Whether you’re a big hockey fan or not, you should be excited the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals are here. The series is as if not more exciting than any other playoff series in sports. Everyone brings their best and the intensity is just nonstop for as many games as it takes.
Like many other big sporting events, you can easily watch the Stanley Cup Finals without cable. The majority of the games will be on NBC in the US, but a couple will also come on NBCSN. Our cord cutting friends to the north can watch the whole series on CBC. You should have no worries either way, because both channels can easily be watched without cable. Read on to find out more!
Game 1: Monday, May 29
Game 2: Wednesday, May 31
Game 3: Saturday, June 3
Game 4: Monday, June 5
Game 5: Thursday, June 8*
Game 6: Sunday, June 11*
Game 7: Wednesday, June 14*
An antenna will be the easiest way to watch the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC. You can watch several over-the-air network channels free with the antenna, including NBC, ABC, FOX, and CBS. All of these can be watched right on your big screen in uncompressed high-definition picture.
All you need to do is purchases your antenna, which is obviously a one-time cost. Then, you can watch all of the above channels and more for no cost at all. Just make sure you think ahead to get the most of your antenna. When set up right, it’ll let you watch some of the most popular news programming, television shows, and sporting events throughout the entire year.
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Over-the-air DVRs are the perfect complement to a TV antenna. The DVRs, like the popular Tablo, connect to your antenna to add the normal DVR features to your antenna experience. You can record, pause, or rewind the live TV that your antenna is picking up.
Plus, one of the best parts is how some of these DVRs connect to the internet. This makes it incredibly easy to live stream TV, since you can watch whatever your antenna is receiving live on your phone, tablet, or computer. Basically, you can live stream TV anywhere you can connect to the internet. You can also watch your previously recorded programming online as well.
If you’re going to try and watch the 2017 Stanley Cup games on NBCSN, you can always use a streaming service to complement your antenna. NBCSN is available to stream nationwide on several services and some will even have an NBC live stream. During the Stanley Cup Finals, you can actually watch it for free during a trial period. Here are some of the options:
The streaming service from AT&T has a starting price of $35 per month for around 60 channels. NBCSN is featured in the starting package and in certain areas NBC is actually available to live stream as well. There’s a weeklong free trial on the service, so you can always just leverage that to watch the NBCSN games, while still watching the NBC games through your antenna.
This service is very similar to DIRECTV NOW, but just has a lower starting price. For $25 per month, you can get NBCSN alongside around 40 other channels. NBC could be one of these, but it’s only available in limited areas. There’s a 7-day free trial here as well.
The key difference with PlayStation Vue is the cloud DVR it offers. So, you could pair it with an antenna and OTA DVR in order to record every single Stanley Cup Finals game to watch again later. It has a 28 day cloud storage, so you’d have about a month. The starting costs is $29.99 per month and Vue has a 5-day free trial of its own.
Regardless of which channel is broadcasting each game, you’ll be able to watch easily without cable. That means you officially have no reason to miss out on what could be the best seven games of hockey we’ll see this year!
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