NHL Brings Live Out-of-Market Games to PS3, Roku, Boxee

NHL GameCenter Live, the league’s out-of-market subscription streaming product has arrived on PlayStation 3, Roku, and Boxee. The service allows fans to watch up to 40 live NHL games per week as well as on-demand access to game replays 48 hours after broadcast and to the NHL Vault, which offers over 500 classic from the past five decades.

The announcement comes on the heels of news that GameCenter Live subscriptions are up 25% over last year, as of last weekend.

“In order to serve our fans, we are continuing to respond to the convergence of technology, media and consumer behavior,” says Perry Cooper, NHL SVP of digital media. “With today’s announcement, we are able to deliver NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Vault to an extensive consumer base and significantly broaden the availability of our products to our fans across the world.”

NHL GameCenter Live subscribers who have free access to PlayStation Network can now stream live out-of-market regular season and select playoff game broadcasts in HD by downloading the NHL application on their PS3.  Fans that have an annual subscription to NHL GameCenter Live ($169) and a free PlayStation Network account can download the NHL application for $9.99 and access it under the “Video” icon on the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu. Additionally, PlayStationPlus subscribers can download the NHL application for free.

The deal makes PS3 the first gaming console to feature NHL GameCenter Live in HD. NHL GameCenter Live on Playstation 3 features live home and away broadcasts for each game, a live scoreboard, a customizable full season calendar, post-game highlights for all games, full DVR capability (pause, fast-forward, rewind and jump to key points of interest via on-screen data indicators displayed), condensed Games (10-12 minute highlights), and full length game replays of all games since the 2008-09 season. The PS3 application also provides fans with a full suite of stats, player profiles, standings, and schedules.

Roku and Boxee
NHL GameCenter Live is also available now for no additional cost to existing subscribers who own a Roku or use Boxee software or the upcoming Boxee Box by D-Link. Users can link their existing subscription to the NHL GameCenter Live app on either Roku or Boxee platforms.

The Roku service features all out-of-market games with home or away feeds, game archives from the current season, condensed games and game highlights, and NHL Vault.

The Boxee service offers full NHL GameCenter Live and NHL Vault acces in HD, post-game highlights for all 2010-11 games, a full game archive for all NHL bouts since the 2007-2008 season, and updated info and stats from NHL.com.

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