Press Release #156 (2/27/13)
For immediate release
A NEW SEASON OF MLS DIRECT KICK PREMIERES ON MARCH 2, 2013 WITH UP TO 236 GAMES ON DIGITAL CABLE
Longest-Ever Free Preview Runs from March 2-9
Newly-Added Enhancement Provides Same Day Replays
NEW YORK - Feb. 27 - Major League Soccer (MLS) is primed for a new action-packed season beginning on March 2, 2013 and this year the MLS Direct Kick package on digital cable delivers more games than last year with up to 236 regular season MLS games, plus select MLS Cup playoff games . This year digital cable offers the longest-ever free preview, running a full week from March 2 through 9. Also, for the first time ever, the cable package will include same day replays for those who have missed games. Through an agreement between national distributor iN DEMAND and MLS, digital cable subscribers nationwide will be able to get the full 2013 season for only $79.
SAME DAY REPLAYS: Each live game is re-aired beginning approximately one hour after live play ends so that fans can see games they might have missed. Each game will replay in its entirety, repeated continuously overnight and the next day, on the same channel, for 24 hours or until the following day's live games begin.
PRE AND POST-SHOWS
The package will include pre- and post-shows for select games, delivered from regional sports networks.
Among the cable MSOs offering the package this year through iN DEMAND are: Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, FiOS TV, RCN, Armstrong, Metrocast, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Openband, Suddenlink Communications, Toledo Blade, Pencor, plus a number of other affiliates.
This is Major League Soccer's eighteenth season, and the league now has 19 teams. This year, soccer fans will be able to enjoy five or six games each weekend. 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 or call 1-888-SPORTS-iN.
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 www.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 18th 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; 2012 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; Montreal Impact; 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 and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For more information about MLS, log on to the league's official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.
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