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xyzz 01-13-2013 04:58 PM

Considering NHL Gamecenter live - any thoughts?
 
I'm in Toronto, but I'm going to use a VPN. Will I get ALL leafs games? (Leafs TV, Sportsnet, TSN, CBC).

Also, can anyone comment on the quality? are they in HD? Is it smooth or is there a lot of buffering?


edit: will be using apple tv or xbox

Thanks!

Duke Silver 01-13-2013 04:59 PM

You get all games that are not televised nationally.

I'd recommend hockeystreams as a "**** you" for the lockout. No worries about blackouts.

Tombernack 01-13-2013 05:01 PM

For a while now I've been hoping the NHL would be offering this for free as a sign of good will for the lock out. Offering me this would be a good enough apology.

xyzz 01-13-2013 05:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duke Silver (Post 57546019)
You get all games that are not televised nationally.

I'd recommend hockeystreams as a "**** you" for the lockout. No worries about blackouts.


I want high quality though.. the VPN will make NHL Gamecenter think I'm in Texas, not worried about local blackouts (unless they play the stars, which wont happen this season)

xyzz 01-13-2013 05:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tombernack (Post 57546121)
For a while now I've been hoping the NHL would be offering this for free as a sign of good will for the lock out. Offering me this would be a good enough apology.

Yeah hopefully, but I also dont mind paying for it.. just want good quality

Dangles McGavin 01-13-2013 05:03 PM

The Leafs have had an offer on their site which I have done for the past two seasons.

It was something like 40$ for every Leafs game (except ones that are on CBC, ie. Saturday nights). HD quality, it was great. I have absolutely no complaints about it.

Once, they messed up and there wasn't a stream for a game, and they gave people their money back (all of like 50 cents haha), but still, it's good quality/good service.

Tombernack 01-13-2013 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xyzz (Post 57546213)
Yeah hopefully, but I also dont mind paying for it.. just want good quality

Its a quality HD stream though. Probably worth the $. You can get a free sample once the season starts. Click on a game and theyll give you like 30 seconds of a live sample.

Kyle Doobas 01-13-2013 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dangles McGavin (Post 57546245)
The Leafs have had an offer on their site which I have done for the past two seasons.

It was something like 40$ for every Leafs game (except ones that are on CBC, ie. Saturday nights). HD quality, it was great. I have absolutely no complaints about it.

Once, they messed up and there wasn't a stream for a game, and they gave people their money back (all of like 50 cents haha), but still, it's good quality/good service.

Are you able to go back and watch games afterwards? The only reason I'm considering Gamecenter is because I usually work in the evenings and miss a lot of games, but the price is a bit off-putting, especially considering I don't really care about watching any other teams for this half-season. $40 for just the Leafs games would be perfect.

Mansfield 01-13-2013 09:08 PM

I'm also considering gamecenter thru vpn...when I had it free for two weeks last yr. i thought it was great - i just want to make sure I will be able to watch all the games with a proxy seeing as I don't have cable.

leeaf83 01-13-2013 09:12 PM

is rogers giving any deals on the centre ice package as part of the lockout plan?

I'm in a similar boat I only have basic cable. The only things i watch live are sports and the news (other than that i watch online). So I get the sportsnet games and pay for leafs TV but the TSN games I must watch online. Anyone know what bell has as basic cable?

x94Galchenyuk94x* 01-13-2013 09:12 PM

Go check out hockey streams. Same thing as gamecenter (PVR, archived games instantly after finished, etc..). They have every game in HD, along with it being cheaper. They also have instructions on how to stream to certain devices.

Ron Wilson* 01-13-2013 09:13 PM

Hey guys, first post!

I had game centre for a long time, but just got sick of the blackouts. Pretty much any important or fun game is blacked out. All TO of course, even BUF, BOS, DET, EDM, a lot of Flames games even.

IMO it's not worth the cost. If it had no blackouts I would pay that price, but after the lockout it's hard to stomach giving these guys money for 60% of the games, and ALL the good ones.

Guy Boucher 01-13-2013 09:21 PM

It works with a VPN but it can get very choppy streaming on the TV.

Also, I heard it will not be free this season but might be $5 cheaper (so $15 bucks per month).

Mansfield 01-13-2013 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by x94Galchenyuk94x (Post 57558053)
Go check out hockey streams. Same thing as gamecenter (PVR, archived games instantly after finished, etc..). They have every game in HD, along with it being cheaper. They also have instructions on how to stream to certain devices.

is it legal?

Rinzler 01-13-2013 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xyzz (Post 57545921)
I'm in Toronto, but I'm going to use a VPN. Will I get ALL leafs games? (Leafs TV, Sportsnet, TSN, CBC).

Also, can anyone comment on the quality? are they in HD? Is it smooth or is there a lot of buffering?


edit: will be using apple tv or xbox

Thanks!

I use game center live exclusively. Don't go the vpn route tho. Use unblock-us.com to get around blackouts without hassles and slow performance of a vpn.

Plus you get us netflix and access to us tv.

And yep you will get all feeds in hd. No commercials most of the time too. It's smooth if you don't use a vpn :)

unassisted 01-13-2013 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dangles McGavin (Post 57546245)
The Leafs have had an offer on their site which I have done for the past two seasons.

It was something like 40$ for every Leafs game (except ones that are on CBC, ie. Saturday nights). HD quality, it was great. I have absolutely no complaints about it.

Yes, this is provided by Neulion, same as GCL. However, the bitrate is slightly lower and the interface is different. The sucky part about the interface is the non-removable scoreboard on top. So you will have a black border (windowboxed) around the broadcast if you watch it full screen on a 16:9 tv/monitor. GCL doesn't have this limitation. rogersondemand was actually forwarding free access to this last year for their cable subscribers. No word yet about this year.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guy Boucher (Post 57558417)
It works with a VPN but it can get very choppy streaming on the TV.

When I had GCL, I would switch IPs to watch the Leafs games and then disconnect the vpn after it started playing.

Either way, both have a full refund policy if you're unsatisfied after a couple of days.

Rinzler 01-13-2013 10:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Guy Boucher (Post 57558417)
It works with a VPN but it can get very choppy streaming on the TV.

Also, I heard it will not be free this season but might be $5 cheaper (so $15 bucks per month).

The solution:
http://www.unblock-us.com/

Aplayaz2000 01-13-2013 10:35 PM

what's the source, do you get the Leafs TV feed? via sportsnet

or do you get some like random NHL club

Rinzler 01-13-2013 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Aplayaz2000 (Post 57561759)
what's the source, do you get the Leafs TV feed? via sportsnet

or do you get some like random NHL club

If you have gamecenter live, you can choose the Home or Away feed for any and every game.

So if Sportsnet is airing that particular Leaf game, you can choose that, same goes with TSN, CBC or LeafsTV. The blackout rules apply of course, so that's where Unblock-us comes in. It uses DNS trickery rather than a VPN to fool gamecenter into thinking you're somewhere other than in the GTA so there's not loss in bandwidth or an increase in latency.

So what you end up with is a fully reliable High def feed of all leaf games, it's glorious, trust me. ;)

Action Jackson 01-13-2013 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rinzler (Post 57561941)
If you have gamecenter live, you can choose the Home or Away feed for any and every game.

So if Sportsnet is airing that particular Leaf game, you can choose that, same goes with TSN, CBC or LeafsTV. The blackout rules apply of course, so that's where Unblock-us comes in. It uses DNS trickery rather than a VPN to fool gamecenter into thinking you're somewhere other than in the GTA so there's not loss in bandwidth or an increase in latency.

So what you end up with is a fully reliable High def feed of all leaf games, it's glorious, trust me. ;)

Going to give this a shot for one month and see how it is.

DIrwin 01-14-2013 01:54 AM

Now in regards to all of this, I live in Ottawa :shakehead I know, I know. And I was told if I bought nhl centreice online package or w,e that almost all Toronto games are blacked out?

Being an Ottawa resident what would be the best subscription service, and how do I get around black out games. I've seen the comments about unblockus and vpn but I'm not overly computer savy so I'm not sure what those are/mean!

Thanks for any input!

Sergei Berezin 01-14-2013 02:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DIrwin (Post 57566935)
Now in regards to all of this, I live in Ottawa :shakehead I know, I know. And I was told if I bought nhl centreice online package or w,e that almost all Toronto games are blacked out?

Being an Ottawa resident what would be the best subscription service, and how do I get around black out games. I've seen the comments about unblockus and vpn but I'm not overly computer savy so I'm not sure what those are/mean!

Thanks for any input!

I've never tried it, but apparently hockeystreams.com has all games without blackouts and is good quality while being much cheaper.

DIrwin 01-14-2013 03:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sergei Berezin (Post 57567185)
I've never tried it, but apparently hockeystreams.com has all games without blackouts and is good quality while being much cheaper.

So even if I'm in Ottawa I wouldn't experience ANY blackouts for leaf games?

Also does hockeystreams.com have replayability options, like a previous poster said I work only evenings/overnights should a big reason for it would be to watch games after they've taken place

Penalty Kill Icing* 01-14-2013 05:13 AM

I know GCL has 3000 kbps bit rate at highest setting. What is stream rate on hockeystreams?

HFX902 01-14-2013 06:11 AM

I was thinking about streaming my leafs games on justin.tv that way anyone can watch


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