What a difference a year makes.
On Wednesday, the NHL announced a new rule to help fans watch their favorite teams play at home in the same way they watched last season.
“Fans will no longer be able to watch games on their phones during home games at any time during the game or during the half-hour between games,” the NHL wrote in a news release.
The league is also making it easier for fans to watch on TV via the NHL GO app.
That means the app is no longer required to stream the games.
You’ll still need an NHL subscription or a Roku device to watch live games on the app.
The new rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019, and will continue until Jan. 6, 2020.
“We’ve got a lot of fun new tools that make it easy to watch and listen to your favorite hockey games on your favorite device,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press release.
“Fans are going to enjoy a whole new way to get the game on their devices, and we want to make sure they have the best experience possible.”
The NHL has been taking a new approach to bringing fans to games, too.
The league announced last year it would offer a one-year free pass to fans to stream games from the home of their choice.
It was an idea the NHL and its partners had been working on for a while, and Bettman was thrilled to announce the new rule.
“I think the new TV streaming options are really important,” Bettman told reporters Wednesday.
“I think it’s a great way to bring fans in the home to watch their team play and the games.”
The new rule, which comes as fans flock to arenas and arenas continue to fill up with fans, was designed to allow fans to get closer to the action, and is a big step forward in the battle against cord cutting.
In 2016, the NFL announced it would be giving fans access to the games through a streaming service, which is what the NHL is doing with its new rules.
So far, that service has been limited to the home states of some fans, and there are still plenty of unknowns about how that will work.
But the new rules make it much easier to get a live stream of a game if you’re in the right area.
The league says fans will be able get access to all the home games on a one time fee of $8.99 per game, and that’s a good deal.
There are still some questions about how the service will work, though.
One of the most important ones is how many games fans can watch.
The NFL says it plans to provide an FAQ on how fans will receive their free pass, and how many times fans can stream games.
A lot of fans, like me, are not familiar with how to get access, and are concerned about the quality of what they’ll see on the stream.
“When you’re trying to watch a game live, you’re kind of on your own,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettmen said.
“It’ll be a little different, but I think the fans will appreciate it.”
It’s a nice gesture for the fans.
I think it’ll be an added bonus.