Local fans without a Pay TV subscription can now subscribe directly to Monumental Sports Network to access the network’s in-market live 24/7 linear feed, as well as live games and other membership perks
Monumental Sports & Entertainment operating out of Washington. D.C. launched their direct-to-consumer (DTC) subscription memberships today allowing local fans without a Pay TV subscription access to live and on-demand programming for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. These new DTC memberships include in-market access to a variety of live streaming games, original programs, and exclusive membership perks. Those viewers who presently watch the network’s channel through a Pay TV provider are able to continue viewing Monumental Sports Network the same way as before, in addition to accessing the newly launched digital platform with no additional fees. Christopher Browne, new Director of Strategic Communications at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, shared this breaking sports tech news with the Sports Techie community blog readers and followers in time for the respective teams, upcoming NBA and NHL season openers. The in-market live 24/7 linear feed have a cost of $19.99 per month or $199.99 per year available at www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or by downloading the Monumental Sports Network app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, or Roku. Subscribers can use the app on Amazon Fire TV too. Fans can look forward to Sportradar integrations offering members advanced, real-time sports data and betting analytics, as well as Ticketmaster integration enabling ticket management and account linking. Discounts on team merchandise, personalization features and multiple camera angles are other cutting edge perks subscribers can enjoy. ViewLift is the OTT developer for Monumental Sports Network.
“We are delighted to make our network more accessible to fans without a Pay TV subscription by launching direct-to-consumer memberships,” said Zach Leonsis, President of Media & New Enterprises at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “Distributing our programming in new and additional ways is critical to our strategy of building the best local media platform in sports.”
The DTC launch is in time for the start of the NHL and NBA regular seasons, with games available during October. Fans who purchase a DTC subscription will also be able to watch several Capitals and Wizards pre-season games on the network, starting with the Wizards game vs. Cairns Taipans (a National Basketball League team from Australia) tonight, Tuesday, Oct 10th at 7pm ET.
About the New Digital and Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Experiences
The new digital platform provides fans with new and enhanced video functionality for live streaming of games, on-demand viewing of original programming and game replays, exclusive behind-the-scenes content, and more. Monumental Sports Network’s new digital presence is optimized across desktop, tablet, and mobile experiences. Users who already had the previous Monumental Sports Network app downloaded on their digital devices will receive a new version of the app via a standard app update.
Additional features of the new digital experience include:
- Access to multiple camera angles during live home games, with additional functionality including the ability to rewind and watch in slow motion.
- Personalization features that tailor a user’s experience toward their favorite teams and players.
- Access to hundreds of hours of original behind-the-scenes programming, new shows including Hometown with Rachel Nichols, and much more.
- Ability to watch Monumental Sports Network’s live, 24/7 linear feed on-the-go on multiple devices.
- Opt-in ability to receive score alerts, team and player updates, as well as a new Monumental Sports Network newsletter.
- Daily editorial and video clips covering the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and Go-Go which can be saved to a user’s list for later viewing.
- Sportradar integrations providing users with advanced, real-time sports data and betting analytics.
- Ticketmaster integration for ticket management and account linking.
- Consistent look and feel across all platforms, allowing for an intuitive experience across all devices.
Fans who subscribe directly to the network’s new Annual Membership receive the following benefits:
- Watch 200+ live Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and Go-Go Games
- 24/7 access to Monumental Sports Network’s live channel
- Ability to stream on multiple devices at once
- 20% discount off team merchandise and apparel
- Discounted tickets for select Game of the Month
- Pre-sale ticket access to regular season and playoff games
An added perk for the first 10,000 subscribers to the network’s new Annual Membership is an exclusive, limited-edition bobblehead set of three featuring Alex Ovechkin, Kyle Kuzma, and Elena Delle Donne. Each bobblehead includes a built-in audio feature that plays signature game calls from Monumental play-by-play announcers.
Pay TV subscribers receive all the same benefits as Annual Membership subscribers for free by signing in with their TV Everywhere (TVE) credentials on the online platform. Existing TVE users can expect a communication explaining and granting their new membership benefits this week.
Fans who subscribe directly to the network’s new Monthly Plan receive the following benefits:
- Live Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, and/or Go-Go Games
- 24/7 access to Monumental Sports Network’s live channel
Monumental Sports Network partnered on these enhancements with ViewLift, a leading end-to-end digital platform developer providing OTT distribution solutions for content owners across multiple device platforms, including web, mobile, connected TV devices, smart TVs, and gaming consoles to design and develop the brand-new digital experience.
“We are excited to have built the Monumental Sports Network apps to enable fans of the Capitals, Wizards, and Mystics to watch all the live action and VoD content on desktop, mobile, tablet, and both Apple TV and Fire TV – with more platforms to come,” said Rick Allen, CEO at ViewLift. “Sports fans in the D.C. region are some of the most technologically sophisticated anywhere, and these Monumental streaming services continue the company’s leadership in super-serving that fanbase. We’ve been Monumental’s streaming partner for eight years and are particularly proud of this latest version of the Monumental Sports Network.”
Sports Techie, last year, MSE purchased NBC Sports Washington controlled by NBCUniversal giving MSE 100% equity ownership of the media business. This pivotal acquisition added exclusive local television rights to MSE for Wizards and Capitals games.
Monumental Sports Network now offers local users digital platform access, with or without a TV providers credentials, to NBA, NHL and WNBA games both live and on-demand. The additional innovative features, originals programming and exclusive perks for subscribers makes the monthly or yearly membership costs a value for fans of the D.C. area professional sports franchises.
Get your video stream on with the DTC Monumental Sports Network powered by ViewLift now.
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