by Brett Edwards
Once the NBA season begins, I know what I'll be doing at the office after 4pm here on the west coast. I'll be watching the east coast games live from my computer! That's right, the NBA has announced that purchasing the NBA League Pass from DirecTV (or other cable or satellite provider) not only gives you the opportunity to see every game at home, but now you can see them wherever you have broadband internet access.
The way this will work is that once you have purchased the package from your cable or satellite provider, you login to this page and enter your (in my case) DirecTV account number, and then you'll be watching the game of your choice live from your computer.
The only downside with this is that local blackout rules still apply. So for instance, when they (moronically) tape delay a Lakers road game, I still won't be able to watch it live, even though I've dropped $179 for the League Pass. On top of that, even if I was out of state and wanted to watch a tape delayed L.A. broadcast, I still would be blocked because they go by the zip code attached to your satellite account.
While this isn't a deal breaker, it's definitely annoying. But considering they've added this internet feature without increasing the package price from last year, I'll get over it. Especially now that the last hour of the day at the office just became a whole lot easier.