NHL Coverage FAQ's
Q: What do I get?
A: 15 games per week mostly live including nearly all the playoffs and all of the Stanley Cup finals. This works out around 15p per game.
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Q: How to I make sure a game I have recorded live does not end before the game has finished.
A: This is a common problem with live sports and particularly NHL that can go to overtime. We can't change durations at the last minute to extend the slot, nor can we give every game a longer slot than is normally necessary as this would conflict with other live events on the channel. Although you can extend the length of every record by 10 minutes in the SKY settings menu we recommend you record the program that follows to avoid a record cutting out. The alternative is to record the 1st repeat of a game that normally is shown the next morning/afternoon. This will have been edited to fit the slot.
Q: Why do the host broadcaster feeds sometimes change during a game?
A: We take what we are given along with all international broadcasters of NHL. Sometimes due to issues that the NHL uplink centre has with specific feeds they may choose to switch to another source during a game.
Q: Why do you not always show intermission coverage?
A: The arrangement the NHL came too with host broadcasters did not involve them supplying coverage that was not filmed at the venue for international use. The signal that the NHL supplies to international broadcaster does not therefore contain any studio intermissions or pre-game. We can show it from certain broadcaster such as NBC who do make it available from time to time. We cannot however go and get a separate feed of every game from the host broadcaster and pay for their own programming that goes around it as this would be totally unfeasible with the amount of games we broadcast.
Q: Why is there no Hockey Night in Canada this season?
A: There are 2 reasons. The first being we do not want to be tied into showing Canadian teams during primetime Saturday games.
The second reason is we no longer have the shared fibre access across the Atlantic with Rogers Sportsnet. This means we would have to bring in 7 hours of programming every weekend ourselves using satellites at a cost of around £250,000 per season. This would also not include rights for the programming from CBC. Again this makes HNIC totally unfeasible this year vs. the number of subscribers actually willing to pay for that extra content.
Other information relating to our coverage and that of GameCenter Live online.
A: Included in the new 4 year contract for NHL broadcasts in the UK is an agreement that means NHL Gamecenter Live blackout restrictions apply to games selected for live broadcast by Premier Sports. Games that we may join in progress we allow GCL to show live.
This was agreed with the NHL based on the enhanced rights fee and the need for us to maximise and protect our investment in the sport.
Q: What games will be blocked on GameCenter online
A: 13-15 games we select to broadcast live each week, Most of the playoff games from rounds 1 and 2, all of the playoff games from round 3, the Stanley Cup Final matches, the Winter Classic and the All-Star matches.
Q: When can GameCenter show the games they have to block in the UK?
A: They can make games available 48 hours after the live event has finished.
Q: Why are Premier Sports making GameCenter block games?
A: The channel invested heavily in the new 4 year contract to bring 15 games a week of NHL to UK television. Protecting our investment is a priority which also means the long-term television coverage of the NHL in the UK remains viable.