Press release courtesy the National Collegiate Hockey Conference
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. - NeuLion, Inc., a leading technology product and service provider that specializes in digital video distribution, and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced Thursday a partnership extension through the 2021-22 season. The extension terms include several new features and supported devices on NCHC.tv, the conference’s digital network, for the upcoming 2017-18 season. NeuLion and the NCHC first collaborated in 2014 to create, build and launch NCHC.tv, making the NCHC the first single-sport NCAA conference to offer a fully integrated digital network with live and on-demand content.
The digital network has grown in subscribers and revenue over the past three years. During the 2016-17 season:
- NCHC.tv delivered more than 1,000 hours of NCHC video content to fans, with a 35 percent increase in hours of live streams consumed from a season ago.
- Live stream views were up 84 percent from 2015-16.
- Subscriptions have increased more than 50 percent from 2014-15 to this past season (2016-17).
NCHC.tv will be Available on iOS and Android Devices
As part of the partnership extension, NeuLion and the NCHC will continue to build upon the success of NCHC.tv with new mobile apps for iOS and Android, in addition to the already existing OTT apps with Apple TV and Roku. The iOS and Android apps will be available prior to the 2017-18 college hockey season. With the launch of the new iOS and Android apps, fans will have the ability to stream video through their mobile or tablet devices to their televisions through Airplay and Chromecast, respectively.
“We are increasing the value of NCHC.tv and improving the fan experience by delivering new, exciting ways for our subscribers and fans to consume, engage and personalize their experience for both live and on-demand NCHC content,” said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton.
Enhanced Interactive Features
New to NCHC.tv are timeline markers that enable fans to re-watch and navigate live and on-demand events. Viewers watching live or archived games on PCs and iOS tablets can now watch goals, saves, and other big plays with ease. Fans will continue to watch games in adaptive HD through any device with increased playback features, including DVR functionality, picture-in-picture, quad view, slow motion and more. Through new features coming as part of a product rollout in December, fans will have the ability to customize their user experience to their favorite school, including personalized, school-specific social feeds, stories, video features and other exciting content.
“We’re excited to continue to grow our partnership with the NCHC, expanding upon the already established hockey OTT service,” said Tim Vargas, SVP at NeuLion. “The newly added enhanced interactive features will give fans the ability to create their own immersive experience, to control when and where they want to watch all the action.”
NCHC.tv is the only source for watching over 140 live games featuring NCHC schools, complemented with great video-on-demand content, including post-game highlights, press conferences, full archived games, condensed games, unique features during each week of the season, and much more! As part of the partnership extension, NeuLion will commit resources to help broaden the reach of NCHC.tv and deepen the content offerings available to fans. The NCHC and its member schools are also enhancing various aspects of their live game production standards.
“In an ever-changing linear and digital video world, we believe NCHC.tv, with the new apps and interactive features, along with great content, will provide all hockey fans an incredible experience to stay closely connected to the conference,” Fenton said. “We are excited to continue this partnership with NeuLion as we strive to build one of the best digital video experiences in all of college sports.”
2017-18 Early Bird Special and NCHC.tv Pricing
Once again, the NCHC is offering new subscribers to NCHC.tv a chance to purchase a Conference Annual Subscription at a discounted rate through an “Early Bird” Special. Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Sept. 15, fans can get access to all available games on NCHC.tv for only $94.95, a $15 discount from the regular 2017-18 price and less than $0.70 per game. Beginning on Saturday, Sept. 16, the cost of a Conference Annual Subscription will increase to $109.95 for any new subscriber. To sign up and get access to over 140 games, including all home non-conference games, almost every conference game, exhibition games and all NCHC Quarterfinal contests, visit NCHC.tv/packages.
School Annual Subscriptions, which grant access to all available home and road games for one NCHC team, will also be available beginning on Saturday, Sept. 16 for $94.95 (the same price as the Early Bird Special for a Conference Annual Subscription). Conference Monthly Subscriptions will be available for $26.95, while School Monthly Subscriptions will be available at $19.95.
As has been the case in past years, Conference and School Annual Subscriptions from previous seasons will automatically renew for the 2017-18 season on the original purchase date and those subscribers DO NOT need to purchase a new subscription. With the added technology and features to NCHC.tv beginning in 2017-18, those passes will renew at a slightly increased rate from the original purchase price, which will be detailed in an email to those subscribers. Conference and School Monthly Subscriptions will also auto-renew beginning in September with those subscribers also receiving an email in the coming weeks with new pricing information. For any billing questions, to upgrade from a school-specific pass to a conference subscription, or to cancel your subscription, please contact NeuLion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017-18 NCHC season gets underway with five exhibition games on Saturday, Sept. 30 while the regular season begins Friday, Oct. 6 with six NCHC teams in action, four of which will be available on NCHC.tv.
2017-18 NCHC.tv Pricing
- Early Bird Conference Annual Pass (Aug. 15 through Sept. 15) - $94.95
- Conference Annual Pass (Sept. 16 and after) - $109.95
- School-Specific Annual Pass - $94.95 (Available after Sept. 15)
- Conference Monthly Pass - $26.95 (Available after Sept. 15)
- School-Specific Monthly Pass - $19.95 (Available after Sept. 15)
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers solutions that power the highest quality digital experiences for live and on-demand content in up to 4K on any device. Through its end-to-end technology platform, NeuLion enables digital video management, distribution and monetization for content owners worldwide, including the NFL, NBA, World Surf League, Univision Deportes, Euroleague Basketball and others. NeuLion powers the entire video ecosystem for content owners and rights holders, consumer electronic companies, and third party video integrators through its MainConcept business. NeuLion's robust consumer electronics licensing business enables its customers like Sony, LG, Samsung and others to stream secure, high-quality video seamlessly across their consumer devices. NeuLion is headquartered in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.NeuLion.com.
About the National Collegiate Hockey Conference:
The NCHC is an eight-school NCAA Division I men’s hockey conference entering its fifth season. Its members are: Colorado College, the University of Denver, Miami University, the University of Minnesota Duluth, the University of Nebraska Omaha, the University of North Dakota, St. Cloud State University and Western Michigan University. Since the NCHC began play in 2013-14, 17 NCHC programs have qualified for the NCAA Tournament, including seven Frozen Four berths in the NCHC’s four-year history, with the conference producing the last two NCAA National Champions in North Dakota in 2016 and Denver in 2017. NCHC programs have now won a combined 19 NCAA national championships in their history.
For more information, visit the NCHC website at www.nchchockey.com.