A review of the NHL's GameCenter Live streaming video service
I believe I was supposed to do this weeks ago but, hey, life happens... so deal with it. The NHL has, once again, provided the SB Nation hockey sites with a complimentary subscription to their NHL GameCenter Live service and as a way to say thanks I've decided to discuss some of the cool GCL features and a few of its limitations.
CAN DO: Watch live streaming games, replays of archived games or, my favourite, the 10-minute "Condensed" version of games on demand.
CAN'T DO: Show you all the awesome Canadian commercials that you're missing...
CAN DO: Full DVR controls including pause, rewind and slo-motion replays.
CAN'T DO: Make Colton Orr look any slower than he actually is.
CAN DO: Watch games on any CPU or my phone no matter where I am in the world.
CAN'T DO: Convince my employer to upgrade from Internet Explorer 7 so I can view my own website in the office.
CAN DO: Select whether you'd rather listen to the home or away announcers.
CAN'T DO: Replace Jim Hughson & Craig Simpson with the vastly superior Bob Cole & Harry Neale.
CAN DO: Mute Pierre McGuire.
CAN'T DO: Erase this moment from my memory...
CAN DO: Using the NHL Vault Classic Games feature you can watch Leafs games (or other teams I suppose) going back to the 1960's.
CAN'T DO: For some reason the Vault contains no Leafs games from the 1980's... must be a glitch.
CAN DO: Watch a number of games from the Leafs magical 1993 playoff run.
CAN'T DO: Prevent me from entering into an uncontrollable fit of rage every single time I see this...
So overall, I'd say the Cans outweigh the Can'ts so you should all think about getting GCL for yourself.