The new 2017/2018 NHL season will begin on October 17, 2017, and will continue throughout the year and the following year till June 2018.
Now that’s a lot of Hockey.
But you need that kind and amount of hockey when you have so many fans around the world waiting to watch NHL.
In this guide, we’ll teach you how you can watch NHL outside the US.
From anywhere and anytime, at your own convenience. Not the broadcaster’s.
Moreover, we’ll also show you how US citizens can bypass all NHL blackouts.
Additionally, in this guide, people living in Canada will find out how they can save money simply by accessing US NHL stream.
In the end, we’ll discuss how you can watch the NHL outside the US using a VPN and then with Kodi.
Background Check On The NHL.
The NHL is basically a league where 30 teams, 23 from the US and about 7 from Canada, fight each other in order to win the highly sought-after Stanley Cup trophy.
This time around, the regular season is expected to start around October 17.
The regular season will continue till June of 2018.
As mentioned before, that is a lot of Hockey.
And if you include the additional games such as Stanley Cup playoffs, then you get even more action.
The NHL wasn’t always in this shape.
Before 1917, there wasn’t even an NHL.
In 2917, the NHL originally started not as the NHL but as the Canadian national hockey league.
That Canadian Hockey league progressed and then expanded into the US.
Boston Bruins was the first team from the US to play in the Canadian National Hockey League.
That happened in 2914.
As indicated earlier, today you have players that come from 20 different countries to play in the NHL.
We think Los Angeles Kings are the best team in NHL but of course, your tastes may (probably should) vary.
All The Ways In Which You Can Watch NHL Outside The US
The thing about the NHL is that it isn’t broadcasted in the same away all over the world.
Depending on your physical location, you may be subject to some geo-restrictions.
For the people living in the US, there is this NHL GameCentre Live service.
As is the case with Netflix and other streaming websites, the NHL GameCentre Live has a US version.
It might be the best version of all the versions, but we’ll come to that part a bit later.
What you need to know is that the US version of NHL GameCentre Live is not only accessible to US citizens but to all citizens of all nations except Canada.
What a massive bummer right?
Worry not, as many other nations have the same problem.
Basically, if you live in the following nations you can’t access the US version of NHL GameCentre Live,
On the bright side though, if you live in the US, you can get yourself an NHL GameCentre Live subscription package for just $159.
But get this.
If you live outside the US and sign up for the NHL GameCentre Live, then you only have to pay $99.99.
There are even lower prices, and we’ll show you how to get those later in this guide.
The Thing About US NHL GameCentre Live
You might have noticed something clever.
Or perhaps sinister even.
Mainly that the US NHL GameCentre Live only allows users to watch games that are considered to be out-of-market.
What does that mean?
This means that the user cannot watch their home city’s NHL games if they live in the US and are physically residing in that city.
Still don’t get it?
Let’s understand with the help of an example.
For example’s sake, say that you live in Boston and are a Boston Bruins fan.
Well, if you use the NHL GameCentre Live service to watch NHL games, then the streaming server will search for your machine’s IP address.
And once it knows that you’re in Boston, it will block your IP address and not allow you to watch Boston related NHL games.
How to get around this problem?
Well, you’ll need to get an IP address that is not from Boston but from another city or even country.
How do you do that exactly?
You do that with a VPN service.
The one we recommend is IPVanish.
You can sign up for IPVanish right now by going to its official website by clicking here.
NHL GameCentre Live US Version Features
There are tons of features which you can enjoy if you purchase NHL GameCentre Live.
Some of those are as follows,
- Live stream of all NHL games that are out-of-market
- HD streaming
- Full-length replays
- Condensed replays
- On-demand video replays
- Mosaic view available
- Picture-in-picture feature to allow users to watch multiple games at a single moment in time
- NHL GameCentre Live supports multiple devices.
So users may watch NHL matches and all out-of-market games and replays from any device they use.
Devices like Android, Apple, iOS, Xbox 360, Roku and PlayStation are supported
What About Canada?
If you live in Canada, you have the option of signing up for Rogers GameCentre Live.
What’s the difference between NHL Rogers GameCentre Live and NHL GameCentre Live?
With Rogers, new Canadian Wireless data clients along with existing ones can enjoy free, but limited, subscription.
This NHL subscription lasts around December of the same year.
But by then, only half the NHL season is available.
So it’s not nearly as perfect as NHL GameCentre Live.
What if you don’t want to sign up for Rogers?
Or are just not interested in being a Rogers customers?
For you, there is the option of a full season pass.
If you hurry up, then that can be had at an early bird price for around CAD $179.99.
The Rogers GameCentre Live in only available in Canada.
NHL can easily confirm if you’re from Canada by looking at your IP address.
But what if you are a Canadian and live in Canada but have gone overseas for business or pleasure and still want to watch NHL outside the US (and Canada) using your account?
If that is you, then keep reading.
We have some great options for you to try out.
Do take note that if you don’t hurry up and sign up for Rogers GameCentre Live subscription then, the offer will expire.
The offer usually expires around late October of any year.
After that, the subscription is only available for CAD $199.99.
Half Season Passes
There are also those half season passes which become available around January of every year.
These can be had for CAD $129.99 and last until the end of the running NHL season.
The Rogers NHL GameCentre Live features are almost the same as the NHL GameCentre Live features.
The only difference is that in the available live games.
Rogers NHL GameCentre subscription lets you watch over 1000 games which include national and out of market games.
You can also watch Stanley Cup Playoffs with the subscription along with the NHL All-Star game.
How To Watch NHL Outside The US Or From Anywhere In The World With A VPN Service?
With a VPN service like IPVanish, even if you are located in the US, you can sign up for NHL GameCentre Live from the UK.
But why would you want to sign up for NHL GameCentre Live from the UK? And how do you do it?
Basically, if you sign up for NHL GameCentre Live from the UK, then you can available a massive discount.
The discount is around $60.
Pretty impressive right?
The cost of NHL GameCentre Live in the UK is just US$99.99 if we do the conversion.
With a VPN service like IPVanish, a user only needs to connect to a VPN server that is located in the UK.
After that, the user can visit the official NHL website and sign up for a UK version of NHL GameCentre Live and avail the discount.
Other Benefit Of Using a VPN: ByPass NHL Blackouts
A VPN service like IPVanish, can also help you get another IP address which may be from another US city.
What happens then?
Well, if you get another city’s IP address, then you can bypass all NHL blackouts.
If you don’t have NHL blackouts, then you are free to watch all NHL games regardless of your location.
Yes, that includes the in-market NHL games as well.
What If I Live In Scandinavian Countries?
If you live in any of the following countries,
then you must use a VPN service like IPVanish to connect to a server that is located in the UK.
With a UK server, you get to have a British IP address.
After getting a British IP address, you simply have to sign up for a US NHL GameCentre season pass.
Do remember, then you must first sign up for a VPN service, then connect to the UK server and then log on to US NHL GameCentre website for purchase.
When all of that is done, you’re all set to watch NHL outside the US.
You’ll have access to all the NHL games and the whole season plus a lot more as mentioned before.
You must connect to a UK based server from IPVanish VPN application every time you want to watch NHL outside the UK.
Only then will you able to log into NHL GameCentre as if you were located in the UK.
How To Watch NHL If You’re In Canada
As mentioned before, if you’re in Canada then you’re in luck.
Because users who reside in Canada can sign up for an NHL subscription for free and that too for three months as a Rogers customer.
If you want a better deal though then use a VPN service.
And more importantly how?
Basically, this is what you do.
You first connect to a VPN server with IPVanish VPN application.
Then you buy that US GameCentre Live subscription.
But because your location is now in the UK, and you’re in Canada, you’ll only have to pay US $99 instead of the CAD $179 without the VPN.
If you’re wondering about the process then wonder no more.
It is exactly the same.
Buy a VPN service, connect to a VPN server in the UK and buy the US NHL GameCentre Live plan.
How to Watch NHL Outside The US And Canada
For the rest of the world, the situation is even better.
Because, if you live anywhere but US and Canada, you can sign up for US GameCentre Subscription without even needing a VPN service.
Because games aren’t geo-restricted in areas where Hockey isn’t a popular sport.
Just browse to the official NHL GameCentre website and buy the subscription of your choice.
What if you only get the option of buying a $159 package?
Then, sign up for a VPN service, switch to a UK server and get a $60 discount just like before.
After that, you have all the NHL content in the world.
How TO Watch NHL With Cable Subscription And VPN
Many online users don’t seem to know this but if you happen to have a cable subscription package then there is another way to watch NHL on a discount.
Different broadcasters show NHL games online as well as on cable via your TV.
All a user has to do is to connect to the related channels’ online NHL broadcast and then watch NHL stream online.
However, if you’re not in the US or Canada, then you can’t since your NHL stream will be blocked via geo-restrictions.
The solution is, again, to use a VPN service and then connect to a server that is located either in Canada or the US.
After that, you should be able to watch all NHL games from anywhere in the world.
How To Watch NHL Outside The US (Step-by-Step Guide)
VPN services enable users to watch NHL stream at blazing fast speeds.
Moreover, your privacy is protected as well.
VPN services keep you protected from NHL blackouts and allow you to sign up for NHL GameCentre Live on the cheap.
Here is the exact process.
- First, go to NHL.tv and create an account. To do that go here.
- Then go to the official IPVanish website and sign up for the package of your choice. To do that go here.
- After that, download the VPN application file from the official IPVanish website
- Then install that application file on your preferred device
- Run the VPN application on your device and connect to a VPN server that is located in an area where NHL games do not get aired.
This way, you’ll bypass all NHL blackout attempts
- Go to https://subscribe.nhl.com and enter your credentials to stream NHL without blackouts and on the cheap.
For the best possible VPN deals at any given time check out this useful Reddit guide.
How To Stream NHL Online With Kodi
The 2016-2017 NHL season is still not over but don’t worry, you can use this NHL Kodi guide for the next season as well which begins sometime in October this year.
You don’t have to buy expensive cable subscriptions to watch NHL.
Just cut the cord and watch NHL live.
Every match and every time with Kodi.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is simply an open source media player.
If you don’t have it on your machine then go to Kodi official website and download the appropriate file for your system.
If you want to run Kodi from a USB drive then read this guide.
What Do Cable And Satellite Providers Want?
IN short, they want to ban live sports online.
They are trying desperately hard to keep subscribers and not allow them to flee their expensive packages by cutting the CORD.
Despite their efforts, more and more people are migrating.
Migrating to what?
Migrating to online video services.
But who wants to pay for an online service when there are free and open-source software applications like Kodi available?
Kodi runs on all platforms and can play content from an unbelievable variety of online sources.
It can even show you live events as they are being broadcasted.
In other words, the days of cable subscriptions are coming to an end.
And rather quickly.
All the good then.
More About Kodi
Kodi can run on all major operating systems such as,
- iOS. You’ll have to jailbreak your iOS though.
Impressed by the list?
Kodi also runs on other Linux and Android-based operating systems and media boxes that stream content.
Of course, we are talking about,
- Amazon Fire TV
The thing about Kodi is that it can live stream all sports.
It doesn’t matter if the sport is NHL or NHL or even something like Cricket.
Kodi will play all.
Let’s take a look at how you can watch NHL outside the US (or in the US) with Kodi.
We’ll go through the free and paid options so that you have a comprehensive picture on your available options.
Watch NHL Live Stream With Kodi Add-ons
How do Kodi add-ons, the free ones, allow users to watch NHL online?
The process is simple.
Kodi add-ons take over-the-air NHL broadcasts and then converts them to live streams which users can access online.
The quantity and quality of content that you get depends on your location.
You might get limited content or you might get peer-to-peer linked content.
As you can imagine, this can get fuzzy as far as the legal side of things is concerned.
Therefore, we always recommend that users should use a VPN service to protect themselves while using Kodi and watching NHL.
The VPN service that we suggest for this use if IPVanish.
You can sign up for IPVanish by going to the official website. To do that click here.
Always use a VPN service with Kodi add-ons to stay safe and secure.
How Does a VPN Work?
A VPN simply encrypts your online traffic and then re-routes it through one of its own VPN servers that is located in a country of your choice.
This basically protects your online data from all types of third-party entities.
With a VPN service, you can unblock geo-restricted content and stay safe from your ISPs snooping on you.
Hackers too cannot get a sniff of what you do online when you have a VPN service at your side.
As mentioned earlier, in NHL’s case, you can bypass all NHL blackouts with a VPN service.
Again, we think IPVanish is the best for this kind of a job since it is compatible with all Kodi add-ons.
Moreover, it is one of the best, if not the best, at securing your privacy.
We here at Security Gladiators do not encourage users to engage in copyright violation.
Always consider the law in your location and give consideration to the victims of piracy.
Also, it always helps to understand the risk of piracy.
The Thing About Free Kodi Add-ons
As is the case in real life, you get exactly what you pay for.
That couldn’t be more true for Kodi add-ons.
You don’t pay anything, so your choice of content is rather limited.
Don’t expect 4K resolution live streams either.
Most live streams don’t work and/or are of average quality if not low.
Moreover, live streams can sometimes cut off right in the middle of a given NHL game.
That is frustrating.
If you don’t want to go through all that then maybe the paid Kodi add-ons are your thing.
Skip ahead to the section that talks about Kodi paid options if you want to know more about that.
Different NHL Games Get AirTime In Different Regions
So it is important to know which NHL is being broadcasted where and when.
Add to that the fact that certain networks only broadcast certain NHL games.
In other words, you should always know which network is broadcasting which game.
Check out the list below so that you know which national broadcasters are showing which games.
Remember, there are many regional networks in both Canada and the US.
- CBC, FX Canada, and Sportsnet broadcast Saturday night games
- Sportsnet also broadcasts Sunday night NHL games
- Sportsnet and CBC split NHL playoff matches
- TVA Sports broadcasts NHL in the french language
- NBCSN broadcasts regular season NHL games
- NBC also airs one NHL Game of the Week
- NHL Network shows Canadian and regional broadcasts
- NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC split NHL playoff games
- NBC Universo and Telemundo airs NHL in the Spanish language
As indicated earlier, all local market NHL games get blacked out.
That is true for NBC as well.
Regional broadcasters get the green light though.
Of course, that doesn’t really matter if you’re using Kodi to watch NHL live stream.
And throw a VPN in there then you really don’t have to worry about anything.
Kodi NHL Streams
The Kodi add-on we want to talk about here is the NHL Streams Kodi add-on.
This add-on has three video qualities.
You can adjust the quality depending on the speed of your internet connection and of course, computer hardware.
The three streams are HD, medium definition, and SD.
All NHL streams strictly follow Pacific time zone.
Kodi allows you to select the color of your home team and its schedule.
You can also color code home and away games.
Most of the streams use xrxs.net as their source.
VidTime is probably the most commonly used source of streaming NHL games along with many other TV shows.
The only problem is that VidTime only shows NHL streams that are of high quality.
If you have those cheap streaming boxes or even a slow internet connection then VidTime streams might not work for you.
Do you like to watch junior hockey games?
Well then, VidTime has those as well.
And just like Kodi NHL Streams, VidTime uses xrxs.net as its source.
Pro Sports is famous for pulling NHL streams straight from Reddit.
Some of the live hockey games also come from xrxs.net.
Unlike VidTime, Pro Sports offers users NHL streams in varying quality.
Those video qualities depend on the source they come from.
Pro Sports is also great for users who want to watch NHL replays after the original games have aired.
If VidTime is the most commonly used Kodi add-on, then SportsDevil is the most well-known Kodi addon.
Moreover, its selection of hockey streams is probably the best.
To download the add-on directly to your Kodi, go here and skip the adding repository steps.
Castaway is probably the only Kodi add-on that is trying to dethrone SportsDevil.
If you want NHL live streams then Castaway is your answer.
It shows many other streams as well.
Castaway has many source websites and will keep you entertained while you wait for SportsDevil to work.
If we’re talking about an all-around performer then Phoenix is it.
It is also great for watching NHL live streams.
The only problem is that you must install another add-on to play Phoenix.
That add-on will be used to enable Java is your Kodi.
So get Googling.
How To Watch NFL With Paid Kodi Add-ons
Why would you pay for Kodi add-ons when there are free Kodi add-ons available?
Here are the reasons why,
- Paid Kodi add-ons have HD streams
- You won’t face dead links in paid Kodi add-ons
- Live streams won’t simply cut off right in the middle of an NHL game
You will though, need to use a VPN service to make sure that you are safe from spying agencies and can evade NHL blackouts as before.
NBC Sports Live Extra
Are you a US cable subscriber?
Then put your login details to good use and stream NHL live in HD quality by using NBC Sports Live Extra Kodi add-on.
It comes in real handy when you are outside the United States.
You’ll need to use a VPN though.
And make sure that when you connect to the VPN app, you connect to a VPN server that is based in the US.
That is the only way you’ll access NHL live streams.
The new NHL GameCentre is actually a Kodi add-on for NHL.tv.
This NHL GameCentre allows users access to all NHL regular season games.
It also shows preseason out-of-market NHL games.
We can’t say the same for local games though because they may be subject to NHL blackouts.
If that is the case with you then just turn on the VPN application and switch to a server in the US and then access those local NHL streams.
To subscribe to NHL GameCentre you’ll have to shell out $24.99 per month.
If you want to sign up for the full year then make that $139.96 per year.
For a single team NHL package, you only have to pay $111.96 per year.
If there is one HD sports streaming Kodi add-on then SportsAccess is it.
To sign up for SportsAccess go here.
There is a free trial for new users as well. It only lasts two days though.
You’ll need to use the MetalKettles repository in order to install SportsAccess.
Or just download the add-on directly from SportsAccess website here.
If you prefer, then you can watch NHL from your browser with SportsAccess.
They have three packages.
A single day package will cost you around $6.
Whereas, a month worth of the package will cost users around $16.
To sign up for three months, you’ll have to pay $38.
The only payment method on offer is Bitcoin.
NHL streams available via IPTV subs don’t have overwhelmingly positive reviews on Reddit.
That doesn’t have to been they are rubbish.
If you don’t have access to SportsAccess then IPTV Subs is the next best option.
Besides, you don’t have to use Bitcoin while signing up for IPTV Subs.
And just like SportsAccess, IPTV Subs is protected against NHL blackouts.
How To Install Kodi Add-ons To Watch NFL via Live Stream
If you have Kodi installed on your device, then the best way to watch NHL via kodi is to utilize Fusion Kodi add-on installer.
Just search for it in Kodi by add-on’s original name. That is Fusion.
Here is the manual way though if the above didn’t make sense to you.
- Run Kodi
- Go to Systems
- Then go to File Manager and then to Add Source
- After that select None
- Then type this http://fusion.tvaddons.ag
- When that’s done, select the name box.
- Then simply enter the name of your choice. Go with Fusion though and then hit OK.
- Go back to your Kodi home screen
- Then go to System again
- After that go to Add-ons
- Now, select Install from zip file
- You should now see a list. Select Fusion that is on the list.
- Then select xbmc-repos and then english
- Then type the repository name from above. It should be something like “repo.name.x.x.x.zip”
- Now hit Get Add-ons. If you’re on the Isengard version of Kodi then hit Install from Repository
- Now your add-on should be enabled
- Search for the repository and then simply choose your desired video add-on
- All that is left now is to look at the add-on enabled notification and then, again, go back to Kodi home screen and then to Videos.
- After that go to Add-ons and then choose your Kodi add-on.