The NHL season is quickly approaching and with it comes thousands of users looking for options to watch hockeystreams from some of their favorite teams. Today we’re going to show you how you can install and use the official NHL.TV (or Rogers GameCentre if you’re in Canada) premium subscription to get up and running with the best option for hockey streaming in Kodi.
First things first. As Kodi nears completion of release of version 17 we’ve decided to update all of our tutorials to use the latest version. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but version 17 will bring an overhaul and change to the default theme once installed so if you’re still using version 16, we will do our best to guide you through both options but if you have the ability to update to version 17 when it’s released we highly urge you to do so as it will make following our tutorials that much easier.
What you’ll need to watch NHL.TV in Kodi
- A subscription. As this is a premium option you’ll need to spend some money on it. There is little doubt it’s the most reliable option on the market as it’s provided by the NHL. Similar to our MLB.TV tutorial this follows the same principle and there a few things you should be aware of before purchasing. First, if you live in your favorite teams market (for example a Blackhawks fan living in Chicago) there’s a good chance games will be blacked out in favor of you supporting the local TV market. Currently the only way around this is to purchase a VPN, like Private Internet Access, and give the appearance that you’re outside of the local region. Sure, it’s an inconvenience but it’s recommended to use a VPN with everything you do online.
- Eracknaphobia’s Repository. You won’t be able to install this via Fusion, instead you’ll need to download the repository here to install.
- Kodi box with Kodi 17 (or 16) installed. Self explanatory and if you’re visiting this page you should already have this up and running.
How to install NHL.TV in Kodi (version 17)
Now that we’ve gone over the requirements let’s get moving on installing the add-on. Simply follow these steps or watch the video above. If you’re looking for instructions for Kodi 16 or below, watch the video above as we show how to install NHL.TV on both Kodi 16 and 17.
- Kodi 17 comes equipped with a feature that prevents third party addon’s from being installed, to start we must first enable them in order for this to work. To do this in version 17 we simply need to go into the Add On settings. You can do so by navigating down to Add-Ons on the home screen and then selecting the gear in the top right and hitting enter.
- On the next screen you should see the option to enable “unknown sources”. Simply make sure the toggle is moved to the right and you should be set for now and the future.
- Now we need to add the eracknaphobia repository. Make sure you’ve downloaded it somewhere that you remember first. Back on the main screen of Kodi 17, back in the “Add Ons” menu option we want to select the box looking icon, just to the left of the settings/gear icon we used earlier.
- On this screen we need to simply select “install from zip file”.
- Simply browse to where you downloaded the eracknaphobia repository (zip file) and hit enter. If successful you should get a notification saying so, like the image below.
- Once complete, stay on the same screen and this time select “install from repository”.
- Browse down until you can find “eracknaphopia’s repo” and hit enter.
- Highlight and select “Video Add-Ons”.
- You should now see a list of all the add-ons in the repository. Please note that add-ons come and go so if what you see isn’t in the picture don’t sweat it. Simply find NHL.TV, highlight it and hit enter.
- Finally, you’ll be brought to the add-on information screen. You can do a handful of things here but what we’re concerned about is simply installing the add-on. Select it in the bottom right and hit enter.
- If all goes according to plan you should get a notification saying you were successful. The final few steps to get up and running is to simply input our username and password that we got when purchasing a subscription. To do that, exit out of the add-ons screen (or highlight NHL.TV and bring up the context menu) and return to the home screen. Enter the “Add-Ons” menu option and find NHL.TV in your add-ons list. Press “C” on a keyboard or press the menu button on a remote to bring up the context menu. You should see something similar to below. Select settings and press enter.
- You should be greeted with a similar screen below. All you have to do is browse the options and enter in your information. If you’re outside of Canada you won’t need to worry about the “Rogers Subscriber” option but if you are in Canada you’ll need to select and move the toggle to the right.
Congratulations, you should now have a fully capable Kodi box that can play the latest hockeystreams from the NHL in Kodi. The NHL.TV add-on comes equipped with some extra features you can play around with, like disabling the score if you watch the game late and don’t want to ruin the result.
If you’re suffering from local blackouts don’t forget to check into a VPN like Private Internet Access so it can spoof your location to make it appear that you’re out of market. If you’re unfamiliar with VPN’s altogether be sure to check out our post surrounding the best VPN’s for Kodi as it will give you a brief run down as to what they are and how they benefit you.
Of course if you have any problems installing or don’t fully understand everything don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below and we’ll answer your question as soon as possible.