American Hockey League and NeuLion Announce AHL Live Partnership
NeuLion Inc. and the American Hockey League have forged a partnership to bring a one-of-a-kind online experience to fans worldwide, beginning with the 2008-09 season. AHL Live, now available on ahllive.com, offers hockey fans an opportunity to tune into their favorite team from anywhere around the globe.
The subscription-based service gives fans an all-access pass to watch live games for the entire season or on a pay-per-view basis, as well as access to live game audio and archived games, many of which are not available elsewhere on the Internet.
AHL Live will capture each of the league’s 29 clubs and stream 1,160 games throughout the AHL season, which began on Oct. 8. This exclusive service is the only way fans can watch live games online, where the viewing experience expands the reach of the AHL to a global audience.
“We are very excited about the start of our partnership with NeuLion,” says David Andrews, AHL president and CEO. “They have shown themselves to be a dynamic company that will allow us to bring the excitement and quality of AHL hockey to fans around the world. Our Internet properties are critical to our connection with millions of AHL fans, and the opportunities presented by NeuLion will allow us to deliver AHL games and content in new and exciting ways.”
Says NeuLion CEO Nancy Li, “NeuLion’s service provides an AHL destination site that creates a complete fan experience. Stemming from the success of the NHL Network Online, the new AHL service delivers an online experience that is truly unique. We are pleased to join forces with the AHL because we know hockey fans throughout the world will benefit from this service.”
Individual games are available for $6 each, and a team season pass is $140 for 80 regular-season broadcasts. Calder Cup Playoff games and the annual AHL All-Star Classic will also be available.
NeuLion and the AHL plan to offer additional service features — such as game highlights, player interviews and features, video-on-demand, and behind-the-scenes video — in the near future.