Get a full rundown of everything in this season's NBA League Pass service.NBA League Pass is the portal most Aussie NBA fans use to watch their favourite teams play during the season. While it has been around for many years and is tried and tested, changes are made yearly which keep the thrill of watching the NBA intact. Plus with more people wanting to be able to watch on the go, improvements are being made to the small screen experience such as the iPhone and the iPad. It's not just for NBA addicts who will watch any team on any given night, it's still a valuable experience even if you only follow one team. This review will provide a run down for the slightly interested fan all the way up to the die hard yearly subscribers.
- Packages and Pricing
- Sign Up Process
- Selecting Games
- Watching Games
- Streaming Speeds, Usage and Viewing Options
- Minimum System Requirements
Packages and PricingLast year the debut of the cheaper Team Pass package has fallen out of favour with NBA.TV as it is not provided for the 2013-14 season. Now only two packages remain which are the International NBA League Pass Standard and the International NBA League Pass Premium. A breakdown of both these package price wise can be found here and it includes a special preseason discount code including savings of up to 15 percent here. If you are buying a package this year and are wondering why you are being charged more than last season, some of that can be put down to the exchange rate as it was much higher 12 months ago against the US dollar. League Pass Standard Last season there was no such package as the NBA League Pass Premium. The package that offered the highest amount of NBA coverage was this 'Standard' Package. For the exact same price as the 2012-13 season (In US dollars), fans with this package can get access to every NBA game during the regular season and playoffs, excluding preseason games. Not all preseason games are televised due to some games played in overseas countries, however USA/Canada based games are most likely to be broadcast. All games are able to be watched live and on-demand at a time of your choosing, and the 2012-13 NBA season will be accessible to watch on-demand as well. It's handy if there's a mishap with Kobe Bryant's injury, for example, and you're reminiscent about the time Kobe was dropping 30 points in a game. You can go back and experience that at any time. League Pass Premium This package comes with some added benefits which are new to NBA customers. Firstly this package offers all of the features as previously mentioned in the standard package (every 2012-13 regular season and playoff game, live and on-demand viewing and archived 2012-13 season). To separate it from the pack the single best addition for the 2013-14 season is the ability to choose home and away announcers. Last season the broadcasters for the home team were forcefully allocated for League Pass subscribers about 90 percent of the time. Nothing frustrated me more than watching a San Antonio Spurs game which was played in Sacramento with Sacramento Kings' announcers. Some announcers have unbearable accents and others simply can't pronounce your favourite player's names right. Another example: Your team could be down 20 points and your teams commentators would be analysing where your team needs to improve. Whereas if you were listening to the opposition broadcasters they would be in pandemonium praising their teams play, probably not something you want to hear. Now with the option to pick your broadcasting crew, you can find exactly what you want. NBA TV Live subscription is still relatively new and is still taking off the ground. It provides fans with a 24-hour TV channel to see opinionated shows such as Real NBA, The Association and Open Court with media personalities such as Charles Barkley and Steve Kerr. Specific NBA games are replayed at certain times depending on the popularity of the team playing (the Miami Heat will feature heavily while the Detroit Pistons will receive next to nothing in coverage). The station also runs Tuesday NBA Fan Night, where on NBA.com fans can vote for the game on Tuesday (Wednesday in Australia) that they want to see. The highest vote tallying game will be displayed on NBA.TV that night. Game previews and recaps also occur, while breaking news such as trades, suspensions and injuries are extensively covered. NBA TV Live can be bought on its own for US$7.99 a month however it will not require purchasing if the League Pass Premium Account is bought. Also listed as a feature for this Premium package is access to the NBA's Video Vault. How valuable this is remains unknown to fans at the moment as it's unknown what's included. The NBA video vault is not available for separate purchase, I'm not sure what the difference between that and searching videos on YouTube is. Check the comments below to find out what is a part of the NBA Video Vault. Apple TV is also supported by NBA League Pass, this is exclusive to the Premium package owners only. Features Available For Both Packages
- Watching all the 2014 NBA All Star Weekend, Playoffs and Finals games live and on-demand
- Access on Desktop, Mobile and Tablets Note: Your account can only be in use on one device at a time, NBA streaming with your PC and Mobile can not be done at the same time.
- The free NBA Game Time App is available for the iPhone and the Android which is a requirement to view NBA on the go View it on the Apple App Store here and on Google Play here.
- Accessing your NBA League Pass subscription through an Xbox 360 console Xbox Live Gold Membership and Internet connection required. Unknown as to whether the Xbox One or any Sony PlayStation model will be supported. PlayStation was not supported in 2012-2013.
- High definition Coverage 3000 kbps streaming is the maximum speed offered while 400 kbps is the slowest
- Four games can be simultaneously shown at once (not available on tablets or mobile phones)