Want to watch the NBA Finals but you ditched that expensive cable TV subscription? Don’t fret – chances are you can watch the game at home, in un-compressed HDTV. Because the games are being broadcast on ABC, they will be available for free OTA (over the air).

Here’s how to do it.

  1. Get an HDTV. Chances are you already have this.
  2. Have an HDTV OTA tuner. Chances are your HDTV has this built in. If not, you can buy a tuner (see the list below).
  3. Get an HDTV antenna. These are small, sleek little numbers that can be bought for as little as $5.99 (see the list below). Connect it to your TV’s coaxial input and move to step three. Don’t worry – these things don’t require power and they pick up the free HDTV OTA signals major networks are required by law to send out.
  4. Hit the “INPUT” or “TV/VIDEO” button on your TV remote until it goes to “TV” or “Tuner”.
  5. Hit the “CHANNEL UP/DOWN” button to get it to start searching for channels. This may take a while as it scans, and you might need to move the antenna around to get a good signal – try moving it near a window, for instance.
  6. Find ABC.
  7. Invite friends over for the game. Tell them to bring beer.
  8. Enjoy free, un-compressed, high-def NBA action.
  9. Thank us on Monday.
Insignia Indoor HDTV Antenna

Insignia Indoor HDTV Antenna

HDTV Antennas You Can Buy Right Now

  1. Amazon: If you still have time, you can order one from Amazon. This Pictek Indoor HDTV Antenna can be had on Prime for $13.89, delivered before the game.
  2. Monoprice.com: This online super-discounter carries a good one for $5.99, but you may not receive it in time for Game 2.
  3. Local electronics store: Head to your local Best Buy and grab the Insignia antenna for $12.99.
Mediasonic Homeworx HDTV Receiver

Mediasonic Homeworx HDTV Receiver

HDTV Tuners You Can Buy Right Now

Chances are great that your TV has a tuner built in, but if it doesn’t (or if you have an older-school tube TV), you can pick up a tuner for your TV, computer monitor, or even game console.

  1. If you have an HDTV, grab an HDTV receiver like the Mediasonic Homeworx from Amazon or the Insignia Digital TV Converter from Best Buy. This plugs in like a cable box and picks up over-the-air signals. Note that these don’t come with antennas, so see above for that.
  2. If you want to watch the game on your computer, grab the AVerMedia AVerTV Volar Hybrid ($49.90 on Amazon with same-day delivery). This little thing will even allow you to record the game and rewind.
  3. If you have an Xbox One, you can use the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner ($44.99 on Amazon with same-day delivery). This integrates into your Xbox One and even allows you to pause and stream TV around your home. It even includes a portable antenna.