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NBA makes new League Pass features official, all nationally televised games now archived

Oct 2, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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When the NBA posted the list of features for its League Pass offering this season, a couple of new ones immediately caught the attention of the hardcore fans that routinely pay for the privilege of watching every game during the regular season.

A limitation in the past was the lack of nationally televised games available, which was an issue because a lot of the most highly-anticipated matchups appear on ABC, TNT, ESPN, or NBA TV.

While they’re still not available live through League Pass, they are now part of the archives, which means you can watch them after they’ve aired or even days later.

From the official release:

“NBA LEAGUE PASS will mark its 20th season by providing fans with new features including direct access to a national game archive featuring all televised games on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV throughout the regular season, and live feeds of both home and away team broadcasts for all games.

“The new enhancements will be available on NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, which is available complimentary to NBA LEAGUE PASS and as a standalone product.  Additional package options include NBA LEAGUE PASS Mobile and NBA LEAGUE PASS Choice, allowing fans to choose up to five teams to watch during the regular season.”

The second enhanced feature is the ability to choose which broadcast you want to see, which is great if you want your hometown feed instead of hearing your favorite team being disparaged by the opponent’s on-air crew (we’re looking at you, Sean Elliott).

The league confirmed its pricing for the various League Pass offerings a few weeks back, and it’s worth noting that you’ll get the best deal if you purchase the package through your cable or satellite provider. You’ll get the TV, broadband, and mobile versions all for an early bird price of $189 by doing it this way.

If you don’t have cable, you can still purchase the League Pass Broadband offering by itself for the same price for all 30 teams, or you can choose five teams to watch and pay just $129. The mobile version alone will set you back $49.99.

League Pass was already a must-have for NBA fans everywhere. The ability to now get all of the nationally televised games through the service via the archives is a fantastic upgrade, at no additional cost.

  1. pacers24 - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    This would be great if you could actually watch your home team while in the same city without the games being blacked out!

    I would love to be able to watch the Pacers away games online while I’m at work. But nope they won’t allow it!

    At least that’s how it was 2 years ago when I had it, anyone know if that’s changed?

    • gotchangeforadollar - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      If the game’s on a local station, then probably not. Really makes League Pass pointless unless you like watching teams outside of your area.

  2. lakerade - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    I’m with pacers24, until they make the games of my hometown team also available online and via mobile, the package falls short. I understand it’s about local broadcast rights, but the only game I NEED to see before I can get home is my Lakeshow, and once I’m home that becomes moot. The national games archive is nice, but not enough.

  3. antistratfordian - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Why would anyone need the nationally televised games as part of the package?

    • n2thaizzo - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Some people don’t want to suscribe to a cable tv provider, so there is no espn, or nbatv. If they get the online league pass, they can see the games aired on those networks, albeit after the game has been aired. I know there are ways to stream those games live, but not everyone is aware of that route, i guess,,

  4. papichulo55 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Slingbox lets you see your cable TV anywhere that you have a broadband connection. Watch the Nets live broadcast in the Dominican Republic, with iPad, smartphone, or TV with a streaming box.

  5. telldatruth - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Just what fans want, to be able to revisit botched calls.

  6. spursareold - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Sean Eliott is a homer of the highest order, probably top5 in the NBA, but he ALWAYS give props to the other team on the floor when they do well. If you’re an idiot, and hurting your team through your actions or play, he will call you one, though. (We’re looking at you, DeMarcus). He also makes fun of hairstyles (We’re looking at you Nene and Noah)

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Yesssss! It’s a strange thing how each NBA game actually has two broadcasts; something I wasn’t aware of until this year when I got DirecTV. DTV gives you both broadcasts so I actually went the entire 2012-2013 season without hearing a single Tommy Heinsohn officiating gripe. I love that I’ll get to choose broadcasts for the Broadband component as well. Good work, NBA.

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