In one week, another NHL season will be underway and our nights will be spoken for until June. Now that fall is here, so too is our use for the NHL Center Ice channels on our cable systems.
So, how much will it cost for this season?
If you order Center Ice before Oct. 31, your cost is $159.96. That's for the usual "up to 40 live out-of-market games" per week. There will also be a free preview from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19. (It's $167.96 after Oct. 31.)
We're waiting to hear back from iN Demand about how much the post-early bird special will cost. The early bird this time around is $12 cheaper than the 2011-12 season.
What's included for all that coin? The usual stuff.
From iN Demand:
MULTI-SCREEN MOSAIC: The popular rotating mosaic of multiple screens that shows all the live action games being played around the League, along with score, time clock and channel location, is back for another season. The multi-screen mosaic can be found on the “Game 14” channel of the system’s package lineup.
SAME DAY REPLAYS: Each live game is re-aired 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. Replays are available in both SD and HD (varies by system).
DUAL FEED TELECASTS: Whenever possible, iN DEMAND delivers both the home and visiting team broadcasts of the same game so that fans can choose which telecast and home-team announcers they want to watch.
STAT CHANNEL: NHL CENTER ICE EXTRA™: A live source for scores, statistics, game previews, game recaps and schedule information. This can be found on the “Game 13” channel of the system’s package lineup.
HD GAMES: The package also offers many games each week in high definition. HD availability varies by system.
Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision are among the major cable operators carry Center Ice yet again. (DirecTv has the same $159.96 early bird offer).
If you're one who prefers NHL GameCenter Live for your smart phone, tablet or streaming device, that will set you back $149.99 before Oct. 31.
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