Tune-In, the online streaming radio service has picked up another sports league. After signing the NFL, Major League Baseball and the English Premier League earlier this year, TuneIn has signed the National Hockey League. But unlike the other three leagues, the NHL will be made available to all. MLB, NFL and Premier League games are only available to those who subscribe to TuneIn’s premium service.
TuneIn allows listeners to hear radio stations from all over the world and has agreements to stream college football and basketball games and also sports programs and podcasts. The fact that the NHL has bucked the earlier trend of putting games on the premium service which costs about $8 a month shows that it wants to reach as many fans as possible.
The agreement allows for home, away and sometimes foreign language feeds for each game. The new deal begins on January 1 in time for the NHL Winter Classic. In addition to separate feeds for the games, here’s what fans can expect when New Year’s Day hits:
- 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.
So TuneIn continues to pick up sports content for its listeners in an effort to become the premier online radio service.