Portland Trail Blazers Fans Score Big With the NeuLion Sports Platform
In-Market Streaming for Fans Without Comcast SportsNet Access
December 04, 2013 --
PLAINVIEW, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 12/04/13 -- NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), the leading enabler and provider of live and on-demand content to Internet-connected devices, and the Portland Trail Blazers have launched a new interactive digital service that gives Trail Blazers fans who live outside the cable TV broadcast region the ability to watch their favorite team play online via Trail Blazers Live.
Now, fans that do not have access to Comcast SportsNet (the cable rights holder of Trail Blazer games) but live within NBA-approved territories can watch the remainder of the exciting Trail Blazers' season all in HD, live and on their favorite Internet-connected devices. This comes just in time for the team's best start since 1999.
Powered by NeuLion, Trail Blazers Live gives fans the ability to interact with the Trail Blazers online like never before. The NeuLion Sports Platform uses adaptive streaming technology to deliver a seamless high-quality HD fan video experience.
Additionally, a variety of interactive DVR functionalities allow fans to pause, rewind and replay live games, giving them control of how they watch the games and the option to relive thrilling Trail Blazers moments again and again.
"As an organization, we want to ensure that Trail Blazers fans throughout the region have the ability to access our game broadcasts," said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers and Moda Center. "One step toward accomplishing that is through live streaming in areas that have no other viewing option."
Fans can purchase the service by visiting: https://trailblazerslive.neulion.com/blazers/secure/loginform.
"We are excited to work with the Portland Trail Blazers and provide them with a viewing solution that enables their fans living outside the cable TV broadcast region with a way to watch their team's games, both live and on-demand," said Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion. "We have been working with the NBA for a number of years and this now gives us a chance to provide Portland fans in their local market with a new experience."
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers the true end-to-end solution for delivering live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices. NeuLion enables content owners and distributors, cable operators and telecommunications companies to capitalize on the massive consumer demand for viewing video content on PCs, smartphones, iPads and other similar devices. NeuLion's customers include major entertainment, sports, global content and news companies. NeuLion is based in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.neulion.com.
About the Portland Trail Blazers
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 29 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. With a corporate mission to make it better in the community, the Trail Blazers strive to help children and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington live, learn and play. The Trail Blazers are the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, became the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold Certification. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.
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