NBA TV

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NBA TV

NBA TV is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and operated by the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary of Time Warner; the NBA also uses the network as a way of advertising the league’s out-of-market sports package NBA League Pass, and partner channel TNT. Dedicated to basketball, the network features exhibition, regular season and playoff game telecasts from the NBA and related professional basketball leagues, as well as NBA-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries. The network also serves as national broadcaster of the NBA D-League and WNBA games. NBA TV is the oldest cable network in North America to be owned or controlled by a professional sports league, having launched on March 17, 1999.

As of February 2015, NBA TV is available to approximately 57,129,000 households that subscribe to cable, satellite or telco television service (totaling 49.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States

Programming

NBA TV offers news programs devoted to basketball daily, in addition to programs showcasing the lives of individual basketball players, documentaries focusing on a particular NBA team during the season and archived broadcasts of well-known games.

NBA TV carries at least 90 regular season games per season, which typically air four days a week during the NBA season (mainly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, although occasional Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games may air in the event that ESPN does not hold rights to coverage on those nights), as well as some first-round playoff games.

Live games on NBA TV are subject to local blackout restrictions, since NBA TV (despite being owned by the league) does not hold the exclusive broadcast rights to any of its games. Games carried by NBA TV are also carried by each team’s local rights holder, either a regional sports network or a broadcast television station.

Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the score box displayed during NBA TV’s game coverage (which was seen on the lower-left hand corner of the screen) changed to a banner format oriented horizontally across the screen. However, the network does not use timeout or bonus indicators like that seen on the score graphics used on ESPN and TNT.

The network also shows international games, typically on Saturday evenings, with special emphasis on the Euroleague and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team from Israel. In April 2005, NBA TV televised the Chinese Basketball Association finals for the first time.[7]

The channel’s flagship program is NBA Gametime Live, a program focusing on news headlines within the NBA and related leagues (including the WNBA and the National Basketball Development League), highlights and look-ins at games currently in progress presented by a host and studio analysts. The show airs live six days a week, deferring on Thursday nights to TNT and not airing that evening. An edited 90-minute version of the broadcast is repeated during the overnight and early morning hours. The network premiered the original documentary The Dream Team on June 13, 2013.

List of programs broadcast by NBA TV

  • The Beat
  • Courtside Cinema
  • Hardwood Classics
  • Inside the NBA (encore telecasts within 12 hours of original airing on TNT)
  • Making the Call
  • NBA Action
  • NBA Gametime Live
  • NBA Gametime Live Specials (e.g. mock draft, free agent updates, season previews, trade deadline updates, playoff previews)
  • NBA.com Fantasy Insider
  • NBA in 30
  • NBA Inside Stuff
  • NBA TV Marquee Matchup
  • NBA TV Originals
  • One on One with Ahmad Rashād
  • Open Court
  • Playoff Playback
  • Shaqtin’ a Fool
  • The Starters
  • WNBA Action

High definition

NBA TV HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast feed of NBA TV that is available on most providers. All studio programs and original programs are shot in HD, and all live games and recent game rebroadcasts are televised in HD. During certain programs that are not available in HD (such as older game footage), unique stylized pillarboxes are used, displaying the NBA logo with the “NBA TV” text under it, or alternatively, just the “NBA TV” text oriented sideways, both shown in black and gray.

On December 25, 2011, concurrent with TNT converting its NBA telecasts to the format, NBA TV began using the AFD #10 broadcast flag to present programming on its standard definition feed in letterboxed widescreen for viewers watching on cable television through 4:3 television sets.

Programming

NBA TV offers news programs devoted to basketball daily, in addition to programs showcasing the lives of individual basketball players, documentaries focusing on a particular NBA team during the season and archived broadcasts of well-known games.

NBA TV carries at least 90 regular season games per season, which typically air four days a week during the NBA season (mainly on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, although occasional Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games may air in the event that ESPN does not hold rights to coverage on those nights), as well as some first-round playoff games.

Live games on NBA TV are subject to local blackout restrictions, since NBA TV (despite being owned by the league) does not hold the exclusive broadcast rights to any of its games. Games carried by NBA TV are also carried by each team’s local rights holder, either a regional sports network or a broadcast television station.

Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the score box displayed during it’s game coverage (which was seen on the lower-left hand corner of the screen) changed to a banner format oriented horizontally across the screen. However, the network does not use timeout or bonus indicators like that seen on the score graphics used on ESPN and TNT.

The network also shows international games, typically on Saturday evenings, with special emphasis on the Euroleague and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team from Israel. In April 2005, NBA TV televised the Chinese Basketball Association finals for the first time.[7]

The channel’s flagship program is NBA Gametime Live, a program focusing on news headlines within the NBA and related leagues (including the WNBA and the National Basketball Development League), highlights and look-ins at games currently in progress presented by a host and studio analysts. The show airs live six days a week, deferring on Thursday nights to TNT and not airing that evening. An edited 90-minute version of the broadcast is repeated during the overnight and early morning hours. The network premiered the original documentary The Dream Team on June 13, 2013.

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