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NBA League Pass review: Product, price and features

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Catch league action and your favorite teams with 24/7 access, audio streams and a VR option.

NBA League Pass provides multiple levels of access to suit casual and die-hard basketball fans alike — including virtual reality and audio service options. But since it’s purchased through your local cable or satellite provider, some nationally televised games won’t be available until three hours after the final buzzer.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Sports
Free trialNo
Pricing starts at$28.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros

  • Available on a wide variety of devices
  • Live games in HD
  • 24-hour access to full-length replays
  • Streams for home and away games in audio — with no blackouts
  • One-time purchase to get virtual reality capabilities

Cons

  • Local blackouts for streaming some home games
  • Nationally televised games broadcast on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV aren’t available on NBA League Pass until three hours after the game — and locally blacked-out games aren’t available until after three days
  • App access to archived games from previous seasons only available until the new season’s schedule starts

What features does the NBA League Pass offer?

Watch live games in HD on any device

With NBA League Pass, stream any out-of-market games on almost any device. With the exception of local blackouts and nationally televised games, your content is live and in HD.

Pricing includes customized access levels

Choose to follow one team or the entire league with or without commercial interruption.

Watch multiple games simultaneously

Stream on up to 5 devices simultaneously. And with the mosaic view, a single device can stream up to four games at once.

What devices are compatible with NBA League Pass?

As of September 2019, the new 2019 to 2020 subscription is compatible on a number of devices, including:

  • Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality
    • Samsung Gear
    • Oculus Go and Rift
    • Google Daydream
    • HTC Vive
    • PlayStation VR
    • Magic Leap One
  • Mobile Devices
    • iOS iPhones and iPads (iOS 11.0 or higher)
    • Android Phones and Tablets (5.x or higher)
    • Kindle Fire
  • Smart TV devices
    • Roku TV
    • Apple TV
    • Android TV
    • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick
  • Other Devices
    • Xbox One
    • PlayStation 4

How much does NBA League Pass cost?

Service tierPriceFeatures
NBA League Pass Premium$39.99 a monthWatch all NBA teams with no commercials
NBA League Pass$28.99 a monthWatch all NBA teams
NBA Team Pass$17.99 a monthWatch one team, all out-of-market games
NBA TV$6.99 a monthLive NBA TV games and around-the-clock coverage
NBA League Pass Virtual Reality$49.99 1-time purchaseUse in conjunction with NBA League Pass to watch all available VR content through your VR headset
NBA League Pass Audio$9.99 1-time purchaseListen to all games with no blackout restrictions

Is premium worth it?

If you’re a super fan and can’t get enough hoops, the premium package could absolutely be worth the extra features and capabilities it offers. However, if you live in a region that doesn’t offer live streaming for home games, the premium price tag isn’t worth it.

What can I watch with NBA League Pass?

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Home and away video and audio streams
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Classic games
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Every NBA finals game from 2000 to 2019
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How much data does NBA League Pass use?

Depending on the level of quality and the length of the game, you’ll likely use between 700MB and 2.6G of data.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Free trial Simultaneous streams Starting price
Hulu + Live TV
7 days
2
$54.99
ESPN+
No
3
$4.99
Sling TV
7 days
3
$30
FuboTV
7 days
2
$54.99
DAZN
No
2
$19.99
WWE Network
30 days
1
$9.99
FITE+
4 days
$4.99
MLB At Bat
7 days
2
$2.99
NBA League Pass
No
5
$28.99
NBC Sports Gold
No
1
$19.99
UFC Fight Pass
No
1
$9.99
NHL.TV
No
1
$24.99
Watch NRL
No
2
Bleacher Report Live
No
2
$9.99
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Expert review

For super fans, NBA League Pass is a good way to get most games streamed live. Archived games and classic finals can be streamed throughout the season on most devices. But blackouts for local teams and nationally televised games still apply — which may not appeal to everyone.

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