NHL, Microsoft on Web Power Play

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The National Hockey League is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to offer two
Internet video-subscription packages of current and past NHL highlights.

'The NHL Highlight Machine' promises to offer fans nearly every goal, save
and big hit from the current 2002-03 season, for either $4.95 per month or
$29.95 for the entire season. Subscribers will be able to search the NHL's
video-highlight vault by player or team, event or date.

Microsoft is supplying the underlying technology, including the 'Windows
Media Video 9 Series' package of media player and digital rights-management

The NHL will also offer select classic games from its library for $2.95 each
for non-Highlight Machine subscribers and $1.95 per game for