Watch NHL Live without Cable TV
Hockey Online and Over-the-Air
Have no fear Hockey Fans, you can still catch all the exciting action this season without having to pony up to those crooks at Comcast or Time Warner.
October marks the start of the 2014-2015 NHL season. Although I never played hockey growing up, my poor ice skating skills have certainly bred a sense of admiration for the sport. You never realize how much strength and athleticism goes into skating until try it yourself. While not as popular as American football or baseball, hockey is still a national sport that attracts millions of fans, and dollars, every year.
Since the NHL has a much smaller audience than some other sports, there is not very much information out there about how to watch hockey without paying hundreds of dollars every year to Big Cable. Luckily for you, we’re here to fill the void. Below I describe in detail, exactly how to watch NHL Over-the-Air and Online. It’s not entirely free, but it is far cheaper than paying for a pricey Cable TV subscription.
For those of you that don’t know, an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna is a device that enables you to watch network broadcasting (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW) in HD, for free. They’re basically the rabbits ears of the 21st century, and cost between $30-$60. If you’re looking for a cheap and reliable antenna, you can’t go wrong with the Mohu Leaf.
With your OTA antenna, will be able to catch regional NHL games on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX; with the Stanley Cup finals being broadcasted on NBC. I know what you’re thinking, “But how do I access non-regional games?” Well, my intrepid young cord cutter, let’s continue on…
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For $159 a year, or eight monthly payments of $19.99, you get access to live out-of-market regular season games in 1080p HD quality picture. GameCenter is available across all platforms; tablets, smartphones, computer, and gaming consoles. Along with out-of-market games, you also get the following features:
- Regional and out-of-market games On-demand 48 hours after broadcast
- Condensed replays
- The ability to choose between the home team or the away team’s broadcast
- Live stats and play-by-plays
As great as GameCenter is, who wants to watch a game two days after it’s been played? Unless you can seclude yourself from the rest of the world, odds are that the game results will be spoiled before then.
Blackout Rule: To see what games you will not be able to watch live with NHL GameCenter LIVE, here is a handy Zip Code search tool.
Want to find out what Market you are in? Take a look at this article by SB Nation: GRAPHIC: New NHL Divisions by TV Coverage Zone
Although GameCenter doesn’t support casting to your television from a mobile device, you should be able to either hook your computer up to your television (if you have the right TV and set up) or you can use Google Chromecast to stream from your web browser to the TV. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than putting up with Big Cable.
NHL GameCenter on the PS3
NHL Playoffs on PlayStation Vue
Sony’s new Vue service offers the one channel we need – NBC Sports. The base package costs $30 a month, but maybe it is worth it so you can catch the final games of the season.
If you have been waiting to cut the cord because you don’t think there’s anything out there for the Hockey fan, think again. As we’ve seen today, it’s incredibly easy to stay up to date with your favorite team without paying for a hefty cable subscription. Hockey may not have the huge fan base that football and baseball have; but it’s definitely one of the easier sports to watch without a cable TV subscription.
What issues are you having watching NHL online? Every city is slightly different, so the solutions I provided above are definitely not going to work for everyone. Please sound off with your thoughts in the comments section.