How to Watch the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs from Anywhere (No Blackouts!)
The Stanley Cup playoffs have just begun and the top 16 teams are battling it out for the ultimate prize. If you’re reading this you must be a big NHL fan and I’m sure you may have struggled all season dealing with blackouts. Here, I’ll show you how to navigate around the geo-blocks to access to every match. All you’ll need is a VPN!
Tampa Bay has dominated all season, being only the second team in history to record a 62 win season are looking red hot to fly through the bracket. But, it’s finals time and as with any knockout format, anything can happen.
Look for Calgary and Boston as they prove to be the biggest challengers to Tampa Bay’s success. However, despite having the 6th best overall record, a lot of people are backing in the San Jose Sharks to shake things up.
If you want comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup, you will require a subscription to NHL.tv . It’s a pretty good deal at only $19.99 for a possible maximum of 105 games. However, with NHL.tv comes one major problem, especially when it comes to watching your home team, blackouts.
The way the blackouts with NHL.tv work is generally if the team is playing at home and you reside within that area, the game will be unavailable to you. Usually, the broadcast rights are given to whoever is televising the game, which often also requires a paid subscription. This is to support the home teams and promote attendance.
How To Avoid The Blackouts And Watch Every Game
This is useful as if the game you wish to watch is blacked out in your area, you just connect your VPN to a server in a different location where there are no blackouts and viola! You can now watch the game without issue.
I Don’t Have NHL.tv. What Can I Do?
There are various other options to get coverage of the Stanley Cup. Subscription services DirecTV Now, fuboTV, YoutubeTV, SlingTV, Hulu Live TV and Playstation Vue also provide NBC sports coverage. If you already have a subscription to one of these, then perfect! If not, you can utilize 7-day free trials to navigate through the Stanley Cup without cost.
If you are overseas, some of these services may not work for you but do not worry. What works to avoid blackouts will work for you too. Just use a VPN to connect to a server that allows you streaming access with your subscription (presumably somewhere in North America) then you should have uninterrupted access to the Stanley Cup.
Which VPN is Best?
Essentially, all VPNs do the same thing. Some though, are better than others. My personal recommendation is ExpressVPN or NordVPN. This is because streaming services have now started to catch on to VPN users and are blocking the IP addresses used by some of them.
ExpressVPN and NordVPN have a huge and growing list of servers so they are always ahead of streaming services.
Below is the step-by-step with all you need to do to watch the Stanley Cup.
- Download and install a VPN
- Connect to a server in North America far from the game
- Open NHL.tv and enjoy the game!
Here is the complete Stanley Cup schedule so you do not miss a single game.
My head predicts Tampa Bay running through the Stanley Cup without too much issue, but my heart is always rooting for an underdog so I am getting on the San Jose hype train! What do you think the results will be, and if this was any help I’d love to know.