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HBO’s latest ‘24/7’ press release: series to air in HD over 3 consecutive Saturdays

Update: NHL.com posted "alternate viewing dates for Episode 1" at 3:11 PM: HBO just posted a press release regarding their installments of 24/7 coverage of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs:

HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League for 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC.Taking viewers inside a historic NHL matchup between Original Six™ rivals Detroit Red Wings® and Toronto Maple Leafs®, this innovative four-episode, all-access reality series debuts SATURDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

MORE ABOUT 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The show follows the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day. All episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

The executive producer of 24/7 RED WINGS/MAPLE LEAFS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

They've posted a promotional poster, too...

And if you missed the promos...

Update: NHL.com's weighed in:

HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy Awards, again joins forces with the National Hockey League for the all-access reality series "24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic," debuting Saturday, Dec. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET), exclusively on HBO.

The rivalry reaches its apex when the teams meet in the sixth edition of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the stage will be set for more than 100,000 fans to attend the outdoor event.

Coaches Mike Babcock of the Red Wings and Randy Carlyle of the Maple Leafs, along with a host of key players, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through busy December schedules.

For the first time, all four episodes of the HBO Sports HD presentation debut in prime time, on consecutive Saturday nights. Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays, Dec. 21 and 28, at the same time. The series finale debuts Saturday, Jan. 4, three days after the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, with cameras tracking all the drama of game day.

With 17 Sports Emmys, "24/7" is the most-honored sports series of the past six years. At the 2012 Sports Emmy Awards, the series received the Dick Schaap Writing Award for "24/7 Flyers/Rangers," the third Sports Emmy for the "24/7" NHL franchise. Launched in 2007, the earliest editions of "24/7" were devoted to boxing.

The executive producer of "24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; writer, Aaron Cohen; narrator, Liev Schreiber.

Episode No. 1

Debut: Saturday, Dec. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET)

Other HBO playdates: Dec. 14 (4:30 a.m.), Dec. 15 (8:30 a.m.), Dec. 16 (5:30 p.m., 2:25 a.m.), Dec. 17 (2:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.), Dec. 18 (5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), Dec. 19 (midnight), Dec. 20 (11:45 p.m.) and Dec. 21 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 15 (midnight), Dec. 20 (9:00 p.m.) and Dec. 30 (11:30 a.m.)

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Crater's avatar

I don’t subscribe to HBO, and i assume while i could find these in other locations for free… Anyone know if there is a pay per episode model here on itunes or somewhere else?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 12/09/13 at 04:30 PM ET

babymachine's avatar

Your best bet would be to have someone you know with HBO record it when it airs. It may be available on-demand after it airs, or on HBO Go (both require a cable subscription and HBO), but i’ve had trouble finding previous 24/7 episodes anywhere after they air, save for the DVD of the Pens/Caps which had its original accompanying music removed (bands like XX, Band of Horses) most likely because of licensing issues.

Then again, i believe the production on 24/7 has changed hands behind the scenes so it’s possible this may make it easier to access for non-HBO subscribers (iTunes, etc)...?

TLDR; find someone with HBO and watch it when it airs. Or have them DVR it so you can watch at a later date. Or if you have cable pay 20 bucks for a month and then cancel wink

Posted by babymachine from Portland, Oregon by way of Macomb, Michigan on 12/09/13 at 05:37 PM ET

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