OLN, the cable home of the National Hockey League, will continue their coverage of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday with Game 7 between the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Calgary Flames. Each week night through the first two rounds of the playoffs, OLN will feature approximately six hours of hockey content, which will include one to two playoff games, as well as a studio wrap-up show. NBC will carry weekend coverage of the playoffs.
OLN anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series. In addition to game coverage, the network will be adding hockey-themed programming to run throughout the playoffs. From documentaries and dramatic films to classic games and original series, hockey fans will be able to satisfy their hockey cravings at OLN and OLNTV.com which, from April 21 - June 7, become "Hockey Central" as 16 teams go to battle during The Quest for the Cup. In total, OLN will present more than 260 hours of hockey and hockey-themed content.
In the conference quarterfinals, from April 21-May 4, OLN anticipates covering 15 -20 games. This is also true of the conference semi-finals, which run from May 5-May 17. During the conference finals, which will take place from May 19-June 2, the network will present both series, anywhere between 7 and 12 games, depending on series outcomes. OLN's Stanley Cup coverage will culminate with the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final on June 5 and June 7. The network will also take advantage of hi-definition technology, presenting one series in both the quarterfinals and semi-finals in HD, as well as both series in the conference finals. Games one and two of the Stanley Cup Final will also be available in hi def. Throughout the playoffs, OLN will, when feasible, simulcast games from Canadian networks and domestic regional networks covering the playoffs, thereby giving hockey fans access to even more playoffs action.
Each night OLN features a playoff match up, the network will deliver a condensed highlight version of the game that will be distributed via the network's VOD platform. These will be available the morning after game play, so that hockey fans who may have missed the game the night before can make sure they do not miss out on the action.
OLN's Web site will continue to provide exhaustive information about the NHL and The Quest for the Cup, including editorial coverage from some of the most knowledgeable hockey sources. For the playoffs, specifically, the Web site will ramp up daily coverage to include highlights from all of OLN's games as well as daily insider video featuring OLN's talent. Each night after the studio show, OLN's talent will film Web-exclusive content that will give an insider scoop on what has happened to-date in the playoffs, as well as their predictions for the future. The web site will unveil interactive elements for fans, including polls and contests, when the playoffs begin on April 21.
OLN (OLNTV.com) is the leader in competitive and adrenaline-charged content. Now in more than 63 million homes, OLN is the cable home of the National Hockey League and best-in-class events like The Tour de France, The America's Cup, Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the Boston Marathon and USSA Skiing. The network offers unique programming in four primary areas: Action Sports, Field Sports, Bulls & Rodeo and Awe-Inspiring Series, and is the exclusive home of Survivor in syndication. OLN, a wholly owned company of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.