How to Watch the NBA Finals Online with Spectrum Internet

The TV schedule for the NBA finals is set, with all games set to appear on ABC broadcast nationally across the United States. Once again, for the fourth year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers led by Lebron James will take on Steph Curry and the cast of future Hall of Famers known as the Golden State Warriors.

Here are the dates and times for the games:

Game 1 from Oakland: Thursday, May 31, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 2 from Oakland: Sunday, June 3, 8 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 3 from Cleveland: Wednesday, June 6, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 4 from Cleveland: Friday, June 8, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 5* from Oakland: Monday, June 11, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 6* from Cleveland: Thursday, June 14, 9 p.m. ET, ABC

Game 7* from Oakland: Sunday, June 17, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
* — if necessary

If you’re near a TV, seeing the game is no problem. But what if you want to watch the game on a tablet or your phone somewhere there isn’t a TV nearby? You can do that too with Spectrum Internet, any of the cable TV subscriptions available from Spectrum, and WatchESPN.com or the ESPN App. Whether you’re in Akron, Ohio, hometown of Lebron James, or near the Bay on the beach in Santa Cruz, CA, you don’t need a television to catch all the finals action. Whether the Warriors sweep or blow a 3-1 lead again, you’ll want to see each and every moment.

NBA Opening Night Features Two Great Cable TV Matchups

The National Basketball Association begins its season tomorrow night, with both the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the Western Conference Champion (and runner-up to the title) Golden State Warriors in action on nationally broadcast cable TV. The teams will face off against separate opponents in a doubleheader broadcast on TNT, with the Cavaliers leading off the evening starting at 7:30pm Eastern Time and the Warriors following at 10:30pm for the later matchup.

The Cavaliers, led by Lebron James, came back from a three games to one deficit in the NBA Finals last year to defeat the Warriors, who set a regular season record by winning 73 games and featured the unanimous league MVP in Stephen Curry. In their opening game this year, they are heavily favored at home against the New York Knicks, who made news in the offseason by obtaining Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls.

The Warriors begin their first campaign with Kevin Durant as part of the lineup, signed as a free agent this summer following KD’s nine years in Oklahoma City. Golden State opens the season against the team that might be their greatest challenge in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs, playing their first season since the 1990s without stalwart Tim Duncan.

Stay tuned to the TV, Internet and Phone Blog as we point out the big national television matchups on cable and broadcast TV throughout the 2016-17 NBA season.

NBA Opening Night on Cable TV

We’ve reached the end of October, which means the National Basketball Association is beginning its regular season. Many games will be broadcast nationally this year on network and cable TV, with broadcast partners TNT and ESPN/ABC showing many of the marquee matchups and NBATV filling in the blanks.

Tonight is Opening Night, with back-to-back games airing on TNT (DIRECTV channel 245). First, at 8pm EDT, the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will face the rival Chicago Bulls in Chicago. Then, at 10:30pm EDT, the New Orleans Pelicans will visit the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the Bay Area.

There is plenty of interest in both of these games. Any game featuring Lebron James is going to get big ratings, and the Bulls have been a thorn in Lebron’s side since his days with the Miami Heat. Derrick Rose will be playing, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol will be figuring out how to co-exist in the big frontcourt of the Bulls, and the Bulls will be trying out a new offensive focus under rookie Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. The Cavs, on the other hand, return the major pieces from last year, and are still trying to make them all fit together.

When it comes to the second game of the night, the defending champs playing at home and raising their banner give plenty of reason to watch, but don’t underrated the Pelicans, and their burgeoning star Anthony Davis, the most exciting player to hit the league since Kevin Durant (or maybe even longer).

It’s a long season, and in the middle surely it will become a slog, but it’s the first night of pro basketball in several months, so enjoy these two great matchups.

NBA Saturday Night Coverage Moves from Cable to Broadcast TV

Over the past few years, since Disney (ESPN and ABC) and Turner Sports (NBATV and TNT) have taken over the broadcast rights to the National Basketball Association, primetime games have been banished to cable TV, with only Sunday afternoons featuring games on ABC during the regular season. This year, though, the announcement of the NBA schedule brought with it some surprises—namely, the inclusion of several primetime games airing on ABC on Saturday nights. Saturday night games used to be the province of NBATV, and often featured less interesting matchups. When you look at the schedule below, you’ll see that these games are anything but uninteresting:

From Awful Announcing:

Sat, Jan. 23 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Jan. 30 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb. 20 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers
Sat, Feb. 27 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sat, Mar. 5 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Chicago Bulls
Sat, Mar. 12 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Mar. 19 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Apr. 9 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls

These Saturday night matchups feature Lebron James, Derrick Rose, the new-look Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge, last year’s champs in the Golden State Warriors, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and the up and coming Houston Rockets. Star power is the name of the game.

Saturday night isn’t traditionally a big TV night, but these games will likely draw a lot of eyeballs, especially among a sports public withdrawing after the end of college football. We’ll see if this move brings the kind of jolt that ESPN/Disney needs.

TV Ratings for NBA Finals Highest Since the Jordan Era

The NBA Finals clash between the best player—Lebron James—and the best team—the Golden State Warriors—resulted in the most-watched basketball series since the heyday of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, when they won their final title in 1998. The series achieved an average overnight rating of 13.9 for the six games, and a 15.9 for the clinching Game 6 when the Warriors finally outlasted Lebron’s Cavs for the title.

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It was also watched by nearly a million people on WatchESPN.

They’re impressive numbers for ABC and the NBA, the likes of which wouldn’t be expected based on the teams playing in the series. These aren’t small markets — Nielsen ranks the Bay Area as sixth-largest in the U.S., Cleveland-Akron is 19th — but it shows the popularity of the league that ratings weren’t driven by the nation’s biggest cities.

The highest-rated Finals in league history came in 1998 when the Bulls topped the Utah Jazz in six games thanks to Jordan’s heroics. That series received an average overnight rating of 18.9, continuing a long trend of big numbers for the Finals during the 1980s and 1990s. Since ABC landed the rights from NBC in 2003, this is the closest we’ve come to those huge audiences the league once commanded. The 13.9 average rating also represents a 31 percent increase from a year ago when the San Antonio Spurs topped LeBron and the Miami Heat.

That a million people watched the programming on WatchESPN also shows how broadband customers are becoming more and more important to the live sports watching demographic. WatchESPN is available to subscribers of Charter Cable and other cable TV providers.

NBA Finals Start Date Will Not Move Up

Despite the fact that the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks ended last night with a Lebron James-led Cleveland sweep, and the Western Conference Finals will likely end tonight with a Golden State Warriors home win over the Houston Rockets, the NBA Finals start date of June 4 is set in stone and will not move up, even though that will mean more than a week without basketball on network or cable TV.

There are benefits to this beyond the fact that the TV schedule is all set already—and that’s the real reason the start date will not move. The week off will give both teams a chance to rest up and get healthy—Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, who’s missed a couple of games, will have a chance to get more solidly back in starting lineup form, and the Warriors Mareese Speights will have a chance to get back in the rotation. Lebron James, a bit beaten up, will more likely be in top form. And everyone wants a series where everyone possible (sorry, Kevin Love) is healthy in the NBA Finals.

Here is the TV schedule for the NBA Finals, already set in stone:

Golden State/OR/Houston vs. Cleveland

Game 1: – Thu. June 4, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 9:00 PM , ABC

Game 2: Sun. June 7, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 8:00 PM, ABC

Game 3: Tue. June 9, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 4: Thu. June 11, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 5 *: Sun, June 14, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 8:00 PM, ABC

Game 6 *: Tue, June 16, Golden State/Houston at Cleveland, 9:00 PM, ABC

Game 7 *: Fri, June 19, Cleveland at Golden State/Houston, 9:00 PM, ABC

* = if necessary

It’s likely to be Lebron, now the playoff veteran and most recent champion in these playoffs, versus the upstart Warriors. Who ya got?

NBA Playoffs Begin Tomorrow: Cable TV Schedule

The long slog of the too-long NBA season is over, and that means the real, intense, immensely watchable playoffs begin. Tomorrow, Saturday April 18, four series kick off, with the other four following suit on Sunday on network and cable TV. There are many storylines to follow—can the Warriors match regular season success with a deep playoff run, will Lebron James make his homecoming to Cleveland a success, can the San Antonio Spurs continue their decade-plus dominance? They begin very, very soon.

Here is the schedule for the first two days of NBA playoff action (all times Central Daylight Time):

Saturday, April 18

  • Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors, 11:30AM, ESPN
  • New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors, 2:30PM, ABC
  • Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls, 6PM, ESPN
  • Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets, 8:30PM, ESPN

Sunday, April 19

  • Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers, 2PM, ABC
  • Brooklyn Nets at Atlanta Hawks, 4:30PM, TNT
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies, 7PM, TNT
  • San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers, 9:30PM, TNT

Be sure to tune in!