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How to Watch NBA League Pass on a Samsung Smart TV

NBA League Pass on Samsung Smart TV

How to Watch NBA League Pass on a Samsung Smart TV

Key Points

  • NBA League Pass allows you to watch live and on-demand professional basketball games on your Samsung smart TV.
  • There are three methods to watch NBA League Pass on a Samsung smart TV: through the Roku Channel, through Prime Video, or by streaming via Apple AirPlay.
  • Samsung smart TVs come loaded with channels that include a wide variety of sports, such as ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, FIFA+, and MLB.

With the in-season tournament wrapping up, it’s time to get ready for the play-ins. With eight teams vying for position, there’s no better way to catch all the games than with the NBA League Pass on your Samsung smart TV.

There are more steps than you might expect to get this app set up, but we’ve got you covered. Continue reading for three ways to watch your favorite pro basketball this season.

What Is NBA League Pass?

If you eat, sleep, and breathe basketball, the NBA League Pass sets you up with all the professional games you could ask for. Subscriptions allow you to watch live and on-demand broadcasts 24-7. So whether you’re set up for your favorite team or need to go back and catch that shot you missed, this platform has you covered.

The NBA League Pass offers two subscriptions: League Pass and Premium. Both give you access to games around the clock, but the latter service upgrades you to commercial-free viewing on up to three devices at a time. Uniquely, the platform lets you subscribe per season, meaning you only pay for the months when games are played.

While the streaming service provides more access to professional basketball than any other network, live streaming can vary depending on your location. Some local games are blacked out for three days after play. Additionally, some national broadcasts may not show until three hours after the game concludes.

NBA League Pass makes it easy to watch your favorite teams from anywhere. However, some users find it difficult to access the platform on Samsung Smart TVs. For the time being, these devices aren’t compatible with the app. Fortunately, there are workarounds for this dilemma. Let’s take a look at how to watch NBA League Pass on a Samsung smart TV.

How to Watch NBA League Pass on a Samsung Smart TV

If you bought your television specifically for watching your favorite professional basketball teams, you’re in luck. While you may not be able to watch them through the NBA app, we have three other methods for setting up NBA League Pass:

  1. Subscribe to the Service Through the Roku Channel
  2. Connect to the Service Through Prime Video
  3. Stream NBA Games through Apple AirPlay

Let’s take a closer look at each of these methods.

Subscribe to NBA League Pass Through the Roku Channel

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Scroll through the apps on your Samsung smart TV until you see the Roku Channel.

Samsung smart TVs with at least Tizen OS version 2.3 and up can download the Roku Channel. It’s like having a Roku device built into your television. And within this free-to-use platform, you can access NBA League Pass. Follow these steps to get the Roku app:

  1. From the Smart Hub, navigate to the Apps section.
  2. Search for Roku using the on-screen keyboard (or speech-to-text if it’s available).
  3. Click on the app and select Download.
  4. Log in to your Roku account (or create one for free).

Once you have the Roku Channel installed, you can log in to your NBA League Pass subscription: 

  1. Within the app, navigate to the Roku Channel Store.
  2. Search for NBA League Pass channel using the on-screen keyboard.
  3. Select the channel and click Download.
  4. Log in to your NBA League Pass subscription (or create an account).
  5. Scroll through live and on-demand games to find your desired broadcast.

Watch NBA League Pass Through Prime Video

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You can also Stream Prime Video content to your Samsung smart TV.

Conveniently, Prime Video has NBA League Pass built-in, allowing you to stream it from your Samsung smart TV. Here’s how to do it.

  1. With the Prime Video App installed, navigate to it on the Smart Hub and launch it.
  2. Log in to the app (or sign up). 
  3. Within the app, navigate to the search function.
  4. Type in NBA League Pass using the on-screen keyboard (or speech-to-text if it’s available).
  5. If required, install the NBA League Pass channel within the Prime Video App.
  6. Log in to your NBA League Pass subscription (or create an account).
  7. Scroll through live and on-demand games to find your desired broadcast.

It’s important to note that you’ll need a subscription with Prime Video for this method to work.

Stream NBA League Pass Through Apple AirPlay

AirPlay interface on Vizio smart TV.
When the AirPlay screen comes up, search for the Wi-Fi network and device name.

If you have an older Samsung smart TV or don’t want to pay for two subscriptions, you can use an Apple device to stream via AirPlay.

  1. Ensure that your Apple device and Samsung smart TV are on the same Wi-Fi network
  2. Connect your devices using AirPlay or Screen Mirroring
  3. Open the NBA League Pass app on your Apple device
  4. Log in to your NBA League Pass subscription (or create an account)
  5. Scroll through live and on-demand games to find your desired broadcast

What Sports Channels Can You Watch on a Samsung Smart TV?

While you can’t directly download NBA League Pass on your Samsung smart TV, there are still plenty of ways to access professional basketball. Additionally, the device comes loaded with channels that include a wide variety of sports. These include:

You can find the full list of available sports channels here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the NBA app available on Samsung smart TVs?

Unfortunately, Tizen OS does not support the NBA app at this time. This means you’ll have to use alternative methods to access your NBA League Pass subscription.

What is the best way to watch NBA games on my Samsung smart TV?

On Samsung smart TVs, you can easily watch NBA games with NBA League Pass through the Roku Channel.

Can I watch the NBA League Pass via AirPlay?

Yes, you can use an Apple device to stream the games via AirPlay.

If I have Prime Video, can I watch NBA League Pass on my Samsung smart TV?

Yes. Prime Video has NBA League Pass built-in.

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