How to watch the NBA in Australia

Few things can excite a crowd like a slam-dunk, with basketball a popular sport around the globe. And no competition is bigger or better than the NBA, with Michael Jordan, Steph Curry and Lebron James household names (even if you just know Jordan from Space Jam). But as exciting as the NBA game can be, the time zone difference between America and Australia can quickly put you to sleep, particularly if you’re looking to catch your favourite team play live. If you’re really committed to watching the NBA live, or just see the highlights, where can you tune in, and how much will it cost you to see every dunk, pass and bucket? Canstar Blue has the answers.

How to watch NBA

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NBA matches will be available to stream live and on-demand through Kayo, Foxtel, ESPN and through NBA League Pass.

Watch NBA on Kayo

Showing multiple regular NBA season fixtures per week, along with every game of the post-season (including the finals), Kayo additionally has all your WNBA, NBA Summer League and All-Star Weekend needs, both live and on-demand for when you want to re-watch the best moments.

If American basketball isn’t enough, Kayo also broadcasts games from the NBL and WNBL seasons, along with all Australian international games in the FIBA competition, making it a suitable option for those big on their hoops.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Kayo One Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 1 screen at the same time
  • 7-day free trial

min. cost $25 over 1 month

1No. of Screens /same time viewing $25Advertised Cost/month Go To Site
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 7-day free trial

min. cost $30 over 1 month

2No. of Screens /same time viewing $35Advertised Cost/month Go To Site

Watch NBA on Foxtel & ESPN

Foxtel offers coverage of multiple games per week through ESPN, including the playoffs, as well as the NBA Finals. In addition to the actual NBA games, Foxtel also provides a number of talk shows, helping fans to get the inside scoop on player stats, trades and news.

  • You can find sports channels in plenty of Foxtel packages, although costs will depend on which package you select.

Watch NBA League Pass

If you’re interested in following every game throughout the year, the NBA League Pass may be the best option for you. Offering monthly and season-long subscriptions, you can choose from either the League Pass, or the League Pass Premium option. The League Pass will cost you $21.99 per month (or $154.99 for an annual subscription), with the Premium subscription costing you $29.99 per month (or $209.99 annually).

  • You can also enjoy a 7 day free trial with each pass to find out if you’ve picked the right option.

When does the 2023-2024 NBA season start?

The 2023-2024 NBA season will start on October 24, 2023, with pre-season matches beginning in September. The season is expected to run until April, with the Play-In Tournament and Playoffs taking place during April and May, while the NBA Finals are expected to be played in June, 2024.

How to watch the NBA Playoffs in Australia

If you want to watch the NBA Playoffs, you can tune into Kayo, ESPN, Foxtel as well as the NBA League Pass, with each service also offering coverage for the Finals, provided you’re signed up to the right plan.

When are the 2024 NBA Finals?

The 2024 NBA Finals will be played from June 6 to June 23 2024 if all seven games of the series are needed.

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