How to watch the NBA on Hulu Live TV


Sep 18, 2020 — 3 min read

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Cord cutters don’t have to miss out on live NBA games — all they need is a sports streaming service. NBA on Hulu + Live TV, which makes it possible to watch Kawai Leonard, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden is the answer. 

NBA games could be watched on the service soon after Hulu + Live TV went beta in 2017. If you have standard Hulu, adding Live is the only way to watch your favorite teams and players. Here’s more on how to watch the NBA on Hulu.

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What Hulu Live TV package do you need to watch the NBA?

You’ll need to stream your choice of NBA games by upgrading your Hulu service with Hulu + Live TV. There’s no commitment — cancel the subscription from one month to another. You have two options to choose from, broken down in this chart:

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV brings you 65 channels of live and on-demand TV for your viewing pleasure. You’ll have access to the NBA through sports channels and networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and TNT. If you live in larger cities such as Chicago, you may also get regional sports networks based on where you live. Hulu + Live TV comes with ads, even in the recordings. If you want to be able to fast forward through the commercials in a heated match, you’ll need the Enhanced Cloud DVR Add-on.

Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV

The main difference with Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV is the ad-free nature of the subscription. The extra $6 saves you from getting interrupted during the game. But there’s another cool feature with the Hulu No Ads version — Hulu Watch Party. You’ll be able to get together with up to eight friends or family long-distance to view your home team’s games.

Does Hulu Live TV require an add-on to watch the NBA?

Besides adding the live TV component to Hulu, there are no add-ons required. Just tune in to the channel broadcasting the game and you’re good to go. If you don’t have Hulu yet, you’ll need:

To find Hulu NBA games:

  • Check the guide
  • Find NBA on Hulu by visiting the NBA Games Sports collection
  • Search for “Hulu NBA Basketball” on the app

To keep track of your teams and when games start, add them to My Stuff. You can also set up push notifications on your mobile devices for reminders.

What devices do you need to watch the NBA on Hulu Live TV

There are a ton of ways to stream the latest NBA game live. The supported devices that can stream NBA Hulu Live are:

  • Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Chromecast
  • Echo Show
  • Fire Tablets
  • Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
  • LG smart TVs 
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One

Do you need an app?

If you want to watch the NBA on Hulu through your smartphone or tablet, you’ll need to download the app first. Otherwise, you can stream Hulu from the devices mentioned or by viewing from the Hulu webpage.

How to watch the NBA on Hulu Live TV step-by-step

  • Step One: Download the Hulu Live TV free trial 
  • Step Two: Connect through your streaming device or view from a smart device or computer using the app or the Hulu website
  • Step Three: Search for the game you want to watch
  • Step Four: Record the game or watch it live

To sum it up 

Hulu viewers who don’t want to miss out on what’s going to happen this year in the NBA need to upgrade their subscription to add Hulu + Live TV. The upgrade will make it possible to watch your favorite teams live, or record the games for later viewing. 

You have two options when it comes to NBA Hulu Live — a regular version and an ad-free version. It may be worth paying the extra $6 to skip the commercials. You’ll also be able to set up Hulu Live Watch Parties so you can tune in with your friends cross country to cheer on your favorite teams.

By Cynthia Paez Bowman

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