April 23, 2005
MediaZone Offers World Championship Coverage

MediaZone, a leading global online broadcasting provider of licensed video and audio content, and IHWC.net today announced their offering of the 2005 IIHF World Championship ice hockey games live online between the top 16 national ice hockey teams including Team USA, Team Canada, Team Sweden and Team Russia at www.mediazone.com/hockey.

IHWC.net is the official website for the IIHF World Championship and is jointly managed between the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and its exclusive marketing partner, Infront Sports & Media.

This year’s championship will be broadcast live online from Innsbruck and Vienna, Austria April 30 – May 15, 2005, with the games featuring many NHL hockey players including Mike Modano, Ty Conklin, Doug Weight, Brett Hauer, Aaron Miller, Mike York and many others.

For the discounted price of $29.99 USD (good through April 27, 2005, regular price $39.99 USD) global broadband consumers (excluding certain countries*) will be able to watch all of the games live online at www.mediazone.com/hockey. The service can also be accessed by visiting the IHWC.net site directly. This service is not available to subscribers located in countries where the event is broadcast on television.

MediaZone’s 2005 IIHF World Championship ice hockey channel will also provide the option for consumers to purchase each game for $4.99 (USD). Hockey fans will also be able to download or access the high-quality video stream of the games after the live event has concluded. MediaZone offers global broadband consumers the flexibility to watch the matches anywhere, at anytime and whenever they desire.

“IHWC.net has chosen MediaZone for the online broadcast of this event because of their ability to provide a high-quality customer experience and access to global broadband markets where the event does not normally have television exposure. This is great for the large number of ice hockey fans in these important markets, like the U.S.A.,” said Oliver Seibert, an Executive Director at Infront Sports & Media.

“MediaZone is honored to become Infront’s online distribution partner on this project.” said Michelle Wu, General Manager of MediaZone. “Given the substantial popularity of hockey in the U.S. and around the world, we are excited to be able to distribute the 2005 IIHF World Championship ice hockey games and bring this action-packed competition to the online consumer.”

MediaZone is able to stream the live games online in high-quality video, ensuring that the matches remain secure while managing international access, billing and customer care. MediaZone offers a complete solution for securing, marketing, selling, managing and distributing digital content via the Internet.

MediaZone is a sponsor of Inside College Hockey's IIHF World Championship coverage.

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