If you want to watch your Calgary Flames using NHL GameCenter Live and you live in Calgary you will be subjected to NHL GameCenter Live’s blackout restrictions for local in market games. In this post I’m going to show you how you can watch the Calgary Flames games from Calgary and the “in-market” area that would normally be blacked out.
I did mention in a recent post about how excited I was for the 2013-2014 NHL Hockey season. I also mentioned that when it comes to sports: if it’s not live, it’s not sports. I mean, how boring is it to watch a Calgary Flames game on GameCenter that was from two days ago. If you’re anything like me, thanks to my friends who are Flames fans as well as things like facebook, twitter and the news, you’ll know if the Flames won or lost two days ago.
I want to bring some sanity back to your sports viewing by getting us all back to watching live NHL games that aren’t blacked out. No matter what market you are in.
Like most things, the solution to our problems is right under our nose. If you think about it NHL GameCenter Live (NHL GCL) tells us exactly what we need to do in order to watch any game, in any market, without being blacked out. Ready for it?
You have to virtually reside in another market to watch NHL GCL games blackout free.
There tend to be four versions of what gets desribed as an “in-market” game:
- The two cities that the teams are from. For example, when the Calgary Flames are paying the Montreal Canadiens the game will be blacked out in Calgary and Montreal and their surrounding areas.
- A game where a popular team has a lot of fans living in a certain metro area. For example, when the Winnipeg Jets are playing you are blacked out in Calgary. I’m not sure how Calgary is considered “in-market” since Winnipeg is 1,326 km from Calgary.
- A game is televised nationally in the USA or Canada making the entire USA or Canada an “in-market” game
- A game is televised nationally in the USA and Canada making the entire USA and Canada an “in-market” game.
So, if the Calgary Flames are being blacked out on NHL GameCenter Live in Calgary you will need to connect to an HMA server that is NOT in Calgary. If, by chance they are playing the Montreal Canadiens you won’t want to connect to the HMA sever locations in Montreal. But the ones in Seattle or Chicago should work just fine.
If the Flames are being televised nationally in Canada you will want to connect to any server in the USA.
If the Flames are being televised nationally in Canada and the USA you will want to connect to a server in France (as an example). There are some countries where you can watch NHL GCL and some where you can’t. So you will just have to experiment with different HMA locations until you get one that works.
So, so sum things up. If you want to watch a game that is otherwise being blacked out on NHL GameCenter Live in your local in-market area you will just need to virtually reside in a different market. The easiest way that I know of is to use HMA since they have 519 server in 63 countries around the world with more than 61,500 different connections you can establish. That’s a lot and trust me… bigger is better when it comes to a VPN.