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How to Watch the Cleveland Cavaliers Live Without Cable

Written by Derek Fleming

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Cavs fans can live stream Cavaliers basketball on Bally Sports Ohio with Bally Sports Plus and DIRECTV STREAM “Choice.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers viewing guide.
Table of Contents
  1. Important channels
  2. From Cleveland
  3. FAQ
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In this Cavs viewing guide, I will walk you through the best options for streaming NBA games in Cleveland, as well as the latest free trials. At present, DIRECTV STREAM is the only live TV streaming service that carries Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes, plus the channels Cavs fans need to watch nationally televised NBA games, which makes the app our top pick.

Out-of-market Cavs fans can watch the team with NBA League Pass.


Watch ABC, CBS, ESPN, FS1, Big Ten Network, Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes, TNT and more. Add NBA League Pass out-of-market.

$99.99 / month

5 Day Free Trial

Bally Sports+

Watch most Cavs games in-market.

$19.99 / month

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NBA League Pass on Sling TV

Watch out-of-market Cavs games.

$14.99 / month

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Important channels

The most important channel for watching Cavs games in-market is Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes. When the Cavs are on national TV, the games will be on either ABC, ESPN, or TNT. If you are an out-of-market fan, you can live stream Cavs games with an NBA League Pass package.

DIRECTV STREAM – ChoiceDIRECTV STREAMFuboHulu + Live TVSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV
Bally Sports Great Lakes Bally Sports Great Lakes
Bally Sports Ohio Bally Sports Ohio

From Cleveland

Unfortunately, DIRECTV STREAM doesn’t carry Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes in the base package. To watch the Cavs on DIRECTV STREAM, upgrade to the “Choice” package.

As you can see from the supported devices list below, you can live stream the Cavs in-market on DIRECTV STREAM “Choice” on these devices:

Amazon Fire TV (2nd Generation+), Amazon Fire TV Cube, Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TV (2nd Generation+), Android (7.1+), Apple TV (4th Generation+), Chrome browser (68+), Chromecast (2nd Generation+), Chromecast Built-in TV (select models), Edge Browser, iOS (11+), Roku, Safari browser, Samsung Smart TV (2017+)

DIRECTV STREAM also carries WOIO CBS 19 Cleveland for watching the Browns.

Fubo carries Bally Sports Ohio & Great Lakes in the base package (but charges an RSN fee) for watching the Cavs in-market.

Fubo also allows NBA fans to add NBA League Pass to a Fubo account to watch out-of-market NBA games.

Fubo carries CBS affiliates nationwide, including WOIO-TV CBS 19 Cleveland, for streaming Browns games, plus all the channels needed to watch Buckeye football and basketball.


Can I watch the Cavs on ESPN+?

No, you can’t watch the Cleveland Cavaliers on ESPN+. ESPN+ doesn’t have the rights to air any NFL or NBA games.

Can I watch the Cavs on NBA League Pass?

It depends where you live. If you live within the Cavs viewing territory, you can’t watch the Cavs on NBA League Pass. In the Cleveland area, Cavs games on NBA League Pass will be blacked out in favor of Bally Sports Ohio. However, out-of-market Cavs fans can watch the team on NBA League Pass all season long. You can signup for NBA League Pass à la carte on Amazon Prime, or the package can be added to an existing YouTube TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, or DIRECTV STREAM account.

Can I watch the Cavs game on Sling TV?

If you live in the Cleveland area, you can’t watch most Cavs games on Sling TV because the platform doesn’t carry Bally Sports Ohio. When the Cavs are on ESPN, or TNT, you can watch the game on Sling TV Orange. If you live out-of-market, you can watch the Cavs on Sling TV by adding NBA League Pass.

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