NBA broadcasts on SBS will be relatively limited compared to other providers. For comparison, ESPN of Australia offers far more extensive coverage and is available through either Foxtel, Foxtel from Telstra or Kayo Sports. ESPN Australia (Foxtel/Kayo) is set to show 190 regular season NBA games in 2021/22.

Other highlights include all five Christmas Day games (Boxing Day in Australia), as well as the NBA All Stars weekend which takes place in February 2022. Kayo Sports is also offering a 14 day Free trial that has no lock-in, which would allow fans to enjoy a good chunk of the games before making a commitment.

NBA Live Fixtures (Sydney time)

Here you can check out all the live NBA fixtures that are available to watch on both SBS and ESPN in Australia.

Date Event Time Channel
Wed, December 1stNets vs KnicksLIVE: 11.30amFoxtel / Kayo
Wed, December 1stSuns vs WarriorsLIVE: 2.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Thu, December 2ndCeltics vs 76rsLIVE: 11.30amFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, December 4thHawks vs 76ersLIVE: 11.45amFoxtel / Kayo
Sat, December 4thPelicans vs MavericksLIVE: 12.30pmSBS
Sat, December 4thLakers vs ClippersLIVE: 2.00pmFoxtel / Kayo
Sun, December 5thSpurs vs WarriorsLIVE: 12.30pmSBS

Which providers will show live NBA games?

NBA is available to watch with a number of live TV streaming providers in Australia. Check them out right here.

Kayo SportsYes
Foxtel NowYes
Foxtel Now from TelstraYes
Kayo from TelstraYes
NBA League PassYes
Free to Air (SBS)Yes
Optus SportsNo
Amazon PrimeNo
Stan SportNo

Watch NBA on SBS

Due to licensing agreement, the NBA coverage on SBS is limited to two matches per week. You can stream these games live or later on demand with SBS Viceland, the channel’s streaming arm. This free to air option is also limited to regular-season games, meaning that you will not be able to watch playoffs or finals action live.

Stream NBA with Kayo Sports

While SBS is the official NBA free to air TV provider in Australia and will offer two live matches per week, Kayo Sports (via ESPN) will televise 190 live NBA games during the 2021/22 season. These include the All Star weekend, the NBA Semi-Finals, Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Championship Finals. A kayo free trial offer will give you full live access to NBA games on ESPN for 14 days.

Kayo coverage includes replays of the games you may have missed and an opportunity to watch the NBA online. ESPN will also air a number of NBA-related shows featuring some of the game’s best analysts to supplement the broadcast, including Sportscenter, NBA Countdown and The Jump.

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Sign up to Kayo’s free 14 day trial offer

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Stream NBA on Foxtel

NBA can also be accessed via Foxtel and Foxtel Now, which both offer ESPN as part of their sports plans. To watch on Foxtel with a Standard or High Definition TV, you have several choices, including subscribing to the Foxtel Plus pack to access over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. 

You can watch NBA for free with a 10 day free trial offer, which includes the option to stream games using the Foxtel Go app. ESPN comes as part of the Foxtel Now Sports Pack ($29 per month) which can only be purchased on top of an Essentials Pack ($25 per month) after your free trial.

Foxtel Now

Stream TV Shows, Movies and Sports – Live and On Demand

Watch sport and entertainment with a Foxtel Now’s 10 day free trial. Access TV entertainment for only $25 /month, or add sport for a further $29/month after your trial is over!

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!

Other sports to watch after NBA

Wondering what to watch after the latest live NBA action? Check out what’s available to watch now in Australia below?

Streaming devices for watching NBA

Here is a comprehensive list of devices for streaming sport on your home TV or mobile.


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