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How to live stream NHL ice hockey playoffs online in Australia
Feeling warm? Well, bring the ice Down Under as Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV deliver an ice hockey live stream to the palm of your hand.
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The National Hockey League was forced to make a number of changes for the 2020/21 season, including a reduced schedule, zero travel between the US and Canada and no fans in attendance due to the pandemic.
Thankfully, that is not the case for the 2021/22 campaign.
The full 82-game schedule is back, the conferences have returned to their usual state and packed houses are expected. What also hasn't changed is the rest of the league chasing the 2-time defending Tampa Bay Lightning.
You won't catch a single NHL match on Australian free-to-air TV, but there are plenty of other ways to keep up with your hockey favourites. We've laid them all out below.
How to watch NHL playoffs in Australia
To get your ice hockey fix, you need access to ESPN. That means Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV are all options. You can also access games through the ESPN app and website for no additional fee if you are already a Foxtel or Fetch customer. That option does not apply to Kayo customers.
Stream NHL playoffs on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports subscribers get access to content from ESPN, so they will be able to stream a minimum of 3 NHL games per week during the regular season and enjoy extensive coverage of the playoffs right through to the Stanley Cup Finals.
A Kayo One subscription costs $25 a month, for which you get access to only 1 screen at a time. A Basic Kayo subscription is $27.50 a month and enables you to watch on 2 screens. The Premium package, at $35 a month, lets you watch 3 simultaneous streams. Both subscriptions include access to HD content live and on-demand, a range of special features and more than 50 sports.
You can sign up for a 14-day free trial to see if the service fits your needs. There's no contract involved, you can cancel your subscription at any time. We highly recommend diving into our deep analysis of Kayo Sports, which details all of the unique features offered by this classy app.
Kayo Sports is compatible with computers, smartphones and tablets, Chromecast, Telstra TV, Apple TV, PS4, PS5, Android TV and select smart TVs.
Watch NHL playoffs on Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now
ESPN is part of Foxtel's premium Sports Pack, so pay TV subscribers can watch games live on TV or stream NHL with the Foxtel Go app to laptops and mobile devices. The app is free with any Foxtel subscription, but the Sports Pack must be added to the Foxtel Plus package. This brings the minimum monthly cost up to $74 a month, plus any installation fees.
Alternative, you can watch NHL coverage with Foxtel Now. ESPN is part of the Sport Pack, which costs $29 a month. You also need the Essentials Pack to gain access to it. The total charge is $54 a month, cheaper than Foxtel iQ but still significantly more than Kayo. A 10-day free trial is available for new customers.
Foxtel Now is compatible with computers, smartphones and tablets, Sony Android TVs, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, Telstra TV, Chromecast and PS4.
Watch NHL playoffs on Fetch TV
ESPN is also available in the Vibe channel pack from Fetch TV, which costs only $6 a month. However, the total price of your subscription will depend on whether you purchase a Fetch TV box outright or get it through a broadband provider. So the overall price will be dramatically more.
What about NHL.TV?
At the time of writing, NHL.TV is not currently available in Australia. The NHL is instead now available via the ESPN app for customers in Australia and New Zealand.
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