Press Release #24 (3/19/09)
SOCCER IS BACK IN ACTION; A NEW SEASON OF MLS DIRECT KICK PREMIERES ON MARCH 21 WITH UP TO 130 GAMES
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL CABLE
Fans Can Jump-Start the Season With a Free Preview on Saturday, March 21
NEW YORK, March 18, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) is primed for a new action-packed season, and iN DEMAND Networks is delivering the MLS Direct Kick television package beginning on March 21. Digital cable subscribers nationwide will be able to get the full season of 130 regular season MLS games, plus select MLS Cup playoff games for only $79. A free preview is set for March 21, when soccer fans can enjoy three full games. Among the cable MSOs offering the package this year are: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan, Armstrong, Metrocast, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Openband, Toledo Blade and Pencor. Other systems will be added.
This is Major League Soccer's fourteenth season. This year, soccer viewers will be able to access approximately 3-4 games each weekend, plus pre- and post-shows for select games. For more information or to find out how to locate the package on their cable systems, consumers can log on to www.indemand.com/sports. Commercial establishments can access the cable package for only $100 for the season. More information is available by calling 1-888-SPORTS-iN.
Consumers can also find more information about the broadcast season at MLSnet.com. All MLS Direct Kick package telecasts are subject to change.
About iN DEMAND Networks
iN DEMAND Networks is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through three distinct areas of business: Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video-On-Demand (VOD) and high definition (HD) programming. PPV programming includes movies, mega boxing and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies, original HD VOD content, and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern, via its Howard TV On Demand offering. iN DEMAND's owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about the company can be found at www.indemand.com.
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and features many stars from the U.S. and around the world. Having recently finished its 13th season, MLS will have 15 teams in the 2009 season, which begins March 19: the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Toronto FC and, in its inaugural season, Seattle Sounders FC. A Philadelphia expansion team will debut in 2010. For more information about MLS, log on to the League's official Web site at www.MLSnet.com.
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