SOURCE: JumpTV Inc.

JumpTV Inc.

June 25, 2009 10:01 ET

Tennis Channel Scores Major Win for Fans With Launch of New Online Media Platform

Tennis Channel Teams Up With Industry Leading Service Provider NeuLion to Deliver Dedicated Sports Network via the Internet

PLAINVIEW, NY--(Marketwire - June 25, 2009) - NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: JTV) and Tennis Channel announce the launch of a new online video portal dedicated to Tennis Channel content. The portal, Tennis Channel TV, gives fans an opportunity to tune into their favorite multimedia content, live matches and on-demand programs online.

The network goes beyond the courtside seats to give viewers an all-access tournament pass, with inside looks, behind-the-scenes coverage and a never-before-seen television perspective.

Tennis Channel TV is the only 24-hour, multimedia destination dedicated to the professional sport and passionate tennis lifestyle. Powered by leading sports technology company NeuLion, Tennis Channel TV is an all-in-one online media solution for tennis fans that expands the reach of Tennis Channel programming to online viewers. Content includes VOD channels, highlights, interviews and archives -- all in high digital quality.

Tennis Channel TV was made available on May 24th live from Paris for the French Open with live streaming to U.S. based fans. With the Wimbledon Tournament now underway, Tennis Channel TV streams VOD, interviews, highlights and other primetime coverage online. The event this year has set new records for ticket sales on both of its first two days despite a downturn in the economy, according to the Canadian Press.

"Tennis Channel's mission has always been to bring as much tennis as possible to fans, wherever they may be, and NeuLion helps us deliver that promise online with a digital quality that's second to none," said Robyn Miller, senior vice president, marketing, Tennis Channel. "Our Web video activity during the French Open was the highest in network history -- with the video player driving 30 percent of our traffic and more than 2 million streams, and viewers averaging 17 minutes of video time -- and we're excited to partner with them for other competitions."

The video player allows fans viewing of up to five courts simultaneously, live games, archive matches from earlier in the tournament, highlights, interviews, live chat with fellow fans, search feature and more. NeuLion technology also supports advertising insertions and pre-roll ads help monetize the Tennis Channel TV website. Sponsors include Capital One among others.

"Tennis Channel TV delivers an online video experience and destination site previously unavailable to tennis fans. It is vital for fans to stay connected and we provide an experience that brings fans courtside and closer to the action," said Chris Wagner, executive vice president of NeuLion.

Tennis Channel TV coverage includes the U.S. Open, Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. The service is currently available and free to U.S. fans at www.tennischannel.com.

About Tennis Channel

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus U.S. Open Series, ATP Masters Series, top-tier Sony Ericsson WTA Tour championship competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by eight of the top 10 MSOs and has a national footprint via DIRECTV and DISH Network.

About NeuLion and JumpTV

Based in Plainview, N.Y., Sanford, Fla., and Toronto, Ontario, NeuLion and JumpTV (TSX: JTV) work with content partners to develop end-to-end solutions for multimedia IPTV services. The NeuLion iPTV Platform encodes, delivers, stores and manages an unlimited range of multimedia content and the Operational Support System maintains all billing and customer support services. Content partners are responsible for content aggregation and the sales and marketing for the individual IPTV service. The Company ranks as a world leader in customer/partner relationships with sports and international television content partners including, in sports, the NHL, the NFL, NCAA Division I schools and conferences and, in respect to international television aggregators and networks, KyLinTV (Chinese), ABS-CBN (Filipino), Talfazat (Arabic), TV-Desi (South Asian) and Sky Angel (Christian). Customer/partner content can be viewed by way of Internet on PCs and on the television through the Company's proprietary IPTV set top box. Through the Company's consumer websites: JumpTV.com, Cycling.TV and SportsYa.com, as well as its collegiate and sports partner websites, the Company streamed over 15,000 live sporting events in the past 12 months and ranks consistently as one of the top ten ranked US sports web sites as measured by minutes viewed. Please visit www.neulion.com

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Contact Information

  • Press Contacts:
    Eric Abner
    Tennis Channel
    Phone: 310-314-9445
    Email: Email Contact

    Jennifer Powalski
    NeuLion
    Phone: 516-622-8334
    Email: Email Contact

    Investor Relations Contact:
    G. Scott Paterson
    NeuLion/JumpTV
    Phone: 416-368-6464
    Email: Email Contact

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