Where to watch NHL Stanley Cup Finals Tampa Bay Lightning vs Dallas Stars live in Australia
The Stanley Cup Finals are here, with Tampa Bay Lightning facing the Dallas Stars to decide the new champion. Here is how you can stream every game live.
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The action on the ice intensifies in the National Hockey League (NHL) when the Stanley Cup Finals are on the line. The regular season was scrapped after the coronavirus hiatus, with the action switching straight to play-off hockey. Now what started with 16 teams in contention is down to just Tampa Bay and Dallas in the scrap for this year's Stanley Cup.
While the NHL gets no love on free-to-air TV in Australia, fans can still be smack in the middle of the action via both pay TV and online streaming services.
How to live stream the Stanley Cup Finals in Australia
If you’re looking to keep up with the play-offs, you need ESPN. There are a few ways of watching ESPN in Australia, including Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and Fetch TV. You need one of these subscription services. However, thanks to free trials, they may not necessarily cost you anything.
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Watching the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Kayo Sports
Our recommendation for the best place to watch the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is on Kayo Sports. This new streaming service has greatly disrupted the way we watch live sports. We have a lengthy analysis of the service for those who want to dive deep on this product, but in a nutshell, it takes all the sports channels from the premium Foxtel Sports Pack and places them together in a standalone app. Since you don't need to buy non-sport content, this gives you more than 50 sports live and on-demand, including the NHL and Stanley Cup Finals, for just $25 a month for the Basic subscription.
Kayo also offers a modern, Netflix-like interface that makes finding and watching live sport, sports entertainment shows, highlights, replays, documentaries and more very easy. Plus it has unique viewing features that really enhance the experience. This includes the ability to watch four channels at once in SplitView, a picture-in-picture mode, Key Moments timeline, Kayo Minis highlights, No Spoilers and more. Available on almost every device, it's also very versatile.
Kayo Sports offers a 14-day free trial, which means you can test it out and enjoy the NHL Stanley Cup Finals without paying a cent.
Watching Lightning vs Stars on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now is the live streaming spin-off of the main Foxtel iQ set-top box experience that we've had in Australia for decades. It follows a similar model to Foxtel iQ in that you can't just get the sports channels, you have to add them as a Premium Pack to an existing entertainment bundle. This increases the price to at least $54 per month.
While Foxtel Now does show all the same content as Kayo Sports, it doesn't have the same advanced UI or the great viewing features. Foxtel Now does have a 10-day free trial so you can test it out, but unless you want content beyond sports it's likely not your long-term solution. You can check out all the Foxtel packages here.
Watching the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Foxtel iQ
If you already have Foxtel iQ in your home, you can add the Sports Pack ($29 per month) and access the Stanley Cup Finals more-or-less straightaway. You must already have the Foxtel Plus package ($49/month), so you're looking at a minimum of $74/month. Foxtel iQ does come with the Foxtel Go streaming app, so you're not tied to your TV with this option. But it's still a lot more expensive than Kayo Sports.
How to watch Lightning vs Stars on Fetch TV
Subscription television service Fetch TV also has access to ESPN. You can access it via their Vibe channel pack for $6/month. The total cost of your subscription will depend on whether you bought your Fetch box outright or through a broadband provider.
Watching the Stanley Cup Finals on NHL.TV
There's one final option that gives you access to a Stanley Cup Finals live steam, even if it has no other sports included in the package. That is a NHL.TV subscription, currently priced at US$19.99 for a month. This is the National Hockey League's own streaming service.
Fans can access it via the NHL website on their computers or download an app for mobile and streaming devices. You’ll get live streams of all matches, along with exciting features to make your experience as seamless as possible. Think extra camera angles and the ability to pause and rewind live games or jump back to highlights with an interactive timeline.
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