NHL Strikes In-Market Live Streaming Deal With Fox Sports Regional Networks
FOX Sports Regional Networks will begin live streaming local NHL telecasts beginning with the upcoming 2016-17 season. As part of a new multi-year agreement, NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) will be available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers.
The agreement also allows distributors, including new streaming services, to deliver NHL games via their digital platforms as part of their carriage of the Fox RSNs.
“We are pleased that hockey fans that subscribe to FOX Sports Regional Networks will now have more ways to follow their favorite NHL teams,” said David M. Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution and Strategy / Business Affairs. “We believe increasing accessibility to NHL games benefits not only fans, but the League and its partners.”
“We see in-market streaming as a valuable extension of the customers’ pay-TV subscription,” saidJeff Krolik, President, FOX Sports Regional Networks. “We’re happy to partner with the NHL to bring in-market streaming to hockey fans, and we look forward to collaborating with the league on this effort.”
FOX Sports GO, the live streaming platform that showcases more than 3,000 events a year, is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. FOX Sports GO is now available to more than 95 million pay-TV customers across the U.S.
FOX Sports Regional Networks have local media rights partnerships with 12 NHL teams, including the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, and Tampa Bay Lightning. During the 2015-16 season, Fox RSNs televised more than 900 NHL games.