CBC set to stream NHL games


TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Friday said it will stream all of its 85 National Hockey League game telecasts this coming season for free at CBCSports.ca.

In addition to its "Hockey Night in Canada" telecasts, the public broadcaster for the first time will offer live and on-demand screening of NHL games via the Internet. The new service begins with the Sept. 29 matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, set to take place in London.

The CBC's decision to stream its entire NHL schedule comes on the heels of its March renewal of the long-running "Hockey Night in Canada" program for six more years (HR 3/27).

The contract renewal for the over-the-air Canadian TV rights with the NHL includes first-time digital rights that allow the CBC to stream hockey games on the Internet and cell phones as part of live or VOD offerings.

The CBC will share coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs with rival broadcaster the Sports Network, and provide exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup final.