Hockey is once again gaining popularity in the United States and fans are trying to find content from the NHL wherever possible. NBC Sports carries the league’s games on television, experiencing a climb in ratings and proving that the sport does have a place in the country just below its homeland. While NBC Sports and NHL Center Ice are covering the video side of professional hockey, audio has been somewhat inaccessible. SiriusXM Radio carries the games for subscribers, but not everyone wants to pay for that service to listen to hockey games. NHL fans will be happy to hear that they can stream live radio feeds of NHL games for free starting in 2016.
TuneIn has partnered with the NHL to bring live play-by-play home and away feeds to its listeners without the need for subscription on a premium account.
Kevin Straley, TuneIn’s Chief Content Officer, said this about the partnership with the NHL:
“Over the past three months, we’ve seen increased interest and growth in TuneIn’s sports offerings. NHL fans are some of the most loyal and passionate in all of sports. We are thrilled to deliver home and away play-by-play to fans here in the US and with our global platform expand the listening to select international territories where many of these players call home.”
The partnership also gives TuneIn content beyond live games. Listeners can enjoy on-demand content that includes replays of every game. And an around-the-clock hockey channel will also be launched for superfans, which will see content come from the official NHL site.
NFL games were added to TuneIn Premium in October, joining MLB and the Barclays Premier League as the professional sports leagues giving TuneIn listeners access to games for $7 per month. But if you’re an NHL fan and just want to listen to hockey games, you won’t need to pay that monthly fee. Games from all thirty NHL teams in the United States and Canada are available for free.
TuneIn’s listeners can expect to see NHL content go live on January 1 when the puck drops at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, a game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
TuneIn Partners with National Hockey League to Bring Content to TuneIn for Free
Adding Another Major Sports League to the World’s Largest Audio Network
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — TuneIn, the world’s largest network and number one service for listening to real radio, today announced a partnership with the National Hockey League® (NHL) to bring live play-by-play of NHL home, away and foreign language feeds to TuneIn for free.
“Over the past three months, we’ve seen increased interest and growth in TuneIn’s sports offerings,” said, Kevin Straley, Chief Content Officer for TuneIn. “NHL fans are some of the most loyal and passionate in all of sports. We are thrilled to deliver the home and away play-by-play to fans here in the US and with our global platform expand the listening to select international territories where many of these players call home.”
The partnership gives TuneIn users access to home, away and select foreign language feeds for every game – from exhibitions, 1,230 regular season games, and every playoff game including the Stanley Cup Final. TuneIn will kick off its NHL events coverage on January 1st with the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough with the Original Six rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. NHL fans can also listen to special coverage of the 2016 All-Star Game in Nashville and the Coors Light Stadium Series.
Other hockey content on TuneIn’s free platform includes:
- On-Demand Content – Users will be able to listen to replays of every single in-season NHL game on-demand if they can’t catch the live broadcasts.
- 24/7 Hockey Channel – TuneIn will have a live 24/7 channel where users can listen to live and recorded hockey audio.
- 24/7 Team Channels – All 30 NHL teams will have a team specific radio station that will give fans access to daily recaps, analysis, press conferences, replays of historic games and other action-packed team content.
- NHL.com – Starting January 2016, TuneIn’s player will also be embedded on NHL.com making it easier for fans to listen to their favorite NHL content straight from the NHL’s homepage.
TuneIn’s hockey content is available globally, excluding Canada, for free via its desktop, iOS, Android and Windows apps. To learn more about TuneIn, visit www.tunein.com.
TuneIn is the most popular way to listen to streaming audio from around the world. With over 60 million monthly active users, TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s sports, news, talk, and music from wherever they are. TuneIn has over 100,000 radio stations and more than 5.7 million on-demand programs stemming from every continent, and is available for free across 200+ connected devices. TuneIn Premium lets subscribers listen to the NFL, MLB, over 40k audiobooks, and commercial-free music stations. TuneIn has venture funding from IVP, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Icon Ventures, and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.