Do you want to know how get around those pesky NHL GameCenter Live blackouts? Good news, you’ve found the right guide.
With the 2013-2014 NHL season just around the corner it’s time for an update to the guide on bypassing the NHL GameCenter Live Blackouts.
If you’re a true hockey fan you will want to be equipped with NHL Gamecenter Live where you can “watch live out-of-market games on your favorite devices*” If you’re looking to stream NHL games on your TV, computer, smart phone, tablet, PS3 and many more devices then NHL GameCenter Live is what you’re looking for.
Don’t worry if you noticed that little start on the quote above, we’ll talk more about that in a little bit. But first, here are a few more features you get with GameCenter Live:
- Live Broadcasts – Watch up to 40 live out-of-market games each week (don’t worry, we’ll show how to watch ANY game you want ANYTIME), all season long.
- Post Game Replays – Watch full length post game replays
- In Game Highlights – Watch highlights without leaving the game
- Classic Games – Relive classic hockey moment dating all the way back to the 1960s
- DVR Functionality – Live rewind, restart game, pause game, slow motion and more
- In-Game Features – Home and away broadcasts so you can choose who’s team’s announcers you want to have call the game for you. Live chat with other fans without having to leave the game.
- Ways to Watch – Multi-game views so you can watch multiple games at once. Access games from your smartphones, tablet, PS3, Apple TV, Boxee, Roku, Sony devices, XBox 360 and more.
Back to that little start that typically means you have to hunt through the small print to find some legal-mubmo-jumbo. In this instance that little “*” in there says “Blackouts and other restrictions apply.”
What this means is that if you’re a Calgary Flame fan and you live in Calgary you cannot stream the Calgary Flames game live since it’s considered to be an “in-market game.” Normall you will have to wait 48-hours after the game to watch the recording.
Don’t worry, this guide shows you how to get around the “in-market” blackout restrictions so you can watch any NHL game live from anywhere!
We all know that recorded sports is NOT acceptable. So what is a loyal NHL fan to do so they can be streaming NHL games live?!?
Use a simple, but ninja-like, trick to change your location making your local game an “out-of-market” game so you can watch it live as it happens.
In order to do this you will need a piece of software that I refer to as HMA.
HMA is a Pro VPN which allows you to re-route your internet connection through one of their 327 servers located in 53 different countries around the world.
For this example, to unblock in-market NHL GameCenter Live games, you’re only going to need to use their Canadian and/or American servers. But, just know that you can use their UK-based servers to watch the BBC iPlayer abroad for example.
Step 1: Take Off Your Foam Finger And Get HMA
I have been using HMA for about two years now and can sincerely say that it’s probably the best piece of software I have every purchased. Why you may ask?
Well, it’s so powerful that it allows me to, not only remove the blackout restriction on NHL GameCenter Live, but also lets me stream Hulu in Canada, lets me access Hulu Plus from anywhere, grants me access to the massive US Netflix library and so much more.
All for about the cost of a latte and cookie from Starbucks. If only everything we bought over-delivered this much.
Now before you run away because this option isn’t free, hear me out. HMA is so good that I recommended it to my own mother and would you even think of recommending something that isn’t the best to your own mother? I sure wouldn’t and don’t!
Step 2: Download HMA to Get One Step Close to NO BLACKOUTS
Now that you’re in the HMA club you’re going to want to download HMA . It’s a small but powerful piece of software that will change the way you watch NHL games as well as TV shows, movies and even music.
Step 3: Choose An New “Hometown” (Don’t worry… you can stay loyal to your favorite hockey team)
2014 NHL Playoff Update: If you want to unblock a NHL playoff game on GameCenter Live you will need to select a server that is NOT in Canada or the USA. I was able to get this working when I selected a server location in France. Enjoy!
Go ahead and chose the option to select of the the 10 closest servers based on geographical distance. This will connect you to one of HMA’s nearby servers that will allow your computer to virtually reside in another city thus making the local NHL game appear to be an out of market game for you on your GameCenter Live account.
Important if HMA has a server in your city: If HMA has servers in the city you’re living in (Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, LA, etc.) you will need to choose one of the 10 closest servers based on geographical location in the USA or select a specific server that is not located in the same city as you. By doing this NHL GameCenter Live will see you living outside of your local market and let you what the local-market game that would otherwise be blacked out.
Step 4: Watch Every Game Your Local Team Plays Now That You Have Successfully Removed The Blackout Restrictions On NHL GameCenter Live
Now that, thanks to HMA, you’re able to watch every single one of your favorite NHL team’s games you will want to impress your friends so get the chips and dip ready.
On the other hand, if you don’t want your place to be party central you might want to this with your friends on facebook so they too know how to remove the blackout restriction on NHL Gamecenter Live.