The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup 4-2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you live for the game but not the high price of cable, here’s what you need to know about watching the Stanley Cup Finals without cable.
In a hurry? The Stanley Cup Finals aired on ABC as well as ESPN3. These services allow you to watch it all and more:
- FuboTV: The best streaming service for international sports also provides 100+ well-selected channels. FuboTV allows you to try out its service free for 7 days.
- DIRECTV STREAM: Get a great channel lineup with the best selection of RSNs in the industry. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
- Sling TV: This low-cost service allows you to select just the channel lineup you want. Save 50% on your first month of Sling TV.
See our NHL Finals Viewer’s Guide for more information about watching all the games without cable!
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Stanley Cup Finals Channels
The NHL playoffs are spread over ABC/ESPN and Turner channels. The early rounds play primarily on TBS, TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2. The Conference Finals will air exclusively on ESPN.
The Stanley Cup Finals will air on ABC. This is the first time that the event has ever been on broadcast TV. So you can watch it for free if you set up an antenna.
All ABC Sports events are also shown live on ESPN3. That means that you can watch the games through the ESPN app, as long as you have access through your TV provider. (Note: Sling TV offers ESPN3 directly.)
And the finals will also stream live via ESPN+, which you can subscribe to directly or get it with Hulu + Live TV.
2023 Stanley Cup Finals Schedule
See our NHL Playoffs Viewer’s Guide for the complete schedule. The Stanley Cup will take place in June. Check back for more details!
Here is the schedule and results from 2022:
- Wed Jun 15 8:10 pm: Tampa Bay (3) vs Colorado (4) (ABC)
- Sat Jun 18 8:10 pm: Tampa Bay (0) vs Colorado (7) (ABC)
- Mon Jun 20 8:10 pm: Colorado (2) vs Tampa Bay (6) (ABC)
- Wed Jun 22 8:10 pm: Colorado (3) vs Tampa Bay (2) (ABC)
- Fri Jun 24 8:00 pm: Tampa Bay (3) at Colorado (2) (ABC)
- Sun Jun 26 8:00 pm: Colorado (2) at Tampa Bay (1) (ABC)
Do You Need a VPN?
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Watch 2022 Stanley Cup Finals
This is the first year you will be able to watch the entire Stanley Cup Finals for free on broadcast TV. Every game will air on ABC. So if you’ve been thinking of setting up an antenna, now is the time to do it. You will be impressed with everything you get. And it is all digital and in HD. See our Antenna Guide for complete information on doing it!
But to watch all of the playoffs without cable or satellite, you will need to choose a live TV streaming service.
- DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV): For NHL fans, this is the way to go. It has an unmatched selection of RSNs, which will allow you to watch pretty much every regular season game of your hometown team(s). But it also gives you all the channels you need for the playoffs. To get access to all the RSNs, you need the Choice plan for $89.99/mo. This also includes roughly 100 other channels. But to get NHL Network, you need to upgrade to the 130+ channel Ultimate plan for $104.99/mo. It includes unlimited cloud DVR storage and streaming on 20 devices at a time. (DIRECTV STREAM review)
- Sling TV: This is cheapest choice to watch the NHL Playoffs. You get TBS, TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2 for just $35/mo with Sling Orange. If you are wondering about the lack of ABC, all ABC Sports events are simulcast on ESPN3, which is included right in the Sling TV app! The plan is limited to one stream at a time, but this isn’t a big deal for most people. And it comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage. (Sling TV review)
- Hulu + Live TV: Provides 85+ live TV channels including ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, and TNT. But on top of that, you get Disney+ and ESPN+ for $69.99/mo. The plan provides unlimited cloud DVR and streaming on two devices. (Hulu + Live TV review)
- FuboTV: This is an excellent service for $69.99/mo. And it offers a good selection of RSNs so it’s a good choice for the regular season and for the later playoffs. But it doesn’t offer TNT and TBS, so you will miss some of the early playoff round games. It comes with 750 hours of cloud DVR storage and streaming on up to 10 devices. (FuboTV review)
- Vidgo: Offers 100+ channels for $59.95/mo. But like FuboTV, it lacks TNT. It also lacks NBC and other notable channels. Finally, it does not currently include a cloud DVR. But it does allow you to stream on 3 devices at once. (Vidgo review)
- YouTube TV: Good overall streaming service with all you need to watch the NHL playoffs for $64.99/mo.
Devices to Live Stream the Stanley Cup Finals
There are some minor exceptions, but all the live TV streaming services support most of the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- iOS devices (eg, iPhone)
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Web browsers
Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV also support the PlayStation.
You can watch all of the Stanley Cup Finals on ABC this year. So do it for free by hooking up an antenna. Or use one of the live TV streaming services we’ve highlighted above!