By Jim Kimble / Published October 13, 2023
The Arizona Coyotes have moved most of their games to local over-the-air channels as part of a deal with Scripps Sports.
For NHL fans in Arizona, it will mean there will be cheaper ways to watch most in-market games. In fact, most of them will be free just by using a TV antenna. Scripps Sports now has the local broadcasting rights for the Arizona Coyotes.
- What TV Channel is the Arizona Coyotes game on?
- How to Watch Arizona Coyotes in 2023
- What Kind of TV antenna do I need for Arizona Coyotes Games?
- Where to Watch Arizona Coyotes games
The team and Scripps Sports announced a multi-year agreement on Oct. 5 to televise all locally broadcast Coyotes games over the air. You must live in Arizona or the surrounding states within the team’s broadcast territory.
Prior to this month’s deal, cord-cutters could watch Bally Sports Arizona on DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo. Those streaming services carry a roster of cable TV and broadcast networks, but costs $99.99 and $74.99 per month respectively.
It is unclear what the future holds for regional sports networks, but for now, Coyotes fans can find a more budget-friendly way to watch games.
What TV Channel is the Arizona Coyotes game on?
During the 2023-24 season, 81 of the 82 Coyotes games will be broadcast on Channel 15.2 (KNXV.2), the Antenna TV network. Antenna TV can also be found on channel 95 on COX, according to Scripps.
Scripps owns KNXV 15, the Phoenix ABC affiliate. Scripps stations will broadcast all Coyotes games in Tucson. Coyotes games will be on KGUN 9.2, which Cox channel 85 and Comcast channel 1179. In Salt Lake City, games will alternate between KUPX Utah 16 and KSTU 13.2 Antenna TV.
How to Watch Arizona Coyotes in 2023
A TV antenna is the best option for watching Arizona Coyotes games in 2023. The in-market area for the Arizona Coyotes is Arizona, parts of California, Nevada, and New Mexico.
The Dec. 21 game against the San Jose Sharks will be broadcast nationally on ESPN+.
If you still want cable networks such as TNT and ESPN for other NHL games, your cheapest option is Sling TV at $40 per month. Sling Orange carries ESPN and TNT. Subscriptions run month to month.
Sling TV isn’t your only option for getting ESPN and TNT without cable. Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo and DIRECTV STREAM all offer cable and local broadcast channels in their entry-level channel bundles. But a subscription starts above the $70 mark.
In my experience, a combination TV antenna and live TV streaming service is the best option for sports fans because you are getting all the channels you need at a great price. There is another key advantage to watching games on a TV antenna compared to a live TV streaming service.
Live TV streaming services typically have a slight broadcast delay of about 20 to 30 seconds behind over-the-air broadcasts.
Here are all your streaming options for other NHL games on ESPN and TNT.
For NHL fans outside of the home market, ESPN+ is the cheapest option for watching Arizona Coyotes games without cable.
A subscription is $10.99 per month.
Throughout the 2023-24 season, NHL Power Play on ESPN+ offers access to over 1,050 out-of-market games. Replays of every NHL regular season and playoff game on ABC, ESPN, NHL Network, and TNT are also available on NHL Power Play on ESPN+.
ESPN+ live streams NHL games, out-of-market Major League Baseball games, UFC fights, tennis and top rank boxing. There are hundreds of college basketball and football games aired throughout the year.
You just need a streaming device connected to your TV that has the ESPN app. Log in to your ESPN+ account within the ESPN app and you’re ready to go.
ESPN+ works on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, Samsung Smart TVs, and Chromecast.
If you’re not watching on a TV, you can use an iPhone (with current iOS), Android smartphone, and web browsers too.
Once you sign up for an ESPN+ subscription, you can activate your account on the ESPN app. Unlike cable or satellite subscriptions, there are no contracts, and you can easily cancel online if the service isn’t for you.
Sling TV is the cheapest option to stream NHL games on ESPN and TNT for $40 per month.
The Sling Orange plan includes 32 channels, including ESPN, ESPN2 and entertainment networks like TNT, AMC, A&E, Bravo, and History. A subscription to Sling Orange costs $40 per month.
The Sports Extra package adds 15 channels, including NHL Network, ACC Network, ACCNX, NFL RedZone, SEC Network, SEC Network+, MLB Network, NBA TV, and ESPNU for $11 per month.
You can combine Sling Orange and Sling Blue for $55 per month to maximize your channel lineup.
All subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.
Sling TV works on just about any streaming device: Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and even an Xbox. It is supported by Samsung Smart TVs and Smart TVs operating on Android TV or Google TV. Sling TV supports mobile apps for iOS and Android.
There are no hidden fees or contracts if you decide to keep the service.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV has over 75 live TV channels, including ESPN, CBS Sports Network and SEC Network.
You can watch live TV on up to two screens at once.
Hulu with Live TV comes with unlimited Cloud DVR storage so you can record sports, news, movies or whatever else you want. Hulu carries local ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC across the U.S.
A subscription costs $76.99 per month, and includes ad-supported subscriptions to Disney+ and ESPN+. With a Hulu Live TV subscription, you can activate the ESPN app and unlock all live sports on ESPN Plus.
So you’re getting more than just live TV channels to watch.
Hulu has local NBC, ABC and FOX stations across the U.S. Hulu no longer offers a free trial for live TV, but you can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
Fubo (formerly fuboTV) offers three plans with ESPN, but it doesn’t have TNT.
The Pro channel package has 170 channels, including news, entertainment and local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations.
There are entertainment channels like A&E, Bravo, FX, two Hallmark channels and National Geographic. The Weather Channel and FOX News are among 152 channels in its lineup.
A subscription costs $74.99 per month. There’s a free trial for new customers.
There is 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR, and you don’t even need to rely on that to record games. fubo has “lookback”, an on-demand feature for sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours.
The Elite plan is $84.99 per month, and has 65 more sports, news and entertainment channels. The Premier plan has 231 channels, including Showtime, for $94.99 per month
Subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at once.
fubo adds a regional sports fee. It costs $10.99 per month for one regional network. It’s $13.99 per month if you have two RSNs in your area. You can look over fubo’s channels to see what locals and regional sports networks are available in your area.
If you own a 4K TV, then take note: fubo is the only streaming service that live streams select sporting events in 4K HDR.
fubo has its own app for live streaming on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Sticks, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield TV. You can also live stream NBC Sports Chicago on your iPhone and Android smartphone using the fubo mobile app.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) has local broadcast channels, ESPN, and TNT.
You can get more than 75 TV channels in the Entertainment plan for $74.99 per month. You can sign up for a 5-day free trial without any obligations.
The Choice package has a wide selection of 40 regional sports channels, including Bally Sports networks, and NBC Sports.
Choice subscribers get more than 105 channels for $99.99 per month. You can get $10 off for the first three months of service.
The Ultimate package has more than 140 channels, including locals, and sports channels such as NHL Network. The Ultimate package is $109.99 per month.
The Premier Package has over 150 channels, including premium channels such as Max, Cinemax and Showtime. A subscription is $154.99 per month.
Subscribers to Entertainment, Choice or Ultimate can get three months of Max, Showtime, Cinemax and MGM+ for free before the monthly rates kick in.
All subscribers get unlimited hours of Cloud DVR storage and 40,000 on-demand movies and shows.
You can watch live TV on unlimited screens within your home.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets. You can use apps on supported Smart TVs running on Google TV and Android TV. Subscriptions run month to month and so you can cancel whenever you want.
You can look over the different channel lineups before deciding whether to sign up.
YouTube TV has 128 channels for $72.99 per month, and you’ll be able to watch NHL games live.
Subscribers get local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations. The channel lineup includes ESPN, TNT TBS, USA Network, Comedy Central, and Telemundo.
You can watch live TV or on-demand content on up to three screens at once.
Customers get unlimited Cloud DVR and an on-demand library of ABC shows.
There are YouTube TV apps for Roku, Apple TV and a mobile app for Chromecast. You can stream on up to two devices at once.
You can try out YouTube TV with a free 7-day trial.
What Kind of TV antenna do I need for Arizona Coyotes Games?
You can use a TV antenna to watch Arizona Coyotes games for free, but it’s important that you pick the right kind of antenna to get a strong signal.
People living within 30 to 40 miles of local broadcast towers have an excellent shot at getting local broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and sub-channels such as Antenna TV.
You could possibly use an indoor TV antenna if you lived within 15 or 20 miles of local broadcast towers. If towers are further away from your home, an outdoor TV antenna will be your best bet.
You can use the free tool at AntennasDirect to see which local channels are in your area, and what kind of antenna you should use. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition.
If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.
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Just about every Smart TV and non-Smart TV on the market has an internal TV tuner that helps you get over-the-air channels. Whether you own a VIZIO, LG TV, or Samsung TV, you follow the same basic steps for connecting your antenna:
- Screw in the TV antenna’s cord into the coax port or F-port on the back of your television.
- All Smart TVs have a settings menu. Find the section within your menu that allows you to “scan for over-the-air channels” or “scan for TV antenna.”
- Expect the channel scan to take five to 15 minutes. If you don’t get all the channels you expect, try putting the TV antenna in a new location and rescan the channels. Mounting your TV antenna at the highest elevation should help with getting the best reception possible.
Where to Watch Arizona Coyotes games
Local Coyotes fans should try to use a TV antenna for most local games this season. National broadcasts are still on ESPN and TNT. You can get a subscription to Sling TV for those games and pay $40 per month.
ESPN+ has out-of-market games for $10.99 per month. You can sign up for ESPN+ and start streaming live through the ESPN app.