2016 NBA Draft Live Stream: Where to Watch Online
The 2016 NBA Draft is the official start to the next season of basketball. With the NBA Finals completed and the LeBron James-led Cavaliers hoisting the trophy, the focus will now turn to which players get picked where in the draft. Even though the NBA Draft will be broadcast on ESPN, there are several services out there that let you watch the channel live. Chris Brantner of CutCableToday goes into deep detail on watching the NBA draft without cable.
The class coming into the draft is one of the best in recent memory with two players, Brandon Ingram from Duke and Ben Simmons from LSU, being the clear cut first and second selections of the draft. The rumor mill has picked up to say Simmons will be selected number one by the 76ers. After those players come off the board there will still be plenty of talent and a good or bad draft choice could impact some teams for several years to come.
Whether you want to watch your favorite team’s pick or the entire draft, you can easily do it without a cable subscription. We have highlighted some of the options from Chris below.
Watch a Live Stream of the 2016 NBA Draft
Here are the top options for cord cutters to watch the draft
STREAM ESPN ON SLING TV
Ever since it came on the market, Sling TV has been met with fanfare because it offered a way to watch live sports online without a big cable bill. ESPN, ESPN2, and WatchESPN can all be watched online with a $20 per month subscription. WatchESPN gives you access to channels like ESPN3 and ESPNU. Sling TV was huge for those wanting to watch the NBA Playoffs or March Madness and it’ll be just as important during the draft.
As the NBA Draft airs on ESPN you can live stream it on computers, tablets, phones, or streaming players. There are nearly no exceptions in terms of compatibility. The last main streaming player, Apple TV, is now compatible with Sling TV. Other channels included in the starting package are TBS, TNT, AMC, CNN, and A&E. Find out more about the service here.
NBA DRAFT LIVE ON PLAYSTATION VUE
PlayStation Vue is a direct competitor to Sling TV and also has ESPN in the starting package of its subscription streaming service. The NBA Draft can be streamed with Vue, but the main difference is you need a PS3, PS4, Amazon Fire TV, or Amazon Fire TV stick to sign up for a subscription. Once subscribed, other options for streaming are iPhones, iPads, and Chromecast.
At $29.99 per month it’s a little pricier, but you do get about 30 more channels on PlayStation Vue. The most popular channels on the package are similar to Sling TV like ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, and AMC. Head to the PlayStation Vue website for more information.
YAHOO ANNOUNCES THEIR OWN RENEGADE DRAFT LIVE STREAM
In a bold move, Yahoo is launching its own draft show to go head-to-head against ESPN. While ESPN has official broadcast rights, Yahoo’s live stream will feature NBA reporting powerhouse, Adrian Wojnarowski, who is famous for breaking draft picks before they’re even announced. If you’d rather watch Yahoo’s coverage, you can click here.
CORD CUTTING IS EASY FOR SPORTS FANS
One of the biggest hang ups for many looking to cut cable was the lack of options to watch sports online if you did not pay for cable. All of the new services out there have made it that much easier. With more coming out year after year it can get kind of confusing, so if you have any questions comment below!
We've actually listed out how sports fans can cut the cord and still see a ton of games in several sports with different streaming options.
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