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Look For NHL Games On The New Streaming Service By ESPN In 2018

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

It appears the NHL is headed back to ESPN starting in 2018 as part of an on-line streaming service and app, which is great news for the NHL, as well as hockey fans who get to renew their love-hate relationship with the American cable sports provider.

First the deal. It's complicated. As reported by Forbes.com, it began with ESPN's parent company, Disney, having already purchased BAMTech, LLC....

Now, this is not an over-the-air television or cable deal -- those rights still belong to NBC through the 2020-21 season.

This is also for Americans. The move is not likely to impact any Canadian viewing or streaming services.


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Paul's avatar

Time for the NHL to step up their service on all the streaming services too.

I cut the cord over a year ago and use PSVue, but no NHL Network.  Plus no NHL TV app for Chrome OS, if you get the package, you need to either watch it on your computer of phone, or use chromecast to stream it to your TV.  The chromecast is hit or miss at times.

Step up to the plate NHL and whatever happened to the talk where the NHL would have a NFL like redzone.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was, you could see all the goals and great plays close to live, but they dropped the ball and I have not heard anything about that type of channel recently.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/14/17 at 08:10 AM ET


The ESPN deal is for out of market games so it means nothing to me. I cut the cord a few years ago and basically stopped watching hockey. There is no real streaming service for in market games.I tried Sling.tv since it offered FOX regional networks but they were inept at stopping the local blackout. It was not suppose to be blacked out but their terrible tech team took a whole game to figure out how to not black out the game and it happened every game. I quit Sling after a a month. I stream and over the air antenna. I watch highlights on the NHL stream but watch no games. I am good with that I ended my hockey addiction and now have time for other things. If the NHL ever offers in market games I would probably buy a package but until they do I just don’t watch much hockey. Sometimes I go to a Duffy’s sports bar have a hamburger and a beer and watch a Panthers game but most of the time I don’t. If I can’t stream it I am just not going to watch. The world is changing, I don’t need cable or satellite companies ripping me off for bundles of channels I don’t want or need just to watch a NHL game. I pretty much just gave up watching hockey and watch the highlights. Thanks NHL for thinking of the fan oh yeah you don’t.

Posted by Puckbubba on 11/14/17 at 09:07 AM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

So essentially it’s the same “Center-Ice” package except that ESPN’s parent company owns the pipeline , as it were, through which the service will arrive. Not be a negative Nellie, but I’m betting that hockey highlights will still be be non existent on sports center.

Also, I get a kick out of the award faces Betman always seems to have during the his press conferences when his picture is taken. Childish, I know, but it makes me laugh.  smile

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/14/17 at 11:25 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

Not be a negative Nellie, but I’m betting that hockey highlights will still be be non existent on sports center.

Isn’t ESPN basically little more than cross promotion on steroids these days? Can’t imagine they’d pass up the chance to feed a revenue source by running a few highlights or having some of their talking clowns debate a head shot ad nauseum

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 11/14/17 at 04:14 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Why did it have to be ESPN - they suck.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 11/14/17 at 04:58 PM ET

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