The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) is amping up its digital activities, thanks to a contract extension with NeuLion.
The contract extension runs through the 2021-22 season and also includes several new features and supported devices on NCHC.tv, the conference's digital network, for the upcoming 2017-18 season. This includes mobile apps for iOS and Android, in addition to the already existing OTT apps with Apple TV and Roku. Fans will have the ability to stream video through their mobile or tablet devices to their televisions through Airplay and Chromecast, respectively.
Also new to NCHC.tv are timeline markers that enable fans to re-watch and navigate live and on-demand events, to re-watch goals, saves, and other big plays; and, users will have the ability to customise their user experience to their favourite school, including personalised, school-specific social feeds, stories, video features and other content.
"We're excited to continue to grow our partnership with the NCHC, expanding upon the already established hockey OTT service,” said Tim Vargas, SVP at NeuLion. “The newly added enhanced interactive features will give fans the ability to create their own immersive experience, to control when and where they want to watch all the action."
NeuLion and the NCHC first collaborated in 2014 to create, build and launch NCHC.tv, making the NCHC the first single-sport NCAA conference to offer a fully integrated digital network with live and on-demand content.
The digital network has grown in subscribers and revenue over the past three years. During the 2016-17 season, NCHC.tv delivered more than 1,000 hours of NCHC video content to fans, with a 35% increase in hours of live streams consumed from a season ago, the companies said. Live stream views were up 84% from the year before, and subscriptions have increased more than 50% from 2014-15 to this past season (2016-17).
"We are increasing the value of NCHC.tv and improving the fan experience by delivering new, exciting ways for our subscribers and fans to consume, engage and personalise their experience for both live and on-demand NCHC content," said NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton.