The NBA has never been more exciting. With a new season about to begin, Indiana Pacers fans are looking for better ways to watch their favorite NBA team and the best action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. While cable is still available to watch the NBA and a wide variety of sports, cable costs have gotten higher and higher in recent years. Some people pay more than $100 each month to watch their favorite sports teams, and cable packages can be restrictive.
Fortunately, today there are alternatives available for catching all of the action. Pacers fans can enjoy all of their favorite sports in smarter ways. For fans that never miss a minute from tip-off to post-game analysis, and for fans that only want to catch the occasional game and other great television programming, there are new streaming services that allow NBA fans to save a bundle.
Sling TV Brings NBA Action to You
This revolutionary service brings you the best cable networks, streamed to you through an internet connection. The basic package includes more than twenty of the best television networks. Other popular included channels with Sling TV are ESPN networks including ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, ABC, Fox Sports regional networks and TNT. An upgrade is also available that includes NBA TV.
Only $20 per month gets you in for Sling TV’s outstanding service. The basic package of channels alone give you many regular season and playoff NBA games. For your monthly subscription, you can watch on a smart TV, a smartphone, a tablet, a gaming console or your computer.
In addition to watching games live on ESPN, TNT and ABC, you also get post-game coverage and the option to add extra channel packages. A popular Sling TV upgrade is the Sports Extra package. This package is only $5 more each month so it’s a bargain compared to the cost of even basic cable. The package gives you ESPNU, ESPNEWS, the SEC Network, NHL Network, and NBA TV.
Sling TV never makes you sign a contract and they promise hassle-free cancellations if you’re ever unsatisfied. You can use their service for seven days for free. Use a streaming device like Chromecast, Xbox or Roku or watch on a mobile device. With an internet connection, your Sling TV services don’t count as data use on your phone plan.
Sling TV also wants to make sure you get a great deal, so T-Mobile customers get a discount on the Sling TV Orange package. There are other promotions available for new subscribers, including a free Roku streaming device with a three-month agreement or a discount on Apple TV with the same three-month agreement.
The Sling TV Blue package is a popular option for NBA Pacers fans because the subscription comes with FOX Sports regional network. This is the most cost-efficient way to see the NBA available today. For Pacers fans, you get FOX Sports Indiana with Sling TV’s Blue package, if you live in Indiana and some surrounding areas. FOX Sports Indiana focuses on the Indiana Paces as well as college sports in the region. FOX Sports Midwest is another option, and this channel offers even more of your favorite local sports teams.
Sling TV subscribers get the best NBA content from ESPN’s family of channels. During the regular season, Wednesdays and Fridays are NBA game days on ESPN. You can watch the Pacers live on ESPN with Sling TV, just like you could on cable. Use the WatchESPN App to login with your Sling TV credentials. TNT also gives you NBA games along with expert commentary. You can use the WatchESPN App for free with your Sling TV benefits. This combination for Sling TV subscribers gets you most NBA games at a price that you can’t beat.
Watch Pacers Game Tonight on DirecTV Now
Another streaming service with a slightly higher price point is DirecTV Now (Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now). Like Sling TV, DirecTV never makes you sign a contract. With more than sixty channels available, depending on your chosen package, you can watch many NBA games through this service.
DirecTV Now offers you a seven day trial to see what they have to offer. The service works over the internet, directly to smartphones, a smart television or a computer. There is no contract or minimum subscription term. With your subscription you get NBA games on ESPN. These games typically air on Wednesdays and Fridays. You also get games on TNT that air mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. What’s more, DirecTV comes with NBA games showing on ABC with the WatchESPN App, local games on FOX Sports Indiana and other great channels that keep you entertained.
Minimum service starts at $35 per month for a similar package of channels to what Sling TV offers for $20 per month. There is an incentive deal available as well, where users get a free device to stream on television with a three-month agreement. DirecTV Now users do not have to sign a contract.
PlayStation Vue Brings You Live NBA Games Tonight
Another way that NBA Pacers fans can see the best of the NBA is with PlayStation Vue (Sling vs. Playstation Vue). The concept is the same as Sling TV, and users stream television channels with the internet. PlayStation Vue has Indiana Pacers fans covered with ESPN’s family of channels and TNT, so you can see much of the best of the NBA with PlayStation Vue’s package of channels.
Because PlayStation Vue includes a large base package of channels, it’s more expensive than Sling TV. It takes $30 or even $40 to get in on the ground floor of PlayStation Vue’s offerings, depending on your location. Large cities are more expensive than smaller locations because large cities have more available channels.
PlayStation Vue works with a number of compatible channels such as Fire TV and Chromecast, in addition to modern PlayStation consoles. It’s important to note that Apple TV doesn’t support PlayStation Vue. There are restrictions on mobile streaming, even though PlayStation Vue does work on mobile iOS. Because of the restrictions, fans often report difficulties in using their streaming services while they travel.
NBA League Pass
The NBA offers an official way to stream NBA games. But before you jump on this service, you need to know there’s a big catch: You can’t use NBA league pass to see local teams. The NBA has a licensing issue that stops it from streaming local teams. This means that if you’re a Pacers fan living in Indianapolis, this isn’t the service for you.
NBA League Pass allows you to watch up to four games at once, and it’s even connected to social media. You can watch on-demand replays of games. There are even classic games available to watch. The cost is $199 for an entire season. Another option for the NBA League pass is to purchase access to only one team, and that costs $120 for a season of streaming. Single-game purchases cost $6.99.
The NBA on ABC
Another way to see a few NBA games this year is with a television antenna. With an HD antenna, you can see any NBA Pacers games that ABC broadcasts. These broadcasts are free of charge. Usually, ABC airs one or two NBA games each weekend. Fans with busy plans can use a DVR to record a broadcast game and watch it later.
NBA League Pass International
This is a service that gives viewers outside the United States a chance to watch the NBA. The service is similar to NBA League Pass, but there are no blackout dates. The price of this streaming service depends on your location, but usually it’s about the same as domestic prices, only without the blackouts.
With all of these options, fans can find a way to see the best in Indiana Pacers action this season and the rest of the NBA. Sling TV offers a low-cost option for fans to purchase a base package of channels and only the add-on channels that they watch the most. Other streaming services offer similar features at higher price points or with fewer service options. Today, fans can ditch the cable and still see every Pacers slam dunk.