NEW YORK/PHILADELPHIA – NHL Network and Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, today announced a long-term agreement with the NHL Network to add the network to its Digital Classic level of service by the start of the 2009-10 NHL season. Under the terms of the agreement, the NHL Network will reach nearly two-thirds of the Comcast's total digital customer base.
"We're excited to extend our relationship with Comcast and its customers by providing more NHL programming to more fans, as this is another important step in NHL Network's ongoing pursuit of broader distribution," said John Collins, NHL COO. "We are pleased that Comcast has seen value in the NHL Network to expand its commitment and are confident that there will be more expansion deals for the Network to come."
"Comcast is a major destination for sports fans, and our relationship with the NHL is an important part of our sports strategy," said Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition. "The NHL is seeing intense popularity these days, and as one of the largest distributors of NHL games we're happy to bring more fans into the living-room arena through our popular Digital Classic service."
In addition to live NHL games aired on NHL Network, Comcast's Digital Classic customers now will have access to special event programming on-location at NHL Winter Classic™, NHL All-Star, NHL Entry Draft and Stanley Cup™ Final, post-game press conferences, IIHF World Junior hockey, documentaries and profiles, the signature daily live highlight show – NHL on the Fly™ – which airs nightly throughout the hockey season and much more. Additionally, fans will have access to more NHL On Demand programming including condensed games, player profiles, historic games and more.