NHL Statement On Euro Rights

06 Oct

The folks at the NHL were kind enough to send me this statement about the NHL’s European TV Rights. Here it is in its entirety.

“The NHL’s goal this season is to bring more programming content and live games than ever to our passionate and loyal European fans. In connection with that pursuit, today we have launched six native-language Web sites (Czech, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovak, Swedish), while NHL GameCenter LIVE enables our international fans to enjoy live and on-demand games via streaming video on broadband, mobile and tablet devices.

“On the television side, we continue to work throughout Europe to bring NHL hockey to our fans. While these negotiations are ongoing, we remain optimistic that we soon will soon have agreements to announce. We thank you for your continued patience, as we continue to work diligently toward this goal.”

The following are the local broadcast listings for the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere:

Friday, October 7:
2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm
7:00pm: New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings
TV10 and online via Viaplay (Sweden)

2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Helsinki
8:00pm: Anaheim Ducks vs. Buffalo Sabres
Nelonen Sport Pro (Finland)

Saturday, October 8:
2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Stockholm
7:00pm: New York Rangers vs. Anaheim Ducks
TV6/Viasat Hockey and online via Viaplay (Sweden), Nelonen Sport Pro (Finland)

NHL Live Games Online:

The 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Games will be available through NHL GameCenter LIVE everywhere except Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. In those countries, the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere games will be made available online via “Viaplay.”


Posted by on October 6, 2011 in NHL, Television


10 responses to “NHL Statement On Euro Rights

  1. Richard Varga

    October 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I hope they will have deals to announce pretty soon. Wouldn’t want to pay 150 bucks to be able to watch the games on an 11 inch monitor instead of the ESPN America HD.

  2. Peter

    October 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    That’s the best way to drive fans to alternate ways

  3. Thomas

    October 6, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Any news about all the mess over here? I would love to see the Maple Leafs play tonight!

    • paranoidpuck

      October 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      There’s plenty of news. Check the home page and go from there. The NHL put out a statement this afternoon.

  4. Donald King

    October 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My job is to promote ice hockey on European TV. This morning I was admitted to a lunatic asylum. I can’t understand why…

  5. Wojtek

    October 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Well, the statement might be news, but it is still pretty cryptic. do you think they are negotiating with ESPNA or are there other options in consideration? In other words are we to sit and wait for some more time (hopefully not too much) or should we start looking for other TV options in the near future?

    • paranoidpuck

      October 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      ESPN is in negotiations. Past that, the statement clears up some of the confusion over Viasat and GCL. It isn’t the most informative statement especially if youre in the UK but it’s the first one the NHL has put in months since AMI acquired the rights.

      Not much more I can tell you. I wish there was something more positive or definite but for now, this is the only firm news about what’s going on.

      • Wojtek

        October 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

        Thanks for the good word… Few of them around here concerning this matter.

  6. Benny

    October 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I used to watch on ESPN Player last season. It was only like $80 for the whole season. it was torrents before that. Looks like it’s back to torrents or some kind of VPN + streaming solution. Rediculous.

    • Benny

      October 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

      …from Sweden, BTW.


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