NHL Vault is now available in Canada on all new Sony BRAVIA Internet Video-capable HDTVs including NX720, HX820, and XBR HX929. This service is also now available on Sony Blu-Ray Disc Players and Home Theatre Systems.
For $4.95 CAD per monthly subscription, NHL Vault allows hockey fans to watch 800 historic hockey games dating back the 1960s on Sony Internet Enabled Devices.
Really? $5 a month ($60 a year) to watch old hockey games? I don't like to make light of what some people watch but $60 a year?
I could see maybe a $1 or $2 a game and you pick the game you want to watch.
NHL Vault will be available on the following 2011 devices.
Sony BRAVIA HDTVs: EX521, EX620, EX720, NX720, HX729, HX820, HX929.
Blu-ray Disc Home Theatre systems: BDVE280, BDVE880, BDVE980W.
Blu-ray Disc players: BDPBX38, BDPBX58, BDPS380, BDPS480, BDPS580, BDPS780.
The following 2010 and 2009 BIV-capable Sony HDTVs and devices.
2010 HDTV: Select EX7 Series, select NX Series, LX900, HX909.
2009 HDTV: Z5100, XBR9, XBR10.
Blu-ray Disc Home Theatre systems: BDVE370, BDVE470, BDVE870, BDVIZ1000W.
Blu-ray Disc players: BDPBX37, BDPS270, BDPS370, BDPS570, BSPS770.
2011-06-29, 08:18 PM
I've got it on my HX800. I have Centre Ice on Bell and used my log in name and password from the free internet service that Bell gives to Centre Ice subscribers, to access the NHL Vault service. Like said though, it's underwhelming when you can find old games on the NHL network for free.
2011-07-02, 01:48 PM
Will it be available on the PS3 ?
And yes, if the games are complete (not just 1 hour highlights) I would gladly pay 60$ for old games. I would buy them on DVD if they were available...in fact I have the Canadiens 10 Greatest Games, which cost 30$ by itself. The 2010 Olympics hockey games package, released by CTV on blu-ray last year, cost 40$ for 7 games.
Now waiting for the NFL to make their library available to the public too...
2011-07-02, 03:13 PM
It requires online registration with the NHL Vault (not possible with the TV itself). Is it worth the monthly fee? That is purely a personal choice, and I'll pass unless I get a sudden, nostalgic urge to see guys like Kenny Wharham, Eric Nesterenko, and Chico Maki firing on Gump Worseley or Terry Sawchuck again.
For consumers who have gone 100% (or mostly) OTA this type of value-added Internet programming via certain Sony TV gear (along with Qriocity, Netflix, other available programming) might make good sense.
2011-07-02, 03:39 PM
This is the very definition of "niche market". I can't imagine it lasting very long.