Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/26/05 at 03:43 PM ET
In order to prime the pump for the return of the National Hockey League after the lockout that scrapped the entire 2004-’05 season, OLN is offering the opening night telecast of the Rangers-Flyers game free of change to all cable and satellite operators that don't carry the net on an analog tier of channels. While OLN will provide cable and satellite operators with the requisite information on how to access its Oct. 5 NHL feed, it is unlikely that the network will get many takers. The network is telling carriers that a minimum of 40 percent of their subscriber bases have to have access to OLN in order to continue getting NHL games past Oct. 10. At particular risk of losing OLN’s slate of 58 regular season hockey games is Cablevision, which carries OLN on a digital sports tier. Of its 3 million subscribers, less than 25,000 presently have access to OLN.
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