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The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced it has renewed deals with U.S. cable and satellite distributors DirecTV, DISH Network®, and iN DEMAND Networks to distribute NHL Center Ice, the League’s out-of-market subscription package. iN DEMAND Networks, which is owned by Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner, makes NHL Center Ice available to its cable affiliates throughout the United States.
Throughout the regular season, NHL Center Ice provides fans the opportunity to watch up to 1,000 NHL live games, many of which will be offered in High-Definition. Select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs (all games subject to local blackout) also will be available.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2007) - The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced NHL Center Ice Online, the League’s out-of-market online subscription package, is now accepting registrations for the 2007-08 season on NHL.com. NHL Center Ice Online provides fans the opportunity to watch more than 1,000 NHL live games throughout the regular-season, plus select games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs through a broadband connection on a personal computer or laptop (all games subject to local blackout). The NHL has partnered with NeuLion, Inc. to create a new and improved multimedia player for NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites which will stream NHL Center Ice Online.
Get your Center Ice package!!!
NEW YORK (September 27, 2007) – NHL stars Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks, Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks and Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators are featured in a new national TV spot promoting NHL Center Ice®, the NHL’s out-of-market subscription package, and the HD games available in the package. The ad will run on cable systems’ digital information channels and during the NHL Center Ice free previews from Sept. 29 – Oct. 9 in the United States and from Oct. 3 – Oct. 9 in Canada.
In the 30-second ad, NHL players are seen grooming and obsessing over their appearance in anticipation of the clarity and high-resolution picture of HD game broadcasts available on NHL Center Ice. In the promo, Heatley enjoys a mud mask facial, St. Louis climbs into a tanning bed, Thornton scrutinizes his figure in the mirror, a hair stylist tends to Luongo’s hair and Iginla plucks his eyebrows. The spot also details the features, benefits and ordering instructions for NHL Center Ice.
I do know there have been some issues with the streaming of Center Ice Online. Things seem to be improving but would like to get your take on it.
An ongoing discussion on it in the KK Forum too…
Game scheduled for streaming tonight.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, 7 p.m. ET
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. ET
St. Louis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m. ET
InDemand has Center Ice information up. Today is the first day it appeared online.
Free preview is September 29th - October 9th.
Puckhound61 just posted a link to NHL TV in the KK Forum.
If you are intested in watching the games on your computer this season, I suggest you take a look at it.
I have also embedded the video on the direct page of this post too.
The embed didn’t work very well, so I removed it and will try to make it work.
from Market Wire via Yahoo,
Shaw Communications Inc. announced that it will offer the NHL Centre Ice package to its Shaw Digital Cable and Star Choice Direct-to-Home satellite customers beginning with the 2007/08 hockey season.
continued... I know this has been an issue for some hockey fans in Canada…
THE NHL AND CANADA’S LEADING DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICE RENEW AGREEMENT TO DISTRIBUTE NHL CENTRE ICE IN CANADA
NEW YORK, N.Y. / PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (July 19, 2007) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and NeuLion Inc., today announced their partnership to bring a unique online experience to fans worldwide using NeuLion technology at the start of the 2007-08 season.
A new NHL Integrated Video Portal will be available via NHL.com and all of the 30 club sites to deliver high-quality video and other content. Fans will be able to navigate easily between live game content, video features, behind-the-scenes footage and game highlights that are viewable in multiple video windows or full screen.
NeuLion will power this NHL online video offering, which will include the following (pricing has yet to be determined):
I don’t have all the details yet but the WSJ is reporting that the NHL has a deal with IPTV provider NeuLion Inc. to sell its out-of-market package for live online viewing. Center Ice, until now sold only through cable and satellite, will run $169 for the season, about 45 games a week. It looks like a single-night option may be available for $15. According to WSJ, the games will not be interrupted by advertising—that would be a major change from the current local ads included in the various market broadcasts.
I am working on getting more information and will post when available…
added 10:13am, 7/19/07, from Cable 360 Net,
The ratings-challenged National Hockey League will expand its Center Ice live games package to the Web starting next season in an aggressive online push that potentially freezes out subscribers to its cable TV-based Center Ice package with In Demand. “We need to be nimble in this space,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the Wall Street Journal.
...the Center Ice Web package will run commercial-free and include HD video, highlights, pre- and post-game shows, stats and social networking.
note: original post was 7/18/07 at 9:50pm… Moved to top of page since additional information was added…
added 1:33pm, see this post for added information…
from MultiChannel News,
In Demand and league representatives confirm they’ve held talks to renew distribution of Center Ice; the current pact ends after the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The package provides access to about 40 regular-season hockey games per week from outside the viewer’s home area, plus some first- and second-round playoff games.
But cable executives said that so far at least, initial discussions for a Center Ice renewal have remained separate from talks about the NHL Network, or about a planned high-definition NHL service. NHL executives would not comment on the negotiation strategy.
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