How to watch the Bucks in the playoffs (even if you've cut the cord)
After a historic run through the regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks' job isn't done yet.
The Greek Freak and the rest of the Eastern Conference-best Bucks need 14 more wins to reach their final goal, a quest that'll continue Saturday night in Detroit with Game 3 of their seven-game series against the Pistons. And judging by how thrilling and exciting the past 84 games were, you're not going to want to miss a single dribble now that we've reached crunch time.
For those who weren't quick enough to snag tickets for the home games at Fiserv Forum or who can't make it out to the big screen at the official viewing parties tipping off in the entertainment block's beer garden space, you can keep up with Giannis and company on your small screens at home. But where exactly can you find the games – especially if you've cut the cord?
Here's a viewing guide for watching the Bucks battle the Pistons:
Regular TV listings
For those still keeping the cord, finding the Bucks playoff games is easier than a Giannis running a 3-on-1 breakaway. The NBA announced the television schedule for the series earlier this week, and here's the guide to what remains:
- Game 3: Saturday, April 20 – 7 p.m. on ESPN and Fox Sports Wisconsin
- Game 4: Monday, April 22 – 7 p.m. on TNT and Fox Sports Wisconsin
The times and channels have yet to be announced for games 5-7 as those games have not been rendered necessary yet – but if the series goes that deep, one can assume the games will all be available locally on Fox Sports Wisconsin, as well as nationally broadcast over one of the following: ESPN, TNT, NBATV or ABC. (In case a game lands on ABC, the game will be blacked out on Fox Sports Wisconsin.)
So you've cut the cord. You could always pop out to the local watering hole and watch the game, or you could spin by the viewing parties outside Fiserv Forum. But if you want to watch from the comfort of your lucky couch in the living room – or maybe throw a viewing party of your own – here are your best bets for following the Bucks.
Live television streaming services
So you've cut the cord – but you likely haven't cut yourself off from the world of sports and pop culture, which means you probably have a live television streaming service like Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, fuboTV or DirecTV Now. (Netflix and Amazon Prime, as popular as they are, have yet to dip into live streaming programming.)
All of these streaming services offer TNT – perfect for Game 4 against the Pistons – while all but fuboTV offer ESPN. Meanwhile, for the tricky games on NBATV, fuboTV and YouTube TV both include the channel built-in, while Sling TV offers the channel as a $5 add-on to the Blue Package (aka the plan with TNT, ESPN and ESPN3, which simulcasts games on ABC), and both DirecTV Now and Playstation Vue include it in some of their packages. The only service that doesn't offer access to NBATV is Hulu, so when it comes to future playoff games on that channel, look elsewhere for your live-streaming needs.
As for ABC games, you'll have to check to see if each streaming service offers the channel in your area – but you could smartly and cheaply avoid that drama by buying a HDTV antenna, many cheaper than $20 with no costs after.
All of these streaming services cost around $45-50 a month, while Sling is a little cheaper a month at $15-25 (before the NBATV add-on). An important reminder, though: These streaming services typically offer some kind of free trial period, so if you time it right – and make sure you remember to cancel before the cutoff date – you could probably score a few playoff games without having to dig into your wallet once.
TV channel apps
So you've cut the cord ... but you have parents or friends who haven't. We're not saying you SHOULD ask for their cable account info so you can log in and watch the games on ESPN, Fox Sports and TNT's streaming apps ... but if you were to do that, either download the channels' apps onto your streaming box (Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV or Amazon Fire stick) or go to WatchESPN.com, WatchTNT.com and Fox Sports GO's website, then sign in using the borrowed cable username and password. Congrats, you now have access to the games – no cable necessary. Well, SOMEBODY'S cable is necessary.
This obviously works if you have cable as well – just download the apps or go to the websites, and plug in your info. But ... you also have cable. So just watch the game on ESPN, TNT or NBATV.
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