Comcast Adds NHL Network To Digital Classic Tier

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Comcast will begin carrying The NHL Network on its Digital Classic level of service beginning with the 2009-2010 season, which will boost the network's potential audience from about 2 million to 10.8 million.

The deal for the National Hockey League programming service extends the existing agreement for another nine years, a source said, with a Comcast option to renew.

Comcast recently struck a new carriage deal with the NFL Network that moves it from a sports tier to the classic tier, the operator's second-most widely penetrated digital tier.

"This multiyear agreement extends our relationship with the NHL," Comcast spokesman John Demming said in a release. "We are one of the largest distributors of NHL games, including this week's' Stanley Cup finals on Versus and are a team owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. We are excited to bring more NHL action to millions of our Digal Classic customers."