The NCHC has partnered with NeuLion to launch its own digital network, NCHC.tv, beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 season.
In doing so, the NCHC becomes the first single-sport NCAA conference to offer a fully integrated digital network.
NCHC.tv will allow fans to watch nearly all of their team’s games live, both home and away, while also viewing other NCHC action occurring at the same time. In addition to the live games, fans who subscribe to the network will have access to other live events, as they are produced, and will be able to access archived games and condensed games. Live audio of the games is also included with a subscription.
Among the free on-demand video available on the network will be game highlights, midweek and postgame press conferences, conference features, such as the Top 5 Goals of the Week, and unique hockey features from the NCHC members.
“We are extremely excited to provide an innovative and integrated concept to our passionate NCHC fan base,” NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in a statement. “The creation of NCHC.tv helps build the brand of the conference and improve the overall fan interaction and experience. This significant step forward is a credit to the vision of our member schools for wanting to create something that distinguishes our conference. We look forward to working alongside NeuLion to build the network and content long into the future.”
Individuals can purchase the conference season package for $89.95, which offers the highest value among all streaming packages at well less than $1 per game. For fans who only want access to their favorite team’s games, including road contests at NCHC schools, season packages are available for $74.95. Monthly and single-event packages will be available at a later date.
Any subscriber who signs up for a conference season package will automatically receive the NCHC tournament games available on the network. A separate postseason package will be available closer to the end of the season.
As of Sept. 10, individuals will no longer be able to sign up for live streaming hockey subscriptions through a member school’s website and hockey subscriptions will no longer be automatically renewed. For fans of Miami, North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha or Western Michigan who already have an existing subscription that allows access to hockey content through a member school, NeuLion will upgrade them to the conference level package on NCHC.tv for the remainder of their existing subscription.