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If you’re a basketball fan, you need access to TNT to watch all of the big games this spring. Starting with the 69th NBA All Star exhibition game on February 16, 2020, and running through March Madness, TNT is essential to your cordcutting solution. There are a few ways to watch TNT without cable service, but you’ll still need a paid subscription to tune into the games.
The Chicago Bulls host the game that benefits charity at the United Center in Chicago. Although this is the Bulls’ third time hosting in the history of the game, this is the first time the teams will play at the United Center. The team also hosted the game in 1973 and 1988, but those games were played at the team’s previous home arena, Chicago Stadium.
Frank Vogel, coach of the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers, heads up Team LeBron. Nick Nurse, coach of the Toronto Raptors, qualified as Eastern Conference head coach for Team Giannis after the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer was deemed ineligible to coach the All Star game two years in a row.
Fans cast votes to select the team rosters, while the starters are chosen with a weighted vote from fans, media, and current NBA players. This year’s team uniforms will pay tribute to the late Kobe Bryant and the other victims involved in the tragic helicopter accident.
If you don’t want to watch the All Star game at a friend’s house or local bar, you’ll need a streaming service subscription. These inexpensive alternatives to cable or satellite deliver live TV for a monthly fee, usually with extra features like on-demand content or a cloud-based DVR. It sounds like what you had with cable, but there are significant differences.
Cable is expensive. The average plan is more than $100 per month. Many cable companies require a contract, rental hardware, and a home visit from an installer. Canceling cable is a hassle because you have to sit on the phone forever and return the equipment in person.
In contrast, you can sign up for streaming services on the internet, pay month-to-month, and cancel at any time. You can watch it with any device at home or on the go. The best part is you can find a streaming service for as little as $30 per month.
There’s no legal way to watch the game on TNT without a subscription service, so here’s a breakdown of a few popular ones that carry the channel. Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up because you might miss the tip-off if downloading doesn’t go as planned. For the best performance, make sure your device has the latest version of the OS or app. If you don’t intend to keep the service long term, take advantage of a free trial!
Sling TV is an affordable way to watch the All Star game live on TNT. Sling offers two base-level packages, which both include access to TNT; each is $30 per month. The single-stream Sling Orange service lets you watch one show at a time on 32 channels, while the three-stream Blue service lets you watch multiple streams with 47 channels. The service includes 10 hours of cloud-based DVR storage for free, or you can upgrade to 50 hours for $5 per month.
Viewers can also add Extras for in-language programming, sports, comedy, kids, or other genres individually or bundle a few at a discount. There’s no long-term contract or hidden fees, and you can combine Orange + Blue for a discounted rate of $45 per month.
Sling TV allows viewers to watch from popular internet streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android devices, and smart TVs.
YouTube TV includes 70+ channels, an unlimited DVR, and provides local ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS in 90% of U.S. markets. Families can set up as many as six individual profiles in one account to keep recommendations, history, and preferences unique to each viewer.
Subscribers pay $49.99 per month, which includes access to TNT to watch the All Star game. Other channels include CNBC, MSNBC, ESPN, Fox Sports, Big Ten, CBS Sports, Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, and HGTV. Viewers can watch the All Star game from compatible internet-streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android devices, and smart TVs.
Hulu + Live TV is a skinny bundle streaming service that carries TNT nationwide. Viewers can watch sports, news, and more and get unlimited access to Hulu’s extensive on-demand library for $54.99/month.
The service includes more than 60 live channels, which includes TNT. The platform blends on-demand and live content seamlessly in an easy-to-use traditional timeline to show viewers what’s available to watch. Viewers can download shows and movies to watch without an internet connection and also have access to a cloud-based DVR with 50 hours of storage. Hulu + Live TV works with all of the most common streaming devices, like iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV.
Viewers can catch the All Star game on TNT on fuboTV for $54.99 per month after a one-week free trial. The service delivers more than 100 channels available on three separate streams. Subscribers also get 30 hours of Cloud DVR space. The sports-centric platform is supported on iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Chromecast devices.
Don’t miss out on the historic 69th All Star game this year on TNT. If you don’t already subscribe to a streaming service that provides access to TNT, know ahead of time which device and service you will choose because there is no legal way to watch TNT without at least a free trial of a subscription service.
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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