This came to the Fang’s Bites inbox and is quite welcome news. While we await word of the NHL Center Ice out-of-market pay-per-view cable package, the National Hockey League has announced that its popular mobile and tablet app, GameCenter Live, will be discounted for the 2013 season at $49.99.
Compare that to last season when the price was $169.99 for a full season. That is quite the bargain compared to the previous price and I’m considering getting this for my iPad.
The NHL says the app will have several enhancements for this season including improved menus, and postgame video highlights.
Here’s the official press release from the National Hockey League.
GCL Allows Fans to Watch Out-of-Market Games Live on Computers, Smartphones, Tablets and Connected Devices, Including Xbox 360 for First Time
League Also Announces Enhanced NHL GameCenter App
NEW YORK (January 14, 2013) – The National Hockey League today announced that NHL GameCenter LIVETM, the League’s critically acclaimed, out-of-market, live-game streaming product, is available this season for the special price of $49.99.
The subscription fee of $49.99 enables fans to watch live and archived games featuring teams outside a fan’s local market across multiple screens, including smartphones, tablets, computers and connected devices. The special price is available for this season only.
NHL GameCenter LIVETM offers fans worldwide* the most robust live-game viewing experience with in-game interactivity, on-demand replays, DVR capabilities, highlights and more.
NHL GameCenter App
The NHL also announced significant enhancements to the NHL GameCenter ™ app, the official app that provides live streaming access and video highlights during NHL games. Available on Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads (and later this season on BlackBerry 10) the redesigned NHL GameCenterTM app now features more free video for users — including post-game video highlights, a live-game simulation with real-time shift changes and play-by-play for the ultimate second-screen experience in hockey.
The re-designed app also has an improved menu structure, allowing fans to transition easily from one section to the next and navigate more content than ever with ease.
The NHL GameCenterTM app, available for download beginning January 15, includes the following features:
NHL GameCenterTM (free)
· Live scores and stats for every team and player
· Live game simulation with near real-time shift changes, boxscores and play-by-play (new this season)
· Post-game video highlights (new this season)
· Video on-demand content featuring the best selections from NHL editors
· Full-season schedule and standings
· Customized game alerts
· Player profiles with headshots, bios and stats for all active NHL players
· Customizable settings for up to five favorite teams (new this season)
Upgrade to NHL GameCenter™ Premium** ($4.99 or free for Verizon tablet and 4G LTE smartphone customers)
· Live radio broadcasts (home and away)
· In-game video highlights
· Condensed game replays
Upgrade to NHL GameCenter LIVETM ($49.99 or free with broadband subscription)
· Live out-of-market game video (home and away)
· Access across multiple devices
· All NHL GameCenter™ Premium content
Verizon Wireless tablet and 4G LTE smartphone customers will continue to get access to NHL GameCenter Premium content as well as additional exclusive content for free. Exclusive free content for Verizon customers includes live streams of NBC network games, NBC’s Inside the Glass and NHL Network’s NHL On The Fly™.
NHL GameCenter LIVETM will now be available for the first time on Xbox 360 in addition to other popular internet-connected devices including the PlayStation®3 System and Roku.
NHL GameCenter LIVETM and NHL GameCenterTM were co-developed with the NHL’s strategic partner NeuLion. For more information or to subscribe to NHL GameCenter LIVE, please visit http://nhl.com/gamecenterlive.
NHL Center Ice
NHL Center Ice, the out-of-market live NHL game television product, also is being made available by many satellite and cable carriers for a special one-time price. For more information, please contact your local cable
*NHL GameCenter Live is not available in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden due to an existing agreement in place between NHL and Scandinavian broadcaster, Modern Times Group (MTG).
NHL games can be viewed instead via Viaplay digital platforms.
NHL GameCenter LIVE is subject to blackouts and other restrictions.
There you have it.