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NHL uses Telstra to distribute games internationally

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NEW YORK—Telstra and the National Hockey League (NHL) have signed a five-year agreement under which Telstra will distribute up to 1,400 games per year to rightsholders around the world through Telstra’s Global Media Network (GMN).

Initially, Telstra will supply NHL games to rights holders in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and plans to expand to other markets around the world.

Telstra’s GMN is a purpose-built video contribution and distribution network that supports point-to-point and point-to-multipoint sustained and occasional usage services on a consumption-based business model over traditional broadcast, IP video standards and cloud connectivity the companies said.

“Through its Global Media Network, Telstra offers a level of flexibility, creativity and commitment that allows us to offer tailored, customized delivery solutions on a market-by-market basis,” said Dan Kim, NHL senior vice president, media and international distribution and strategy. We will continue to share the excitement of live hockey with dedicated fans around the world and look forward to building audiences in new markets this season and beyond.”

In addition, Telstra will support the delivery of NHL content through its Broadcast Operations Centers in Pittsburgh, Sydney and London. These centers provide 24/7 monitoring of Telstra’s global media network, ensuring continuous stable and reliable connectivity to provide fans with the highest quality viewing experience, the companies said.

“This exciting new partnership fits perfectly with Telstra’s ongoing commitment to invest in its networks and bring new, innovative content delivery and distribution solutions to customers around the world,” said Adam Day, vice president of Enterprise, Technology and Broadcast Sales at Telstra Americas. “We look forward to helping the NHL expand its reach and bring the spirit and excitement of the game to more sports fans worldwide.”

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