June 25th, 2014, 01:46 PM #1
NHL Gamecenter: How will it affect watching live Kings games?
Hi! I'm considering ditching Directv in favor of Gamecenter. My monthly bill is topping close to $80. That is their cheapest non-HD tier that includes NBCSN. With NHL GC, I can save a lot considering I don't watch that much TV outside of NHL games. On top of that, I will benefit from the HD live streaming. Having said that, I did hear that if you log in with an IP that is within the Kings' market, you will not be able to watch their live games and will have to wait until they are archived under NHL volt. What about live games on NBCSN (regular season & playoffs)? Are they available on GC? I know there is a way around the IP stuff. One can always subscribe to those fake IP website such as HMA to re-route into a different IP address outside of the market. But wouldn't that slow the connection and cause the broadcast to be choppy?
Would like to hear those with GC experiences with regards to live Kings games & live NBCSN games. That way I can make a decision regarding this. Many thanks!
Last edited by Shareholder; June 25th, 2014 at 01:48 PM.
June 25th, 2014, 02:06 PM #2
I used GC with HMA a few seasons ago and the speed was just fine.
I use another streaming service that's located in a Scandinavian country now though. Way better than GC. No blackouts. Higher FPS. Way cheaper than GC, much less GC+HMA. It's legality is questionable though because their copyright laws differ from ours, so I'm going to have to refrain from posting a link. It's not to hard to find via some google searches though.
June 25th, 2014, 02:16 PM #3
Yeah, like RoyalSubject said, watch out for the blackouts.
I ALMOST got the NFL package on DirecTV last year, but they had a free week trial and when i went to watch the Rams...blacked out.
Man I woulda been PO'ed if I had paid and had the only team I was interested in blacked out.
June 25th, 2014, 02:26 PM #4
I wish my Directv bill was topping out at $80.00 I live in LA and I also have Gamecenter for when I am on the road.
June 25th, 2014, 02:27 PM #5
I had gamecenter and you cannot watch the games locally (but plus on watching on my phone). I had uverse and they dropped the nhl channel but I could see it on nbcsports. I would often hook up my computer to my tv to watch the games and that was fun when it was NOT a Kings game (but make sure you have a fast computer and a good tv). I think I had to go around the norm for a few games I could not get. All in all, a bit cumbersome for us.
I moved to direct tv and then added center ice so we can watch ALL the hockey games every night. Well worth the price. All is beautiful. :-)
June 25th, 2014, 03:02 PM #6
without going into too much detail, if you're watching from your home (maybe even mobile I haven't done too much research on that side) you can set your connection up through a proxy server that will fake your location in order for you to get local feeds.
June 25th, 2014, 08:39 PM #7
The NBCsports app worked great for me. I'm in San Diego, which is still considered in market.
June 26th, 2014, 07:16 AM #8
This probably meant that the Rams were playing on your local network channel. I had this happen a few times with the Vikings. I live in California and the Sunday Ticket (in the 700's) was blacked out but that was because that particular game was being shown on my local Fox (Channel 24) network. I am guessing that was the case for your Rams game situation.
Originally Posted by Lich King
June 26th, 2014, 08:04 AM #9
I live in Orange County just outside the blackout boundary (I think it's 25 miles). The Ducks are blacked out but the Kings aren't. If you live inside the blackout boundary, all Kings games will be blacked out unless you use a proxy server or whatever.
But the problem is national broadcasts. Any games on NBC, NBCSports, or NHL Network are blacked out and some games on Canadian TV (was CBC and TSN, will be CBC and others - not TSN) are too, although I think that's a mistake and they're not SUPPOSED to be blacked out.
The more popular the Kings get, the more likely they get on TV, and the more likely there will be more blackouts.
June 26th, 2014, 08:11 AM #10
Sounds like you just got lucky. The Kings are blacked out in San Diego which is over 100 miles from LA.
Originally Posted by jt