You won't get all the televised games. You will find plenty of them are blacked out. If I am paying to watch the games, I want to watch the games I want to watch. Not the ones the NHL and their cable partners have decided I can watch.
Edit: Just noticed your country. It might be a good deal for you, but it certainly wouldn't be a good deal for me living in Edmonton.
Write a letter to NHL.com. I've been doing it yearly. My argument: I'm actually paying you for something I could steal online.... do the right thing and cut out the middle man who forces me to buy extra copyrights to shows I don't watch, just so I can get NHL coverage.
Cable subscriptions are going the way of the dodo bird. All TV execs know it. They would be wise to start offering medium-restricted exclusivity, instead of outright, no-exceptions, exclusivity. The future is exclusive subscriptions/pay-per-use and OTA HD.
We all remember the Napster days, where so many of us stole music cuz we wanted to buy per-song. itunes came out at a fair price and the problem went away.
Live sports are treading a very dangerous line. And I would argue could make a tonne of money by eliminating the term "blackout", and just selling direct to the consumer, plus a few OTA HD deals with the major broadcasters on the side.
I bought gamecenter and I am loving it. For anyone having blackout problems I suggest Hotspot shield or a VPN if you are on a pc. I was able to watch both the Calgary game and Oilers game from Calgary with Gamecenter. I use Hotspot shield (you can google how to get rid of ads from the free version, was fairly easy.) I couldn't take the choppyness and poor quality from other online streams anymore.
Oddly enough tunnelling and VPNs that put your IP out of market are "illegal".
But more importantly, you are still paying NHL and rewarding their exclusive licensing/blackout policy.
They are in cahouts with the same cable companies that limit your bandwidth to prevent Apple TV, Hulu and others from snatching their market share (from their hopelessly dated business model).
If you are going to tread into a legal grey area, pay somebody for online steaming of games that offers good quality and does not blackout any games.... money talks.
And just cuz I'm on a roll and still annoyed by that game....
I've paid the NHL over a thousand dollars for CI/GCL subscriptions over the years. And I'm willing to pay them thousands more over my lifetime.
But why would I ALSO pay cable TV companies $75/month, for a bundling of copyrighted media I have no interest in JUST so I could watch hockey?
I could pay $60/year for whatever two programs I *must* watch (currently MadMen & SOA) + 200 for GCL + free over the air HD and be perfectly legal... and feel good about it, paying more directly to the copyright holders that are creating/funding/producing the content I want.
I work in an intellectual property based industry... I get it... I value it. That's why I'm done paying coax cable and copper wire companies for anything other than the value they offer me... BANDWIDTH and nothing more.
They better get their act in gear. Bundled copyrights are a thing of the past. There are only three value-added revenue streams in that industry: i) bandwidth ii) copyright license payments, iii) advertising dollars.
Over-reaching is just going to encourage the wrong type of behaviour.
I have Gamecentre and love it.
Only problem my xbox skips on occasion. I will try the "30 second fix" mentioned by an earlier poster who is wise beyond their years. On pc, laptop, iphone it works great with no complaints at all. I would have paid 4x's as much.
I have heard unblock-us can get around the blackout and also get's you netflix usa, which is far superior to netflix canada. $5/mon without a hint of slowing your connection....or so I have heard.