How to stream the NBA All-Star Game (and weekend) 2020 live with a VPN

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This sunday the 16th January 2020 at 5 p.m. Pacific time (1 a.m. GMT on Monday) Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will go head to head with their team of all-stars in the NBA all-star game. The game will take place at the United Center in Chicago. This is the second time these two all-star captains will battle it out, this time in a new game-format.

If you want to watch the NBA All-star game 2020, and the entire all-star weekend, but you don’t live in the US, you can use a VPN to gain access to these American NBA streams. The only way to legally stream the game is to have a subsccription to a service like SlingTV, AT&T TV or FuboTV. But in order to access those, you need to be in the US, unless, of course, you use a VPN to virtually change your location via changing your IP-address.

Watch the NBA All-Star Game: step by step

First off, in order to watch the NBA All-Star Game, you need an account to one of the streaming services that broadcasts the game. We’re showing you the steps of how it would work with Sling TV, but you can also use it to access any other stream from a different country. To watch the NBA All-Star game with Sling TV from outside the US, you have to take the following steps:

  1. Get a US-friendly VPN, for example CyberGhost;
  2. Install and open the CyberGhost VPN-software;
  3. Connect to a VPN-server in the US;
  4. Make an account on Sling TV (if you don’t have a creditcard from the US you can do this by buying an online Giftcard from Walmart, BestBuy or Paypal and using that);
  5. Go to the Sling TV website and log in to your account;
  6. Look up the NBA game on TNT and start watching!

Note: if you already have an account on SlingTV or another channel that broadcasts the NBA All-Star game, you just need a VPN to change your location virtually.

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Watching the NBA All-Star game without a VPN

You can only watch the NBA All-Star game online, without using a VPN, by actually living in a country that broadcasts the game and having a subscription to the broadcaster that shows the game. For example, you can watch it in the USA (Hulu with Live TV, SlingTV, AT&T TV Now or FuboTV), Canada (TSN) or the UK (Sky Sports/Now TV). Outside of these countries, it’s likely you would have to use a VPN.

NBA All-Star Weekend Program

All-Star weekend has always been a weekend packed full of different events. This year the program  will look like this:

Day Events
Friday Feb 14, 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge, G League Dream Factory Friday Night
Saturday Feb 15, 2020 G League All-Star Game, Slam Dunk Contest, Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge
Sunday Feb 16, 2020 NBA All-Star Game
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