IIHF NEWS: Premier Sports to broadcast 2013 World Championship Games LIVE on British TV for first time!
Fantastic news, courtesy of the IIHF just moments ago, that an agreement has been reached with current NHL broadcaster in the UK – Premier Sports – to broadcast many games of the IIHF 2013 World Championships. Not only that, but they are also to broadcast ALL of Team GB’s games in the Division 1 championships! This is absolutely brilliant news, a coup for all British ice hockey fans who have been clamouring for the sport to gain more traction in the country. Ice hockey is clearly becoming one of Premier Sports’ big items since they picked it up in the broadcast rights fiasco last season, and kudos to them for really pushing it.
Unfortunately, being a Virgin Media customer, I am unable to subscribe yet. But all you lucky Sky customers will have the chance to watch some high quality hockey on a decent TV, no longer on crappy internet streams!
Here is the full press release from the IIHF:
ZUG, Switzerland – The 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will for the first time in its history be broadcast live on TV in the United Kingdom and Ireland including Great Britain’s Division I games.
Infront Sports & Media, marketing partner of the International Ice Hockey Federation, secured an agreement with Premier Sports. The channel, which operates on the British SKY platform, will show 20 games of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship taking place in Stockholm and Helsinki with a live game most days between 3 and 19 May 2013.
In addition, Premier Sports has acquired the rights to show all games of Team Great Britain, playing in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A carried out in Budapest between 14 and 21 April 2013. The games against Hungary, Kazakhstan, Italy, Japan and Korea will be broadcast live and in full length.
Premier Sports is currently received through satellite and is available in over 10 million homes via subscription in the UK. With the addition of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship rights, the channel continues to expand its Ice Hockey portfolio, which currently includes the NHL, with one of the most popular sports in Europe and the biggest annual winter sport event worldwide.