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07-08-2012, 08:30 PM
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Best Way to Watch Leafs Games if Outside Southern Ontario

Hey everyone,

Being a Leafs fan is awesome, but trying to watch games if you live outside of Southern Ontario is not as easy as it should be. I am trying to figure out how I could watch Leafs games for the upcoming season.

Getting rid of cable TV would be a good option as I don't watch a ton of TV, and was hoping to use: Apple TV, PS3 and online services to watch games. I am trying to understand how all the blackouts work for certain services (ie: NHL Centre Ice, NHL Gamecenter, Hockeystreams, etc). It seems like Leafs games televised nationally (ie: TSN or CBC) would be blacked out for those services I listed. Presumably, Senators games on SNET East would also be blackedout.

Is there anyway to get around all of the blackouts?
I want to pay for a service that will guarantee that I can watch every Leafs game. Does such a service exist?

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I'm an avid supporter of NHL Gamecentre.

In my experiences watching from Newfoundland, the only games that are blacked out are those which are national broadcasts (CBC, TSN, NBC). I watch those games on TV and all Sportsnet, LeafsTV and out-of-town games on Gamecentre.

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Hey everyone,

Being a Leafs fan is awesome, but trying to watch games if you live outside of Southern Ontario is not as easy as it should be. I am trying to figure out how I could watch Leafs games for the upcoming season.

Getting rid of cable TV would be a good option as I don't watch a ton of TV, and was hoping to use: Apple TV, PS3 and online services to watch games. I am trying to understand how all the blackouts work for certain services (ie: NHL Centre Ice, NHL Gamecenter, Hockeystreams, etc). It seems like Leafs games televised nationally (ie: TSN or CBC) would be blacked out for those services I listed. Presumably, Senators games on SNET East would also be blackedout.

Is there anyway to get around all of the blackouts?
I want to pay for a service that will guarantee that I can watch every Leafs game. Does such a service exist?
PS3 has a NHL center ice app. Not sure how it works idk if you can watch Leafs games but I don't think you'll get much outside of the area in terms of watchable games. Blackouts are incredibly stupid. You pay the channel and don't get games a lot of times.

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But wait its free !1!!#.

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I assume youre living in Ottawa. I live in Ottawa for school and GameCentre works great for me.

You can get NHL GameCentre Live using both Apple TV and your PS3. All games on TSN and CBC will be blacked out. However you can watch the CBC games on cbc.ca. And youd also be able to watch games on TSN on mobile TV if youre with Bell. Senator games on Sportsnet were hit and miss for me. Sometimes they were blacked out, sometimes they werent. The options for Gamecentre are sick though. Full DVR functions, so you can rewind, pause, and watch replays of the goals you missed. And every hockey game from the 2007-2008 season are archived.

Another service you can look into is hockeystreams. It's cheaper than GameCentre and there are no blackouts. The disadvantage is the streams arent as good as quality. Im not sure if what the features are on hockeystreams are either.

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But wait its free !1!!#.
If you're comfortable with the idea of people distributing Intellectual Property that they have no rights to.

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Hockeystreams has no blackouts. I used it while I was in Ottawa. Worked great for me. I had access to every NHL game.

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If you're comfortable with the idea of people distributing Intellectual Property that they have no rights to.

Downloading music is legal in Canada so it isn't as simple as intellectual property and these broadcasts are kind of a grey area.

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I setup a PVR to a slingbox in Toronto so that I can access Toronto games anywhere.

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I'm in school in the States and streamed pretty well every game on my ps3. There are a few different sites I would use .... firstrowsports.eu, vipbox.tv, or ourleafs.blogspot.com

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when they show games on tsn and cbc, they are national broadcasts. you wouldnt need center ice for those. and as for center ice blocking them out, its because TSN and CBC have their own broadcast contracts and rights.

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If you're comfortable with the idea of people distributing Intellectual Property that they have no rights to.
I'm comfortable watching games that are broadcast on Public Airways in any manner required , funny how people forget we in Canada own the airways the broadcasters use, and if the NHL would sell me the Leafs Online package here in BC I might buy it but they won't they insist I buy the package for the team in my market and if you think I'm spending hundreds of dollars to watch Canuck games online you need to put down the pipe there mister holier than tho

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I'm in school in the States and streamed pretty well every game on my ps3. There are a few different sites I would use .... firstrowsports.eu, vipbox.tv, or ourleafs.blogspot.com
If you don't mind me asking man, what school are you going to? Just curious.. one of my best friends in high school is at Colgate University (in NY) and he streams all games on his PS3 too

As far as the OP is concerned, I also agree with the GameCentre suggestions.

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PS3 works well for me.

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How much does the PS3 NHL thing cost?

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If you don't mind me asking man, what school are you going to? Just curious.. one of my best friends in high school is at Colgate University (in NY) and he streams all games on his PS3 too

As far as the OP is concerned, I also agree with the GameCentre suggestions.

I'm in grad school in the St.Louis area. Is your buddy playing hockey there or just decided to go to Colgate!? But ya streaming works great for me - it's not HD quality but it does the trick without paying for GameCentre

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You can get the streaming version of LeafsTV anywhere if you give them a Southern Ontario postal code. Last year was $40 for 50+ games. The balance could be watched on CBC and TSN.

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I'm in grad school in the St.Louis area. Is your buddy playing hockey there or just decided to go to Colgate!? But ya streaming works great for me - it's not HD quality but it does the trick without paying for GameCentre
No, he is on the lacrosse team. Scholarships certainly factored into his decision..
Yeah streaming is a valuable resource, I use it to follow a myriad of sports outside NA like rugby.

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It is ridiculous to think that I want to pay for the ability to watch every single Leaf game, but there is no simple way to do it.

The only way seems to pay through the nose to the cable companies to ensure you have every channel (CBC, TSN, Sportsnet Ontario, Leafs TV). Its so stupid though because Leafs games are blacked out on Sportsnet Ontario... even in Nova Scotia!!!

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It is ridiculous to think that I want to pay for the ability to watch every single Leaf game, but there is no simple way to do it.

The only way seems to pay through the nose to the cable companies to ensure you have every channel (CBC, TSN, Sportsnet Ontario, Leafs TV). Its so stupid though because Leafs games are blacked out on Sportsnet Ontario... even in Nova Scotia!!!
you can't get Leafs TV in NS.

NHL center ice carries all the games. no blackouts. it's not hard at all.

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I setup a PVR to a slingbox in Toronto so that I can access Toronto games anywhere.
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www.firstrowsports.eu it works on the ps3 i use it all the time

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