Press Release #62 (10/6/10)
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE HITS THE ICE FOR THE 2010-11 SEASON BY GIVING FANS AN 18 DAY FREE PREVIEW OF THE NHL® CENTER ICE® PACKAGE ON DIGITAL CABLE THROUGH iN DEMAND
NHL Center Ice on Cable Offers Fans More than 1,000 Games, Along With a Number of Free Enhancements.
New Season and Free Preview Starts Oct. 7
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2010 - Hockey fans can get ready for an explosive 2010-2011 NHL® season with an outstanding offer from cable systems around the country. Cable systems are offering digital customers a free preview of NHL Center Ice from October 7-24, 2010, announced package distributor iN DEMAND L.L.C. and the National Hockey League (NHL). The out-of-market subscription package is perfect for fans who live away from their favorite teams, for fantasy players, or those who don't want to miss a minute of action from across the League.
With NHL Center Ice, digital cable customers can check out up to 40 live out-of-market NHL games every week across 14 channels, including a wealth of enhancements to enrich the viewing experience. Customers who order the package by October 31, 2010 will save with the Early Bird price, four installments of $42.95 each or a total of $171.80.*
2010 Free Package Enhancements include:
MULTI-SCREEN MOSAIC: This season fans continue to receive free enhancements, including the popular rotating mosaic of multiple screens. These show all live games in the package that are being played simultaneously around the League, along with score, time clock and channel location. The multi-screen mosaic can be found on the first channel of the system's package lineup.
SAME DAY REPLAYS: Returning this year are replays of same day games. Free to all NHL Center Ice subscribers, the package re-airs each current day's game beginning approximately one hour after live play ends so that fans can see games they might have missed. Each game will replay in its entirety, repeated continuously overnight and the next day, on the same channel, until the following day's live games begin.
DUAL FEEDS: Returning this year are the popular "dual-feed" telecasts, which deliver both home and away teams' announcers. Whenever possible, iN DEMAND delivers both the home and visiting team broadcasts of the same game so that fans can choose which telecast they want to watch.
STATS CHANNEL: Cable customers also receive NHL CENTER ICE EXTRATM, a live source for scores, statistics, game previews, game recaps and schedule information. This can be found on the second channel of the system's package lineup.
HD GAMES: The package also offers up to 12 games each week in high definition. HD availability varies by system.
Among the cable MSOs offering the package distributed by iN DEMAND this year are: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS, plus a number of independent affiliates.
Throughout the regular season this year, NHL Center Ice will give fans a chance to watch over 1,000 live NHL games, plus select games from the first two rounds of Stanley Cup Playoff competition. *Starting Nov. 1, 2010, the regular season price is four installments of $44.95 or a total of $179.80.
More information about NHL Center Ice is available at www.gethockey.com or www.nhl.com/centerice. Residential customers as well as commercial establishments can order by calling 1-888-SPORTS-iN or their local cable provider. Blackout and other restrictions apply.
About iN DEMAND L.L.C.
iN DEMAND L.L.C. is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting transactional entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through cable Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video-On-Demand (VOD) as well as on digital platforms. PPV programming includes movies, boxing and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern via its Howard TV On Demand offering. Content is delivered in both SD and HD. 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 The NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League's international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other major professional sport. The NHL entertains more than 250 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL NetworkTM) and radio (NHL RadioTM, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League's charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights CancerTM and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
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