How much does NHL Center Ice cost for 2014-15?

Center Ice

The 2014-15 NHL season begins on Wednesday, and you know what that means: Frantically calling your local cable provider to snag NHL Center Ice, that glorious out-of-market subscription package that provides Vancouver vs. whomever games to those on the East Coast staggering in at midnight.

We’ve got some details on this year’s deal:

-  Center Ice, which is provided by INDEMAND, has a suggested retail “Early Bird” price (by Oct. 31) of $159.96, or four installments of $39.99. That’s the same price as last season, so let’s hear it for consistency!

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- As usual, there are 40 out of market games available, with the usual local and nationa blackout restrictions.

- There’s an 18-day free preview of the service starting on Oct. 8.

- They’re bringing back the usual bells and whistles: Mosaic multi-screen channel, same-day replays and home and away feeds.

- It's available on Comcast Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS, Cablevision Systems, Charter Communications, RCN, as well as other video providers.

We’re going to have a big feature on the NHL’s new Game Center Live on Monday, which we’re sure some of you will be using as an alternative to NHLCI this season.