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2020 Offseason Miscellaneous Thread

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NoMich

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It's blacked out for all of us NC locals, sadly. It SUCKS, but we're probably all going to have to invest in VPNs or go back to *%&* cable

Just confirmed with NHL.TV live chat, FWIW
Joe Ovies was talking about the NHL Gamecenter/VPN route when talking about this situation early on in Adam's show today. Sounds like a real pain in the ass. Here's a novel idea: stop making these things so difficult for the consumer! No wonder folks turn to gray market solutions for something that should be so damn easy. But then again, the [goal horn] shareholders have to see their [goal horn] 8% growth year over [goal horn] year, don't they? [goal horn] them!
 

jeffbear

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For the record, I'd pay $9.00 a month for a decent VPN before I'd pay Spectrum a dime for cable.

English soccer fans have this same problem in spades, and the TV carriers have made access to the games almost as expensive as purchasing tickets ... if that was even an option, which it largely isn't. There are some lawsuits pending over there. You'd think that somebody in the chain ... NHL or the franchises ... would at least make some effort to make these games accessible to those who have chosen not to get hosed by their local cable monopoly, but ... silence.
 

Habsy

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VPNs are simple to use these days. I have them on all me tvs, computers and devices and turn them on and off with the click of a button.
 

Habsy

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For the record, I'd pay $9.00 a month for a decent VPN before I'd pay Spectrum a dime for cable.

English soccer fans have this same problem in spades, and the TV carriers have made access to the games almost as expensive as purchasing tickets ... if that was even an option, which it largely isn't. There are some lawsuits pending over there. You'd think that somebody in the chain ... NHL or the franchises ... would at least make some effort to make these games accessible to those who have chosen not to get hosed by their local cable monopoly, but ... silence.
How about $2 a month?

I've used this one for years. Easy to use and available on all platforms.

 

Habsy

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Once you have a VPN I can give you sites that you can watch pretty much any sports event free. Do not go to those sites without a VPN. Ever.
 

jeffbear

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How about $2 a month?

I've used this one for years. Easy to use and available on all platforms.

Noted and filed away. That's Plan B ... spoofing a friend in Chicago's home address on NHL.TV is Plan A.
 

cmon3

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So assuming streaming in NC. What are the options besides vpn and spoofing someone out of state and NHL.com?

seems like the NHL would/should put on some pressure to solve this.
 

bagopux

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So assuming streaming in NC. What are the options besides vpn and spoofing someone out of state and NHL.com?

seems like the NHL would/should put on some pressure to solve this.
The only option left for straight streaming is AT&T TV Now---the Entertainment package or better. The other options are Spectrum, AT&T TV, and DirecTV. Then there's the VPN route.

I'm leaning toward AT&T's streaming package,. It's a no-contract plan, so if it doesn't work well or if something better comes along, I'm not stuck with it.
 

NoMich

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I have AT&T's Gigapower internet service. Maybe they have good deals on cable TV or something.
 

brassbonanza

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NHL TV was only 99.00 for the year, so i signed up for that. Canes are out-of market for me so I should have no issues.
 

jeffbear

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I have AT&T's Gigapower internet service. Maybe they have good deals on cable TV or something.
You should be able to bundle one of the DirecTV services and I'm fairly sure they all include the region Fox networks. Problem being, the streaming version of DirecTV sucks on toast. That's my Plan C depending on how much of a pain in the butt Plans A and B turn out to be.
 

andyt

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You should be able to bundle one of the DirecTV services and I'm fairly sure they all include the region Fox networks. Problem being, the streaming version of DirecTV sucks on toast. That's my Plan C depending on how much of a pain in the butt Plans A and B turn out to be.

I have U-Verse which AT&T may or may not be phasing out. I can’t get traditional DirecTV at my house, they came out to evaluate and couldn’t find a clear line of sight to their satellite.
 

ThinIce

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I have U-Verse which AT&T may or may not be phasing out. I can’t get traditional DirecTV at my house, they came out to evaluate and couldn’t find a clear line of sight to their satellite.
We had the exact same issue when we moved around the block three years ago. DirecTV wouldn't install a satellite on our roof and said there were too many trees anyway. So we went with U-Verse.
 

andyt

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LOL, I was afraid to post that but ditto here.

Seriously considering switching from U-Verse to Spectrum. And I can’t believe I just wrote that. My only hangup is that there are so many posts on Next Door about Spectrum service being out while I happily click away on my iPad connected to WiFi.
 

HeyKurtz

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Seriously considering switching from U-Verse to Spectrum. And I can’t believe I just wrote that. My only hangup is that there are so many posts on Next Door about Spectrum service being out while I happily click away on my iPad connected to WiFi.
I can’t recall my last Spectrum outage...certainly at least as far back as before the pandemic.
 

StormChaserBH

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Seriously considering switching from U-Verse to Spectrum. And I can’t believe I just wrote that. My only hangup is that there are so many posts on Next Door about Spectrum service being out while I happily click away on my iPad connected to WiFi.
I can’t recall my last Spectrum outage...certainly at least as far back as before the pandemic.
My Spectrum service has been remarkably solid for a long time... I have one regular DVR box and then a few Samsung Smart TV's which have the Spectrum TV App built in and don't need the box, and I also use the app on tablets and computers. The app was down for a couple weeks in 2018 (I didn't remember that but went back and looked at my DM's to @AskSpectrum) and I was frustrated by some content being blacked out on the Spectrum app before realizing (I think someone here may have even pointed it out) that it was available instead via the Fox Sports app with the same Spectrum login, but it's been really good. I need to reboot my wifi router every so often because it stops accepting connections, but that's on my end, it's my router, I don't rent either the router or cable modem from them.
 

jeffbear

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I have U-Verse which AT&T may or may not be phasing out. I can’t get traditional DirecTV at my house, they came out to evaluate and couldn’t find a clear line of sight to their satellite.
You can get the streaming version and cast to your smart TV or interface or go the DirecTV Now route ... but as noted, those options seem to be generally loathed by consumers. But since you're already an AT&T customer, you might want to give it a shot because the cost wouldn't be significant.
 
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