Telstra signs five-year NHL distribution deal
Telstra and the National Hockey League (NHL) have signed a five-year agreement to distribute up to 1,400 games per year using Telstra’s Global Media Network (GMN).
The deal will see Telstra deliver NHL games to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the company confirmed it has plans to expand this to other markets worldwide.
Telstra’s GMN is a purpose-built video contribution and distribution network supporting permanent and occasional use services from point-to-point and point-to-multipoint on a consumptive-based business model across traditional broadcast, IP video standards and cloud connectivity.
Dan Kim, NHL SVP for media and international distribution and strategy said: “With their Global Media Network, Telstra offers a level of flexibility, creativity and commitment that allow us to provide tailored, custom delivery solutions on a market-by-market basis.
“We will continue to share the excitement of live hockey with avid fans around the world and look forward to building audiences in new markets this season and beyond.”
Telstra adds that it will support the delivery of the NHL content through its broadcast operations centre in Pittsburgh, Sydney and London.
The centres provide 24/7 monitoring of Telstra GMN, “ensuring continuous stable and reliable connectivity” according to the company.
Adam Day, vice president of enterprise, technology and broadcast sales for Telstra, said: “This exciting new partnership coincides perfectly with Telstra’s ongoing commitment to invest in its networks and offer new, innovative content delivery and distribution solutions to customers around the world.
“We look forward to helping the NHL expand its reach and showcase the spirit and excitement of the game to more sports fans globally.”