Press Release #115 (3/8/12)
For immediate release
SOCCER IS READY TO SCORE; A NEW SEASON OF MLS DIRECT KICK PREMIERES ON MARCH 10 WITH UP TO 233 GAMES
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL CABLE
Fans Can Kick-Off the Season With a Two-Day Free Preview Weekend
NEW YORK - (March 8 2012) - Major League Soccer (MLS) is primed for a new action-packed season beginning on March 10, and this year the MLS Direct Kick television package delivers a significant increase in games from earlier seasons. Through an agreement between national distributor iN DEMAND and MLS, digital cable subscribers nationwide will be able to get the full 2012 season of up to 233 regular season MLS games, plus select MLS Cup playoff games, for only $79. A free preview is set for the weekend of March 10 and 11, when soccer fans can access up to six games.
Among the cable MSOs offering the package this year through iN DEMAND are: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan Communications, FiOS TV, RCN, Armstrong, Metrocast, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Openband, Sudenlink Communications, Toledo Blade, Pencor, plus a number of other affiliates.
This is Major League Soccer's seventeenth season, and the league now has 19 teams, with 2012 marking the inaugural season for the Montreal Impact. This year, soccer fans will be able to enjoy five or six games each weekend. Plus, the package will include pre- and post-shows for select games, delivered from regional sports networks. iN DEMAND supplies many games in high definition (HD availability varies by system). For more information or to find out how to locate the package on their cable systems, consumers can log on to www.indemand.com/sports.
Commercial establishments can access the cable package for only $100 for the season. More information is available by calling 1-888-SPORTS-iN.
Consumers can also find more information about the broadcast season at MLSsoccer.com. All MLS Direct Kick package telecasts are subject to change.
About iN DEMAND
iN DEMAND L.L.C. is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting transactional entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates and delivers programming through cable Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video On Demand (VOD) as well as on digital platforms. PPV programming includes movies, boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company also offers a range of VOD products including first-run movies and serves as the exclusive TV home of Howard Stern via its Howard TV On Demand offering. Content is delivered in SD, HD and 3D. iN DEMAND's owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about the company can be found at www.indemand.com
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer's 17th season will feature 19 clubs each playing 34 regular-season matches. Those clubs include the Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; Vancouver Whitecaps FC; and, in their inaugural season, Montreal Impact. For more information about MLS, log on to the league's official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.
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