NHL Center Ice won’t be free for fans after the lockout, and neither will NHL GameCenter Live. But both products are being offered at a discount for the 48-game regular season.
NHL Center Ice, the cable and satellite package, is available for $49.99 on inDemand (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent, Verizon FiOS and others). According to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Blog, DirecTV is selling it for $59.96, four payments of $14.99.
NHL GameCenter Live is available for $49.99, the league announced Monday afternoon. GameCenter allows fans to watch out-of-market games on their computers and other devices, including PlayStation 3, Roku, Xbox and iPads and iPhones.
There was speculation that the NHL, after a 113-day work stoppage, would offer either or both of the products for free. That did not happen, but the prices are discounts, even considering 48 games vs. the usual 82.
As per usual, NHL Center Ice will be offered as a free preview at the start of the season. The free preview this year runs from Jan. 19-31.