It’s a new year, and an all-new chance to watch hockey! Unsurprisingly, little has changed in the hockey world as the clock ticked over from 2016 to 2017, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make bad jokes about watching hockey for the first time this year! And tomorrow, you’ll have a great opportunity to do just that, as the Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks face off. If you’re wondering how to watch the Sabres vs Blackhawks live stream, we’ve got you covered.
It’s now possible (and quite easy, really), to watch the Sabres vs Blackhawks game online, without needing an expensive cable subscription. This is great news for cord-cutters, and for those who have recently pledged to save more money this year. Cable can be a huge expense, but luckily, there are some great alternatives – and here they are!
Watch the Sabres vs Blackhawks Live Stream via DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is a brand new online streaming service that lets you watch 60+ channels live, without cable TV. It costs just $35 a month, and does not require you to sign a contract. NBCSN is included, which happens to be the network that will air the Sabres vs Blackhawks game live stream.
DIRECTV NOW works over the internet, like all the services on this list. You’ll need a compatible device to watch it, but most devices work. Streaming players, such as Chromecast, Apple TV, etc. work, as do computers, smartphones, tablets, and select smart TVs. It’s a new service, so not all devices are supported yet (Roku, for example, is not yet supported), but it will likely expand rapidly.
Right now, it’s possible to get a premium 100+ channel package from DIRECTV NOW for the same price of $35/month. This deal ends later this week, so if you’re interested, now’s the time to jump on it. For more details, check out our DIRECTV NOW review, or start off with a free 7-day trial.
Watch Sabres vs Blackhawks Online via Sling TV
Sling TV is a very popular online streaming service. It’s a lot more established, having been around for nearly 2 years now. At $25/month, it’s an affordable option, and it’s one of our top recommendations overall.
Sabres vs Blackhawks streaming will be available via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package, which runs $25 a month (with no contract) and gives you 40+ channels. This package includes NBCSN, plus tons more like AMC, TBS, TNT, FX, USA and much more. The Sabres vs Blackhawks live stream will air on NBCSN, which is NBC’s sports network.
Being that it’s more established, Sling TV works on almost any device capable of streaming video – streaming players, Xbox consoles, mobile devices, computers, and select smart TVs. They also regularly run free device deals which allow you to snag a free streaming device when you sign up. Check out our Sling TV review to learn more (or, skip to the point and sign up for a free 7-day trial).
Use PlayStation Vue to Stream the Sabres vs Blackhawks Game
Another option that is worth checking out is Sony’s service, known as PlayStation Vue. As the name suggests, the service was originally designed for PlayStation console owners, but has since expanded to work on a lot more devices. Today, it supports most streaming devices, PS3/PS4 consoles, and more.
Unfortunately, PlayStation Vue does NOT work on mobile devices. Well, it does technically, but only if you’re at home and connected to your home Wifi – which rather defeats the purpose of watching on a mobile device! Both DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV support mobile viewing, which is one of the key reasons we recommend those two over Vue.
With that said, Vue is still a good deal, with 45+ channels (including NBCSN) for $30 a month, with no contract. Check our PlayStation Vue review for details.
Sabres vs Blackhawks Streaming Schedule
Date: Thursday, January 5th
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW