Basketball is BACK, baby! If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for what seems like years to stream the Heats game, and now, you finally can! With the new season underway, fans of Miami are excitedly following their teams every move. And luckily, it’s now possible to watch the Miami Heat online, without paying an arm and a leg for cable TV!
Watching the Miami Heat play is always enjoyable, but paying for the sky-high price of cable TV can sure be a bummer. Luckily, there are many safe and legal ways to watch the Miami Heat online without cable! In the guide below, we will go over all the details of the various methods you can use to watch Miami Heat games online, either live or on your own schedule.
Don’t live in the U.S.? Check out your international Miami Heat live stream options here.
Watch the Miami Heat Online All Season Long with Sling TV
For recent cord-cutters who want to watch the Miami Heat game live stream, there are a few “essential” services that should always be first on your shopping list. Sling TV is one of these services that we consider a first step in replacing cable.
Sling TV is perfect for people who have recently cancelled cable, because it actually offers a lot of the same great content that you enjoy on cable networks. In fact, it offers access to many actual cable TV networks – without the cable subscription!
Here’s how Sling TV works:
- Plans start from $20 a month, with the best plan for Heat fans being Sling Blue at $25 a month
- Sling TV is no-contract, so you can cancel at any time
- With Sling, you can stream the Heat game on your computer, tablet, phone, smart TV, or regular TV via a streaming device
- Don’t have a streaming device? Get a FREE Roku or a discounted Apple TV when you subscribe to 3 months of Sling.
- Depending on which package you choose, you’ll get 25-60+ channels to stream LIVE
Sling TV provides access to lots of great channels, providing something to watch for the whole family. But we are here to talk about basketball… so what does Sling TV offer, in terms of NBA coverage?
Here’s how you can use Sling TV to watch the Miami Heat game live stream this week, and all season long:
- Sign up for Sling Blue (and try a free 7-day trial while you’re at it!)
- Sling Blue will run you $25 a month, for 40+ channels
- If you live in Florida, you’ll get FOX Sports Sun, the regional FOX Sports network for the area
- FOX Sports Sun is home to ALL Miami Heat games, all season long!
- That means that Florida residents who subscribe to Sling TV will be able to stream the Miami Heat LIVE all season long!
- You can also watch live NBA games and other content on TNT and ESPN (in some packages)
- Watch on any device, from anywhere
- No need to commit – cancel Sling at any time
Clearly, for Florida residents Sling TV provides a super easy and affordable way to stream Miami Heat games for the entire season. But what if you don’t live in Florida? Well, you can still watch some games, but not as many. Sling TV also includes TNT and ESPN in some packages, which together will host a combined 100+ NBA games this season. These channels will also be useful to watch the NBA playoffs online. And remember, in addition to all the great NBA coverage, you’ll enjoy a lot of other quality programming from many of the channels you love. See the full Sling TV channel list for details.
If you’re still on the fence, you can try Sling TV for free for 7 days to get a feel for the service yourself, without spending a dime!
Watch Miami Heat Live Stream with Playstation Vue
Another TV-alternative service that is interesting for basketball fans is Playstation Vue. Vue is Sony’s new online streaming service. It works on streaming devices, PlayStation Consoles, and mobile devices.
Playstation Vue is a streaming service that provides access to popular TV channels. With packages starting at $29.99 per month, it’s cheaper than cable but not as cheap as Sling TV. The basic package does include TNT and ESPN, which provides a decent way to watch NBA games online. Read our PlayStation Vue review for further information.
Watch Miami Heat Live Stream and Replays with NBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is the only streaming service that comes from the NBA itself. As you could imagine, this means that it offers more NBA streaming content than any other service. It’s also a bit on the expensive side, but it’s still cheaper than cable!
Unfortunately, NBA League Pass suffers from a major downside: local teams are blacked out. That means that if you live in Florida, you cannot use this service to watch Miami Heat games live (but you can still watch on-demand replays).
There are 2 different versions of this service:
NBA League Pass lets you follow all your favorite teams throughout the season, with both live streaming and on-demand replays. It costs $199.99 per season. Local blackouts apply.
NBA Team Pass lets you follow your favorite team throughout the season, offering both live and on-demand streaming. It costs $119.99 per season. Local blackouts apply so beware if you want to watch every Miami Heat game live but live in the team’s market.
Here’s how it all works:
- You can use NBA League Pass/Team Pass on your computer, mobile device, or streaming player
- Enjoy live streaming of all regular season games (for all teams/one single team, depending on your package)
- Enjoy on-demand replays of all regular season games (for all teams/one single team, depending on your package)
- Enjoy a large library of classic NBA games available for streaming (both versions)
- Both versions include local blackouts.
About blackouts – this is an important thing to note. Every team within your local broadcasting area will be blacked out from live streaming using League Pass. So, if you live in the Miami area, you cannot watch live coverage of the Miami Heat using this service – but you can still catch replays on-demand.
Also, new this season, the NBA is selling an NBA Single Game Pass, which, as the name suggests, gives you live access to a single game. It costs $6.99, which is a pretty good deal if you only want to watch a few games throughout the season.
Watch a Miami Heat Game Live Stream for FREE Using Your Antenna
If you have an HD antenna, did you know that you can watch NBA games for free? No cable required – no subscription at all required! All you need is a good HD antenna, and you’re good to go!
A good HD antenna will let you pick up over-the-air channels. And, since ABC is an OTA channel, that means you can watch ABC programming over the air, for free – including several NBA games. Check the Miami Heat season schedule to see which games fall on which networks.
If your schedule doesn’t allow you to watch these games live, another good option is to record them so you can watch them later. You’ll need a good DVR, and our DVR comparison guide compares several different models to help you choose the DVR that’s right for you.
Watch a Miami Heat Game Live Stream for Free using TNT Overtime
We have already learned about how TNT hosts NBA games each week, and how you can watch those games using Sling TV or Playstation Vue. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that TNT hosts some of these games online, via their free service TNT Overtime.
You can use TNT Overtime on your smartphone or tablet, and watch live coverage of several games throughout the season. Plus, you can use this service to keep up with some of your other favorite teams – all for free! It’s far from a complete solution, but hey – the price is right.
Do you want to watch live streaming of every NBA regular season game, from every NBA team in the league? Do you live outside of the United States? If you answered yes to both of these questions, NBA League Pass International may be the service for you.
The International version of this popular service is very similar to the domestic version that we described in detail earlier in the guide, except for this version does not blackout any teams. It’s a great service for NBA fans living abroad. Click your country for more info: Ireland, UK, or Australia. It’s a great way to watch the Miami Heat online if you live abroad.
Stream the Miami Heat Game Live with a VPN (for International Fans)
Another option for our international readers is to use a VPN. This will allow you to stream Heat games online, regardless of where you live.
Have questions about how to watch the Miami Heat online? Email me using the contact tab above or leave a comment and I’ll answer all your Miami Heat live stream questions. You can also check out my basketball live stream guide.
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