We have already entered gameday 33 of the NHL for some teams this season. It is thus surprising (and sad, too) to know that many lovers and enthusiasts of the sport have not been able to catch the games as they would like to. Some are even getting to watch, but with many obstacles in the way.
This is not supposed to be so.
To make sure of that, we have put up this post to help understand why you might be having viewing problems, and how to take care of them all.
Common Problems with Watching NHL
In the US, NHL is made available via NBC – and they relay their content on cable. This means you need to have cable running if you are to get the games.
That would not be a problem if not for the high cost of keeping the cord on just for the games. Even at that price, you still aren’t guaranteed the best or universal experience.
For example, if you were travelling outside of the US, you won’t be able to get the games at all. Say hello to geo-blocking and content restriction, maybe? This same content blocking technology holds water for those who naturally reside outside of the States too.
For those enjoying the games inside the US, there is a problem of blackouts to consider.
When the game is being played in the locality, show promoters hold the right to ensure it is not aired on television until 48 hours after the game has been played. This is to ensure many people go to watch the games live – helping them sell more tickets.
These are not ideal situations.
Getting around the problem
We won’t even waste time. If you get an VPN for NHL, you will be able to get through all of these viewing problems with relative ease.
The reason why this works is not a stretch.
With a VPN, you get to connect to another server location besides that in the US. With that, you can stream the NHL content on any streaming platform of your choice. It doesn’t even matter if you are not in the US as at the time of the games. A US server location will give you the same benefits from anywhere in the world.
Blackouts? Never again!
Simply connect your VPN to a location where the game is not being aired. It doesn’t even have to be in the same country. Since the promoters aren’t concerned about bringing people from other countries/ states/ cities to view the local games, they won’t black out the content in the other markets.
And oh, you can now cut the cord if the games are the only thing keeping you on it. To enjoy all of the above:
- Grab a VPN
- Connect to a server location in the US (to bypass geo-blocking) OR Connect to a server location in another country/ city/ state (to beat blackouts)
- Get on your preferred streaming platform
- Start enjoying the games live.
Saving on NHL TV with a VPN
Yet another reason why you should totally get a VPN is in the savings you get with it.
NHL TV subscriptions don’t have their prices etched in stone. On connecting to other server locations outside the US, you will be able to buy the same subscription for lesser. Ensure the location you are connecting to is one of the many places that are supported by NHL TV though.
Many benefits for the price of one, don’t you think? Now that you know how to get around the common viewing problems – and how to save more too – why not give it a spin and see for yourself?