Columbus, Ohio’s NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, has a shorter history than some of their hockey counterparts. First playing in the league in 2000, it took until 2009 for the Jackets to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A decade later, they secured their first playoff series victory. Throughout their relatively short time in the NHL, the Blue Jackets have had an impressive 11 players named to the All-Star team. Their upcoming season roster is pretty much set, and fans are busy making plenty of predictions. Read on for how to watch a Blue Jackets game live this year.
What channels show Columbus Blue Jackets games?
The vast majority of Blue Jackets live streams air on a regional sports network, FOX Sports Ohio. Unfortunately, this makes it slightly difficult to find as streaming services tend to have varying regional coverage. But AT&T TV Now does include FOX Sports Ohio for local viewers. The only other channel to house the Jackets is hockey’s NHL Network. A couple of AT&T TV Now packages have access to that, but so do plenty of other streaming services — usually for an extra fee.
Streaming the Columbus Blue Jackets live without cable
How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets on Hulu + Live TV
Right now, it’s near on impossible to stream a Blue Jackets game via Hulu + Live TV. The hugely popular streaming service still doesn’t offer NHL Network and has a pretty slim regional offering, encompassing just 4 NBC Sports networks. However, other hockey games may be available through Hulu’s NBC or NBC Sports Network.
If you’re still interested in Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be happy to hear that your $54.99/mo. subscription gives you access to the award-winning on-demand library as well as over 65 live TV networks. Major names like ESPN and FS1 come included, along with the likes of CBS Sports Network and TNT. And you’ll get 50 hours of storage space for game and analysis recordings. Not enough for all your sporting needs? Upgrade to 200 hours for an extra $9.99/mo. Try the platform for free for 7 days to see if you can deal with its lack of Blue Jackets content.
Read our review on Hulu + Live TV for more information.
How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets on fuboTV
fuboTV has a more extensive regional sports network selection than other services, but it doesn’t have access to FOX Sports Ohio. But fans can still watch Blue Jackets live through NHL Network. Sign up for the $79.99/mo. Elite package for free NHL Network coverage along with access to more than 140 channels and 1,000 hours of cloud DVR. Alternatively, choose the $29.99/mo. Latino plan or the $64.99/mo. Family package and pay an extra $5.99/mo. for the add-on that includes NHL Network. Both come with 250 hours of recording space.
As well as NHL Network, fuboTV subscriptions come with other professional league channels like NBA TV. Plus, the entire channel line-up broadcasts more than 30,000 sporting events annually, so you’ll have plenty of championships to keep you occupied. And if you want even more sporting entertainment, browse the platform’s huge range of add-ons. There’s everything from NFL RedZone to outdoor adventures. A 7-day free trial is available to new users.
Read our review on fuboTV for more information.
How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets on YouTube TV
Unfortunately, YouTube TV is similar to Hulu + Live TV in that it doesn’t offer either FOX Sports Ohio or NHL Network. That means you’ll struggle to stream Blue Jackets games. But you can catch other NHL games via the likes of NBC Sports Network and the select NBC regional sports networks that YouTube TV features. The full network line-up includes more than 85 channels like ESPN and FS1 for a $64.99/mo. fee. You’ll also receive other professional league networks such as MLB Network and NBA TV to satisfy the rest of your sporting needs.
One of the biggest benefits of a YouTube TV subscription is, however, the service’s unlimited DVR storage. You can record as many shows and games as you like and keep them for up to 9 months. Plus, when you’re watching hockey games, take advance of YouTube TV’s Views filters. Create a personalized viewing experience by choosing whether to view stats in real time, overall league scores, or important highlights. Don’t forget to sign up for a 2-week free trial to try everything without paying a cent.
Read our review on YouTube TV for more information.
How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sling TV
FOX Sports Ohio may not exist in any Sling TV package, but the slimline streaming service does include NHL Network as an optional extra for Jackets fans. It forms part of the Sports Extra add-on, which costs an additional $10/mo. for all subscribers. You have a choice of 3 plans. The Blue and Orange both cost $30/mo. but come with different channel totals. Orange gives you just over 30 networks like ESPN, while Blue has 45 channels, including FOX and NBC. You can combine all the channels for the ultimate sports package for $45/mo.
Only a 3-day free trial is available, no matter which package you’re interested in. But that should give you just about enough time to try out the 10-hour DVR (and see whether you need an upgrade to 50 hours) and to see if your chosen plan is really right for you.
Read our review on Sling TV for more information.
How to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets on AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now has one network that none of the other streaming services have: FOX Sports Ohio. This is the channel major Blue Jackets fans will need to watch most of the games from the upcoming season. But to access it, you’ll have to pay at least $80/mo. for the service’s Max package and its 60+ channel line-up, which includes CBS, ESPN, and MLB TV. All of the other more expensive packages come with FOX Sports Ohio, too. The priciest is the $183/mo. Premier package, which gives a whopping 140+ networks. NHL Network only appears in 3 of AT&T TV Now’s packages: the $124/mo. Xtra plan, the $135/mo. Ultimate option, or the most expensive Premier plan, which charges $183/mo. for 140+ channels.
Unfortunately, AT&T TV Now only offers free trials for select plans. But luckily, the Max can be tried for free for a week along with the cheaper Plus plan and any international options. Enjoy 500 hours of storage space for game recordings and offline downloads, so you can watch games anywhere without the need for Wi-Fi.
Read our review on AT&T TV for more information.