Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is a subscription streaming product, available within the NHL app and NHL.com that allows you to live stream over 1,000 national and out-of-market games on your smartphone, laptop, connected devices, or tablet.

What content am I getting with a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

With your subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ you get access to over 1,000 national & out-of-market regular season games, the Heritage Classic, the Centennial Classic, the Winter Classic, the Stadium Series, the 2017 NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles and the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

What devices is Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ available on?

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscriptions can be accessed through the NHL app on Android smart phones and tablets, iPod Touch, iPhones and iPads, desktop computers, Apple TV (3rd Generation and later), Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Roku and Google Chromecast.

Can I purchase Roger NHL GameCentre LIVE™ for someone other than myself?

Yes.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is now available to purchase as a gift. Simply head to our gifting website and purchase a subscription. Upon payment, you will be given a promo code, which you can then gift to someone. The person who receives the promo code will have to click on the Half-Season Pass on our Pricing & Packages page, but will instead enter their promo code on the purchase page, allowing them to skip payment and enjoy immediate access to NHL action, including the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

What is the difference between Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and Sportsnet NOW™?

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and Sportsnet NOW™ are opposite products from one another, serving two different types of sports fans.

For example, if you are a Calgary Flames fan, but you live in Montreal, you cannot watch Calgary games because Montreal is the local team (known as the “in-market” team). If you wish to be able to watch your team’s games, but they’re not the in-market team, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is the product for you.

For an explanation of NHL blackout rules, click here >

Sportsnet NOW™ is the opposite. If you are a Calgary Flames fan and live in Alberta, the Flames would be your in-market team. As a result, Sportsnet NOW™ is the product for you.

For more detail on differences between Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and Sportsnet NOW™, click here >

*Note: Sportsnet NOW™ is also available free for those with Sportsnet in their TV subscription, with participating TV providers. To find out if your cable or satellite company is a participating TV provider, please visit www.sportsnet.ca/now/faq.

What is the difference between Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and NHL Centre Ice?

NHL Centre Ice is a similar product to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, but is only available in TV subscriptions, whereas Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is available via internet subscription. Like Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, NHL Centre Ice comes with the ability to watch out-of-market games. It comes with a number of subscription options (including full season, half season, etc.), but does not include the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or the World Cup of Hockey.

For more details on NHL Centre Ice, please visit: http://www.rogers.com/web/support/nhl/centre-ice/4

Are there regional blackouts in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

Yes.

Regional blackouts are a mandate of the NHL, designed to cultivate and protect a team’s home market. For example, in order for the Ottawa Senators to grow their fan-base, they want people in Ottawa to watch their games over the Montreal Canadiens or Toronto Maple Leafs.

These regional rights are then taken by the team and sold to a broadcaster. Each team has between 50-60 regional games per year. The remaining games are what is known as a “national” game, which is a game that can be viewed by anyone, from coast-to-coast, like Hockey Night in Canada.

For an explanation of NHL blackout rules, click here >

What is the difference between “in-market” and “out-of-market” games?

Out-of-market: Games that do not feature the local team. Example: wanting to watch a Leafs game while living in Vancouver.

In-market: Games featuring the local team. Example: watching a Montreal game in Montreal.

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is predominantly an out-of-market product. It allows people to follow their favourite team, if they are not a fan of the in-market one. In addition, it provides hundreds of other national games (such as Wednesday Night Hockey, Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey) and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Note: It is still possible to watch the in-market team in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, if you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes Sportsnet, TSN, TVA or RDS, with a participating TV provider.

For an explanation of NHL blackout rules, click here >

I have the NHL app from last year, but it’s not working? I can’t watch games, what do I do?

The NHL App is re-launched each year before puck drop on the regular season. This year, the new one app launches on September 1st. The application has been re-named within the App Store and Play Store to “NHL”.

  • If you’re on an Android device please update your NHL app and it will be replaced with the latest version.
  • If you’re on an iOS device please visit the App Store, search for “NHL” and download the new app to your device, then delete the old version of the NHL app from your device.

Are any games available to watch for free?

Yes.

This season, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is continuing the tradition of making Hockey Night in Canada games on CBC free for anyone across the country to watch. To stream  free Hockey Night in Canada match-ups every week, simply create a MyRogers login by going to our registration page. From there, every Saturday night, games will be marked as “Free Game” on the ‘Scores‘ page on NHL.com, or on the ‘Scores‘ tab on the NHL app. Click on the game, sign in with your MyRogers login and enjoy the game!

What is GamePlus™?

GamePlus™ is a special feature within your Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription. Available only to Rogers customers, it provides exclusive access to innovative cameras and additional content to bring you closer to the game.

GamePlus™ availability varies by game and arena. Look for the GamePlus™ logo on the schedule page of the NHL app or NHL.com to know when it’s available.

What is new with Rogers NHL GameCentre™ LIVE and GamePlus™, compared to last season?

The 2016-17 update to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ (within the NHL App & NHL.com) looks and feels familiar compared to last season, but we’ve included a number of enhancements worth noting:

  • New NHL App: Launching September 1st 2016, users will need to download the new app in order to live stream games once the season starts. Proceed to the Apple Store or Google Play and type “NHL” to download the new app and sign in with your MyRogers ID credentials.
  • Early Bird Pass: This year with the purchase of an Early Bird Pass, users will get access to the entire World Cup of Hockey tournament, taking place from September 17th to October 1st.
  • Enhanced Streaming: Launched in February of 2016, the new partnership between MLBAM and the NHL brings users enhanced streaming qualities. Users can now expect up to 5mbps and 60 frames per second, allowing them to see all the action in crystal clear HD.
  • Reduced Latency: Latency is the difference between the television broadcast and the streamed broadcast. With the new NHL app, the latency has been reduced to between 45-60 seconds, depending on your internet connection and the device you are using.
  • Ref Cam: The ref cam angle in GamePlus has returned for the 2016-17 season, thanks to a new and improved design

What can French language customers experience with Rogers NHL GameCentre™ LIVE?

Games that are produced in French language are accessible within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ for the 2016-17 season, subject to NHL rules around blackouts and TV authentication, which vary by region. For French language games the out-of-market rules still apply within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. Find out more here>

Price Plans and Eligibility for a Free Season’s Pass

How much does a Rogers NHL GameCentre™ LIVE subscription cost?

Rogers customers with a Share Everything™ wireless plan or select 2 year term Rogers Ignite™ bundles get a free 2016-17 Full Season’s Pass subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ – a value of $199.99.

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You can subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ using one of several purchase options:

  • 2016-17 Full Season’s Pass (Early Bird Price) – $179.99 / season
    • Available from September 1 to October 11, 2016
    • Provides access from October 11, 2016 until August 31, 2017
  • 2016-17 Full Season’s Pass (Regular Price) – $199.99 / season
    • Available from October 12 to December 31, 2016
    • Provides access from October 12, 2016 until August 31, 2017
  • 2016-17 Half Season’s Pass – $129.99 / season
    • Available from January 1 to March 14, 2017
    • Provides access from January 1, 2017 until August 31, 2017
  • 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoff Pass – $74.99 / season
    • Available from March 15, 2017 to May 31, 2017
    • Provides access from March 15, 2017 until August 31, 2017
  • 2016-17 Monthly Pass – $29.99 / month
    • Available from October 1, 2016 until May 31, 2017
    • Provides access month-to-month, from October 1, 2016 until August 31, 2017
    • Monthly charge recurs on the first of each month from October through June (no fee is charged for July, August or September, then resumes the following season)
  • NHL (Out-of-Market) French Package – $59.99 / season
    • Available from October 1, 2016 until March 15, 2017
    • Provides access from October 1, 2015 until the end of the 2015-16 NHL regular season

What is included in each subscription package to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

Early Bird Pass/Full Season Pass: Includes out-of-market games (English and French) and English-language national games and the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In total, this subscription gets you over 1,000 regular season games, the Heritage Classic, Centennial Classic, the Winter Classic, Stadium Series, 2017 NHL All-Star game and the entire 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Subscribers can also access their local, in-market team games (English and French) and French-language national games (regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs) within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ provided that they a) have a cable or satellite subscription that includes Sportsnet, TSN, TVA, RDS or RDS2, and b) have their TV subscription with a participating TV provider.

Note: The only difference between an Early Bird and Full Season Pass is the Early Bird includes the World Cup of Hockey tournament and comes at a discounted price of $179.99 for the full season. Early Bird is available for purchase between September 1st and October 11th.

Half-Season Pass: Includes access to the same type of games as the Full Season’s Pass, but is available starting January 1st, 2017 at a discounted price ($129.99). Reflecting the fact that the first 3 months of the regular season are complete, there are less regular season games in the Half Season Pass compared to the Full Season’s Pass.

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Pass: Includes access to the same type of games as the Full Season’s Pass, but is available starting March 15th, 2017 at a discounted price ($74.99) and includes the last month of the 2016-17 regular season and the full Stanley Cup® Playoffs.

2016-17 Monthly Pass: allows you to catch all the games within one month (subject to NHL Blackout rules and TV authentication in your market) as well as EVERY game of EVERY 2017 Stanley Cup® Playoffs series (at least 60 games).

The monthly pass provides full access to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ without the commitment. You pay one month at a time and can cancel whenever you like.

NHL (out-of-market) French Pass: Fans that want only the Regional, French-language games (broadcast by RDS within the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens region) can subscribe to this package for $59.99/season.

The NHL® French Package allows you to catch all Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators games in French outside of the teams’ region. These are regional NHL games that are broadcasted on TV on RDS channels. At the time of writing, the expectation (based on the NHL schedule) is that this includes:

  • 60 Montreal Canadiens games; and
  • 54 Ottawa Senators games
  • Since 2 of these games involve both teams, the total number of games included would be 112

The NHL Out-of-Market French Package provides access to French broadcasts in the NHL regular season only, not the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Access lasts from the date of purchase until the end of the regular season.

It is only available West of Belleville, Ontario

Note: These games are also included as part of your 2016-17 Full Season’s Pass subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ (also Half Season’s Pass, Monthly Pass, and Stanley Cup Playoffs Pass)

  • For customers west of Belleville, Ontario these games are also already included within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ (ie. no need to buy both)
  • Customers east of that point will also need a TV subscription to RDS with a participating TV provider to be able to watch these games – otherwise they are blacked out in those regions

For more information about broadcast regions and how they might impact you, please refer to Game Availability.

Note: This package is not available on Roku devices

How do I know if I get a free 2016-17 Season’s Pass subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ or how can I purchase it?

Rogers customers on a Share Everything™ wireless plan or select 2-year term Rogers Ignite™ bundles get a free 2016-17 Season’s Pass subscription included with their plan.

  • If you don’t know whether you’re a Rogers customer with an eligible plan, visit Pricing & Packages and select “Check Now” to check your eligibility.

Rogers customers who aren’t eligible to get a free subscription can still subscribe by paying with a credit card

Non-Rogers customers can also purchase a Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription using a credit card

Do Rogers Pay As You Go™ Wireless customers get a free 2016-17 Season’s Pass subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is currently only available for Rogers postpaid Wireless customers. To switch to a Post-paid Share Everything™ wireless plan and get a free 2016-17 Full Season’s Pass subscription, call 1-888-ROGERS1 or visit rogers.com to learn more.

How do I cancel my auto-renewal for the 2016-17 season?

When you subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, you will be asked if you would like us to auto-renew your subscription for the next season. This will NOT happen by default – you must check the Auto-Renewal checkbox if you wish to be auto-renewed.

Auto-renewals will be processed on September 1st , before the start of each season. You will be sent a reminder via email a couple of weeks before then, and if you would like to make a change to the status of your auto-renewal before your credit card is charged, you can sign into your account and change your auto-renewal status or you can Contact Us >

Note: all auto-renewal subscriptions will be to the Full Season Pass at the discounted Early Bird rate. We will re-confirm the price of this package when we send you your reminder notice. One exception is the NHL (Out-of-Market) French Package. which will renew on that same package if auto-renewal is selected.

Can I use promotional coupons to purchase my subscription?

If you have received a promotional coupon from Rogers or one of our partners, these coupons have been designed to reward you with either a period of free access to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ or a discounted purchase price for a paid subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™.

Pre-existing promotional coupons from previous NHL seasons cannot be applied towards Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ for the 2016-17 NHL season, and most promotional codes cannot be used more than once.

Using Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™

What are the On-Demand features within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

All available games are archived within 48 hours after the game and are available for the past 4 or 5 seasons. The games are also available in a condensed version (15 minutes) that only Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ users have access to.

Users also have access to classic NHL gamesthrough NHL.tv, subject to any Canada-specific rights restrictions. These classic games are currently only available on the desktop version of the NHL’s website. If you wish to access these games, simply go to nhl.com/video and select ‘Classic Games’ from the drop-down menu.

Note: You must be sign in with your MyRogers credentials to watch these games.

Can fans live stream games on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ while travelling in the U.S. or internationally? If so, will customers have high data roaming bills?

Fans can continue to live stream games while travelling in Canada or the U.S.

Roaming charges may apply when not on the Rogers wireless network or when not on Wi-Fi, so we suggest fans get a data roaming pack in advance if they choose to stream the games on a wireless network. Note that Rogers Share Everything™ plans offer Roam Like Home, allowing you to use your Canadian wireless plan when you’re in one of 75 international countries. See rogers.com for more information >

Both National and Regional game blackouts still apply outside of Canada, so, please keep in mind that if a game is available on TV where you’re travelling to, you will not be able to access the game in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

Note: Due to rights restrictions, Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ cannot be used in Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden.

*Data consumption is approx. 1GB/game when streamed to a smartphone and approx. 2-5GB/game when streamed to a tablet, computer, gaming console or TV (varies based on length of game, stream quality, device and other factors). Data usage exceeding your plan allotment (overage) is charged in increments rounded up to the next MB or GB (as applicable based on your plan). Standard roaming charges apply when not on the Rogers wireless network.

Why is there is a lag between the live game on TV, and the live game in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

The lag time of a stream compared to a live television broadcast is dependent on the device being used, the location and internet connection of the user, among other factors. Enhancements have been made to the NHL app for the 2016-17 season, and lag times are now reduced to 45-60 seconds in most cases.

How to Access Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™

How do I sign up for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

To sign up for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, you must have a MyRogers™ login. Visit Register to create an account.

I am a Rogers customer. How do I get a MyRogers™ account?

If you are a Rogers customer, you can register for your MyRogers™ account by visiting Register.

I am not a Rogers customer. How do I get a MyRogers™ account?

You don’t have to be a Rogers customer to have a MyRogers account, anyone can create one. Your MyRogers account is the login you will use to sign into Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and watch live hockey games.

You can register for your MyRogers account by visiting Register.

How do I access Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

To learn more please refer to the Getting Started Guide.

How do I start watching games?

To learn more please refer to the Getting Started Guide.

GamePlus, part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™

What is GamePlus™?

GamePlus™ is a special feature within your Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription. Available only to Rogers customers, it provides exclusive access to innovative cameras and additional content to bring you closer to the game.

GamePlus™ availability varies by game and arena. Look for the GamePlus™ logo to know when it’s available.

Do I have to register for GamePlus™?

No, if you are a Rogers customer and have a Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription, you do not have to register. It is automatically part of your Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ access.

Can non-Rogers customers purchase GamePlus™?

No, only Rogers customers can access GamePlus™.

Will GamePlus™ features be available for every game on Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™?

No, GamePlus™ will not be available for every game. GamePlus™ availability varies by game and arena. Look for the GamePlus™ logo within the mobile app, on your desktop or connected device to see if GamePlus features will be available for that game.

What cameras and angles can I choose from when watching live games?

Customers can watch all available cameras at once from one screen on their desktop or laptop computer (the ability to watch multiple cameras at once is currently not available on mobile devices). Depending on arena and broadcasting capabilities you can watch certain games via the following cameras:

  • Ref Cam: A view from the perspective of the referee, via a camera mounted to their helmets. Get the best view in sports and see the chaos as the refs see it—from the middle of the action.
  • POV Cam:Go where no fan has ever been – a fly-on-the-wall perspective from the players’ bench, the GM’s box and anywhere the insiders go.
  • Star Cam:Shadow the superstars and see how they control the game, even when they don’t have the puck.
  • Goal Line Cam:A top-down view, directly above the offensive action. It’s the toughest six feet in sports, and you’re in the middle of the battle for control of the crease.
  • Additional camera or alternative feed options may be tested from time to time, so watch for further innovation in this area

And there’s more. Visit GamePlus™ to learn more and discover more great GamePlus™ features.

In-App Purchase

New for this season, we’ve included the ability for iOS and Android users to purchase a subscription from within the app.

What does In-App Purchase mean for a Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription?

You can now purchase a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ using your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or 4th generation Apple TV, as well as Android phones and tablets through iTunes or the Google Play store!

Please note that a limited selection of purchase plans are available within the app. For a full list of available price plans and packages, head over to Packages & Pricing to find out more.

Who can purchase a Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ subscription in the NHL app?

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or 4th generation Apple TV, or Android smartphone and tablet, you can purchase a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ within the NHL app. Before making a purchase, make sure that you are not already receiving free access to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ through your existing Rogers plan.

To check whether you get a free seasons’ pass to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, sign in with your MyRogers.

What subscription plans can I purchase through the NHL app?

This year, we have expanded our packages available for purchase through the NHL app  iTunes, or Google Play store:

  • Early Bird Pass
  • Full Season’s Pass
  • Half Season’s Pass
  • Monthly Pass
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs Pass

I’ve purchased a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ through the NHL app and have since changed my mind. Can I receive a refund?

Subscriptions to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ purchased through the NHL app on iOS are managed by Apple. Please contact Apple to review their purchase and refund policies at apple.com/ca/support

If you purchased through your Android device and are looking for similar support, please visit https://support.google.com/

I’ve just purchased a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ through the NHL app. While purchasing I’ve been asked to sign in with a MyRogers ID, why should I sign in?

As the final step while making a purchase of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ within the NHL app, you will be asked to sign in with your MyRogers ID or to create a new MyRogers ID.

By signing in with a MyRogers ID or creating a MyRogers ID, you are making a connection between your In-App purchase and a MyRogers username. This is important because a MyRogers username enables you to stream live hockey games on all supported devices. Check out our list of supported devices >

If you choose not to sign in with a MyRogers ID, you are able to stream live hockey games on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and 4th generation Apple TV, exclusively through your In-App purchase.

Remember that you can always sign in with a MyRogers ID at a later time to make the connection and watch on other devices. To do this, start up the NHL app and go to the Settings section then sign in where it says “My Rogers Account”.

I’ve just purchased a subscription to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ through the NHL app, but I’m having trouble watching games on Apple TV or other devices.

  • Due to the way that Apple IDs and in-app purchases work, your In-App purchase only provides access through your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or 4th generation Apple TV.
  • To watch games on other devices, including your Desktop, Xbox, PlayStation, and Roku, you need to connect your in-app purchase with a MyRogers username – this acts as the login for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ so that your subscription can be identified on other devices.
  • If you don’t yet have a MyRogers username, visit rogers.com/NHL, click on REGISTER at the top of the page and follow the instructions.

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