Tuesday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche (who I think will win the Cup) will not be on NBC Sports Washington. It’s also not gong to be on ESPN or TNT or SpikeTV or whatever. It’s something new:
The game is on ESPN+/Hulu. Let’s figure out what that means together.
Note: This story has been updated. If you don’t want to unpack the whole thing, here are two helpful links:
Last month Ian published the TV schedule right here on RMNB. Under the TV column, there were the values:
ABC/ESPN+ means you can watch that game on the ABC network OR through the streaming ESPN+ service.
Update, Monday, 2:00 PM: The ESPN+ streaming schedule has been corrected. It now lists Colorado @ Washington!
Yes, this is confusing, but we’re going to get you through this.
First, we’re gonna need to know what subscriptions you have. What do you have?
You’re good. Skip to the how to watch heading below.
You should be able to watch on any device that can access ESPN+. Here’s a link directly to the game.
Probably not. Hulu is just, like, how your ESPN+ game could get delivered to you. You’ll need to subscribe to ESPN+.
Same deal, rich guy. You’ll need to subscribe to ESPN+. Hulu Live has lots of streaming channels but not ESPN+ unless you get the add-on.
Okay, this is a hot mess. This isn’t super clear, but I don’t think you can get the ESPN+ add-on with that kind of subscription. You might need to go into Spotify, then choose Account, then Your Services, then deactivate your Hulu subscription, then re-subscribe, perhaps by using the Disney/ESPN/Hulu bundle.
If you get your Hulu through Spotify and have a separate Disney+ account, then you’ll need to follow the steps above, but make sure you upgrade to the bundle through Disney Plus, then they’ll send you an email like this to finish up:
I recommend doing all this from a laptop, not a phone, because this is actual hell.
I also recommend not waiting until right before the game to do this, as your Hulu subscription settings can sometimes take a hot minute to update and might even require customer service.
I also also recommend checking your Account page under Disney+ to make sure that they’re not double-charging you.
Definitely gotta cancel that Disney+ (monthly) subscription if you’ve got the bundle. Weird they don’t do that for you automatically. Yes. Weird indeed.
Oh, you’re totally screwed. I don’t know how to talk to you.
You are a fish.
You can access Hulu through whatever.
If you’re on a phone or tablet, go to your App Store and search for Hulu. You will see an ad for HBO Max. This is a dick move. Scroll past HBO Max and then select Install next to Hulu. The app is free (the subscription costs money).
If you’re on a computer, here’s a direct link to the game’s page.
If you want to watch the game on a TV like it’s the Clinton years or something, then you’ll need to find way to get Hulu on your TV. That can be through your cable box, through your TV itself, or through an external device like a Roku. (Yes, this is all intended to make people over the age of 45 feel like their brains are melting.) I don’t know which you have, but look at your remote. Is there a Hulu button on it? Let’s hope so. Just click that and maybe we’ll get lucky.
If the Hulu app comes up, thank god. Now search for NHL like in the video above and you’re golden.
Use the same steps as above to get the ESPN+ app on your phone or tablet. You can also watch directly in your browser.
I’m very curious to see what the lag will be like compared to the radio, which, oh I forgot to mention the radio. That’s easy.
Anyway, if you can’t get this to work for Tuesday’s game, you have until the Pens game on Friday, December 10 to figure it out. I need a nap.
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