Here’s how to watch the NHL’s new ’24/7′-ish series with EPIX

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Click here to read the NHL’s press release about its new partnership with cable network EPIX to produce and distribute a two-part “behind-the-scenes” series documenting, first, the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as the two teams prepare for the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, and, second, the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks as they get set for their own outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 21.

As reported last week, the league’s partnership with EPIX essentially replaces its previous partnership with HBO that garnered four seasons of 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic.

So, when does the series start? And how can you watch it?

From the press release:

Part one of the series will premiere on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada in December, with weekly episodes following the Blackhawks and the Capitals through regular season games, culminating with the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® outdoor game in Washington, D.C. on New Year’s Day, January 1.

Part two of the series will premiere on EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada in February 2015 with weekly episodes focused on the reigning Stanley Cup® Champion Kings and their division rivals, the Sharks, as they prepare for the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ on February 21st.

U.S. hockey fans will be able to watch each episode streamed live for free on EPIX.com, the EPIX mobile and connected device apps, as well as on NHL.com, the NHL app, and the official websites and apps for each participating team. In addition, fans will be able to sign up for a free trial EPIX subscription at EPIX.com to view the entire series on demand through the EPIX online and app platforms.

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