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How to Watch NHL Draft 2019 Online Without Cable: Pick Your Winners

By Gabriela Vatu / May 10, 2019

If you're always looking forward to being the first one to find out what players your favorite team gets for the new season, then we're sure you'd be more than happy to watch the NHL Draft online.

In order to be eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, players must be born between January 1, 1999, and September 15, 2001. Furthermore, un-drafted, non-North American players born in 1998 are also eligible for the draft, along with those were drafted in the 2017 event but did not sign with an NHL team.

The list of top prospects is always changing, and we're sure you already have your eyes on some of these players like Jack Hughes, or Kaapo Kakko.

When it comes to the teams that are to pick their new players, the selection order is determined by a combination of a lottery, regular season standing, and playoff results. Some teams have already traded draft pics, but many will stick to doing so during the official draft period.

The 2019 NHL Entry Draft will be the 57th event of this kind. The Draft will take place on June 21st and 22nd at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

In order to enjoy the NHL Draft event, you're going to have to split your attention between NBCSN and NHL Network. NBCSN will broadcast the first day of the Draft, while NHL Network will broadcast the second. In Canada, the event is broadcast over on Sportsnet.

How to Watch NHL Draft Online from Anywhere?

Nowadays, it's so easy to watch TV online, but it does come with some restrictions. Mainly, the restrictions are tightly related to the fact that you can't watch content when you're outside of the US. This is due to licensing deals which prevent these platforms to allow broadcasts abroad, so they are all geoblocked. Thankfully, the platforms work like any other website so they know your location by looking at your IP address. These IPs are super easy to change, so you should look into subscribing to a VPN service. Here's everything you need to do.

How to Watch NHL Draft Without Cable?

It's easier than ever to watch live TV online nowadays because there are so many services that offer this capability. You get the freedom that traditional cable can't get you, including the ability to go on vacation, to watch in the office, or on the bus home, to set up the DVR feature from your app when you've forgotten to do it at home. The list just goes on and on. So, let's see what platforms will help you watch 2019 NHL Draft.

1. fuboTV

FuboTV
Overview
Bundles fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.
Customization Channel Bundles - fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks - Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)
Device support Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser
DVR 30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit fuboTV

Topping our list, we have fuboTV, which comes with a single bundle of channels - called fubo - on which you can build upon by adding loads of channel packs and premium networks. The $54.99 per month bundle does include NBCSN, so you're good to go without adding anything else if you don't want to. There's no NHL Network on fuboTV, though, so you'll be happy about NBCSN only.

fuboTV also offers users the possibility to record any of the content they stream from the many channels they host. Subscribers get 30 hours of cloud DVR space by default but can upgrade to 500 hours by paying $9.99 per month. On fuboTV, users can enjoy two simultaneous streams on their devices, but a third can be added for $5.99 per month. Make sure to read TechNadu's fuboTV review for more details.

2. Sling TV

Sling TV
Overview
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Sling

Another good option for users who like to customize their platforms to a T is Sling TV. This one features three bundles - Orange ($25/mo), Blue ($25/mo), and Orange + Blue ($40/mo). Then, you can add any of the extra channel packs they have grouped by interest or premium networks.

Sling TV is a great place where you can enjoy the NHL Draft. NBCSN is present in the Blue and Orange + Blue bundles, while the NHL Network is available in the Sports Extra bundle. This one costs $5 per month for Orange subscribers and $10 per month for Blue and Orange + Blue subscribers.

Sling TV subscribers don't automatically enjoy any cloud DVR space, but they can buy 50 hours worth of space for $5 per month. Things get a bit weird when it comes to multiscreen streaming because Sling TV offers a different number of simultaneous streams for each bundle. For instance, Orange subscribers get a single stream, Blue subscribers get three, while Orange + Blue subscribers get four. Make sure you read our Sling TV review before making a decision, so you have all the details.

3. Hulu

Hulu
Overview
Bundles A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $44.99 per month
Customization Premium channels - HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs - Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
Device support iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers
DVR 50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR - 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Hulu

A good option is also Hulu, which is known for the video-on-demand service it offers. The live TV plan, however, has grown quite popular too, and it only costs $44.99 per month. There are also a couple of extra channel packs you can get, or premium networks if you want to customize the service even more.

Among the channels offered by Hulu in its bundle, you can find NBCSN, so you'll be able to watch the first day of the draft. For the second day, though, you'll have to get inventive because the NHL Network isn't among the channels offered by Hulu.

On Hulu, subscribers are offered the chance to record up to 50 hours of video to the cloud, but you can add even more cloud DVR space, namely 200 hours, by paying $14.99 per month. Also, users get to enjoy two simultaneous streams on Hulu, but the number can be pushed some if you'll pay $14.99 for the "unlimited screens" feature. In that case, the cap will get lifted completely for devices on your home network, but the limit will stay at 3 simultaneous streams when out and out. Read TechNadu's Hulu review for more info.

4. YouTube TV

YouTube TV
Overview
Bundles A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)
Customization Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)
Device support Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android
DVR Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit YouTube TV

Another good option for users is getting YouTube TV, a service that delivers a single bundle of channels for $49.99 per month. The only way to customize the service is by adding premium networks like AMC Premiere that the service makes available.

YouTube TV's channel offer includes NBCSN, but you'll have to improvise for the second Draft night because NHL Network isn't available.

When it comes to cloud DVR, YouTube TV can boast with an extraordinary feature which involves unlimited space and nine-month expiration date for the recordings. Furthermore, subscribers can take advantage of three simultaneous streams, so more people can watch content at the same time. Read TechNadu's YouTube TV review to get the full picture.

5. DirecTV Now

Overview
Bundles Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)
Customization Channel packs - AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers
DVR Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit AT&T TV Now

We also have DirecTV Now on the list, which is a versatile platform with seven bundles to pick from. Two of the bundles are new - Plus and Max - and the other five bundles have been around for a long time, but their name was recently changed, along with their price - Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. You can still add a few packs featuring Spanish channels, as well as several international packs and premium networks.

When looking for NBCSN, it will be easy to find since it's present in all seven bundles. The NHL Network, however, is only present in two of them - Xtra, and Ultimate.

When it comes to cloud DVR space, DirecTV Now isn't doing too well, as it only permits some 20 hours of recordings to be made. What's worse is that they have no way to upgrade the feature. The platform enables users to watch content on two devices at once, but a third simultaneous stream can be unlocked if you pay $5 per month. Makes sure to give our DirecTV Now review a read.

6. PlayStation Vue

Playstation Vue
Overview
Bundles Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)
Device support Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser
DVR Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit
Free trial Yes, 5 days
Visit PlayStation Vue

Finally, we have PlayStation Vue, which is one of the services that got the best score when we reviewed them. There are four bundles to choose from on PlayStation Vue - Access ($44.99/mo), Core ($49.99/mo), Elite ($59.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) -, but you can also add several extra channel packs and a few premium networks if that's what you want.

PlayStation Vue's list includes NBCSN in all of the bundles, so you're good to go for the first day of the Draft. Since NHL Network isn't on the list of channels on PlayStation Vue, you'll have to make do without the second day.

Subscribers of PlayStation Vue can enjoy recording up to 500 programs to the cloud, but they'll have to be quick to watch it all because they expire after a month. Furthermore, five simultaneous streams are supported by the service, which is more than we've seen anywhere else. The split-screen feature is also quite important, as users are allowed to watch three programs at once. Make sure to read TechNadu's PlayStation Vue review to get all the details.

The NHL Drafts are certainly not as exciting as the actual games, but they're quite interesting and the stakes are high. Make sure you have what you need to watch the event online before the time comes. We'd love to hear what platform you picked in the comments section below, and please share the article online if you have the chance. Follow TechNadu on Facebook and Twitter for more tech news.



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