DIRECTV and Dish next week will both hold week-long free previews of the NBA League Pass package of out-of-market games, the satcasters have announced.
The DIRECTV preview will begin on Monday, January 15, and extend through Sunday, January 21.
The Dish free view will run from Tuesday, January 16, through Sunday, January 21.
While the Dish promo is one day shorter than DIRECTV’s, the former will also include a free preview of the NBA TV channel from January 16 to January 21.
The free preview will give subscribers of both satellite services full access to the entire League Pass schedule during the week. (With the exception of the subscriber’s home team whose games will be blacked out.)
The League Pass, which shows up to 40 out-of-market NBA games every week, normally costs $169 for the season. However, the NBA is expected to introduce a mid-season price next week during the preview.
Games that will be available during the free preview will include the Suns vs. the Trailblazers on January 16 at 10 p.m. ET; the Lakers vs. the Thunder on January 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET; the Magic vs. the Cavaliers on January 18 at 7 p.m. ET; the Wizards vs. the Pistons on January 19 at 8 p.m. ET; the Thunder vs. the Cavaliers on January 20 at 3:30 p.m. ET; and the Pacers vs. the Spurs on January 21 at 7 p.m. ET.
More pay TV providers may participate next week in the preview, but have yet to make announcements. Consult your provider’s on-screen guide for more updates.
— Phillip Swann