The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and leading technology service provider NeuLion, Inc. have announced today the launch of MAAC.TV, the league's first broadband network.
Six of the conference's 10 member institutions will be a part of the network during the 2011-12 academic year, including Canisius College. Joining Canisius will be Iona, Manhattan, Marist, Rider and Saint Peter's. Marist will officially join MAAC.TV Oct. 1, 2011 with the launch of its new website and video player. Content from the other five schools, including Canisius, is now available at MAAC.TV and on their respective video portals.
The subscription-based streaming service will deliver over 400 live events during the 2011-12 season. MAAC.TV will also give fans access to highlights of selected contests and an archive of classic MAAC games (over 150 and growing).
Fans will be able to choose the subscription package that best suits their needs. Options include full access and school-specific packages in one, four and 12-month durations, as well as single-event passes.
"Providing increased fan access to MAAC sports is the basis for the development of the MAAC.TV broadcast platform," MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor, Esq. said. "Equally important to the launch of MAAC.TV is the ease of fan access to content on one site and affordable one-stop pricing. We are pleased to again partner with NeuLion on this expanded broadcast opportunity that will showcase so many of the MAAC's sporting events."
"We are very excited to be a part of the MAAC's streaming package and we're pleased to offer our fans the ability to view more Canisius College sporting events," Canisius Director of Athletics and chair of the MAAC Technology Committee Bill Maher said. "As a conference and as an athletic department, we understand and appreciate how the viewing habits of our fan-base and alumni around the world have changed in the past few years, and this is a great step forward for all parties involved as we continue to provide those groups with more opportunity to watch and enjoy Canisius athletics online."
Fans can access the new video portal directly by visiting MAAC.TV. To sign up for a subscription, visit the new registration page here. If you already have an active subscription from Canisius and the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network, and you would like to upgrade to a full-access MAAC.TV package plan, please contact NeuLion's customer service department at email@example.com.
Canisius' first event on the MAAC.TV platform will be the men's soccer home opener against Delaware, set for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m.