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Virgin Media viewers can continue to enjoy free access to Premier Sports for the remainder of the winter, it has been announced.

The service provider - which added the channel to its line-up in October 2013 for the Rugby League World Cup - has extended its free access offer until February 28th 2014.

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Premier Sports had been expected to head behind a paywall following the tournament, but Virgin Media says viewers will receive at least another two months' free access.

This means they will be able to watch 15 games a week from the National Hockey League (NHL), plus the game of the week from the UK Elite League every Saturday evening.

Additionally, viewers will be able to watch one of the biggest motorsport events of the year - NASCAR's Daytona 500 - in February 2014.

Then, from the spring, the channel will air games from the National Rugby League season, as clubs attempt to work their way up the pyramid.

As well as airing on Virgin Media channel 551, Premier Sports is available on Virgin TV Anywhere - the firm's cloud-based service for mobiles, tablets and online viewers.

This means Virgin TV subscribers can watch programmes over the web, from any location with an internet connection.

Speaking in October, Stephane David, Executive Director of Content at Virgin Media, said his firm was "delighted" to add Premier Sports to its channel line-up.

He commented that Virgin Media was pleased to be offering the channel to all new and existing pay-TV subscribers at no extra cost.

Mr David claimed the channel was joining "an unrivalled line up of sports content" on Virgin Media.

He explained that the firm's customers can enjoy live programming on both Sky Sports and BT Sport - the only TV platform on which this is possible.

"[This means] our customers can catch every goal or game-changing try across any of the major UK sports channels," Mr David stated.

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