There are a few ways hockey fans can watch NHL Network without cable.
Where to watch NHL Network
No matter which live TV streaming service you choose, NHL Network is part of either an extra add-on bundle, or in a higher-priced plan.
When it comes to watching live hockey games, there are other channels for cord-cutters to consider before ditching cable and replacing it with a live TV streaming service.
You will likely want a live TV streaming service that carries your local regional sports network that shows in-market games. If you can’t watch every game live, you may also want to consider how many hours of Cloud DVR storage you get with any subscription.
You can now watch in-market games without cable on a number of RSNs. NESN, MSG and ROOT Sports are available on fuboTV and DIRECTV STREAM. The regional Bally Sports networks and MASN are on DIRECTV STREAM.
Regional NBC Sports networks are available on DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV. (NHL Network is not available on YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV.)
You should really weigh the pros and cons of each live TV streaming service, especially when it comes to watching your local team’s games. These are all your options for watching NHL Network live on a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV or Apple TV.
Sling TV is your cheapest way to watch NHL Network without a cable subscription.
You will have to sign up for the Sports Extra bundle, an add-on that costs $11 more per month.
Sports Extra adds about 12 more channels to the Sling Orange or Sling Blue plan. Those channels are beIN SPORTS, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, ESPNews, ESPNU, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, NFL RedZone, Outside Television, PAC-12 Network, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus and Stadium.
You can get both Sling Orange and Sling Blue together for $55 per month. Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage with either plan. There are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV. You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
With Sling TV, you can watch NHL Network on Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV software, AirTV Player, Chromecast, and Xbox. Sling TV has mobile apps for iPhones (with updated iOS software) and Android smartphones.
Check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers.
fuboTV carries NHL Network within its Sports Plus channel bundle.
Local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations are available to subscribers in most parts of the U.S.
You can watch fubo on a TV using a Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV. Subscribers can also use a laptop or PC, an iPhone or Android smartphone to watch live TV.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month for Pro channel package. The Sports Plus plan costs another $10.99 per month. Your subscription includes 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has NHL Network in the Ultimate plan.
A subscription costs $109.99 per month for 140+ channels.
Subscribers get three months of HBO Max, Showtime, Cinemax and EPIX for free before the monthly rates kick in. You can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once. ESPN, TNT, NESN, NBA TV and local channels are included in the Choice lineup. You get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR storage and a robust library of on-demand movies and shows.
There are no contracts. You can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.
NHL Network without cable FAQs
These are some of the questions that hockey fans ask when searching for ways to watch NHL Network without cable.
Is NHL Network on YouTube TV?
No. YouTube TV has more than 85 live TV channels, but not NHL Network. The live TV streaming service does carry a number of other cable channels that carry NHL games. Regional NBC Sports networks, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 are available in YouTube TV’s base plan. A subscription costs $64.99 per month.
Does Hulu have NHL Network?
No. But Hulu Live TV does carry local ABC stations, ESPN, ESPN2 and regional NBC Sports networks that air NHL games. Hulu Live TV has more than 75 channels, and costs $69.99 per month.
Are NHL Network games on ESPN+?
No. ESPN Plus carries out-of-market games that are either exclusive to the streaming service, or also air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN+ costs $9.99 per month when you sign up. The Disney Bundle also rolls together ESPN+, Hulu on-demand and Disney+ for $12.99 per month.
You can look over the NHL ESPN+ Schedule for which games are streaming during the 2022-2023 season.
How to watch NHL Network on Roku
You can get NHL Network on Roku devices and Roku TVs by signing up for a live TV streaming service. DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV and Sling TV all carry NHL Network within their channel lineups. But plans and pricing does vary among these live TV services.
Can you get NHL Network on Amazon Fire TV?
Fire TV and Fire Stick owners can subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV and Sling TV to watch NHL Network without cable.
Does Apple TV have NHL Network?
You can watch NHL Network on Apple TV and iOS devices using a live TV streaming service. DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV and Sling TV all live stream NHL Network.
How to get NHL Network on Smart TV
Most Smart TVs support apps for live TV streaming services that carry NHL Network. DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV and Sling TV all stream NHL Network live along with other popular cable channels such as ESPN.
How to watch NHL Network for free
There isn’t a long term way to legally watch NHL Network for free. But you can sign up for a free trial offered by DIRECTV STREAM or fuboTV. Just be sure to cancel before your free trial ends if you do not want to be billed.
What is the best way to watch NHL Network without cable?
Sling TV is the cheapest option at $51 per month. You can sign up for the Sling Blue or Orange plan and add the Sports Extra bundle.
When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.
fuboTV might be a better value because you’re getting a wider channel selection, including regional sports channels that your local team’s games.
Note: This article was originally published November 12, 2021, and has been updated to reflect new pricing.
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