What can I watch with a subscription to NHL LIVE™?


RCC_NHL_MAP_1800px-wide[3]This map is a depiction of the broadcast territories for all seven Canadian teams. As you can see, it is a complicated illustration that can lead to many questions, which is why we are attempting to provide all the necessary answers to questions that you—the customer—may have. To see which games you get included in your subscription, we have included a number of tools here for your convenience.

What Can I Watch Tool:

If you would like to check the NHL schedule on a daily basis to see what games you’re able to watch, proceed to our handy What Can I Watch? tool. Simply choose your province and team–or, if you wish, don’t choose a specific team and you can see games of all teams–you wish to watch and click ‘Check.’ If you are from Ontario, you will also have to input your postal code. This is because Ontario is designated with more broadcast regions than other provinces, resulting in a number of cases where someone is on the boundary between two regions.

Once you have selected your province and team, you will be given the day’s schedule. If a game is grayed out, it means the game is a blackout in your region. Anything that is red is available for you to watch with your subscription.

Note: Blackout/authentication rules are applied based on where you are accessing the game from, not based on billing address.

Game counts by region

If you would like to see approximately how many games you will get in your subscription based on your location, proceed to any of the regions below.

Note: If a game you want to watch is blacked out, you can access this game if it is airing on Sportsnet by subscribing to SPORTSNET NOW, which you can use to stream without a cable package. Back to Top >

Broadcast rules

What is the difference between Out-of-Market and In-Market NHL games?

National games are broadcasted across Canada so the concept of out-of-market / in-market does not apply to those games. Out-of-market vs. in-market only applies to Regional games. Outside of a team’s local territory, the right to broadcast Regional games is considered an “Out-of-Market” (OOM) broadcast right

  • For example: A Toronto Maple Leaf fan that lives in Vancouver would be considered out-of-market for Leaf games

Within a team’s local territory, the right to broadcast Regional games is considered an “In-Market” broadcast right

  • For example: A Toronto Maple Leaf fan that lives in Toronto would be considered in-market for Leaf games

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Why do blackouts exist?

Regional blackouts are a mandate of the NHL, designed to cultivate and protect a team’s home market. Every team in the NHL has a number of “regional” games–which are sold by the team to a regional broadcaster and are available only to those in a team’s broadcast region–and “national” games, which are available for anyone to watch from coast-to-coast. Back to Top >

How do blackouts work?

Blackouts only apply to in-market NHL games. National games and out-of-market games are not subject to blackouts.

Blackouts are applied based on four criteria:

  1. The region where a fan is when they view a live NHL game
  2. The NHL team or teams that are considered in-market for that region
  3. Whether the fan is attempting to view a game involving the in-market team(s) for that region
  4. Whether the game they are attempting to watch is a regional game or a national game

When a fan is trying to watch an in-market game they will only be able to access that game on television from the local broadcast partner that owns the TV rights. Within NHL LIVE™ that game will be blacked out.

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