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DISH Picks Up 'Center Ice' Package

10/03/2002 10:15:00 AM Eastern

Littleton, Colo. - EchoStar announced it has reached a multi-year agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL) to offer the NHL Center Ice out-of-market game package to DISH Network customers.

Out-of-market NHL games will be available through the DISH On Demand pay-per-view services starting with the season opener on October 9.

NHL Center Ice offers up to 40 out-of-market regular season games each week from Oct. 9 through April 6, 2003. Select first- and second-round Stanley Cup playoff games will also be available.

A free preview of the service will be available to DISH Network subscribers from Oct. 9 through Oct. 15, and an early bird price of $139 for the season package is available through Oct. 15. The regular price of $159 will apply effective Oct. 16. DISH Network customers may also subscribe to a half season package beginning Jan. 6, 2003, for $109.

DISH Network customers may also choose to pay in three monthly installments.

EchoStar will place the Center Ice games on channels 540 through 549.

The opening games on Oct. 9 will include pre-game ceremonies in Raleigh, N.C., and Los Angeles.