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.