How to Watch the NHL Without Paying for Cable TV (2017 Update)

Right now the NHL has become a fairly easy sport for cord cutters to follow, but it was not always that way. A few years ago it was almost impossible to watch many NHL games unless you paid for cable TV.

The good news is you no longer need a two-year contract with crazy high hidden fees to watch the NHL. The following is our full guide to watching the NHL without cable TV.

Watching Your Home Games

The first thing you need to find out is what network your team plays on. Is it FOX Sports regional sports networks or NBC Sports regional? (NBC Sports regional used to be called Comcast Sports Nets.)

The good news is most of these regional sports networks stream on services such as Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and others. At this time all major live TV streaming services carry both regional sports networks and NBC Sports.

The following are options to watch NHL inexpensively.

If price is the most important option for you, check out Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW.

Sling TV

With Sling TV you can get both your local FOX and NBC regional sports network and NBC Sports Network for just $25 a month, making Sling TV an inexpensive way to access NHL games for many fans.

The best part is Sling TV offers a free trial, allowing you to test the service out before you pay.


If you are an AT&T Unlimited customer you should check out DIRECTV NOW because you can get its service starting at $10 a month. Now if you want regional sports plans you will need to look at its $25 Just Right package with 80+ channels including your local RSN and NBC Sports Network. (These prices assume you have AT&T Unlimited and are taking advantage of its $25 discount.)

DIRECTV NOW offers a 7-day free trial.

Also I always suggest shopping around and trying all of the services. PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and even fuboTV should all be given a try because the least expensive option may not be the right option for you.


If you live out of market you may want to checkout NHL.TV. There you can stream out of market games and watch replays of NHL games you missed.

Want to find some other channels? Check out our full channel guide HERE.

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  • Jason Shomper

    Worth mentioning that, as of right now, Sling TV is the only one that streams NHL network, which also has national games.

    • Travis

      No, DirecTV Now also offers it in their Go Big package.