NHL Network and Comcast Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, today announced a long-term agreement with the NHL Network to add the network to its Digital Classic level of service by the start of the 2009-10 NHL season. Under the terms of the agreement, the NHL Network will reach nearly two-thirds of the Comcast’s total digital customer base.
>> press release, via KK
Considering most of the Philadelphia area is monopolized by Comcast's cable services, the news today that the NHL Network will be moved off of the provider's exclusive sports tier and on to the base digital package is excellent news for the millions of hockey fans in the Delaware Valley. There is no word on when exactly the network will be added to our cable lineups, but as the press release says above, it will be in time for next season.
NHL Network carries exclusive games, live simulcasts of radio shows like NHL Live, and of course, their signature show, NHL On the Fly, which chronicles games throughout the night as they happen. They also air NCAA hockey, Canadian junior hockey, international tournaments, and American minor league hockey throughout the season.