|The NHL in HD - Live games are exclusive to Premier Sports.|
|Tue 28 Feb||Minnesota Wild @ Los Angeles Kings||Staples Center||04:00||Delayed|
|Wed 01 Mar||Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers||MSG||00:00||Live|
|Wed 01 Mar||Toronto Maple Leafs @ San Jose Sharks||SAP Center||03:30||Live|
|Thu 02 Mar||Carolina Hurricanes @ Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||00:00||Live|
|Thu 02 Mar||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Chicago Blackhawks||United Center||04:00||Delayed|
|Fri 03 Mar||New York Rangers @ Boston Bruins||TD Garden||00:00||Live|
|Fri 03 Mar||Toronto Maple Leafs @ Los Angeles Kings||Staples Center||03:30||Live|
|Sat 04 Mar||Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins||PPG Paints Arena||00:00||Live|
|Sat 04 Mar||Toronto Maple Leafs @ Anaheim Ducks||Honda Center||03:00||Live|
|Sun 05 Mar||Montreal Canadiens @ New York Rangers||MSG||00:00||Live|
|Sun 05 Mar||Vancouver Canucks @ Los Angeles Kings||Staples Center||03:00||Live|
|Mon 06 Mar||St. Louis Blues @ Colorado Avalanche||Pepsi Center||01:00||Live|
|Mon 06 Mar||Columbus Blue Jackets @ New Jersey Devils||Prudential Center||04:00||Delayed|
|Tue 07 Mar||New York Rangers @ Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||00:30||Live|
|Wed 08 Mar||Philadelphia Flyers @ Buffalo Sabres||KeyBank Center||00:30||Live|
|Wed 08 Mar||Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks||Honda Center||03:30||Live|
|Thu 09 Mar||Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins||TD Garden||01:00||Live|
|Thu 09 Mar||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Winnipeg Jets||MTS Centre||04:00||Delayed|
|Fri 10 Mar||New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes||PNC Arena||00:00||Live|
|Sat 11 Mar||Buffalo Sabres @ Columbus Blue Jackets||Nationwide Arena||00:00||Live|
|Sat 11 Mar||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Edmonton Oilers||Rogers Place||06:00||Delayed|
|Sun 12 Mar||Florida Panthers @ Tampa Bay Lightning||Amalie Arena||00:00||Live|
|Sun 12 Mar||Pittsburgh Penguins @ Vancouver Canucks||Rogers Arena||03:00||Live|
|Sun 12 Mar||Philadelphia Flyers @ Boston Bruins||TD Garden||06:00||Delayed|
|Sun 12 Mar||Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks||SAP Center||08:00||Delayed|
|Sun 12 Mar||Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers||Rogers Place||23:00||Live|
|Mon 13 Mar||Washington Capitals @ Anaheim Ducks||Honda Center||02:00||Live|
PREMIER SPORTS ANNOUNCE NEW 5 YEAR DEAL
WITH NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Broadcaster Premier Sports, operating on SKY, Virgin and via the Premier Online Player in the UK has today announced they will continue to be the home of televised National Hockey League games in the UK until 2021.
Key highlights of the new agreement include:
- Coverage of 15 games a week during the regular NHL season.
- Exclusive live coverage of 11 games per week.
- Live coverage of all Stanley Cup Playoff games and the Stanley Cup Final series.
- Continued daily coverage of the 1 hour NHL highlights show.
- For the first time on Premier Sports, full intermission and pre and post game coverage will be included on a rolling basis with the aim that within the first 2 seasons 80% of live games shown will contain these segments.
Richard Sweeney, General Manager of Premier Sports commented, “We are thrilled to come to this new agreement with the NHL which will bring our relationship to 11 years. The channel has built up a reputation as being the home for hockey in the UK and this new deal confirms that statement. We are also delighted to begin bringing full game coverage to UK viewers which will mean a new level of insight and enjoyment. With the addition of this aspect along with HD that was added in 2015 we are all systems go to showcase 500 games each season from the best hockey league in the world.”
“Premier Sports has been a tremendous partner, committed to super-serving hockey fans in the UK,” said David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President Media and International Strategy. “With the extension of our partnership and the expansion of Premier Sports’ NHL coverage, we continue to meet the demands of our passionate international fan base and hopefully attract new fans to our great game.”
Premier Sports operates via Sky channel 428, Virgin channel 551 and via the Premier Player online. The broadcaster currently holds ice hockey rights for the NHL, World Cup of Hockey 2016, CHL, SHL, KHL weekly highlights and the IIHF World Championships. It is also the home of the NRL in the UK along with the NASCAR Sprint Cup, GAA and football competitions from Europe and South America.
Q: What do I get?
A: Exclusive coverage of 11 live games per week. 15 in total. Live games are exclusive to Premier and include nearly all of the Playoffs and every game from the Stanley Cup Final. Games we select for live coverage are not available live through NHL.tv until 24 hours later.
- NHL "On the Fly" every day
Q: How to I make sure a game I have recorded live does not end before the game has finished?
A: This is a common problem with live sports and particularly NHL that can go to overtime. We give every live game 3 hours to air which is normally more than enough. We can't change durations at the last minute to extend the slot, nor can we give every game a longer slot than is normally necessary as this would conflict with other live events on the channel. Although you can extend the length of every record by 10 minutes in the SKY settings menu we recommend you record the program that follows to avoid a record cutting out. The alternative is to record the 1st repeat of a game that is normally shown the next morning/afternoon. This will have been edited to fit the slot.
Q: Intermission coverage?
A: For the first time we have worked with the NHL to bring viewers the real North American viewer experience and within 2 years plan to bring 80% of live games with full pre/post and intermission coverage. There are a few technical hurdles to overcome still so we are not 100% sure we will have intermission coverage available from day 1 of the new season but it won't be long. Within 2 years 19 of the 30 teams including all Canadien home games will have full coverage with other broadcasters being added on an incremental basis.
Other information relating to our coverage and that of NHL.tv Live online.
A: Included in the new 5 year contract for NHL broadcasts in the UK is an agreement that means NHL Gamecenter Live blackout restrictions apply to games selected for live broadcast by Premier Sports. Games that we may join in progress we allow GCL to show live.
This was agreed with the NHL based on the enhanced rights fee and the need for us to maximise and protect our investment in the sport.
Q: What games will be blocked live on GameCenter online?
A: 12-15 games we select to broadcast live each week, Most of the playoff games from rounds 1 and 2, all of the playoff games from round 3, the Stanley Cup Final matches, the Winter Classic and other outdoor games and the All-Star matches.
Q: When can GameCenter show the games they have to block in the UK?
A: They can make games available after 24 hours after the live game.