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The first puck of the 2019 NHL hockey season drops on Wednesday, October 2nd when the Toronto Maple Leafs square off against the Ottowa Senators at 7 pm. With October quickly approaching, I thought it was a good time to update our guide on how to watch NHL games online for those currently or looking to drop their cable or satellite TV package.
How To Watch NHL Without Cable
With any sport, there is an array of licensing deals between team owners and television networks that can frustrate those just trying to watch their favorite NHL team online. However, the amount of teams that stream NHL games over an online service has increased dramatically over the past few years.
While U.S. based teams on a Fox or NBC regional sports network are fairly easy to watch online, teams on other networks may be hard to find online. Whether you live in the market of your favorite team can also complicate your viewing experience. Today I’ll break all that down and provide a way to stream every NHL game online without cable regardless of where you live.
Fubo TV Carries the Most NHL
Several NHL teams are available through live streaming services. You can watch these games live as if you had a cable TV subscription. You just need to be living in the market for the regional sports network (RSN) that covers your team. The streaming service covering the most NHL teams is FuboTV. They offer a free trial and cover the following NHL teams.
- Anaheim Ducks – Fox Sports West
- Arizona Coyotes – Fox Sports Arizona
- Carolina Hurricanes – Fox Sports Carolinas
- Chicago Blackhawks – Comcast SportsNet Chicago
- Columbus Blue Jackets – Fox Sports Ohio
- Dallas Stars – Fox Sports Southwest
- Detroit Red Wings – Fox Sports Detroit
- Florida Panthers – Fox Sports Florida
- Los Angeles Kings – Fox Sports West
- Minnesota Wild – Fox Sports North
- Nashville Predators – Fox Sports Tennessee
- San Jose Sharks – Comcast SportsNet California
- St Louis Blues – Fox Sports Midwest
- Tampa Bay Lightning – Fox Sports Sun
- Washington Capitals – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
- Philidelphia Flyers – Comcast Sports Net Philidelphia
- New York Rangers – MSG Network
- New York Islanders – MSG Network
- New Jersey Devils – MSG Network
- Buffalo Sabres – MSG Network
- Boston Bruins – NESN Network
FuboTV also includes NBC SportsNet which will air two games nationally every week. After the free trial, FuboTV costs $54.99 per month. The streaming service also provides a ton of networks you are used to seeing on cable TV. You can see all the channels available to you in your area through this link.
FuboTV even includes a cloud DVR, so you can record games to watch later. They also allow you to view on two devices at the same time on the base package. There are upgrade options for more simultaneous streams.
FuboTV provides access to every U.S. NHL team with the exceptions of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche air on Altitude regional sports network while the Penguins and Golden Knights air on AT&T SportsNet. Those networks aren’t currently covered by streaming services in the U.S.
If you live in Canada and want to watch the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, or Winnipeg Jets you can take a look at Sportsnet Now (not the same as AT&T SportsNet).
Other Ways to Watch NHL Online
While FuboTV is the best ways to watch NHL games without cable, there are other live streaming services like Hulu TV, YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now, and PlayStation VUE that also carry some of these regional sports networks for Hockey fans. Here is a breakdown of what to expect with those services.
YouTube TV – Provides everything you get with FuboTV except the MSG Network. So you will be missing out on the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and Buffalo Sabres. That’s in addition to missing out on the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Colorado Avalanche This service costs $49.99 per month.
Hulu Live TV – Hulu is exactly the same as YouTube TV except they do not cover NESN, so there are no Bruins games. Their service also costs $44.99 per month.
AT&T TV Now – AT&T TV Now is similar to FuboTV, but you need to pick up their $70 per month service. Unlike FuboTV, however, they don’t carry NESN, so there are no Bruins games.
PlayStation VUE – Carries everything YouTube TV does but at $50 per month.
What about those teams that aren’t on a streaming service or you aren’t in your market?
NHL.TV Online Streaming (Formerly GameCenter Live)
Formerly known as “GameCenter Live,” NHL.TV makes every NHL regular-season game available live online. You can stream live NHL games to Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, and Xbox.
NHL.TV provides the following features:
- DVR controls home and away broadcasts
- Home and Away Broadcasts
- Multi-game view where you can watch 4 games at once
- Five alternate camera angles
Unfortunately, like most sports, if a game is airing in your local market or it’s nationally televised, then it is subject to blackout. Use this tool to see what team is blacked-out in your area.
While NHL.TV is a great solution for watching out of market games, what about in-market teams that aren’t streamed through FuboTV or other services? We can still use NHL.TV. We just need a way around the blackout.
Getting Around the Blackout
Services like NHL.TV blackout streaming based on the location of where you are streaming. Therefore, if you make it look like you are streaming from another location, you can get around the blackout.
Setting up IPVanish to Watch NHL TV
- Sign up for IPVanish.
- Once you sign up, you will receive an email on how to download your IPVanish client. After that, it’s merely a matter of starting the client, logging in, and select a server in a location outside the TV market of the game you want to watch.
- Your computer now looks like it’s in that region
- You can now watch the blacked-out NHL game on NHL.TV
This method should provide access to every single team, no matter where you live.
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