ESPN deal lets you stream NBA games live without needing a TV service

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ESPN has made many forays into video streaming, but services like WatchESPN usually require you to already have a TV service. That partly defeats the online view, don’t you think? However, you may not face this limitation any longer. According to sources for the the wall street journalthe NBA has sign a pact with Disney (ESPN’s parent company) to launch a new streaming service that doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription — a big deal for ESPN, which still gets most of its money from TV paying. The difference with NBA League Pass is unclear, although both focus on regular season live games. In other words, you’ll still have to turn on an old-fashioned TV to watch the playoffs in real time. It’s unclear exactly when it’s coming, though you might not have to wait long for an announcement. If the tipsters are correct, the NBA will announce its partnership as early as Monday.

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