SPRINGFIELD, Mass – The American Hockey League made its new streaming deal with HockeyTech to broadcast AHL games for this upcoming season official Wednesday under the new AHL TV brand. HockeyTech already has an existing relationship with the AHL, providing real-time scoring and statistics for the AHL and all of its teams, as well as hosting both its website and mobile app.
From the AHL’s press release announcing the expanded partnership:
“We are extremely excited to introduce AHLTV beginning this fall,” said David Andrews, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Hockey League. “AHLTV reflects the high standards that our fans and stakeholders have come to expect from the American Hockey League, and HockeyTech shares our vision of bringing the excitement of AHL hockey as an enhanced digital experience to fans who can’t make it to the rink.”
“HockeyTech is proud to launch AHLTV in a true partnership with the American Hockey League,” said HockeyTech founder and CEO Stu Siegel. “Using the most advanced, cutting-edge digital technologies, AHL fans will have the most innovative multimedia hockey viewing experience available worldwide.”
TheSinBin’s own Mark Grainda had reached out to HockeyTech earlier in the day to confirm the rumored partnership after it appeared to have been leaked on TvTechnology Tuesday evening. HockeyTech had all but confirmed the rumor, stating that there would be an announcement regarding this topic in the afternoon.
Two of the most significant developments from this expanded partnership are the new, lower, pricing points and the addition of numerous supported devices. AHL Live’s regular season all-access package cost $349.99, while AHL TV’s is a much more accessible $79.99. A daily all-access package is $6.99, or about the price for a single game on the AHL Live feed. Team packages are $59.99 for a full season single team pass, or $39.99 for a home or away single team pass.
While AHL Live only supported computer or mobile app streaming, HockeyTech will be providing a product accessible on desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile devices, as well as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Android TV.
Perhaps the most interesting feature is HockeyTech’s ViPr system, which outfits every arena with a panoramic, high-definition camera to capture the entire ice surface, allowing fans to create a custom viewpoint on their phone.
Fans will also be able to cut video from their own feeds and share it with others watching live, potentially eliminating the need for a third-party gif maker.
One of HockeyTech’s most recognizable brands is LeagueStat, which is used by the American Hockey League and ECHL to house both their in-the-moment statistics as well as each league’s overall season statistics. LeagueStat also partners with TheSinBin.net to provide live scoring of the ECHL directly on its website.
Though the ECHL appears to be sticking with Neulion for at least the next season, Neulion is not well-liked by hockey fans, and with the more attractive price points and expanded quality, this is something which could change in the future.
HockeyTech is no stranger to streaming hockey, as it currently works with the USHL, CCHL, NA3HL and NAHL, EHL and BCHL among others. It is the standard of streaming for elite junior hockey leagues in North America.
Expect AHL TV to get its first big test Friday, October 5 when the regular season kicks off.