How to live stream NHL ice hockey playoffs online in Australia
Feeling warm? Well, bring the ice Down Under as NHL.TV, Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Fetch TV deliver an ice hockey live stream right to the palm of your hand.
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The NHL season is returning after a hiatus due to COVID-19, but not as we know it. The league has made the decision to scrap the remaining regular season games and instead place teams into a Stanley Cup qualifying tournament.
This will see 16 teams face off in 8 best-of-5 series beginning on 2 August (AEST). There'll also be a round-robin between the top four teams in each conference to determine seedings for the playoffs.
You might not catch a single NHL match on Australian free-to-air TV, but there are plenty of other ways to keep up with your ice hockey idols. We've laid them all out below:
NHL Playoffs schedule
How to watch NHL in Australia
To get your ice hockey fix, you need Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports or Fetch TV who receive broadcasts via ESPN. You can also access it via the league's own streaming service, NHL.TV. Read on for more details.
Watch NHL on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports subscribers get access to content from ESPN, so they will be able to stream a minimum of three games per week during the regular season and enjoy extensive coverage of the play-offs right through to the Stanley Cup Finals.
A Basic Kayo subscription costs $25/month and enables you to watch on two screens, while the Premium subscription, at $35/month, lets you watch three simultaneous streams. Both subscriptions include access to HD content live and on-demand from 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, so you can cancel your subscription at any time. We highly recommend diving into our deep analysis of Kayo Sports, too, 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, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
Watch NHL on Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now
ESPN is part of Foxtel's premium Sports Pack, so pay TV subscribers can watch NHL games live on TV or stream 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 per month, plus any installation fees.
Alternative, you can watch NHL coverage with Foxtel Now. ESPN is part of the Sport Pack, which costs $29/month. You also need the Essentials Pack to gain access to it. The total charge is $54/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, the Foxtel Now Box, Sony Android TVs, Telstra TV, Chromecast/Airplay and PS4.
Watch NHL on Fetch TV
ESPN is also available in the Vibe channel pack from Fetch TV, which costs only $6/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.
Stream NHL on NHL.TV
NHL.TV is the National Hockey League's own subscription streaming service. It's the only way to watch every single game from the NHL including playoffs live. Typically subscriptions are available for an annual fee of around US$130.00. However, right now with a shortened season due to the COVID-19 interruption it costs US$19.99. For more information check out our full NHL.TV guide.
Also known as NHL TV the service comes with some unique features to enhance your viewing experience. It's also compatible with iOS and Android devices, Mac, PC, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.
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