Cord-cutters can watch the NHL Network without cable using one of the following seven options: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and NHL.tv. In this article, we’ll help you decide which streaming option is best for NHL Network. Let’s get started.Keep reading to get the details about watching NHL Network live, or click the banner below to use our Cord-Cutter Express tool. Just answer a few quick questions and we'll match you to the perfect streaming service, taking into account all of your watching preferences.
We’ll match you to the best live TV streaming service in under 5 minutes.Start Now
If you’re looking for the cheapest entry point for NHL Network, Sling TV is going to be your best option. This service comes in at a comparatively low price to get streaming access and has a few extra advantages for users.
Through Sling TV, you’ll be able to choose one of three streaming channel packages: Sling Orange ($25/month), Sling Blue ($25/month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40/month).
Free Roku Deal
Free Roku Deal$25.00/ month
Sling Orange + Blue
Free Roku Deal
If you’re trying to get access to NHL Network, any one of these three service packages will work. This is because Sling TV does not provide NHL Network as a standard channel for any of these service packages, but does include it as an add-on channel.
To get NHL Network, just sign up to one of the three options, then add the “Sports Extra” add-on package. This costs $5/month for Sling Orange or $10/month for Sling Blue. Your main difficulty will be deciding which base package has more value for you.
To learn more about Sling TV pricing, check here.
Sling Orange carries 30+ channels, with a focus on Disney-owned properties. You’ll get ESPN networks, Disney, A&E, AMC, History Channel, HGTV, ACC Network, and more. If you opt for Sling Blue, Fox-owned networks take center stage, to include Fox Sports 1 and 2, regional Fox Sports networks, local Fox broadcasters, and a few dozen other entertainment and sports channels.
To learn more about Sling TV channels, check here.
Should you make Sling TV your go-to option for watching NHL Network without cable, you can stream on a large number of devices. Sling TV has native apps for Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices, several smart TVs, and a few more options. You can also stream directly on the web through most modern browsers.
The full list of options includes:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up), Amazon Fire TV (all versions), Chromecast, Roku (LT and up), AirTV,
- Smart TVs: LG TV (Web OS 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, as well as select 2016-2018 models), Samsung TV (2016 through 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV, Mi TV,
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (4.4 and up), iOS (11 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
- Game consoles: Xbox One
- Desktop browsers: Chrome on Mac and Windows recommended
Check here for more info on Sling TV’s supported devices.
With Sling Orange, you’ll get only 1 device stream at a time. The Disney-owned networks are the main reason for this limitation. You can’t increase that limit on these channels, unfortunately. However, with Sling Blue, you’ll get 3 device streams per account, making it much easier to share your Sling account with family or friends.
To learn more about Sling TV’s simultaneous streams, click here.
Sling TV has a cloud DVR, but this does not come with your package for the base price. You’ll need to spend an extra $5/month to get cloud DVR. For that add-on, you’ll get a 50-hour cloud DVR with no expiration date on your video recordings.
To learn more about Sling TV’s DVR, check here.
On-demand through Sling TV is good, although not the best. Most channels offer some of their hit content through Sling TV’s interface, with multiple seasons of TV shows available. You’ll also get some sports content and movies on-demand through Sling TV, but that will vary based on the package you choose.
Some of Sling TV’s channels will work with individual channels’ apps and websites. All you need to do is login to those apps or websites using your Sling TV account information. However, we’ve found that of the cord-cutting services, Sling TV often is not an available option for pairing.
Click here to learn more about Sling TV’s on-demand library.
DirecTV Now offers NHL Network, but it’s not exactly our favorite service, due to its limited features, and high cost compared to Sling TV. That said, it does offer many more additional channels, compared to Sling TV and NHL.tv.
DirecTV Now has several channel packages, but it more readily advertises its two lowest-cost options:
- PLUS: 40+ channels, $50/month
- MAX: 50+ channels, $70/month
Unfortunately, the service recently reorganized its channel package, which removed NHL Network from the base packages. You can still get NHL Network from DirecTV Now, but you’ll need to opt for the Xtra channel package, which costs a stomach-punching $124 per month.
As you may notice, the minimum price point to get NHL Network from DirecTV Now is more four times what you’d pay with Sling TV. Although DirecTV Now provides far more channels, it’s not going to be the go-to option for anyone hoping to get NHL Network at as low a cost as possible.
To learn more about DirecTV Now’s pricing and packages, click here.
“Xtra”, which comes with NHL Network, also includes a fair number of sports channels alongside NHL Network, such as NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox Sports 1 and 2, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and more. As you might expect, with that number of channels, there’s also a huge number of popular entertainment channels, such as HGTV, A&E, AMC, History Channel, and Discovery Channel, as well as several news channels.
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s channels.
If you want to use DirecTV Now, you can do so on a large number of dedicated apps. You can stream on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS and Android devices, and directly from most modern web browsers for Windows and Mac computers.
Here’s a full list of available apps:
- TV streaming media players: Apple TV (4th gen and up, 5th gen and up for 4K), Amazon Fire TV (2nd gen and up, 1st gen for Cube), Chromecast (2nd gen and up), Roku (most models)
- Smart TVs: Samsung TV (2017 and 2018 models), Android TV (4.4 and up), Roku TV (7000X), Mi TV, Amazon Fire TV edition smart TV (2nd gen and up), Chromecast Built-in TV
- Gaming consoles: None
- Mobile devices and tablets: Android (5.0 and up), iOS (10 and up), Amazon Fire (tablets)
- Desktop browsers: Chrome and Safari recommended
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s supported devices.
For starters, you can get 2 simultaneous streams per account. This is fairly standard, and you can add a third for just $5 per month extra.
To learn more about DirecTV Now’s streaming policy, click here.
The service presently has the worst cloud DVR on the market. You’ll get a rather paltry 20-hour cloud DVR. To make it even worse, you can only keep those recorded videos for 30 days before they start to expire.
Click here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s DVR.
DirecTV Now makes up for its cloud DVR with a 72-hour rewind feature that lets you watch almost any live TV content within 3 days, even if you didn’t record it on your DVR. You’ll also find a vastly larger on-demand library through DirecTV Now than through most other services, including Sling TV.
For more content, you can use your DirecTV Now login information to access separate channels apps and websites.
Check here to learn more about DirecTV Now’s on-demand library.
Features and extras
New subscribers can use the available 7-day free trial.
How to Watch NHL Network on Amazon Fire TV
You can watch the NHL Network on Amazon Fire TV with one of these streaming services: Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and NHL.tv. You’ll find each of these services’ apps readily available through the Amazon Fire TV app store.
How to NHL Network on Roku
How to Watch NHL Network on Apple TV
NHL Network availability is limited to just traditional cable (expensive), Sling TV (cheap), and DirecTV Now (weak features and pricey). You also won’t get coverage for every game on the market through NHL Network.
However, NHL.tv, a standalone service offered directly by the NHL, might be worth considering.
Price and packages
NHL.tv comes in at a price of $139.99 for regular season games. You can also purchase through a $24.99 monthly subscription. There’s also the option to get a single-team pass for $109.99.
NHL.tv also offers discounts if you end up purchasing the service later in the season. The later in the season you sign up, the bigger the discounts.
Note that NHL.tv specifies that it only carries regular season games. This is because NBC holds the broadcast rights for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so if you want to watch continue watching NHL after the regular season, one of the streaming services is going to be your best option. Sling TV is a good bet there, as it carries NBC Sports, NBC regional sports networks, and local NBC broadcasters through the Sling Blue channel package. And if you can’t get your local NBC affiliate through Sling, you can always use an OTA antenna to pick up the station for free!
Features and extras
NHL.tv has a few unique features that make it a bit different from the other picks on our list, as it’s exclusively dedicated to hockey.
First, you can watch on a good number of devices thanks to a dedicated app. Android and iOS devices are supported, as well as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox, and PlayStation. You can also stream directly through your web browser.
NHL.tv also sports 60 frame-per-second live video broadcasts, making it far easier to track all of the action. And if you miss any of the action, you there’s a limited DVR option that also allows you to rewind and pause live games with an interactive timeline.
Additionally, you can switch between which team you’re following during live games and get the play-by-play coverage from different announcers. And if there are multiple games happening at once, NHL.tv lets you watch 4 games at the same time with an advanced picture-in-picture feature (assuming your brain can handle that much information at once, of course).
To top it all off, you can also switch camera views during live games, so see the events through different angles. Some games have up to 5 camera angles you can switch to, including cameras near each goal and occasionally a first-person ref cam.
There’s no free trial for NHL.tv, so you may want to sign up to the monthly subscription if you want to try it out before making a longer-term commitment.
How to Watch NHL Without Cable (No NHL Network)
NHL Network isn’t the only way to watch NHL games this season. In this part of our article, we’ll take a look at a few services that don’t have NHL Network, but do have NBC, NBCSN, and other essential channels for regular-season NHL coverage.
A sports-centric cable replacement service, fuboTV offers anywhere from 80 to 100+ channels, depending on which streaming package you choose.
Although it does not carry NHL Network without cable, it does have a huge number of sports networks to offer, including Fox Sports, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Eleven Sports, beIN Sports, NFL Network, and many more. There are also dozens of entertainment and news channels on offer, even in the base package.
The benefit of fuboTV is in its offering of NBC Sports and local NBC broadcast networks. That should give you coverage for some local NHL matches, as well as the ability to easily watch the Stanley Cup.
fuboTV has a wide range of excellent features as well, including a 30-hour unlimited cloud DVR (upgradable to 500 hours), 2 devices streams per account (upgradable to 3), and support for every popular streaming device on the market.
Free 7-day Trial
Free 7-day TrialSubscribe Now
If you’ve heard and maybe even used Hulu, you may find Hulu with Live TV to be a good potential service to sign up for.
There’s no NHL Network, but you can get access to local NBC broadcast affiliates, some NBC Sports regional networks, and over 50 channels in all. The service also provides a 50-hour cloud DVR and 2 simultaneous device streams, both of which can be upgraded for an additional monthly fee.
What’s more, Hulu with Live TV comes with the entire Hulu on-demand library, making it a great option for anyone who wants both high-quality on-demand content and live TV.
This service comes in at just $39.99 per month, with a 7-day free trial.
Hulu offers a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.
YouTube isn’t just for cat videos anymore. You can now use its new YouTube TV service to cut the cable and get access to over 60 channels. The price is just $40 per month.
You’ll be able to get local NBC broadcasts and some NBC regional sports networks through YouTube TV, making it a reasonable option for NHL content and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
YouTube TV is also rich in features, including the option to create 6 user accounts, stream on 3 devices at the same time, and record as much as you want through its unlimited cloud DVR (9-month expiration date on videos).
PlayStation Vue is one of the most loved cord-cutting services on the market. And although it won’t give you NHL Network, it will give you local NBC broadcasts, many NBC regional sports networks, and dozens of channels and good features.
You can sign up for the service using one of four streaming packages, ranging in price from $44.99 to $79.99 per month, and upwards of 90+ channels.
For the price, you’ll get 10 individual user profiles, and the option to stream on up to 5 devices at once. You also get an unlimited cloud DVR with a 28-day expiration date on recorded videos.
PlayStation Vue has a 5-day free trial period and works on more than just PlayStation consoles. You can also stream on apps available for most popular streaming devices like the Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as iOS and Android devices.