NBA Broadcasting in India : Big setback for NBA followers in India, no live broadcast, streaming deal in place as yet

NBA Live Broadcast & Live Streaming : NBA lovers in the Indian Sub-Continent will be disappointed reading this news. NBA is yet to crack a broadcasting deal in the Indian Sub-Continent. The opening games of the new season are scheduled for Wednesday morning (5.30 IST) but the world’s biggest basketball league is yet to get a broadcast partner in India.

The incumbent broadcast partner Sony Pictures Network who has been broadcasting NBA since last few years has till date not renewed the deal. Not only this but FanCode who also was live streaming the games next season will not be streaming the NBA Games as of now.

The NBA’s reduced 72-game regular season will start on 22nd December. This means only way NBA fans in India can catch the Live Streaming of the games is by buying NBA LEAGUE PASS.

Where NBA will be broadcasted and Live Streamed in the Indian Sub-Continent ? 

NBA Live Broadcast – NBA Live broadcast will NOT be available on Sony Six & Sony Six HD channels this time.

NBA Live Streaming – Live streaming of NBA in India will be available on the subscription-based NBA League Pass.

Fans will have to buy  NBA League PASS to catch the games streaming LIVE in India

Season opener between Nets & Warriors will begin at 5.30 AM & LA Lakers will Clippers in 2nd game of the first day at 8:30 AM

NBA Digital & Broadcast Innovations for 2020-21 Season 

The official NBA app and desktop site have been upgraded and the league has confirmed additional alternative streams for select games within the NBA League Pass over-the-top (OTT) platform, interactive game overlays and the option to download matches for offline viewing.

US-based League Pass and NBA TV subscribers will have the option of ‘NBA BetStreams’, where league partners such as Bleacher Report, Action Network and Yahoo Sports will take over gambling-focused broadcasts, with overlays featuring betting odds displayed throughout.

‘Sideline Stream’, which includes popular alternate angles such as Rail Cam and Courtside Cam, returns after a successful run during the Orlando bubble. Also being retained is the ‘Influencers Stream’, which sees popular social media personalities present a weekly game on League Pass.

The US service has also added expanded language options, including Portuguese, Spanish and Korean.

“Orlando gave us the opportunity to innovate in a way that we never had before, and really to expedite a lot of the different testing we had already planned to do,” Sara Zuckert, the NBA’s head of next-generation telecasts, told USA Today. “Normally, we would’ve used Summer League and some of our other testing grounds to do these things as one-offs. But this was just a way to bring a lot of this to light.”