The 2021-2022 NHL Season is here, and you don’t need cable to watch Columbus Blue Jackets games. However, with NHL TV rights being so confusing, it’s difficult to know where to watch your Columbus Blue Jackets. This article will explain how to watch every Columbus Blue Jackets game this season, no matter where you live.
- Columbus Blue Jackets TV Market: throughout Ohio, as well as parts of Indiana, Kentucky, northwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Tennessee, border communities of West Virginia, and extreme southwestern New York
- Best Solution when inside their TV Market: Watch on Bally Sports Ohio through the DIRECTV Stream streaming service (sign up online).
- Best Solution when living Outside the Blue Jackets TV Market: Watch nearly all Blue Jackets games on ESPN+ (sign up online). The Blue Jackets have a few nationally televised games on TNT which won’t be on ESPN+. Read on to learn how to watch those nationally televised games.
What Channel Are The Blue Jackets On
Where you can watch the Columbus Blue Jackets depends on whether or not you live inside the Columbus Blue Jackets TV market (throughout Ohio, as well as parts of Indiana, Kentucky, northwestern Pennsylvania, eastern Tennessee, border communities of West Virginia, and extreme southwestern New York). If you live inside that market, you can watch Blue Jackets games on Bally Sports Ohio. However, if you live outside that market, you will need ESPN, ESPN+, and TNT. Let’s take a look at your options based on where you live.
Watching Blue Jackets Games In Market
If you live in the Blue Jackets TV market, you can watch the Blue Jackets on Bally Sports Ohio, the Blue Jackets regional sports network. If you live in the Blue Jackets broadcast areas, you can watch their regional sports network without cable on the following streaming services.
DIRECTV Stream is a live streaming service that carries Bally Sports Ohio for those living in their broadcast region. However, you must subscribe to their “Choice” package for $84.99 per month. You can sign up online. They don’t force you into a contract, and you can cancel at any time. DIRECTV Stream also carries ESPN and TNT. NHL Network is available with an upgrade. These are all the networks that air nationally televised NHL games.
The service also includes a cloud DVR service and allows you to stream to 20 devices simultaneously. DIRECTV Stream is supported on Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Roku, and more. See our review of DIRECTV Stream for more details on this streaming service.
Watching Blue Jackets Games Outside of their TV Market
To watch Blue Jackets games if you live outside the Columbus market, you will need ESPN+. ESPN+ will show every Blue Jackets game that isn’t exclusively airing nationally on ESPN or TNT.
NHL.TV is moving its games to ESPN+ for the 2021-2022 NHL season. Not only will ESPN+ show a ton of nationally televised games, but the service will also provide a live stream to over 1000+ NHL games outside your local market, including the Columbus Blue Jackets.
You watch ESPN+ through the ESPN App. To add ESPN+ to your ESPN app, follow these instructions:
- Subscribe to ESPN+
- Download and Open the ESPN app on your mobile or TV device. supports Roku Players and TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android, iPhone, Samsung TVs, Xbox, PlayStation and more.
- Click the Settings Gear in the upper right corner
- Select “Account Information” then “Log Into ESPN Account.” You should receive an activation code.
- Visit https://espn.com/activate on your phone or laptop and type in the code
- Log in with your ESPN+ credentials
- You should then get confirmation that your ESPN+ account is linked and now see and “ESPN+” tab in the ESPN app.
An ESPN+ subscription costs only $6.99 per month. There is no contract so you can cancel any time you like. However, you can select a yearly subscription for a discounted rate of $69.99 annually. In addition to ESPN, Disney also owns Hulu and the Disney+ streaming service. You can get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for just $13.99 by signing up here! For more information on ESPN+, see our ESPN+ review.
To see if any nationally televised Blue Jackets games are exclusive to ESPN, NHL Network, or TNT, see our NHL National TV Schedule. TNT, NHL Network, and ESPN are available on the following TV streaming service:
You can also check the following for more information on watching these channels.
If this article didn't answer your specific question, head over to our Home Page! It will guide you to affordable internet providers, streaming services to meet your needs, information on antennas, and many more tools and resources to help you save money on TV and Internet access.
For tips and tricks on cutting the cord and other tech topics be sure to join our Facebook Page.