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How to watch Cleveland Cavaliers games in 2019 without cable

Cord-cutting Cavs fans have a number of options for streaming Collin Sexton, Kevin Love and the Cavaliers this season.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are still finding their way after LeBron James left town for the second time a year ago. The team will not win many games this season but that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. The backcourt of the future is in place, with second-year shooting guard Collin Sexton and rookie point guard Darius Garland. And the Cavs have talent up front with Kevin Love still putting up All-Star stats and Larry Nance Jr. throwing down ridiculous dunks.

Cavs fans who also happen to be cable TV cord cutters have a number of ways to stream the team's games live without a cable or satellite TV subscription. Most live TV streaming services carry the regional sports network that broadcasts the team's games in the Cleveland market. Out-of-market fans can subscribe to NBA League Pass to watch the team's games live. And you can also catch the Cavs on national NBA broadcasts, which are shown on ABC , ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. 

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Stream Cavs games live in Ohio

In 2019, Cavs games are shown on Fox Sports Ohio, an RSN available only in Ohio markets. Sling TV is the only major live TV streaming service that does not not carry the Cav's RSN. Check out your cord-cutting options below for the packages that carry Fox Sports Ohio. I've also included information for ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV for live national broadcasts. Not every service carries every local network, however, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries ABC and Fox Sports Ohio in your area.

YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes everything a Cavs fan needs: Fox Sports Ohio, ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see if a live feed of ABC is available in your area. 

Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes Fox Sports Ohio, ABC, ESPN and TNT. It does not offer NBA TV. Click the "View all channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Hulu with Live TV is raising its prices later this month to $55 a month.

FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes Fox Sports Ohio, TNT and NBA TV, but not ABC or ESPN. Click here to see which local channels you get.

AT&T TV Now's $65-a-month Plus package includes ABC, ESPN and TNT. Its $80-a-month Max package adds Fox Sports Ohio. Neither plan features NBA TV. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

PlayStation Vue's basic $50-a-month Access plan includes ESPN, TNT and ABC. The $55-a-month Core plan adds Fox Sports Ohio and NBA TV. You can see which local channels are available in your area here. Note that Vue will shut down in January 2020, but in the meantime it's still available.

Sling TV's $25-a-month Sling Orange package includes ESPN and TNT. None of Sling TV's plans includes ABC or Fox Sports Ohio, but you can get NBA TV with the $10-a-month Sports Extra add-on. (Sling TV is currently discounted by 40% for the first month.) 

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

Out-of-market livestreaming of Cavs games

If don't live in Ohio, then you can't get Fox Sports Ohio. You can, however, stream Cavs games live with an NBA League Pass subscription. Or resign yourself to watching the team only when it's featured on a national NBA broadcast.

With NBA League Pass, your local team's games are blacked out along with nationally televised games. You can watch all out-of-market games (unless they're on ESPN, TNT or another national broadcast) for $250 for the season (or $40 a month) with no commercials, or $200 for the season (or $29 a month) with commercial breaks. You can sign up to watch only your favorite out-of-market team's games for $120 for the season (or $18 a month). Or you can get just NBA TV for the channel's coverage of the league and the live games it shows for $60 a year or $7 a month. NBA League Pass is supported on a number of devices.

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