Last fall Rogers successfully inked a landmark $5.2 billion, 12 year deal with the NHL to cover all Canadian broadcasting rights, beating out Bell and the CBC in the bidding process. We’ve already seen the new broadcaster hires for the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season and now Rogers has unveiled the details of their NHL GameCentre LIVE.
Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will allow users to stream all games online via the web and the NHL GameCentre LIVE mobile app, on top of other devices like tablets, and the app available via Apple TV.
This season Rogers says GameCentre LIVE will have over 1000 games, which they say is 50% more than last season, including the following:
- All national games – Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey, HNIC on Saturday, and Hometown Hockey on Sundays
- All Playoff games, including the Stanley Cup Final
- NHL All-Star Game, Bridgestone Winter Classic, Stadium Series
- Regional in-market games for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, and Leafs on an authenticated basis. And of course, Rogers GameCentre LIVE will continue to offer out-of-market games.
- Regional out-of-market games in French for the Montreal Canadians (60 games) and Ottawa Senators (54 games)
- Beginning January 2015, more than 100 games in French in Quebec, on an authenticated basis
Rogers also has hired NHL veteran Mark Messier as the Rogers NHL Hockey Ambassador. Here’s what he had to say:
“The number of games is incredible. Now I can catch every team, and all the players, in the games I want to watch. Any passionate hockey fan who wants more games, and better choice is going to love this app,”
Messier will participate in a live Q&A with the @RogersBuzz team, live right now (1:30-2:00PM ET), using the hashtag #AskMess. Users are asked to submit questions, such as “regarding Lay’s potato chips, have you eaten more than just one?”
For eligible Rogers customers subscribed to internet and wireless data accounts, they can register soon to get a free trial of NHL GameCentre LIVE until December 31, 2014.
For wireless data users looking to jump on the trial, the fine print says standard data overage/roaming charges apply, and one game streaming will use about 1GB of data:
Includes subscription only. Standard data overage/roaming charges apply. My Rogers account registration required. Some blackouts and other restrictions apply based on your location at time of viewing. Other conditions apply. Visit rogers.com/terms for full terms and conditions. Data consumption is approx. 1GB/game when streamed to a smartphone and approx. 2-5GB/game when streamed to a tablet, computer, gaming console or TV (varies based on length of game, stream quality, device and other factors). Data usage exceeding your plan allotment (overage) is charged in increments rounded up to the next MB or GB (as applicable based on your plan). Standard roaming charges apply when not on the Rogers wireless network.
NHL GameCentre LIVE usually costs around $160US for an entire season and a couple years it was offered for $49.99 CAD due to the shortened season. Since Rogers will be broadcasting more games, the cost for this season will be $199. As for the existing NHL GameCentre LIVE website, it now redirects to the Rogers webpage.
Also, there will be a French-only package that includes les Canadiens (60 games) and les Sénateurs (54 games) regional games for $59.99.
If users are able to subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE via the Apple TV and the in-app purchase process, if you are funding your iTunes account with discounted iTunes cards, you can save 10-15% off your subscription.
Let us know if you’re going to jump on NHL GameCentre LIVE this hockey season!