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Where to stream the NBA online in Canada

Catch every pass, dunk and steal from the NBA live and on your time with this guide.

The NBA is back and you have a few options in Canada to catch all the high-flying action your way.

As most Canadian sports fans would be well aware, watching your favourite team or league live during the season is not always easy. With the 2020/21 NBA season beginning December 22, we’ve broken down all the viewing options for you here.

How to watch the NBA in Canada

Like many parts of the world, sports fans are watching significantly less traditional television in Canada. You can still watch the NBA via cable TV, with a subscription to TSN or Sportsnet. But these days you also have a range of streaming options. Read on for more information.

Stream the NBA on Sportsnet Now

Sportsnet has established its own streaming service, SN NOW. The app is available via the iOS App Store and Google Play, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV and PlayStation 4. Your options start from $9.99 for a 7-day pass or $19.99 for a monthly subscription. In a normal year it has access to 41 regular season Raptors games, plus loads of other live sports content. It also boasts a range of special features, like Split-screen View and Video on-Demand.

Watch the NBA with TSN Direct

A day pass costs $4.99 or a monthly pass is $19.99, plus applicable taxes. TSN Direct gives you access to all 5 TSN feeds. You can also sign up for 6 months for $99.95, giving you a 1-month discount. The same terms apply to the French-language streaming service, RDS Direct. You can cancel at any time. Available to watch on up to 2 devices, it is compatible with desktops, Apple TV, Samsung SmartTV, Xbox One and the iOS App Store and on Google Play.

Stream the NBA with NBA League Pass

If you are new to NBA League Pass, there’s a free 7-day trial. League Pass was free to preview during the coronavirus pandemic, but is now available for $28.99/month or a heavily discounted $32.99 for the season. Take note, $139.99 is the standard annual subscription price (subject to change) and will be the renewable price next season unless you cancel. It excludes Raptors games as well as games available on national broadcasts.

How does the 2020/21 NBA season work?

The end of the 2019/20 season was completed in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando and the Lakers were crowned NBA champions. However, things will be a little more normal for 2020/21 despite still being impacted by coronavirus.

Every team will return to their home market except for the Toronto Raptors who will be playing out of Tampa, Florida as the Canadian government has denied other teams entry.

Given that the last season didn’t finish until 11 October, this year’s campaign will be starting later than usual. Teams will begin preseason games on 12 December. The offical start date of the 2020/21 season is 22 December. The season will consist of 72 games rather than 82 as well.

This decision was made for two reasons. To help the schedule finish in July so that in 2021/22 they can begin at the normal time of late October or early November. Also to try and give players more rest in what will be a condensed year.

One other change this year is NBA All-Star Weekend has been scrapped. Again this is to help out the players with their workload and minimise travel.

An inclusion during the bubble will be continuing on too. The play-in tournament is here to stay. This time teams from each conference seeded 7–10 at the end of the regular season will compete to make the playoffs. First the 7 and 8 seeds will play, where the winner earns the 7 seed. Then 9 plays 10 in an elimination game. The winner of that then plays the loser of 7 vs 8 to earn the final playoff spot.

Play-in games will be at most a mini three-game series between the two teams. The eighth seed will be required to win just one game which ensures they’ll make the playoffs. While for the ninth seeded team they’ll need to win the opening two games to snatch a playoff berth. So it’s essentially a best of two series.

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