The NWHL dropped a bombshell today on twitter when it announced that its Cross-Ice Pass streaming service will be free for fans.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Check out our website for the Cross-Ice Pass, your hub for NWHL live streaming! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FREE?src=hash">#FREE</a> <a href="http://t.co/ZKwTdtureD">http://t.co/ZKwTdtureD</a> <a href="http://t.co/6AoC7pJZMm">pic.twitter.com/6AoC7pJZMm</a></p>— NWHL (@NWHL_) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWHL_/status/652860063468679168">October 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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For months it appeared that the streaming web service would be a subscription package not unlike packages offered by the NHL. One of the perks of buying a season ticket plan for your preferred NWHL team was a 10% discount on NWHL Live: Cross-Ice Pass, so the news that the streaming service is free is pretty surprising. This is amazing news for fans of the upstart league, but perhaps not the best of news for the league itself. The NWHL will be missing out on the income from subscription fees by streaming games for free. There is, of course, the chance that there will be advertising on the streaming service which will be key for the league to monetize the streaming service.
Well, go ahead and bookmark this link, gang. It appears that we'll be enjoying NWHL hockey for free from the comfort of our couches and recliners at home for the league's inaugural season.
Note: If there any more developments on this story, this article will be updated and potentially corrected.
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