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Whether you're in Philadelphia or displaced somewhere else around the globe, you probably want to watch every Flyers game this season. Use this handy guide to figure out just how you can do that.

Jeff Zelevansky

Being a Flyers fan can be complicated. Most of us aren't lucky enough to get to one game a year, yet alone multiple games per year or all of them, so we need to rely on other methods to get our fix.

And with new NHL TV contracts and complicated blackout rules making everything confusing, it can be impossible to know exactly how to watch any one particular game.

But we're here to help. Let's go over the various ways in which you can consume the Flyers ... aside from actually going to the game.

In the Philly area? You better have cable, not satellite

For local fans of the Flyers, watching games is (in theory) easier than it is for anybody else, but there's also a lot less freedom.

You need to have both Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast Network or you're going to miss a substantial amount of games, and only two of the region's five television providers have both channels.

The problem there is that due to antiquated FCC loopholes and awful, greedy tactics from Comcast, you can't get either of these channels on DirecTV or Dish Network. If you have RCN, you'll get Comcast SportsNet but won't get Comcast Network, which will carry nine games this season.

Comcast/Xfinity and Verizon FiOS are the only local television providers that carry both CSN Philly and Comcast Network, and therefore you must have one of those providers if you expect to watch every Flyers game from the comfort of your own home.

Aside from CSN and TCN, 12 Flyers games will be exclusive to NBC or NBCSN this season, but everybody in Philadelphia area should have those channels regardless of TV provider. Depending on your exact package, you might need to pay a little bit extra to get NBCSN, but most basic packages in the area have it these days.

For American out-of-market fans...

NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Center Ice are the two legitimate, legal options for out-of-market fans. I reviewed both services several years ago and the review basically stands up over the test of time. Check that out if you're interested. We'll go over the basics below.

NHL GameCenter Live

GameCenter Live is the NHL's online streaming service. In 2014-15, it will get out-of-market Flyers fans 58 of 82 regular season games -- excluding games that are available on local TV in your area, so if you're in Washington you'll have to watch Flyers-Capitals games on CSN Washington, for example. It's available for $159 or eight payments of $19.99.

You don't need a cable/satellite subscription to subscribe to GameCenter Live, but if you want to get all 82 games instead of just the 58 you'll get with GCL, you will need a cable/satellite subscription with access to NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network. That unfortunately means you can't completely cut the cord if you want to watch every game from home.

On most TV providers, NHL Network is available for an extra price. It will carry 10 Flyers games this season for out-of-market fans and those games will be blacked out on GameCenter Live, just as the 12 games carried on either NBC or NBCSN will be blacked out on GameCenter Live.

GCL allows you to watch on your computer, your smartphone, or via set-top boxes/game consoles like PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV or Roku. In terms of freedom and ability to watch in many different ways, it's probably the best option, although there is about a 90 second delay between live action and the transmission GCL users see.

NHL Center Ice

Center Ice is the package that lets you watch out-of-market most games via your existing cable or satellite subscription. You purchase it through your TV provider, and the quality of it depends on that provider.

On DirecTV for example, you'll get every single game in high definition and you'll have the option of selecting which feed (home or away) you'd like to watch. But on Comcast/Xfinity and most cable TV providers, you'll only get two games at a time in HD and no choice of home or away feed. In fact, the Flyers feed is rarely the one selected, for whatever reason.

Center Ice will cost you $159.96 or four payments of $39.99, and the blackout restrictions are the same as via GameCenter Live. You'll get 58 of 82 games (again, excluding games that are available on local TV in your home market) and you'll need NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network to complete the 82 game circuit. There's no delay in the feed like with GCL, but you also can't watch on your computer, phone or tablet.

What's the deal for Canadians?

Canada works basically the exact same way as it does in the States for Flyers fans. NHL Centre Ice and NHL GameCentre Live are available for purchase, and each package will get you roughly 60 regular season Flyers games, excluding nationally-broadcast games and games local to your region. If you're in the Vancouver region, you'll need the local Vancouver station -- in this case, Sportsnet Pacific -- to get that game.

20 Flyers games are slated to be broadcast nationally in Canada, so in order to watch those games, you'll need the rather large collection of national TV networks -- the Sportsnet family of stations, mostly --  that now carry the NHL in Canada.

What about the playoffs?

The playoffs are a little complicated. Games are blacked out on Center Ice and GameCenter because they are available on national television. Every game is available on national TV in the United States -- that means on NBC, NBCSN or CNBC -- so in theory, if you have a cable or satellite subscription, you should be totally fine.

But for the early rounds of the playoffs, the local networks also have the right to broadcast games, so we have to deal with that whole "CSN Philly isn't available to everybody" problem.

Take the 2014 playoffs, for example. Some games were on CNBC nationally but also simulcast on CSN Philly. Basically everybody in the United States has CNBC through their cable/satellite provider, meaning you could flip on a TV anywhere in America and see the Flyers vs. the Rangers in Round 1 ... except if you lived in the Philadelphia area and didn't have Comcast SportsNet. And as we've already established, lots of people in the Philly area don't even have the option of getting CSN via their cable/satellite provider.

Luckily this isn't an issue for the majority of the postseason, but it's a pretty huge smack in the face from Comcast to some local fans during the most important and most fun time of year. If you live outside of Philadelphia in either the USA or Canada, you'll get every Flyers playoff game on your television.

What about in Europe, or otherwise internationally?

The NHL isn't really all that great when it comes to reach outside of North America, and you'd think they'd be better at it given that such a large number of their players come from Europe. But it's kind of a mess these days, and you definitely won't be able to watch every single Flyers game in any legal way from outside Canada or the US. Not on television, at least.

Here's a list of league broadcast in various nations around the world. These networks will carry several games a week, but will not allow you to see every game of a specific team, unfortunately.

You can subscribe to NHL GameCenter in many European countries, but the details and availability varies widely by country.

Other less than legal options

If you're a law-abiding citizen, there are no other options.

There are plenty of illegal streams available for free on the Internet, but as anybody who's used them before can tell you, it's kind of a nightmare trying to wade through the muck and find a decent feed, and it's even worse if you try to blow that feed up large enough for quality viewing on your television screen. Don't get started on the pop-up ads that'll take over your computer.

There's an online option called HockeyStreams that's pretty popular. It only costs $109 for a calendar year with no blackouts and it also offers minor league, European and junior hockey.

They evade US law by placing their servers overseas, apparently in the Netherlands. I've never used it, but it appears as though the quality is hit or miss. It's hard to argue with the plethora of games they offer, but keep in mind that you're giving your money to an illegal enterprise that probably runs the risk of being shut down at any point.

Note that we are not endorsing the use of illegal means. In fact, we'd strongly recommend against it. But the options are indeed there for you if you wish to break the law.

Your full guide to watching every Flyers game

Below you'll find a guide to every game this regular season. Philadelphia broadcast details are listed, as are TV details in the opposing team's market and nationally in both the United States and Canada. Bookmark and refer to this guide all year long, but keep in mind that details are subject to change.

Note that the "GCL/CI" column refers to blackout restrictions in the USA only. Rules are different and kind of complicated in Canada regarding those packages, especially under the new Rogers' national TV deal there.

2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers Schedule In the Philadelphia area... Outside the Philadelphia area...
Date Game Time (ET) TV Radio Opposing Team TV US Nat'l TV GCL/CI Canada Nat'l TV
Wed, Oct 8 at Bruins 07:30 PM NBCSN 93.3 FM NBCSN NBCSN
Thu, Oct 9 vs Devils 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG+

Sat, Oct 11 vs Canadiens 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM City TV, TVA (Fr)
City TV, TVA (Fr)
Tue, Oct 14 vs Ducks 07:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM Prime Ticket

Sat, Oct 18 at Stars 08:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM FS Southwest

Tue, Oct 21 at Blackhawks 08:30 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM CSN Chicago NBCSN
Wed, Oct 22 at Penguins 08:00 PM NBCSN 97.5 FM NBCSN NBCSN TVA 2 (Fr)
Sat, Oct 25 vs Red Wings 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Detroit
Sportsnet 360
Tue, Oct 28 vs Kings 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS West
TVA (Fr)
Thu, Oct 30 at Lightning 07:30 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sun Sports

Sat, Nov 1 at Panthers 07:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM FS Florida

Tue, Nov 4 vs Oilers 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sportsnet Oilers

Thu, Nov 6 vs Panthers 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Florida NHL Network
Sat, Nov 8 vs Avalanche 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Altitude
HNIC, TVA (Fr)
Fri, Nov 14 vs Blue Jackets 07:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM FS Ohio

Sat, Nov 15 at Canadiens 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM HNIC, TVA (Fr)
HNIC, TVA (Fr)
Wed, Nov 19 at Rangers 08:00 PM NBCSN 93.3 FM NBCSN
Sportsnet 1, TVA (Fr)
Thu, Nov 20 vs Wild 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS North NHL Network
Sat, Nov 22 vs Blue Jackets 07:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM FS Ohio

Mon, Nov 24 at Islanders 07:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM MSG+

Wed, Nov 26 at Red Wings 07:30 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM FS Detroit+ NBCSN
Fri, Nov 28 vs Rangers 01:00 PM NBC 97.5 FM NBC NBC Sportsnet
Sat, Nov 29 at Rangers 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG

Tue, Dec 2 at Sharks 10:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM NBCSN NBCSN
Wed, Dec 3 at Ducks 10:30 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM FS West

Sat, Dec 6 at Kings 04:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS West
TVA 2 (Fr)
Tue, Dec 9 at Blue Jackets 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Ohio

Thu, Dec 11 vs Devils 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG

Sat, Dec 13 vs Hurricanes 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Carolinas

Tue, Dec 16 vs Lightning 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sun Sports

Thu, Dec 18 vs Panthers 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Florida

Sat, Dec 20 at Maple Leafs 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Hockey Night
HNIC
Sun, Dec 21 at Jets 09:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM TSN 3

Tue, Dec 23 at Wild 07:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM FS North+

Sat, Dec 27 at Predators 08:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM FS Tennessee

Mon, Dec 29 at Coyotes 09:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Arizona

Wed, Dec 31 at Avalanche 09:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Altitude

Fri, Jan 2 at Hurricanes 07:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM FS Carolinas

Sat, Jan 3 at Devils 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG+ NHL Network HNIC
Tue, Jan 6 vs Senators 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM TSN 5, RDS 2 (Fr)

Thu, Jan 8 vs Capitals 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM CSN Washington
Sportsnet 360, TVA (Fr)
Sat, Jan 10 vs Bruins 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM NESN NHL Network
Mon, Jan 12 vs Lightning 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sun Sports NHL Network
Wed, Jan 14 at Capitals 08:00 PM NBCSN 93.3 FM NBCSN NBCSN TVA (Fr)
Thu, Jan 15 vs Canucks 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sportsnet Pacific NHL Network
Sat, Jan 17 at Sabres 07:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM MSG Buffalo
HNIC
Mon, Jan 19 at Islanders 01:00 PM Comcast Network 93.3 FM MSG+ NHL Network
Tue, Jan 20 vs Penguins 07:30 PM NBCSN 97.5 FM Root Sports NBCSN Sportsnet 1, SN Ontario
Tue, Jan 27 vs Coyotes 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Arizona

Thu, Jan 29 vs Jets 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM TSN 3

Sat, Jan 31 vs Maple Leafs 07:00 PM CSN Philly 93.3 FM HNIC
HNIC
Thu, Feb 5 vs Islanders 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG+
Sportsnet 360, TVA (Fr)
Sun, Feb 8 at Capitals 03:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM CSN Washington

Tue, Feb 10 at Canadiens 07:30 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM SN East, RDS (Fr)

Fri, Feb 13 at Blue Jackets 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Ohio

Sun, Feb 15 at Sabres 07:30 PM NBCSN 97.5 FM NBCSN NBCSN City TV
Tue, Feb 17 vs Blue Jackets 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Ohio

Thu, Feb 19 vs Sabres 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG Buffalo

Sat, Feb 21 vs Predators 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Tennessee NHL Network
Sun, Feb 22 vs Capitals 03:00 PM NBC 93.3 FM NBC NBC
Tue, Feb 24 at Hurricanes 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM NBCSN NBCSN
Thu, Feb 26 at Maple Leafs 07:30 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM TSN 4, TVA (Fr)
TVA (Fr)
Sat, Feb 28 vs Rangers 08:00 PM NBC 97.5 FM NBC NBC HNIC
Tue, Mar 3 vs Flames 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sportsnet West
TVA (Fr)
Thu, Mar 5 vs Blues 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Midwest NHL Network Sportsnet 360
Sat, Mar 7 at Bruins 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM NESN NHL Network TVA (Fr)
Sun, Mar 8 at Devils 05:00 PM Comcast Network 97.5 FM MSG+

Tue, Mar 10 vs Stars 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Southwest+
TVA (Fr)
Thu, Mar 12 at Blues 08:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Midwest

Sat, Mar 14 vs Red Wings 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Detroit

Sun, Mar 15 at Senators 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM City TV, TVA (Fr)
City TV, TVA (Fr)
Tue, Mar 17 at Canucks 10:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sportsnet Pacific

Thu, Mar 19 at Flames 09:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM Sportsnet West

Sat, Mar 21 at Oilers 10:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM HNIC
HNIC
Wed, Mar 25 vs Blackhawks 08:00 PM NBCSN 93.3 FM NBCSN NBCSN Sportsnet 360, TVA (Fr)
Sat, Mar 28 vs Sharks 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM CSN California

Wed, Apr 1 at Penguins 08:00 PM NBCSN 93.3 FM NBCSN NBCSN Sportsnet 1, TVA (Fr)
Sat, Apr 4 at Hurricanes 01:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Carolinas

Sun, Apr 5 vs Penguins 07:30 PM NBC / NBCSN 93.3 FM NBC / NBCSN NBC / NBCSN
Tue, Apr 7 vs Islanders 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM MSG+ 2
SN East/West/Ontario
Thu, Apr 9 vs Hurricanes 07:00 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM FS Carolinas

Sat, Apr 11 vs Senators 12:30 PM CSN Philly 97.5 FM TSN 5, RDS 2 (Fr)