UPDATE (12/15/16 11:49 AM) – Cox has issued a statement on the restrictions not allowing fans outside of 50 miles of Las Vegas’ inability to watch the show.
Cox is thrilled by the positive reaction of hockey fans after their viewing of the first episode of Behind the Vegas Ice. We are currently looking at options to expand the viewing availability of the docudrama series beyond the metropolitan Las Vegas area. -Mike Parisi, VP of Cox Media Las Vegas
ORIGINAL STORY – One week ago today Cox Communications, in conjunction with Levy Productions, partnering with the Vegas Golden Knights (sorry, had a Peter Griffin moment there), premiered the first episode of a ten-part documentary series called Behind The Vegas Ice.
At Born and Raised with members of the organization, I watched the episode and have to say it was incredibly well done. Mostly a recap of what loyal SinBin.vegas readers already know, but it gave us a taste of what type of access the camera crew will have, and it’s certainly going to be can’t miss stuff moving forward.
That’s the good news. But unfortunately, the show being so good is also bad news.
Behind The Vegas Ice aired on Cox channel 1096 and could be streamed online at Cox96.com. It has since re-aired multiple times and it’s available for streaming right now if you click here… assuming you fall within their guidelines.
That’s where the problem comes in. On TV, only current Cox subscribers are able to watch the show. On the web, only if they are within 50 miles of Las Vegas can view the episode.
So you up in Reno, and you over in Phoenix, and you down in New Orleans, you’re all SOL.
That’s a problem, and one that quite frankly in inconsistent with the vision of the Vegas Golden Knights organization. The Creator has all along claimed he wants this team to be loved be everyone, all across the world. He’s attempting to create an international brand, and some even believed certain hirings were made to cultivate the thirst for Vegas NHL hockey in China.
But now, when presented with an enjoyable TV show which shows the behind the scenes of what’s expected to become their new favorite team, fans outside of an arms length of Clark County are told, this one’s not for you.
In this case, it was not a decision by the Vegas Golden Knights, but instead by the provider of the content, Cox. This is where you come in. I’ve talked to the people over at Cox, and told them why I believe it should be available world wide, but my voice is petty as a Cox subscriber and someone who ate free fried mac and cheese balls while watching the premier on a 150 inch screen with team CMO Nehme Abouzeid.
However, I’ve done the work for you to make sure you, non-Vegas local, have your voice heard by the folks over at Cox in hopes of them changing their minds. CLICK THIS TO SEND AN EMAIL ASKING FOR THE RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED (Don’t be a jackass, make sure you change the name and location on the bottom.)
There’s strength in numbers and I hope they receive hundreds of emails from fans who want to see the show but can’t. And if you have the time and the passion, write your own comment down below, and I’ll send all of them in an email as well.
The next episode doesn’t air until the first week of January. We’ve got time to get this turned around. Let’s stand up together and make this happen!
In case your computer doesn’t work, here’s the layout of the email so you can just cut and paste. Please send it to me as well so I can see have an accurate number of how many were sent.
Subject: Please Lift Behind The Vegas Ice Viewer Restrictions
Body: To whom it may concern at Cox Communications,
I am a fan of hockey, the NHL, and the Vegas Golden Knights and I do NOT live within the boundaries necessary to watch the Behind The Vegas Ice docu-drama. Therefore I have been unable to see the first episode of this groundbreaking series and am saddened to learn that I will also be unable to see any of the next nine episode as they air.
The NHL is a global brand and there are fans of the league like me in all over the world that would also love to watch this show. Mr. Foley has mentioned on multiple occasions that his goal is to make the Vegas Golden Knights an international phenomenon. Not allowing fans like myself and the thousands like me to view this series is limiting the possible strength of the organization you are partnering with. Fans all over the country, and the world, would love to be granted the same chance residents of Clark country have, to view the behind the scenes footage of the first NHL expansion franchise in more than a decade.
Therefore I urge you to reconsider the restrictions on out of town viewers and allow all who wish to watch the show the opportunity that is currently only available to a select population.
YOUR NAME, LOCATION