For LA Lakers fans, the new season kicks off soon. Now that they are playing without the legendary Kobe Bryant, fans are both excited and nervous to see how these next few seasons go. With or without Kobe, the Lakers are a treat to watch. If you want a way to stream the Lakers game this week, or you’re looking to watch the LA Lakers online for the entire season, we’ve got you covered.
If you no longer have cable, the way you watch basketball needs to change. Luckily, there are several ways to watch the LA Lakers online, without cable. Read on to explore your options.
Live outside the United States? Click here to skip to your international Lakers live stream options.
Watch LA Lakers Live Stream with Sling TV
If you’re new to the world of cord-cutting, there are a few essential services. Sling TV is one of them.
Sling TV is great for basketball fans, but it’s also just a great all-around service that helps to replace cable. With the service, you’ll be able to watch many of the best cable channels anyways – including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Disney Channel, A&E, and more. In many ways, Sling TV is a lot like cable – except much better, given that it’s only $20 per month and no-contract!
So, what does $20 per month get you in terms of basketball coverage? Well, if you take a look at what Sling TV channel list, a few will stick out to NBA fans: ESPN, and TNT. Both ESPN and TNT host many NBA games throughout the year. ESPN offers games every week, on Wednesdays and Fridays, while TNT covers games each week on Thursdays and some Tuesdays.
With Sling TV, you’ll have unlimited access to live streaming of ESPN and TNT, which will let you watch over 100 NBA games throughout the season. Plus, both channels will be useful during the NBA Playoffs, and for NBA All Star Game streaming. You can also use your Sling TV login credentials to watch NBA games on ABC, using the WatchESPN App.
Right now, if you sign up for 3 months of Sling TV, you’ll get a discounted Apple TV. Or, with the same 3-month subscription, get a completely free Roku! Either of these devices will work great and will let you stream the Lakers game on your TV. Oh yeah, and if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can save 30% off your Sling TV bill!
You can also try Sling TV out for a week – for FREE.
Use DIRECTV NOW for LA Lakers Streaming
DIRECTV NOW is another method you can use to watch the Lakers online. Like Sling TV, this service functions over the internet, providing lots of live streaming channels for your enjoyment. It works on streaming players like Apple TV and Chromecast, as well as computers, mobile phones and more.
DIRECTV NOW starts at $35 per month, giving you over 60 channels. For Lakers fans, the key channels are ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV. These channels will be useful for LA Lakers game live stream occasionally, but it’s not a a complete solution. Check out our DIRECTV NOW review to learn more.
If you want to explore the service while getting a chance to watch LA Clippers online free, you can start off with a free 7-day trial of DIRECT NOW!
Watch LA Lakers Game Live Stream with PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue is a new online streaming service that provides another way to stream the Lakers game. It’s not a complete solution, but it will work for some.
Playstation Vue is similar to Sling TV because it gives subscribers live access to common television networks. For NBA lovers, Playstation Vue is significant because it includes TNT network and ESPN in its basic package. These two networks will host many live NBA games throughout the season. PS Vue plans start from $29.99 a month.
You can read our PlayStation Vue review to learn more, but for now, Sling TV is a far better option to watch the LA Lakers online because it gives you even more NBA content, plus tons of other great channels, for a lower price.
Use NBA League Pass to Watch LA Lakers Live Stream and On-Demand Replays
The NBA itself offers its very own online streaming service to basketball fans. It’s called NBA League Pass, and it gives fans the opportunity to follow all their favorite teams throughout the regular season, without having to pay the high price of cable TV.
Unlike some other options on this list, NBA League Pass offers basketball, and just basketball. If you’re looking for an overall cable replacement, you’ll probably have to use a combination of services. For those fans looking for the maximum amount of basketball coverage possible, NBA League Pass is the best option.
Historically, there are 2 versions of this service, detailed below:
NBA League Pass is the full version. It will cost you $199.99 per season. With League Pass, you can watch live streams of every regular season NBA game and follow all your favorite teams from day one. You can also watch replays on-demand if you miss a game. During the playoffs, live streaming is not available, but you’ll be able to watch the games on replay starting a few hours after the live broadcast ends.
NBA Team Pass is a more affordable option for those looking to follow only one team. It will cost you $119.99 per season, a savings of $80 over the full League Pass. With Team Pass, you get access to live streaming and on-demand replays of all regular season games from a single team of your choosing. So, if you only want to watch the Lakers online, team pass is a good way to save a few bucks.
Both versions offer an impressive on-demand library of past NBA games so that you can relive the classics in full HD. Both versions can be viewed on your computer or mobile device, or on your TV using a streaming device.
IMPORTANT: both NBA League Pass and NBA Team Pass blackout local teams from live streaming. This means that fans living within their favorite teams’ broadcasting areas will NOT be able to live stream that team’s games (but can still watch replays). So, that means if you live in the Los Angeles area, you cannot watch LA Lakers online live, but only on-demand. But, if you live outside of California, this is a good way to watch the LA Lakers game live stream.
Also, new this season the NBA is offering an NBA Single Game Pass. This one-time purchase costs $6.99, and gives you access to a live stream of the single NBA game of your choice. This could be a good option if you’re on the road and you don’t have any other way to watch the LA Lakers online during that time period.
Watch NBA Games for Free Using an Antenna
Did you know that there is an easy and legal way to watch NBA games for free? In fact, you can watch all sorts of programming for no cost at all, using an HD antenna. If you don’t have an antenna, we recommend an indoor HD antenna so you won’t have to climb up on your roof to install it. Check our antenna buyers guide for details.
Once you have an antenna, you can tune in and watch over-the-air networks like Fox and ABC. As you likely know, ABC is one of the networks that hosts NBA games on a regular basis. They don’t cover as many games as ESPN or TNT, but ABC still broadcasts a good amount of games each season. Check the NBA on ABC schedule to find out which games you can watch free over the air.
You can also record games hosted on ABC so that you can enjoy them later, on your own schedule. You’ll need a good DVR. Don’t have one? Check out our DVR comparison guide to learn about some popular models.
Watch the LA Lakers Online for Free with TNT Overtime
As we know, TNT Network broadcasts live NBA games every week (which you can watch using Sling TV). However, what a lot of fans don’t realize is that some of the games TNT hosts are simulcast online, via an app called TNT Overtime. Overtime lets fans watch select games live, for free, using their smartphones and tablets. It’s a limited option, but still, TNT Overtime is a great way to watch the Lakers online, for free!
If you are a Lakers fan living outside of the US, you can subscribe to NBA League Pass International. This service is only available for non-US residents, and it’s available in most countries. NBA League Pass International offers the same great live and on-demand content as the domestic version (see above), with NO blackouts – meaning you can keep up with all your favorite teams, all season long – no blackouts! Here are a few countries the service is available in: Australia, Ireland, UK.
Use a VPN to Watch a LA Lakers Live Stream (International)
Another viable option for international fans is to use a VPN service to stream Lakers games. Want to learn more? Click here.
What Channel is the Lakers Game On?
LA Lakers games air on Spectrum SportsNet, a regional sports channel. This network is not currently available on any online streaming services, which makes it tough to watch the LA Lakers online. Some games that will air on ESPN, TNT, NBA TV, etc. can still be viewed, however, via Sling TV. Check out the LA Lakers schedule for more.
Have a Lakers live stream question? Leave a comment, or head over to our NBA live stream guide for more information.
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