Cord-cutting is becoming increasingly common these days. More and more people are ditching traditional cable and satellite television and signing up for subscription-based streaming services instead. Hence the label, ‘cord-cutters,’ people are snipping the cords of landlocked cable and embracing the internet’s abilities to provide any kind of content you could ever want, any time of the day or night, with much more convenience than traditional cable ever could offer.
One of the brilliant things about going digital when it comes to your TV viewing is the fact that you can take the game or your favorite shows with you anywhere you go. Never miss a beat. This is especially important for sports fans. You wouldn’t want to miss the game-winning goal. And thanks to streaming services, now you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Say you are going to the store to restock on beer in the middle of the game. If you have the appropriate streaming service, it’s no problem at all. Continue streaming the game from your smartphone on the way via an app. It is truly a beautiful time to be alive.
However, you are still left with the question of which streaming service to use. Do you go with a more cable-like service that provides access to all your favorite networks and some sports broadcasts like, say, Hulu Live TV does … or do you go with a specific sports package? If you’re a sports fanatic, no matter your sport of choice, you will likely want to at least entertain the latter. Whether you are hoping to keep up with NFL, MLB, or NHL games, there is a streaming service out there that caters directly to your needs.
If you are like me, you probably watch more hockey than anything else. Which is why NHL TV might be an extremely valuable investment to make. When you take into account that the NHL probably has more games per season, too, than any other professional sports league and the fact that a huge portion of them are typically not televised on the traditional cable networks, NHL TV truly begins to look like a wise decision. Let’s dive in and take a look at all that NHL TV has to offer.
The National Hockey League was founded in 1917, meant to replace the National Hockey Association (founded in 1909). Due to several disputes and philosophical and personal clashes between team owners, the NHL was created as a fresh start, eventually replacing the NHA as one of the leagues that could compete for the Stanley Cup (it was an interleague competition back in the day). Toronto won the first NHL title, defeating the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association for the 1918 Stanley Cup.
The NHL continued to thrive and expand from there. The first NHL All-Star game was held as a benefit to Ace Bailey, whose career had recently been cut short due to a vicious hit from Eddie Shore. Deaths and injuries, as well as the Great Depression and WWII, all took a huge toll on the league. And although expansion was somewhat stalled during these years, by the time the 50s and 60s rolled around, the NHL was flying fast again.
In the mid-1960s the NHL finally grew beyond the original 6 teams that comprised the league. The NHL was hungry for American television contracts. During the 1967-68 season, the league doubled itself, totaling 12 teams now; adding the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, California Seals, and St. Louis Blues. Canadian fans, needless to say, were not pleased that all 6 new teams were housed in the US. The league responded to this criticism by adding the Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabers in 1970 – both teams that live on the Canadian-US border.
And the rest is, as they say, history. The NHL has come quite a long way over the years, all the way to no longer necessitating US TV networks. Today, the NHL streams their own games on their own terms thanks to NHL TV.
NHL TV is sleek. It is very easy on the eyes, embodying that classic sharp aesthetic that the NHL has always had. Plus, on top of looking great, it is very easy and intuitive to use. Simply click on any of the site menu options (all of which are straightforward and easy to find) and be brought to the content in question. It’s that simple. Want game highlights and overviews? Just tap the tab that says “Scores.” Want to know where the teams rank against one another at the moment? Easy … just click on “Standings.”
Plus, NHL TV makes the experience a little more customized than most streaming services. Choose your favorite team when you sign up and enjoy specialized updates on that team. Your NHL TV experience, in fact, will be essentially built around that team. Of course, you can always watch whatever games you want and check in on other teams. But there will always be quick access to check up on your favorite team’s news, updates, scores, etc. NHL TV makes being a hockey fan easier than it’s ever been before.
Well, as I started to touch upon already, NHL TV offers access to every single NHL game that occurs (well, depending on your subscription, but more on that in a bit). Games that are not televised on any network can be viewed on NHL TV. Plus, you get additional angles on games that are being televised that cable networks do not provide, which is pretty cool.
In addition to that, NHL TV offers great streaming quality at 60 fps, the ability to choose different announcers and commentaries, and full DVR capabilities to record games you will have to miss. NHL TV really has just about everything you could expect from a streaming service. I don’t think that they have overlooked anything
Desktop and Mobile Experience
NHL TV offers crystal-clear live streaming no matter what device you are viewing it on – your laptop, desktop computer, smartphone, tablet, or smart TV. The service is available on just about any device on the market. From Roku to Playstation to Chromecast to X Box and everything in between, NHL TV is a versatile service.
The app, too, has been extremely well received. And for good reason. It is easy to use, totally streamlined, and just as intuitive as the site. The NHL TV app on the Apple App Store, to illustrate, has received an average rating of 4.4 stars (of 16 thousand reviews). NHL always makes a quality product.
Pricing and Plans
So, here is where it gets more complicated. NHL TV comes in three tiers for you to choose from based on your viewing needs. The best value of the three is the full season pass. This will only run you $69.99. For the whole season. That is actually not a horrible price when you think about all of the perks that come with it, all of the games you otherwise would not have access to. It is an especially good deal, too, when you compare it with the other two options that NHL TV offers.
The monthly pass is $24.99 a month. However, once you do some quick math based on how long the NHL season is, this adds up quickly. But I could see doing this option if you aren’t convinced that you want to drop $70 right away. This can be a good way to test the service out.
Then NHL TV offers its final option, which I actually think is pretty novel. That is the Single Team Pass. For a grand total of $55.99, focus on just your favorite team. You will not be able to watch any game that your team is not playing in. If you are more of a fan of your team than you are the sport overall, this might be the best way for you to go. However, once you’re already paying nearly $60, what’s an extra $10 to have full access, right?
Suggestions that I have for NHL TV
Something similar to a family plan would be nice to see. Say you wanted to go in on an NHL TV deal with your friends since you guys tend to watch the games together anyway … it would be nice to be able to pay, say, $90 for a 6-account type deal or something like that. Then you could also see how your teams rank up specifically against each other; perhaps even throwing in some elements of a fantasy league couldn’t hurt either.
All in all, if you are a serious hockey fan, NHL TV is a must-have. With great streaming quality, access to every single NHL game, and the ability to keep tabs on your team in a matter of seconds no matter where you are, you really can’t go wrong with this service.