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How to Watch Every Boston Celtics Game Live Without Cable

Written by Derek Fleming

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NBA fans in Boston and across New England, can watch the Celtics live without cable on NBC Sports Boston with DIRECTV STREAM “Choice,” Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV.

Table of Contents
  1. The most important channels for Boston Celtics fans
  2. Watch the Celtics from New England
  3. Watching the Celtics FAQ
  4. More NBA Team Viewing Guides

Is there a more iconic sports franchise than the Celtics? With legends like Larry Bird and 17 NBA titles, we certainly can’t name one.

Several live TV streaming services carry Celtics games, so the big decision for Celtics fans who want to stream games is what streaming service to choose. It really comes down to whether you also want to watch the Patriots and Red Sox from the same app.

For Full coverage in of the Celtics from New England, plus Sox and Pats games, our top pick is DIRECTV STREAM’s “Choice” package. DTV “Choice” is the only streaming service that includes ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBC Sports Boston, and NESN for watching Red Sox games.

Out-of-market there are more options. Celtics fans outside of New England can add NBA League Pass to Fubo, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.

DIRECTV STREAM – Choice

Watch WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston, ESPN, TNT, NBC Sports Boston, NESN, and more.

$99.99 / month

5 Day Free Trial

YouTube TV

Watch NBC Sports Boston in-market, plus TNT, ESPN, and more.

$72.99 / month

14 Day Free Trial

Fubo

Watch NBC Sports Boston, ESPN, and NESN.

$74.99 / month

7 Day Free Trial

NBA League Pass on Sling TV

Watch the Celtics on national TV, in the playoffs, and out-of-market.

$14.99 / month

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The most important channels for Boston Celtics fans

In New England, the Celtics are broadcast on NBC Sports Boston. When the Celtics play on national TV, the games will air on ABC, ESPN, or TNT.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceDIRECTV STREAMFuboHulu + Live TVSling OrangeSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV
ABC ABC
ESPN ESPN
ESPN3 ESPN3
NBC Sports Boston NBC Sports Boston
NESN NESN
TNT TNT

Watch the Celtics from New England

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF EVERY CELTICS GAME FOR FANS IN NEW ENGLAND.

Yes, you can watch the Celtics in-market on DIRECTV STREAM with the upgraded “Choice” package.

I chose DIRECTV STREAM as my top pick for watching the Celtics because it is the only live TV streaming service that offers NESN, TNT, and NBC Sports Boston on the same platform.

With DIRECTV STREAM “Choice,” Boston sports fans can watch these teams:

COMPLETE CELTICS COVERAGE FOR LOCAL and OUT-OF-MARKET FANS.

Yes, you can watch the Celtics on YouTube TV, both in-market and out-of-market. If you are an out-of-market Celtics fan, YouTube TV offers an NBA League Pass add-on which I have used and which integrates seamlessly into the platform. YouTube TV also carries WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston.

Although YouTube TV lacks NESN for watching Sox games, the service is an excellent choice for streaming Patriots football, and is our top overall pick for hosting Super Bowl parties.

You can watch the Celtics games that air on NBC Sports Boston on fuboTV.

Note: We don’t recommend fuboTV this season for watching the Celtics because the platform is missing TNT, which means the NBA on TNT series can’t be live streamed with a fuboTV membership.

If you’re ok missing the TNT broadcasts, fuboTV carries every other channel Boston sports fans need to watch the Celtics, including WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston and ESPN.

Sling TV is only a good option for watching the Celtics in the playoffs, not during the regular season. Although Sling TV Orange does not carry NBC Sports Boston, you can still watch most of the Celtics playoff run, and at a fraction of the price of competitors.

During the playoffs, missing ABC isn’t an issue since Sling TV Orange carries ESPN3, which allows fans to access the simulcast of ABC’s NBA playoff coverage on the watch ESPN app.

Read our Sling TV review.

Yes, you can watch the Celtics on Hulu + Live TV in-market. Hulu + Live TV carries all of the NBC owned RSNs, including NBC Sports Boston.


Watching the Celtics FAQ

Can I watch the Celtics on ESPN+?

No, ESPN+ does not carry NBA games, so you can’t watch the Celtics on ESPN+. The ESPN+ platform is a great option for watching soccer, small college football games, and out-of-market NHL games, but not NBA games.

Can I watch the Celtics on Paramount Plus?

No, you cannot watch the Boston Celtics on Paramount Plus because CBS does not have the TV rights to air NBA games. However, you can watch the Patriots on Paramount Plus. The platform carries WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston for in-market fans.

Can I watch the Celtics on NESN?

No, you can’t watch the Celtics on NESN. The Bruins and Red Sox play on NESN, the Celtics regular season is broadcast on NBC Sports Boston.


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