PLAINVIEW, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 -- NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), a leading enabler and provider of live and on-demand sports content to Internet-connected devices, today announced a partnership expansion with Sportsnet to deliver the Grand Slam of Curling via an exciting online sports streaming service.
NeuLion's proprietary Television Everywhere (TVE) Platform, licensed by Sportsnet, gives viewers worldwide the ability to purchase all 4 major curling tournaments throughout 2013 as a pay-per-view service. Additional features creating a best-in-class viewing experience include:
•Live streaming in HD •Quad view mode allows users to watch four matches on the screen at the same time, live or on-demand •Picture-in-picture mode allows viewers to watch two matches at the same time and/or to switch to full screen to watch either match
The Grand Slam of Curling product is in addition to the Sportsnet World Online service, also powered by NeuLion, which features a robust offering of live and on-demand sports content authenticated through various cable operators for viewers across Canada or as a subscription service. Sports range from over 400 international football matches including Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Scottish Premier League and World Cup Qualifiers plus premium cricket content such as Indian Premier League and ICC events to rugby content such as the Heineken Cup, the Avivia Premiership and the French Top 14.
"The Sportsnet World Online service is a big hit with sports fans," said Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President of NeuLion. "Fans want more video so we are excited to add curling to the offering as an interactive service that includes multiple viewing options and multiple device support on mobile and tablets, all with HD quality video. Both live and on-demand content are available with the service. Sportsnet World content and NeuLion's technology is a perfect match."
"We are thrilled to offer our Grand Slam of Curling and Sportsnet World content for our passionate sports audience," said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Sportsnet. "Not only can subscribers access all of the televised content on their computer, but now can access premier curling events around the world. This is a significant leap in delivering value to our subscribers in the digital age."
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers a true end-to-end solution for delivering live and on-demand content to any Internet-connected device. NeuLion enables content owners and distributors as well as cable operators and broadcasters to optimally address the massive consumer demand for viewing video content on laptops, smartphones, iPads and other connected devices. NeuLion's sports customers include major leagues, colleges & universities, regional networks and broadcasters. NeuLion's technology also provides innovative solutions to general entertainment companies and broadcasters. NeuLion is based in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.neulion.com.
Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, Radio, Print, Online and Mobile. Sportsnet is Fuelled By Fans, and delivers storytelling on a local, regional, national and global level. The multiplatform brand consists of Sportsnet, sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet 960 The FAN, Sportsnet magazine, Sportsnet Mobile and the Hockey Central app on iPad and Playbook. Sportsnet is the Canadian leader in NHL and MLB television broadcasts and is home to 162 Toronto Blue Jays games, plus MLB Playoffs and the World Series. Sportsnet is an official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and also offers an exciting sports lineup including the NFL, the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, the Memorial Cup, and soccer programming with UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, MLS Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and Canadian national team matches for men and women. Connected is the network's nightly news program, providing regional and national coverage of the day's events in the world of sports.
Certain statements herein are forward-looking statements and represent NeuLion's current intentions in respect of future activities. These statements, in addressing future events and conditions, involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of the words "will," "expect," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," and "intend" and statements that an event or result "may," "will," "can,""should," "could," or "might" occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. These factors should be considered carefully and readers should not place undue reliance on the forward looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, NeuLion cannot assure readers that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements are made as of the date of this release and NeuLion assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law. Many factors could cause NeuLion's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including: our ability to realize some or all of the anticipated benefits of our partnerships; general economic and market segment conditions; our customers' subscriber levels and financial health; our continued relationships with our content partners; competitor activity; product capability and acceptance rates; technology changes; regulatory changes; foreign exchange risk; interest rate risk; and credit risk. A more detailed assessment of the risks that could cause actual results to materially differ from current expectations is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of NeuLion's most recent annual report on Form 10-K available on www.sec.gov and filed on www.sedar.com as well as in NeuLion's most recent annual MD&A filed on www.sedar.com.
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