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NHL GameCenter

NHL GameCenter Returns to PlayStation 3

NHL GameCenter

Chris Mahoney's Avatar Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 // Director of Emerging Platforms, SCEA

NHL Gamecenter App

As the players return to the ice for the 2012-13 hockey season, so does the latest NHL GameCenter application to give PS3 users the ability to stream live out-of-market hockey games in full HD. And, just like last season, users in the United States and Canada can download the new NHL GameCenter application for free.

Yup, that’s right. Even if you don’t have a subscription to NHL GameCenter LIVE, you can still view a wide range of NHL content through the NHL GameCenter application, including features such as post-game highlights, team schedules, standings, player stats and full NHL scoreboard.

NHL Gamecenter App

NHL Gamecenter AppNHL Gamecenter App

So, what do you get if you’re already an NHL GameCenter LIVE subscriber? Pretty much everything an avid hockey fan can ask for. The 2013 app features a whole new experience and a new user interface that makes it easier than ever to navigate all the games in a given day with the new current daily view, change season years to access and find previous archived games as well as see global navigation to access game stats and other data. In addition to these new features, let me run down some of the other enhanced streaming features you have access to through your PS3:

  • Stream 2012-13 regular season games in High Definition (local blackout restrictions do apply).
  • Watch full-length and condensed replays of current season games you may have missed (most available a few hours after they air, no blackouts).
  • Select from home and away broadcasts available in HD to follow your favorite team(s), even while they are on the road.
  • Follow the action from around the league with game updates in the live scoreboard and plan what games to watch using the full season calendar.
  • Make the most of your viewing experience with live stats, standings and post-game highlights for all 2012-13 games.
  • Pause, fast-forward, rewind.
  • Easily flip between live video and browsing other NHL GameCenter application features, while the video still plays in the background.
  • Relive NHL history with unlimited access to over 800 classic games dating back to the 1960s from the NHL Vault.
  • Condensed Games: Catch up on games you missed with 10-12 minute extended highlights.
  • Game Archive: Watch full-length replays of all games since the 2008-09 NHL season.

You can download the application now from the “Apps” category in the PlayStation Store, and launch it from the TV/Video Services icon of the XMB on your PlayStation 3.

If you don’t have an NHL GameCenter LIVE subscription yet, go to www.nhl.com/ps3 to get an account. The single payment price is $49.99 for the whole season, or you can pay in 2 installments of $24.99.

//Add Your Own



+ mcbuttz78 on January 31st, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

the score say inthe little box nj devil 3- phil flyers 0.. I Love it.. take that flyer fans. LOL

vp-psn legioniaree group


+ ATHun on January 31st, 2013 at 8:44 am said:

In general I really like the new app. It’s much improved over last year. However, there are two issues I have with it.

1) It does not support the Playstation 3 bluetooth remote control. For example, I can’t use the “enter” button to select a game, I have to use “X”. Also the play, pause, etc., buttons do not work. That is one place where the 2013 app is a step backwards from the 2011-12 app.

2) When Gamecenter itself was having network issues (to put it mildly) on Tuesday, the PS3 app didn’t seem to handle that very gracefully. Three times the app made the screen go black and my PS3 locked up. No other game or app does that to me.


+ GhostMachine1 on January 31st, 2013 at 9:16 am said:

Please make a vita game. I’m sure you can make the puck glow pink or something to make it noticeable on the ice. I love playing ‘The Show’ on my vita and I would love to play a hockey game! :)


+ ThreeLeggedFreak on January 31st, 2013 at 9:42 am said:

How about an app for vita?


+ binarymellon on January 31st, 2013 at 9:45 am said:

Can’t reiterate ATHun’s comment enough. Only the gamepad buttons work. Needs to support remote commands.


+ gravislord on January 31st, 2013 at 11:05 am said:

Same with me, ATHun hit the nail on the head. Keep in mind that the previous version was even worse when streaming content, and at time, I knew it was the APP and not the network.

Improvements are great though, and a VITA version would be fantastic (or at least enable remote play option for it). The only thing that bothers me about GameCenter Live in general is that they blackout games that are on the NHL Network, which is an added *monthly* cost that my current TV line-up package doesn’t have. I need this because Saturday games are typically the ones from Hockey Night in Canada (I am Canadian) and it doesn’t get better than their broadcasting (same quality goes for TSN and Rogers SN, to a slightly lesser degree).


+ dustyjack_ on January 31st, 2013 at 11:07 am said:

Noticed the app was updated a few days ago. But so late after the start of the season? Well that can’t be good for business.
Anyways the update is very nice. The seek function on highlight vids is a welcome improvement. It’s dissapointing not having player stats for every game though.
Also it doesn’t save your favorite team pick. You have to enter it every time you use the app.


+ Superstone on January 31st, 2013 at 11:42 am said:

Bring it to the Vita!!!


+ Superstone on January 31st, 2013 at 11:45 am said:

Yes a good hockey game on the Vita too!!!!


+ DJBennett1985 on January 31st, 2013 at 12:10 pm said:

Made the mistake of buying a subscription to this two years ago. Every Habs game I wanted to watch was blacked out. If I wanted to watch a different game the framerate almost made it unbearable.


+ Kchow23 on January 31st, 2013 at 12:16 pm said:

Could we finally get the NBA League Pass app on PS3?


+ pudgenet on January 31st, 2013 at 12:53 pm said:

Go Bruins! Nice pic of Kelly and Chara.


+ OddyOh on January 31st, 2013 at 12:55 pm said:

Finally! I hope the improvements aren’t all cosmetic, cause this app needed serious performance improvements as well. Like maybe stop jumping backwards by 2 minutes every time there’s a slight buffering issue…
I wish the NHL would go all in like MLB does…MLB lets you choose radio audio, or ballpark sounds (no annoying commentators, etc). Way more choices for their customers.


+ gravislord on January 31st, 2013 at 1:17 pm said:

Yeah, the MLB app really is leading the way, feature and performance-wise, in my experience.


+ davivman on January 31st, 2013 at 3:17 pm said:

This is great news. Although I’m still a little peeved that this wasn’t ready for the start of the season. Although I guess it wasn’t too big a loss. My Caps haven’t showed me that much yet anyway.


+ cdnbdboy on January 31st, 2013 at 4:23 pm said:

when trying to go into the nhl gamecenter app on my ps3 i am getting an error message…it says : network error: connection failure. the site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. try again in a few minutes. error code 2… has anybody else had this issue, and if so, how do i fix it ?

i have been trying for 2 days to get it to work, but everytime, it says the same thing…



+ mefron on January 31st, 2013 at 4:30 pm said:

The app doesnt even work. just launches into a black screen and freezes my ps3 every time.


+ Train1999 on January 31st, 2013 at 5:39 pm said:

As a matter of fact I watched some NHL Hockey yesterday on my Playstation 3. It looks great. But I hope they’ll clean up some bugs soon. Been looking forward to this app since they restarted the NHL Season.


+ Xnightwish on January 31st, 2013 at 5:45 pm said:

Watching games on it now, quality is nice but features leave something to be desired. Either way GO DEVILS!


+ GLabine on January 31st, 2013 at 5:46 pm said:

On my PC, I can select the quality of the stream, can I do that on the PS3 ? If the answer is Yes, where can I select it ? If not, what is the standard quality of the stream on PS3 ?


+ sega_909 on January 31st, 2013 at 9:22 pm said:

I live in Russia now.And I can watch only highlights and classic games on my PS3. All games since 19.01.2013 are blackout. On my PC I can watch all games without blackout. On me Iphone I can watch games after 48 hours end competitions. Any ideas?


+ tonylefebvre on January 31st, 2013 at 11:01 pm said:

Doesn’t work for me on PS3, I installed the app and just receive Error code 2. I mean I don’t even get a chance to put a login or password in, what a useless app.


+ stravag on February 1st, 2013 at 12:02 am said:

> users in the United States and Canada can

great :-( what about the rest of us??


+ GydeonX on February 1st, 2013 at 9:20 am said:

I’m in Canada and the app still isn’t working.


+ MoonChild79 on February 1st, 2013 at 11:02 am said:

app does not work on mine. puck spins for a second then a black screen.


+ SeedyXX on February 1st, 2013 at 1:33 pm said:

Network error: Connection failure
Site may be busy, yada
Error code: 2

Every time. I hope there’s a fix coming quickly.


+ Havlis16 on February 1st, 2013 at 6:09 pm said:

I can’t find gamecenter app in my PS store!!!! Why is that?


+ FrogmanTM on February 2nd, 2013 at 1:21 pm said:

Add me to the list of those who want an app for the Vita too!!!


+ Saneman18 on February 2nd, 2013 at 8:28 pm said:

app has never worked for me, get an error code 2 everytime and then the app freezes, have deleted and redownloaded it 3 times without any improvement.


+ mike_oz1981 on February 3rd, 2013 at 3:27 am said:

I watch some games since the realese but since yesterday (feb 2) can’t connect. anymore, I have the message Network error… code 2.

I call Sony support but the agent doesn’t know anything… he ask me to uninstall and reinstall the app… keep telling me he doesn’t have anything on this error and he ask me to call nhl support. I call nhl support, I wait for 50 min without been able to speak to anyone…

Next time I call NHL support it will be to cancel my subscription. Why do we pay if we can’t watch game ? I

Before yesterday the app crashed many times as well…

“The 2013 app features a whole new experience and a new user interface…” Yeah a black error screen… easy to naviguate because there is nothing you can do with that screen.


+ ATHun on February 4th, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

mike_oz1981, I’m not sure that that’s a problem with the app. I think GameCenter itself has been having problems. I got that error a couple of days ago, but when I tried again, it worked. The reason I say it is GameCenter itself is because I had problems with the Android app and the web-based version as well. Last year I had no problem getting through to their tech support. This year, I think they’ve been bombed so much with calls that it’s overwhelmed their system. Obviously they didn’t use the extra spare time to work on their infrastructure.


+ E-FEXIS on February 5th, 2013 at 9:14 pm said:


Loads the NHL logo with a blue dot, which I guess is a puck, then screen goes black and freezes my playstation. EVERY TIME.

It’s very….very annoying. Didn’t I pay for this damn thing?


+ Mencl1980 on February 10th, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

prosim jak se to instaluje nhl gamecenter live nhl 13 cech rebublik


+ mike_oz1981 on February 18th, 2013 at 4:31 pm said:

I fix the network error 2.

In the setting system. You must restore the setting file (don’t know what is it exactly in English because my system is in french). This option will reset all your setting files… :) when your internet setting are done. Start the NHL game center app. Enter your PSN login info.

After that, you will have a promt that will ask you your NHL GameCenter ice login info. Then it will work.

Don’t really know what is the problem… login info or something else. I was able to watch game before and suddently I wasn’t able anymore. The make me think it’s not the login info… but who really know ?

Good luck.

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