NHL Network (U.S. TV network)

NHL Network is an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network that is a joint venture between the National Hockey League (which owns a controlling 84.4% interest) and NBCUniversal (which owns the remaining 15.6%). Dedicated to ice hockey, the network features live game telecasts from the NHL and other professional and collegiate hockey leagues, as well as NHL-related content including analysis programs, specials and documentaries.

The channel's headquarters and studios are located in the Secaucus, New Jersey facilities also utilized by MLB Network.

NHL Network
NHL Network 2012
LaunchedOctober 1, 2007
Owned byNational Hockey League (84.4%)
NBCUniversal (15.6%)[1]
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganWhere the NHL Gets Hockey
CountryUnited States Americas
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States
Caribbean
HeadquartersSecaucus, New Jersey, United States
Sister channel(s)NBCSN
Golf Channel
MLB Network
WebsiteNHLNetwork.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV215 (HD/SD)
Alternate feed:
215-1 (HD)
Dish Network157 (HD/SD)
DishHD (Taiwan)6365 (HD)
Cable
Spectrum324 (1324)
Verizon FiOS587 (HD)
87 (SD)
Available on most other U.S. cable systemsConsult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Uverse1638 (HD)
638 (SD)
Streaming media
DirecTV Now (Grandfathered Plans Only)Internet Protocol Television
Sling TVInternet Protocol Television

History

Nhlnetwork
The original logo used from 2007 to 2009.

Launched on October 1, 2007, the NHL Network was developed out of a joint venture between the NHL and cable provider Comcast, as part of a broadcast rights agreement that resulted in the NBC Sports Network (then known as Outdoor Life Network) acquiring partial cable television rights to regular season, and Stanley Cup playoff and finals games from the National Hockey League.[2]

The NHL Network originally shared some programming with its former sister network in Canada, with the main differences in programming between the two networks being the carriage of domestically targeted commercials and live game telecasts; NHL Network in the U.S. primarily carries broadcasts from Canadian national rightsholders (such as CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet, and formerly TSN), while the Canadian feed primarily carried games from U.S. broadcasters. The channel also picks up simulcasts of games from regional rightsholders; live games on NHL Network that involve U.S. teams are non-exclusive, and are blacked out in the markets of U.S. teams involved in favor of local broadcasters.

NHL Network 2009
Logo used from 2009 to 2011.

The league hired Ascent Media to manage and distribute the channel, through its publicly traded subsidiary, Ascent Media Network Services. When it launched, the NHL Network became the third sports-oriented cable network devoted to programming from and controlled by a major sports league, following the National Basketball Association-owned NBA TV (which launched in March 1999) and the National Football League-owned NFL Network (which launched in November 2003); Major League Baseball would launch its own sports channel, MLB Network, on January 1, 2009.

NHL Network 2011
Logo used from 2011 to 2012.

On June 1, 2015, The Globe and Mail columnist David Shoalts reported that NHL Network in Canada would cease operations on September 1, 2015; national media rights to the NHL in Canada had been acquired by Rogers Communications beginning in the 2014-15 season, and the Bell Media staff members who managed the network's Canadian arm on behalf of the NHL were laid off that July.[3][4]

In August 2015, it was announced that the NHL had reached a six-year deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to take over the management of the NHL's digital properties, as well as NHL Network. Operations and production of NHL Network's programming was shifted from Toronto to the Secaucus, New Jersey facilities of MLB Network.[3][5] There has been minor talent sharing between the networks, and MLB Network cross-promoted an NHL Stadium Series game at Coors Field by building a scale hockey rink in its Studio 42 (which itself is designed to resemble a scaled baseball field).[6] For much of the 2015-16 season, NHL Network studio programs originated from redressed versions of existing MLB Network sets (much of the NHL regular season falls during the MLB offseason). In April 2016, coinciding with the start of the playoffs, NHL Network introduced its own 1,200 square-foot studio, "The Rink".[7]

Carriage agreements

Comcast, owners of the league's current cable partner NBCSN, is also the largest cable television provider in the United States. The company was contractually obligated to carry NHL Network on its systems by the summer of 2007 at the latest, so it would be available in time for the 2007–08 NHL season.[8] Both Comcast and the NHL had an option to terminate their contract after the 2006–07 season, which would have voided Comcast's obligation to launch a U.S. version of NHL Network, but opted to proceed with the launch.[9]

Since its official launch in the United States, the NHL Network announced on October 8, 2007 that it would begin being carried that month on Cablevision, Charter, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, Xfinity and Time Warner Cable through carriage agreements that were struck with each of the providers.[10] DirecTV has aired NHL Network on channel 215 since October 31, 2007.[11][12] Going forward, any provider that already carries NHL Center Ice was expected to begin carrying NHL Network on one of its programming tiers. Some providers offer NHL Network's high definition simulcast feed, which broadcasts all live games in HD.

NHL.com announced on January 12, 2009 that AT&T U-verse would begin carrying the channel.[13] This was followed on June 2, 2009 with the announcement that NHL Network and Comcast had reached an agreement to carry the channel on the provider's Digital Classic Tier, which increased subscribership of the channel from the then-estimated two million subscribers in its placement on the "Sports Entertainment" tier to over 10 million on its Digital Classic package.[14] Internationally, the network began to be distributed in Taiwan in 2010 on satellite provider DishHD.

The channel is also available on over-the-top services like DirecTV Now (Through Grandfathered plans only that were only available before revamp) and Sling TV.

Carriage disputes

On October 1, 2011, AT&T U-verse dropped NHL Network due to a carriage dispute over a planned increase in retransmission payments.[15] On November 18, 2016, the NHL Network returned to AT&T U-verse following a five-year hiatus.

Programming

2017 NHL Entry Draft (35513219955) (NHL Network)
NHL Network broadcast set at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
2015 NHL Winter Classic 2015-01-01 12.36.45 (17429222462)
NHL Network broadcast set at the 2015 NHL Winter Classic

Hockey telecasts

  • National Hockey League – NHL Network broadcasts up to 80 regular season NHL games six days a week. Some Saturday games broadcast by the network are sourced by Canadian television group Rogers Media's Hockey Night in Canada telecasts.[16]
  • NCAA Hockey – The network holds broadcast rights to live NCAA college hockey games, which air Friday nights during the season.
  • World Junior Championship – A preeminent worldwide junior tournament held annually that features national hockey teams from 10 countries in an elimination contest for a gold medal.
  • Minor League Hockey – NHL Network maintains broadcast rights to live and tape-delayed coverage of American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL games.
  • Memorial Cup – The network runs the annual junior hockey tournament, in which league champions from the Western Hockey League (WHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) compete for the Memorial Cup championship trophy.

Other programs

  • NHL Tonight (formerly NHL on the Fly) – NHL Network's signature show, which covers on- and off-ice NHL news with highlights, interviews and analysis. Airs nightly at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • NHL on the Fly (formerly NHL on the Fly: Final) – This program covers on- and off-ice NHL news with highlights, interviews and analysis. Airs nightly at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time or after each day's scheduled games are completed. The series debuted on December 26, 2011.
  • NHL Now – A two-hour program that features interviews with NHL players and insight from NHL insiders (such as Bob McKenzie, Kevin Allen and Ed Olczyk). The program also shows viewers voicing their opinions from social media on noteworthy news from the day. Broadcasting live from Studio K at MLB Network Studios, the program airs weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Sportsnet Hockey Central at Noon - Talk program hosted by Daren Millard and features analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean
  • Top 10 – A countdown program focusing on hockey-related topics, from great performances to memorable moments.
  • Frozen in Time – A retrospective program that features a look back at the greatest moments in the NHL from players, teams, and special events.
  • Classic Series – A collection of highlights from a past Stanley Cup Playoff series.
  • Vintage Games – NHL Network airs archived broadcasts of past NHL games in their entirety from the game's original broadcaster.
  • Pioneers – A profile series in which NHL legends discuss their groundbreaking careers.
  • NHL Movie Night/NHL Flicks – A movie program that airs hockey-related theatrical films.
  • NHL Network also has the right to air various Stanley Cup films from the winning teams from different years.

On-air staff

References

  1. ^ Comcast
  2. ^ NHL.com
  3. ^ a b "The NHL/MLBAM deal is worth $1.2 billion over six years, involves equity, NHL Network shift". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  4. ^ Shoalts, David [@dshoalts] (June 1, 2015). "Bad news last week for about 20 staffers at NHL Network Canada. They were told league is closing Canadian operation Sept. 1" (Tweet). Retrieved July 17, 2015 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "What we know about the NHL on TV, radio and streaming media in 2015-16". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "MLB and NHL Networks to cross-promote this weekend's NHL Stadium Series game in Denver". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ "NHL Network unveils new hockey-themed set "The Rink"". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  8. ^ Media Week
  9. ^ Sports Business Journal
  10. ^ nhl.com
  11. ^ DishNetwork.com(Packages)
  12. ^ DishNetwork.com(CenterIce Package)
  13. ^ "AT&T U-Verse TV channel lineup scores NHL Network and NHL Network HD". NHL.com. January 12, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2009.
  14. ^ Comcast to Carry NHL Network on Digital Classic Tier, Broadcasting & Cable, June 2, 2009
  15. ^ The Puck Stops Here: NHL Net Goes Dark On U-Verse Multichannel News October 1, 2011
  16. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?season=20122013&gameType=2&team=&network=NBCSN&venue=

External links

NHL Network

NHL Network may refer to:

NHL Network (Canadian TV network)

NHL Network (U.S. TV network)

NHL Network (Latin America)

NHL Network (1975–79)

NHL Network (Canadian TV network)

NHL Network was a Canadian English language Category B specialty television channel broadcasting ice hockey programming. The channel's primary focus was on the National Hockey League (NHL), although it occasionally aired games from other leagues, such as minor league and international circuits, to fill its schedule.

The channel was owned by the NHL Network Inc., a venture consisting of the National Hockey League and two of its Canadian member franchises, CTV Specialty Television Inc. (a division of Bell Media and ESPN Inc.), and Insight Sports Ltd. The network's ownership structure, which gave the league only an 11.6% interest, was due in part to foreign ownership restrictions for Canadian broadcasters, which prevented the NHL (which, during the channel's existence, was owned by 30 member franchises, of which at least 23 were based in the United States) from exercising majority ownership directly.

The network's Canadian operations were managed by Bell-owned TSN, the now-former cable rightsholder of the NHL in Canada. Following Rogers Communications' acquisition of sole national media rights to the NHL in Canada, the Bell Media staff members who operated the network were laid off in July 2015, and NHL Network was shut down entirely on September 1, 2015.

The network's U.S. version was not affected by the shutdown; its operations were migrated to the Secaucus, New Jersey facilities of MLB Network as part of a wider partnership between the league and MLB Advanced Media.

Scott Braun

Scott Braun is an MLB Network and NHL Network (U.S. TV network) studio host and reporter, appearing across programming including the Emmy Award-winning "MLB Tonight" as well as "MLB Now," "The Rundown," "High Heat," "Quick Pitch," "Plays of the Week," "NHL Tonight," "NHL Now" and "On The Fly." In addition to his studio work, Braun is a play-by-play announcer for MLB Network and MLB.com game telecasts including the World Baseball Classic and JUCO World Series. Braun joined MLB Network in 2012 and NHL Network in 2015.

Braun also serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for Pac-12 Network and SNY, including New York Mets games, and as a host on sports talk radio shows on SiriusXM. Prior to joining MLB Network, Braun served as a college basketball play-by-play announcer for ESPN and the host of ESPN.com's Heat Index, covering the Miami Heat. In addition to his work for ESPN, Braun reported feature stories around the country for CBS Sports Network and was a studio host on CBSSports.com, including Fantasy Football Today. Previously, Braun was an anchor for Westwood One National Radio during the 2014 Olympics. Braun was the play-by-play voice for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League for two seasons. Additional television credits include reporting on the red carpet for E! as well as hosting and reporting on NBC-6 Miami and SunSports.

Braun graduated from the University of Miami, with a double major in broadcast journalism and sports administration. In 2008, Braun received the Society of Professional Journalism Award for Journalism Excellence in Miami.

Sportsnet

Sportsnet is a Canadian English-language sports specialty service. It was established in 1998 as CTV Sportsnet, a joint venture between CTV, Liberty Media, and Rogers Media. CTV parent Bell Globemedia then was required to divest its stake in the network following its 2001 acquisition of competing network TSN. Rogers then became the sole owner of Sportsnet in 2004 after it bought the remaining minority stake that was held by Fox.The Sportsnet license comprises four 24-hour programming services; Sportsnet was originally licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as a category A service, operating as a group of regional sports networks offering programming tailored to each feed's region (in contrast to TSN, which was licensed at the time to operate as a national sports service, and could only offer limited regional opt-outs). Since 2011, the service has operated under deregulated category C licensing, which allows Sportsnet to operate multiple feeds with no restrictions on alternate programming. In each region, only the local Sportsnet channel is available on analogue cable, but all four channels are available nationally via digital cable (subject to blackouts for some out-of-market teams).

The four Sportsnet feeds air some common programming and simulcast major, national events, but are capable of airing programming autonomously—most prominently regional programming. Sportsnet is the national cable rightsholder of the National Hockey League, and also holds regional rights to five of the league's Canadian franchises. It is also the national rightsholder of Major League Baseball in Canada (although most of ESPN's MLB broadcasts are sub-licensed to rival network TSN), and the exclusive broadcaster of the co-owned Toronto Blue Jays. It also splits regional coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors with TSN; Rogers Communications and TSN's parent company Bell Canada own a joint majority stake in the teams' parent company.

The Sportsnet brand has since been extended beyond the original regional channels, now encompassing the national channels Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet One (and its regional part-time companion channels), and Sportsnet World; Sportsnet Radio stations in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary; and Sportsnet Magazine. With these brand extensions, Rogers now generally uses "Sportsnet" (by itself) to denote its sports media properties as a whole, and on-air promotions for programs being carried nationally by these four regional feeds often list all four channels separately, or refer to the Sportsnet "regional" (or "main") channels, to avoid any ambiguity. However, standalone mentions of "Sportsnet" in reference to a specific channel can still generally be assumed to be referring to the four regional channels (or the specific regional channel available locally on analogue cable).

According to Rogers, Sportsnet is available in 8.2 million Canadian homes.

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