FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 29th, 2014
EPIX, NBC SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCE NEW YEAR’S EVE BLOCK FOR “EPIX PRESENTS ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC™”
First Three Episodes to Air on NBC Sports Network December 31 from 8-11pm ET/PT, 7C as a Lead Up to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at 1pm ET on New Year’s Day
New York, NY – DECEMBER 29, 2014 – Premium entertainment network EPIX and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) today announced that the first three episodes of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic™ series will now also be available in a special three-hour block on New Year’s Eve on NBCSN, the first time the exclusive series will be carried on the network, which is the home of hockey in the U.S.
Produced by 52-time Emmy® Award winner Ross Greenburg, the series provides viewers an intimate look at the Chicago Blackhawks® and Washington Capitals®–in their professional and personal settings, capturing all the action, drama, heartaches, and triumphs as they unfold. The programming block will serve as a lead up to the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day between the Blackhawks and Capitals, which will air live on NBC at 1:00 pm ET. The final installment of the series will premiere exclusively on EPIX Tuesday, January 6 at 10pm ET/PT, 9C.
“Our goal has been to expose this compelling content to the broadest audience possible, and by collaborating with NBC Sports for this New Year’s Eve marathon we will expand the audience even wider, reaching out to their viewers with this special programming block as we head into the live game on NBC, final episode on EPIX, January 6 and the premiere of our next series ‘EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Stadium Series™’ February 3,” said Ross Bernard, SVP Programming, EPIX.
“A New Year’s Eve marathon of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic™ is the perfect way to get hockey fans excited for the outdoor game the next day,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “EPIX and the NHL have done a great job extending the NHL Winter Classic® brand, which has become a New Year’s Day tradition.”
The series debuted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, on EPIX as well as on NHL.com, EPIX.com and a host of other digital platforms and devices. New episodes premiere each week on EPIX every Tuesday at 10pm ET/PT, 9C through January 6.
In addition to the New Year’s Eve showings, the NHL / EPIX collaboration is delivering unprecedented reach to the NHL® base of almost 60 million U.S. hockey fans with a unique digital all-access free pass to view the entire series. Fans will be able to stream each episode live as it premieres on EPIX via the following digital platforms:
- Online at http://www.epix.com/nhl and NHL.com
- Via the EPIX and NHL Facebook pages
- Via the official NHL app available on Android and iOS
- Via the official EPIX App on Android, iOS, XBOX 360, PS3, PS4, Roku and Windows 8
Non EPIX subscribers in the U.S. who wish to stream the series on demand and across their respective devices will have the ability to register for a limited free trial to the service at: http://www.epix.com/freetrial/nhl.
Join the conversation about #WinterClassic and #StadiumSeries on Twitter. Follow EPIX on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EpixHD and on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/EPIX. Follow NHL on Twitter http://twitter.com/NHL and on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/NHL. To learn more visit the official websites of EPIX (http://www.epix.com) and the NHL (http://www.NHL.com).
NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL) – including two games of the Stanley Cup Final — Premier League, Formula One, IndyCar, Tour de France, the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, and NASCAR America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Chromecast, XBox 360, PlayStation®, iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 50 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (http://plus.google.com/+EPIX), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX) and Vine (https://vine.co/EPIX).