How to watch the Detroit Pistons

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From the Isiah Thomas era to the Grant Hill heyday, the Detroit Pistons have a long history of successes. They’ve also endured their fair share of rebuilding periods. The team is coming off of a 20-52 season during 2020-2021; they did not qualify for the playoffs. The team went 2-2 in the 2021-2022 season and lost their season opener. Pistons fans cheering on their team have nowhere to go but up. 

If you want to tune into every Pistons game live — maybe you can be their lucky charm, after all — you don’t need traditional cable. With streaming platforms, you gain access to all the channels you need to watch the NBA without all the extra costs associated with cable. Switching to a platform like Sling TV or DirecTV Stream allows you to catch a Pistons live stream while potentially saving money. 

On this note, this guide will help you learn how to watch Pistons games online. Compare some of the most popular streaming platforms below, and learn how much it will cost to keep up with the Pistons this season.

What Channels Show Detroit Pistons Games?

To watch Pistons games live online, you’ll need access to FOX Sports Detroit. You’ll also want to consider having a package that offers ESPN, TNT, ABC, and NBA TV so you can catch the most NBA games. And if Detroit makes the playoffs, NBA TV is the best way to stream a Pistons game live in the postseason. 

Bear in mind that the Detroit Pistons games don’t always air on the same network. They rotate between the channels listed above. Getting any single network won’t always guarantee you see the entire regular season, which is why it’s wise to get a package that includes a lot of the networks that show the Pistons. 

Streaming Detroit Pistons Live Without Cable

If you want to learn how to stream Pistons games, you’ll want to compare providers. Streaming platforms vary by price, channel selection, and available add-ons. This table shows you some of the most popular platforms that allow you to watch the Pistons online:


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How to Watch the Detroit Pistons on Hulu + Live TV

  • Price: $65/mo.
  • Free Trial: 7 days
  • DVR hours: 50

Hulu + Live TV is one of the best places to catch a Pistons game live. You can watch NBA action on ESPN, TNT, and ABC, all of which are part of the base package for $65 per month. The only drawback is that Hulu does not have Bally Sports Detroit. 

With the base package, you also gain access to Hulu’s diverse library of movies, children’s programming, and classic TV shows. In addition to viewing primetime shows the day after they air, you can tune into Hulu’s growing collection of original movies and tv programs. You can browse the library for sports movies and documentaries on nights when the Pistons aren’t scheduled to play. 

Try the platform free for one week to see if it’s the right fit. 

See our review on Hulu + Live TV for more information.

How to Watch the Detroit Pistons on fuboTV

  • Price: $65/mo.
  • Free Trial: 7 days
  • DVR hours: 250

fuboTV is a wise option for sports fans, including Detroit Pistons fans. fuboTV doesn’t offer FOX Sports Detroit, but with a fuboTV login, you can access Pistons games for free on the Bally Sports app. 

Additionally, fuboTV comes with ESPN, TNT, ABC, and you can upgrade to receive NBA TV for an additional $11 per month. The platform’s base package starts from $65/mo. and includes 250 hours of recording space and over 100 channels. In some areas, you may have access to more than 200 channels. In addition to plenty of basketball content, fuboTV offers most major networks and a ton of your cable favorites. Available sports channels in most areas include FS1, NFL Network, Tennis channel and the Golf network. 

Try fuboTV free for one week. 

See our review on fuboTV for more information.

How to Watch the Detroit Pistons on YouTube TV

  • Price: $65/mo.
  • Free Trial: 14 days
  • DVR hours: Unlimited

YouTube TV doesn’t have Bally Sports Detroit, and, unfortunately, you can no longer watch the games on the Bally Sports app using your YouTube TV sign-in. The platform’s base package does include NBA TV, ESPN, ABC, and TNT, giving you the most access to NBA games each week. 

YouTube TV offers unlimited recording space and over 85 channels in its base offering for $65/mo. In addition to televised Pistons games, you can view all your favorite primetime shows as they air live. If you’re a movie buff, you may want to consider adding some premium movie channels to your subscription. If you already have a Google account and/or a YouTube account, you can sign up for the platform using your existing credentials. To see if YouTube TV is the right fit for you, try the platform for free for two weeks.

See our review on YouTube TV for more information.

How to watch the Detroit Pistons on Sling TV

  • Price: $35
  • Free Trial: None ($25 discount on the first month)
  • DVR hours: 50

Sling TV is one of the most affordable options available, with packages starting from $35/mo. Similar to some other services, you can use Sling TV’s login to watch Pistons games on the Bally Sports app. And with the Sling Orange package, you’ll receive ESPN and TNT to watch primetime NBA matchups each week. You can add on NBA TV in the Sports Extra package for another $10 per month. 

That said, Sling TV doesn’t broadcast local channels. Instead, they offer you a free antenna if you pay for two months upfront, which isn’t a bad deal since you’re getting access to ABC. ABC broadcasts many of the NBA’s top games like the NBA Finals.

For even more content, you can also sign up for Sling Blue. A bundle with Sling Orange and Sling Blue is just $50 per month. You’ll still get your Pistons games, and add live football, news and entertainment to the mix. Sling does not currently offer a free trial, but you can enjoy a $25 discount for your first month.

See our review on Sling TV for more information.

How to watch the Detroit Pistons on DirecTV Stream

  • Price: $70/mo.
  • Free Trial: None
  • DVR hours: 20

DirecTV Stream is one of the newer streaming services available. The service recently rebranded from AT&T TV to DirecTV Stream. It’s also one of the only services to offer Bally Sports Detroit, so you don’t have to watch games through the Bally Sports app. And if you choose a higher-tiered plan, which Bally Sports Detroit requires, you’ll gain access to ESPN, ABC and TNT. The platform also features 20 hours of recording space in its base service. You can upgrade to unlimited cloud DVR for just $10 per month and so you can record and watch as many Pistons games as you want. 

DirecTV Stream doesn’t require a contract. While AT&T TV used to require a two-year commitment, you can now enjoy the platform on a month-to-month basis. High-tier plans include all major premium movie channels, including HBO Max and Showtime. 

Packages that include FOX Sports Detroit start from $70/mo. excluding taxes and fees. Further, DirecTV Stream gives you a free week trial to test drive the platform. If you like it, you’ll have to commit to a two-year service contract. 

How to Watch the Detroit Pistons on NBA League Pass

For Pistons fans who don’t live near Detroit, this might be your best option. With NBA League Pass, you can stream all Pistons games live or catch up on them later with the on-demand feature. 

The platform also allows you to add the NBA TV channel to your current cable provider, and higher-tier plans offer you access to classic NBA games, local radio broadcasts, and much more. It makes the platform a smart choice for Pistons fans who want to cheer on their team but don’t have access to regional channels.