How do blackouts work?

Blackouts only apply to Regional (or “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

If a user is attempting to watch a regional game, they will be blacked out for them on NHL LIVE, as it is designed for out-of-market viewing. 

For example: If a user lives in Calgary and is attempting to watch a regional Flames game, they will be blacked out. However, if the user lived in Toronto but wanted to watch that same Flames game, they could, as the Flames are considered out-of-market in Ontario. 


NHL LIVE gives you access to hundreds national & out-of-market games for the 2020-21 NHL season, plus every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Regional restrictions apply.​

$74.99/ season
  • Stream the final weeks of the regular season, plus the 2021 Stanley Cup® Playoffs
$29.99/ month
  • Enjoy the same access as a Full Season Pass without the commitment! Pay one month at a time, and cancel whenever you like.
monthly billing


If you have already subscribed to NHL LIVE™ via iTunes or Google Play, please register via settings page in the app to watch across all devices.


*National games include: Hockey Night in Canada, Wednesday Night Hockey and Hometown Hockey
1. For details on purchase, refund and auto-renewal policies, see NHL LIVE Terms of Service.
2. If you have subscribed through the iTunes App Store or Google Play, their purchase and refund policies apply.
3. Blackouts restrictions for in-market games lifted 48 hours after game