BCHL selects FASTHockey as its Digital Media Partner

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Fans around the globe will be able to watch BCHL games live and on-demand on a feature rich platform delivering a fully immersive digital media experience

Providing BCHL fans with a high quality experience, from video delivery through an array of interactive tools, will help support the leagues digital media initiatives...

The British Columbia Hockey League (http://www.bchl.ca) and FASTHockey (http://www.fasthockey.com) announced today a long term partnership offering a rich digital media experience to BCHL fans across the globe. The partnership begins immediately with broadcasting set for the 2012-2013 hockey season.

“Our agreement with FASTHockey not only provides us with the tools we need to raise the profile of our league but ensures our fans will have a first-rate experience watching games at home,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale. “We’ll continue to allow users to not only see live BCHL games but also get caught up on the latest highlights from around the league.”

Viewers will be treated to a world-class platform boasting breathtaking video, instant game archival for Video-On-Demand playback, advanced player features like pause, rewind, and fast-forward for live games, user generated instant replays, and full social integration. Additionally, they will be able to choose from home and away broadcasts so they can truly have a professional viewing experience.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with the BCHL,” said Marc Ruskin, President of FASTHockey, “Providing BCHL fans with a high quality experience, from video delivery through an array of interactive tools, will help support the leagues digital media initiatives and provide the teams and players with some great tools for promotion and advancement.”

FASTHockey will have each BCHL rink outfitted with up-to-date streaming video hardware and in addition to the regular season and playoffs, will carry all 16 games at the inaugural Showcase event in Chilliwack September 7 to 9, 2012. Additionally, the BCHL League Office and all of its member teams will take advantage of FASTHockey’s Content Editing and Syndication Suite empowering users to cut, share, and syndicate clips to their websites, blogs, and popular social media platforms.

About the BCHL
The British Columbia Hockey League began in the 1961-62 season with four teams and today includes 16 franchises across the province. Continually recognized as one of the strongest in Canada, the BCHL has sent well over 100 players on to the college level in each of the last four seasons. Since 1975, 129 BCHL players have been drafted by NHL clubs.

About FASTHockey
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, with offices in Detroit, Vancouver, and Amsterdam (planned for 2012) FASTHockey serves as a digital media partner of National Governing Bodies including Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and the German Ice Hockey Federation; collegiate governing bodies and institutions from the NCAA and ACHA; a massive number of junior hockey leagues and teams in North America; college preparatory and high schools; and youth hockey teams.

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