Cord Cutting Guide to the 2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals begin on June 2nd and will certainly be an exciting series that avid or casual basketball fans shouldn’t miss. Last season, the NBA Finals had the most TV viewers since Michael Jordan’s last finals series, proving basketball popularity is quickly on the rise. It always helps to have superstars like LeBron James and Steph Curry adding more drama to the timeline as they battled through difficult conference finals match ups.

The new batch of superstars in the NBA not only make for exciting basketball, but are also entertaining and affable off the court which makes fans root for them even harder. LeBron has his eyes set on another ring as he enters his sixth-straight NBA Finals series and his team looks healthy and strong enough that they might just do it. Who knows how the series will turn out, but it’s nearly guaranteed there will be some superstar performances and plenty of drama.

We over at CutCableToday want to make sure everyone can watch the NBA Finals even if they are fed up with the cable companies and decided to cut cable, so we put together this guide on our site for watching the Finals without cable. There are several options out there to watch most big sporting events of all types, like the Indy 500, and the NBA Finals are no different. Below are some of the highlights for how to watch the Finals as a cable cutter.

Start with the Antenna

During the Finals, ABC has full broadcast rights. With an antenna you can watch ABC and other channels like CBS, NBC, and FOX absolutely free. All you need to do is invest in a top-notch antenna and you can get the broadcasts from these over-the-air networks right on your TV. The picture comes in as uncompressed high-definition and many say it is clearer and crisper than you ever could get from a cable package.

Watch Online

With more than one billion live websites on the internet, it can be difficult to know where to go to stream sports legally. There are so many sketchy streaming sites out there that can give you malware. Luckily, there are a few places you can go to sign up for legit services to help you out.

Sling TV

Subscription streaming service Sling TV is offered by Dish Network and gets you access to ABC during the NBA Finals. There are a couple options for how you can get ABC with Sling TV. One, is the basic package of Sling TV costing $20 per month gets you access to WatchESPN. You can login to WatchESPN with your Sling TV login and watch ESPN3/ABC on the service. Other streaming channels on Sling TV include ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, AMC , CNN, and several more. There’s also a package including the FOX line up, which will allow you to watch major sporting events like Copa America Centenario, which starts June 3rd.

Another way to get access to ABC on Sling TV is by adding the local ABC stream with Sling TV’s Broadcast Extra package. It is only available in certain locations, but if you are in one of them it’s an easy way to watch the Finals on Sling TV.

PlayStation Vue

A similar service to Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue also gets you access to ABC and the NBA Finals. You can access it in nearly identical ways by logging in to WatchESPN with your PlayStation Vue credentials or in some locations you get live access to ABC’s network broadcast. The service costs $29.99 per month in most locations and $39.99 per month in the locations with ABC. The starting packages get you over 50 cable channels to live stream. Channels include ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FX, Comedy Central, TBS, TNT, and many more.

WatchESPN

Finally, in some cases you can just head over to the WatchESPN, login with your ISP, and watch right there onsite.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to watch. Whoever you want to win, cut the cord and cheer them on while you save money!

Chris Brantner

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Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

Chris Brantner is on a mission – to show people just how easy it is to cut the cord and get rid of cable. His website, CutCableToday.com, offers an easy-to-understand, step-by-step guide for getting rid of cable once and for all. His cord cutting expertise has been featured in the likes of USA Today, Fortune Magazine, and Engadget.

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