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11-27-2012, 09:14 AM
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Cutting Cable - Watching Bruins online in Boston

I apologize if this has been discussed. I feel as if it must have been, but I didn't find anything after a quick search.

I am about to cancel my cable subscription, but my one big hold out is worrying about watching the Bruins - assuming there is a hockey season at some point. I know Center Ice is awesome if you live outside of the local broadcast zone, but are there any options for watching the Bruins online in HD from Boston? (Unless I read wrong, I think the Bruins would be blacked out on Center Ice in Boston). Ideally it would be a season subscription service.

Thanks! I appreciate any advice from others in similar situations.

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11-27-2012, 09:52 AM
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I was actually going to post a topic for the same reason.

I know you can get NHL Gamecenter Live to stream, and you can get that on your TV with a PS3 or Roku Box, possibly certain Bluray players too. I don't know what the price is since it does not list any information currently with the lockout, but it said you can do month-to-month or a season subscription.

From what I gather though this is probably the best and maybe only option, unless someone knows something more. I'd love to know more as well!

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11-27-2012, 10:13 AM
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Gamecenter Live also blacks out any games for a team whose broadcast area you're in. There are of course ways to trick it, but they wouldn't be without additional cost in either money or performance issues.

There's also hockeystreams.com, which ignores these details, but you may or may not have ethical or legal issues with paying for pirated streams. I don't really recommend it.

Bottom line is NESN has exclusive broadcast rights within their area.

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Gamecenter Live also blacks out any games for a team whose broadcast area you're in. There are of course ways to trick it, but they wouldn't be without additional cost in either money or performance issues.

There's also hockeystreams.com, which ignores these details, but you may or may not have ethical or legal issues with paying for pirated streams. I don't really recommend it.

Bottom line is NESN has exclusive broadcast rights within their area.
I've used hockeystreams before.. It seems to skip a lot and at times can be annoying. But if ya don't have cable its the best outcome. Plus it won't show jack edwards (a plus in my book) and will circumvent paying jj.. so its a big win.

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awe man! That was my only hope! What's the normal cost for Gamecenter Live anyway?

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awe man! That was my only hope! What's the normal cost for Gamecenter Live anyway?
Last time I looked, it was about the same as Center Ice. About $169/yr?

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Thanks for the replies everyone. Too bad NESN is behind the times. I would gladly pay them directly for the chance to watch the Bruins - I am just not giving my money to a cable company anymore. Oh well, one less customer and I guess I will have to deal with watching however I can.


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Gamecenter Live also blacks out any games for a team whose broadcast area you're in. There are of course ways to trick it, but they wouldn't be without additional cost in either money or performance issues.

There's also hockeystreams.com, which ignores these details, but you may or may not have ethical or legal issues with paying for pirated streams. I don't really recommend it.

Bottom line is NESN has exclusive broadcast rights within their area.


Buyer beware. I paid for that service for the season (a few years ago) and couldn't get it to work. The company did not help.

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Buyer beware. I paid for that service for the season (a few years ago) and couldn't get it to work. The company did not help.
Not really a surprise, as they're hardly legitimate.

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I must have been a lucky one with HockeyStreams, never had one issue, loved the option to watch the game when I got home late from work, never had problems receiving feeds etc.....

Bottom line, I'm a cheap SOB and a devoted free loadin streamer so I didn't renew

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given the state of the NHL I'm not inclined to pay for center ice for a 4th year in a row at this point, especially not knowing if they plan to pro-rate it in the event of a shortened season. In the past I have just torrented games. I don't know if that can be discussed here, but feel free to PM me about it. Only problem is that you typically end up watching the game a day late, which means if you live in the new england area it will be really hard to avoid spoilers.

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It's been a long long time and it's going to be really hard but I had said if there was going to be a lockout I was done with my Center Ice package. I called Bell and unsubscribed. I will not be getting beck, i'll keep my 200$ for other things they're not getting another penny from me. I'll watch the games against the Habs, TSN and CBC that's it for me, 20 games a year more or less not including playoffs which is all on TV

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It's been a long long time and it's going to be really hard but I had said if there was going to be a lockout I was done with my Center Ice package. I called Bell and unsubscribed. I will not be getting beck, i'll keep my 200$ for other things they're not getting another penny from me. I'll watch the games against the Habs, TSN and CBC that's it for me, 20 games a year more or less not including playoffs which is all on TV
Pretty much this^ I'm giving this lockout another week, then I'm phoning Bell to cancel my Center Ice subscription.

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I did hockeystreams 2 years ago when I was traveling a lot and it was nice for the 25 or so games where I was not in the area and could watch on the computer. I was living in Philadelphia last season and went with hockeystreams again and they had changed their feeds, which ended up being a nightmare, so I got center ice. Of course, hockeystreams wouldn't give me a refund, and in addition to Center Ice, I had to get NHL network for the games that were broadcast with them, and NBC Sports Network for the games broadcast on that channel, and you still have to have NBC for the Sunday afternoon games. Oh, and none of the games on center ice were in HD. Long story short, they've got you by the balls.

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