January 18th 2013 6:00 am PT

NHL GameCenter launches on Xbox LIVE

Today, NHL GameCenter will launch on Xbox LIVE* around the globe, giving Gold subscribers access to their favorite NHL hockey action right from their Xbox and just in time for the 2013 season to take center ice.

NHL GameCenter for Xbox 360 brings you live games, replays, classic games, and videos from NHL VideoCenter, plus controller-free entertainment with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360.

NHL GameCenter on Xbox LIVE offers the following features:

  • Follow the Action from the 2013 NHL Season – Get real-time game scores, player stats and team standings. All Xbox LIVE Gold Members can also follow the action on and off the ice from the NHL VideoCenterTM. Watch the best goals, saves and hits from around the league this season.
  • Live Games and Replays with NHL Game Center LIVE – With your NHL GameCenter LIVE™ subscription ($49.99 USD for the 2012-13 season), watch live, out-of-market games from the NHL regular season. Miss a game? Watch full-length archived games or condensed replays from this season and last.
  • Every game with an HD-Quality Picture – NHL GameCenter delivers every game in a beautiful, HD-quality picture, and each broadcast gives every fan the option of the Home or Away audio feed. With NHL GameCenter on Xbox 360, you will feel like your team is the home team.
  • Keep Up With Your Favorite Teams – NHL GameCenter on Xbox 360 lets you personalize the experience to get to the information you care about most. Select up to five teams to follow so you can be sure not to miss a beat on your favorite teams and players. Get the scores, player stats, schedule and live games, right at your fingertips.
  • Season Central – A quick calendar view of the league schedule or just your favorite teams is a click away. Season Central is the best way to find out what games are on today, this week, or next month.
  • Mini Guide – The Mini Guide gives you a quick preview of all of today’s action right at the bottom of your screen, and makes it easier than ever to switch between games.
  • Split Screen – Keep an eye on the rest of the league while cheering on your home team! With Split Screen, you can watch two games at once and do just that. Watch live games on both screens or a live game on one while you catch up with a game recap on the other. You can control both screens independently, pausing and rewinding each separately so you never miss a second of the action.
  • Classic Games from NHL Vault™ –Relive your favorite moments in NHL history with on-demand access to over 800 classic games from NHL Vault™. Watch some of the best Original Six battles from the 1960s or re-watch the best games from the Stanley Cup® Playoffs through the years. You now have the best way to watch these games on your big screen with Xbox 360.
  • Voice and Gesture Control with Kinect for Xbox 360 – Focus on the puck instead of looking for the remote. Navigate through Season Central, or play, pause, and rewind that behind-the-back goal, all with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360.

*Xbox LIVE Gold membership required. Subscription for NHL GameCenter LIVE is required for access to live games, replays and other content. .
The NHL app will not be available on Xbox within the Nordic markets (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) due to an existing agreement in place between NHL and Scandinavian broadcaster, Modern Times Group (MTG). NHL games can be viewed instead via the Viaplay app, which launched on Xbox in December 2012.The Viaplay app is available immediately for download via Xbox LIVE and for further information, please visit http://viaplay.se/devices/xbox360.

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/takingshape takingshape

    They would easily get my $ if they stopped blacking out local games…the NFL has the Sunday Ticket on the PS3; why can’t the NHL make something similar happen for us?

    • http://twitter.com/ProfAtherton Dr. Matthew Atherton

      But NFL Sunday ticket on PS3 will not show you any game that is being televised locally (so unless you also have cable you miss roughly 4 games per week). Since generally either the local team or marquee match up is what is on TV, that is a huge problem. NFL sunday ticket is meant as a supplement to cable/satellite not as a replacement. I looked it up since I was going to try to use it instead of cable.

    • QuixoticRocket

      Broadcasting deals with local broadcasters.

  • Russell Gorall

    If you already need a sub for this, why also place a Gold sub on top of it?

  • http://twitter.com/TrashMKX Trash

    blacking out local teams makes this not a great buy for everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/Aeyoun Daniel Aleksandersen

    So the Northern European countries are excludes because there is actual interest for hockey here? That is a really bad strategy.

    • Beatnutz

      Did you even read what it said? Viasat owns the rights to broadcasting NHL in the nordic countries. That’s why.

      • QuixoticRocket

        Reading is not the same as comprehension unfortunately :( He had to have read it to know they’d be excluded but obviously couldn’t comprehend why.

  • http://twitter.com/Total_Rampage Chris Frankland

    “The NHL app will not be available on Xbox within the Nordic markets (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden) due to an existing agreement in place between NHL and Scandinavian broadcaster, Modern Times Group (MTG). NHL games can be viewed instead via the Viaplay app, which launched on Xbox in December 2012.The Viaplay app is available immediately for download via Xbox LIVE and for further information” That’s why Northern European countries are excluded, because they have their own deal

    • Rickard Olsson

      Yupp! And we have to pay $36/Month for it. What a sweet deal. Gotta love living in Sweden right now. Not.

  • http://twitter.com/gtgraves George Graves

    I know this is predominantly out of Microsoft’s control, but until these sports packages drop the local blackout rules, there’s no way I’m ever putting money down for one of these.

    • mcmax3000

      Yup. The MLB one blacks out the Blue Jays all across Canada. Makes it a pointless purchase up here for a lot of people.

      That said, they’re getting a lot more from TV contracts than they’re getting from these digital subscriptions (and likely than they ever will get from these digital subscriptions), so I understand why they choose to do it the way they do it.

      • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

        I don’t understand why they can’t just stream the local TV feeds through these packages including the commercials so that everyone is happy? Or give the TV services X% to allow streaming.

  • ungeheier

    I like watching NHL when I can, but I don’t like it enough to PAY to see it. (unless I’m in the stadium watching it)

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.numedahl Steven Numedahl

    Well as someone who doesn’t have a local team, it works for me and $50 for the whole, albeit abridged, season to see all games plus archived and classic games on demand in high def seems like a steal. I already have gold so that’s no issue. Way cheaper than the package my TV provider offers.

  • BostonSup

    This fee is set by the NHL and not MS (though MS is still adding fee based new XBL “features”). It isn’t worth the money unless your team doesn’t show in your location or if you watch all NHL games. Glad the NHL is back and that they are putting this on Xbox, PS3, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows phones, and all sort of devices… they need the publicity Hockey is the best sport (even being watered down over the years), imo.

  • http://twitter.com/DrOs666 DrOs

    good now lets do this with nfl network

  • http://www.facebook.com/yabbix Antony Cantrel

    When is an application for French football? (Ligue1, ligue2, ect)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jlaforge Joshua LaForge

    I suspect the Gold requirement is hurting the Xbox when competing with out media players. I know Microsoft needs to find a way to justify the price of a Gold membership, but this is not the solution. If you cannot add more value to a Gold subscribers through Microsoft’s own hardware and software services, then it is probably time to retire this model.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grub.5 Chris Grub

    XBOX is an official sponsor of MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER – how do you guys not have an app for this yet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.muckerheide1 Ryan Muckerheide

    doesnt work since the live games started. LOL LOL.

  • Benji Smith

    So something the day of release didn’t work again on the Xbox, man i hope they get it together for the next console release. It’s going to be no online connection for a week or two for sure.

    • BostonSup

      What isn’t working? Maybe it isn’t a feature that I used yet, but It seems to work for me (now and on the release date a few days ago).

  • fsdfg dsfds

    Subs on top of Subs , Bye Bye xbox next gen

  • http://twitter.com/trapisardo Tom Rapisardo

    Sucks on Xbox anyway. Constant buffering/Crashing. Works on Mac and iOS perfect. You’re not missing out.