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NHL Slaps 'Online TV' Puck

20 Oct, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Dish-owned Sling TV becomes the first Web TV service to stream NHL matches

Sling TV has inked a carriage agreement with NHL Network — the first online TV provider to carry the professional hockey league.

Dish Network-owned Sling TV is also offering Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and “Broadcast Extra,” featuring ABC TV, Univision and UniMás.

NHL Network will stream more than 75 professional hockey games live, in addition to on-site coverage, interviews, highlights and analysis.

The network is available in the “Sports Extra” add-on pack for $5 per month with a $20 Sling Orange subscription or $10 per month with a $25 Sling Blue subscription.

Sling TV is not the NHL’s first foray into streaming video. The league, like the NBA, MLB, MLS and NFL, operates proprietary NHL.tv, a $24.99 monthly subscription streaming service (and app) affording live access to out-of-market matches.

The NHL in 2015 became a minority owner of MLB Advanced Media as part of a six-year, $600 million agreement that allowed MLBAM to take over all of the NHL’s digital properties, including NHL Network.

MLBAM subsidiaries include BAMTech, the over-the-top technology unit in which Disney recently acquired a $1 billion stake. 

Sling TV launched in 2015 with a slew of firsts, including first so-called “skinny bundle” TV service and first offering standalone streaming access to ESPN, NCCA March Madness and NBA basketball on TBS, among others.


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