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XFINITY is your home for the most live sports, giving you access to the sports you love when and where you want. As an XFINITY TV customer, you can enjoy more sports your way - live in HD on your TV, streaming online and even through XFINITY On Demand!

It's important to remember, however, that sometimes sports can be subject to blackout restrictions. A blackout is when sports teams and leagues (or schools and conferences) prohibit certain games from being seen on certain channels due to ticket sales or games being carried on other channels.

 

National Hockey League (NHL)

Preseason
Very few preseason games are televised locally or nationally, and none are subject to blackouts.

Regular Season
Over the course of the NHL's season, nationally-televised games may appear on NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or NHL Network. No games on NBC are subject to blackouts, and they will not be shown on any other local broadcast station or regional cable network. However, only some games on NBCSN are exclusive, which means that others are subject to blackouts when shown on local stations or regional networks. In addition, all games on NHL Network are similarly subject to blackouts. Note: These local/regional airings are never blacked out. You'll just need to change the channel to find the game you're looking for.

For an additional fee, customers can purchase the NHL Center Ice Pay Per View (PPV) package, a collection of most of the televised games from other markets. The only games in the NHL Center Ice package that are subject to blackout are those also carried on a local station/regional cable network.

Postseason
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs consists of four rounds of games. Games during the first round may be televised locally, regionally or nationally. National television coverage includes the same networks as the regular season with the addition of CNBC. During this opening round, games televised nationally may be blacked out on the national network when they are aired by a local station or regional network. Games during the second, third and final rounds are shown exclusively on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC and are not subject to any blackouts. The schedule is sometimes not determined until the last minute, as one day's schedule sometimes depends on the outcome of the previous day's game(s).
 
 

More About Finding Your Favorite Sports Games & Teams

  • Overflow Channels - In many larger markets, the number of games being played at the same time frequently exceeds the number of available channels/networks. When this occurs, the second (or third) simultaneous game will be televised on a part-time, extra channel.
  • To find out what channel a particular game is going to be on or when and where to catch coverage of your favorite team, we recommend that you check the local listings on your on-screen guide or visit team, league, school and conference websites for the most up-to-date information (weather and post-season scheduling can change frequently).
  • For more information on accessing sporting events online, please see What is TV Everywhere?.



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ComcastJessie wrote:

XFINITY is your home for the most live sports, giving you access to the sports you love when and where you want. As an XFINITY TV customer, you can enjoy more sports your way - live in HD on your TV, streaming online and even through XFINITY On Demand!

It's important to remember, however, that sometimes sports can be subject to blackout restrictions. A blackout is when sports teams and leagues (or schools and conferences) prohibit certain games from being seen on certain channels due to ticket sales or games being carried on other channels.

 

National Hockey League (NHL)

Preseason
Very few preseason games are televised locally or nationally, and none are subject to blackouts.

Not true. Most preseason games are televised locally, while most nights will see TWO games televised by NHL Network or NBCSN. In fact, later this week NBCSN (one) and NHLN (one) will televise games from China in the early morning hours. See: https://www.nhl.com/schedule/2017-09-16/ET
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If i have digital economy tv package can i get nhl center ice, had last year with same set top box just different tv package.

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It seems as though there is an error and in Colorado we are getting tons of extra games blacked out for no reason. I spent over two hours last night with chat reps who didn't understand the problem, and other people have had similar luck with phone calls (see thread below). We would greatly appreciate this issue being forwarded to whomever can fix it.

 

http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Channels-and-Programming/NHL-Center-Ice-Blackout/m-p/2979695/highlight/...

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Rangers game blocked out in Boston