It is possible to watch Columbus Blue Jackets games live online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually these games are on Fox Sports Ohio, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game or national interest.
The Columbus Blue Jackets play most of their games on Fox Sports Ohio, a regional sports network. Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are not common on streaming services, but when they do exist they are usually only available for an additional fee.
Here are the live streaming services that carry Fox Sports Ohio †:
|Hulu Live||YouTube TV||AT&T Now|
|Free Trial$45 / month||Free Trial$49 / month||Free Trial$50 / month|
channel is available
† There may be an extra fee on top of the regular plan price to receive this channel.
The NHL also has NHL.tv, which live streams all out-of-market games for all teams. Unfortunately, Columbus Blue Jackets games on here are subject to blackouts if you are within what is considered the team's "home region".
If you find yourself trying to watch a game on NHL.tv that is blacked out, you will need a VPN to mask your location.
If the NHL attempts to blackout live streaming of Columbus Blue Jackets games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it.
By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.
Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is NordVPN. I recently switched to NordVPN, which is the most trusted VPN service anywhere. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.
A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on (phone, TV, tablet, etc). This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers.
Are VPNs Legal?
When used for watching TV and your local sports teams, VPNs are not illegal and anyone can use a VPN service to watch sports without fear of the police coming knocking at your door. The act of surfing the web or streaming shows through another IP is completely legal, and is something even the largest companies in the world do all the time. However, if you hide behind a VPN service to perform illegal activities, then you're of course violating the law - and we would never condone that.