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How To Watch the NHL Winter Classic 2024

Ring in the New Year with the NHL Winter Classic. Here’s everything you need to know about watching the NHL’s icy outdoor game on TNT.

Pro hockey heads outside for the first time in 2024 with the NHL Winter Classic on January 1. T-Mobile Park in Seattle hosts the game’s 15th edition, but traveling to frosty Washington is not the only way to tune in. You can enjoy the game from the warm comfort of your home with any TV plan that includes TNT.

This season’s Winter Classic features the Seattle Kraken hosting the Vegas Golden Knights. Not only does the game include the league’s two youngest teams, but it’s also the first Winter Classic to occur in the Pacific Time Zone.

Keep scrolling to learn more about how to watch the NHL Winter Classic—including which TV providers carry TNT. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

Don’t miss your favorite winter sports

The holiday season isn’t all about eggnog and Christmas movies. Several major sporting events occur during the winter, but you may need a comprehensive TV plan to tune in.

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What channels show the NHL Winter Classic?

In the U.S., the 2024 NHL Winter Classic will air live on TNT at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 1.

Canada-based viewers can catch the game with English-language commentary on Sportsnet, while TVA Sports will carry Canadian French–language coverage.

Pro tip: Sports USA will syndicate live Winter Classic radio coverage to its affiliate stations. You can learn more about the radio network’s affiliates and upcoming broadcasts by visiting its Sports USA Schedules page.

Best TV plans for watching the NHL Winter Classic

The best TV plan for watching the NHL Winter Classic depends on your budget and viewing habits. But if you’re looking for the cheapest TV plan and already have reliable internet, we recommend subscribing to Sling TV.

The Sling Orange plan costs $40 a month and comes with TNT, so you’ll be set for the Winter Classic. It also includes TBS, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 for more national NHL coverage—meaning you won’t miss the All-Star Game and NHL Playoffs if you stay subscribed beyond January.

With the Sports Extra add-on, you can take your Sling TV base plan to the next level for as low as $11 a month. That’ll get you NHL Network, ESPNews, ESPNU, and college conference networks—a crucial lineup of channels for watching the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. (You’ll need ESPN+ to watch the women’s tournament.)

Which TV providers show the NHL Winter Classic?

Most TV providers carry the NHL Winter Classic—the notable exception being Fubo, which doesn’t have Warner Bros. Discovery Sports channels like TNT and TBS. To illustrate this, we’ve listed 14 popular TV providers in the table below—highlighting which ones carry TNT.

Provider Price TNT Details
Cox $61.00–$146.00/mo.

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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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Fubo $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $25.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. View plans

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Spectrum $64.99/mo. View plans

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Verizon Fios $69.00–$129.00/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo. View plans

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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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How to watch the NHL Winter Classic for free

Unfortunately, you’ll need a TV plan to watch the NHL Winter Classic on TNT. But you can still catch the game without spending a penny by signing up for a free streaming trial.

DIRECTV STREAM and YouTube TV are the only live TV streaming services that carry TNT and regularly offer free trials. Though, sometimes Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV have sign-up deals—just be sure to cancel before the trial ends.

Pro tip: Unlike the Winter Classic, you can catch other nationally televised NHL games for free using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to pick up your local ABC network. That’s one of our recommended ways of watching this season’s NHL Stadium Series and NHL All-Star Game.

How to watch the NHL Winter Classic FAQ

What time is the Winter Classic?

The 2024 NHL Winter Classic will begin at 3:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 1. NHL on TNT will exclusively air the New Year’s Day matchup.

How can I watch the Winter Classic without TNT?

This season’s NHL Winter Classic is exclusive to TNT in the U.S. However, Max subscribers can stream the 2024 Winter Classic via its B/R Sports Add-On for no extra cost.

Can I watch the Winter Classic on ESPN?

No, ESPN won’t air the 2024 NHL Winter Classic. But you can watch national NHL coverage across ESPN and its sister networks throughout the 2023–2024 season.


Our sports experts researched and tested over a dozen TV providers to find the cheapest and most reliable way to watch the NHL Winter Classic. We examined cable, satellite, and live TV streaming services side by side—focusing on each provider’s pricing, channel availability, and sign-up process.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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