YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service that gives viewers access to over 60 channels for $64.99/month. Basic service includes local channels, 31 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSN) in some markets.
Viewers can stream the 2021-22 NHL season on YouTube TV, but what NHL games can they expect to watch on YouTube TV?
Regional sports networks
Local NHL fans will be able to watch their favorite teams in select markets on their regional sports network. YouTube TV streams NHL home team coverage from NBC RSNs including NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Washington.
YouTube TV does not carry several other RSNs with local NHL coverage, including Altitude, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, MSG, NESN, and Root Sports Northwest. Fans who want to stream local NHL team coverage from these areas would need another service like fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, or DIRECTV STREAM.
Additionally, YouTube TV no longer offers the former Fox Sports RSNs, now known as Bally Sports RSNs. The only option available to fans who wish to stream Bally Sports RSNs live is to use DIRECTV STREAM. The streamer’s $84.99 choice plan allows fans to take advantage of the option.
How to stream Canadian NHL teams in the US
The best option for hockey fans in the United States who want to watch Canadian teams is to subscribe to ESPN+. They offer coverage of all out-of-market games for these teams.
NHL teams and RSN with streaming coverage available
Every NHL team has live coverage of their games from a local RSN. The breakdown of teams linked to which RSNs is shown below:
To be determined
Fox Sports RSN rebranded as Bally Sports
Former Fox Sports RSNs renamed Bally Sports. As a result of this rebranding, some of them were closed or changed regions.
Nationally televised hockey games
Nationally televised hockey games not included in fans’ local team RSN packages can now be found on ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS or ABC. YouTube TV includes ESPN and Turner Networks as part of their entry-level streaming offering.
Turner Sports will air 72 regular season NHL games on TNT and TBS, while ESPN will air 100 nationally televised games each season. 75 of those games will air exclusively on ESPN+, while the rest can be found on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC. Some of the games broadcast on these networks will be exclusive and not available on local RSNs. The Turner Networks and ESPN will also be required to watch all Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Finally, NHL Network is available on fuboTV and Sling TV. They will air approximately 100 non-exclusive NHL games each season.
Bans will apply to national broadcasters in the event that a game they broadcast is also available on your local RSN.
There’s always an option for fans who don’t live near their favorite team. NHL.TV, which previously allowed fans to subscribe to an out-of-market streaming package, switched to ESPN+ starting with the 2021-22 season. Viewers who subscribe this year will save over $50 over the 2020-21 season.
2021-2022 NHL TV Schedule
To be determined