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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 8

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NFL LogoDespite the four regional TSN feeds being available, CTV will have the $im$ub for Sunday’s 9:30am game live from London. No doubt this will be devastating news to fans of Question Period, the weird religious programs that air at such an ungodly hour of the weekend, and whatever crazy paid programming screens at 6am on the west coast. TSN2 has a 1pm and 4pm double header which means that it could possibly result in viewers missing part of the second game if it runs late or goes to overtime.


8:25pm: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
• CBS, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms


9:30am: Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (in London, England)
• CTV Nationwide, RDS
• Fox Nationwide
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman

1pm: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
• CTV British Columbia, Alberta
• CBS Detroit, Minnesota, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
• CTV Ontario
• CBS Burlington, Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

1pm: Chicago Bears at New England Patriots
• CTV Montreal, Atlantic, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, RDS
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Detroit
Sam Rosen, John Lynch

1pm: Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
• TSN2
• Fox Minnesota
Justin Kutcher, David Diehl

1pm: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals
• CBS Cleveland
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

4:05pm: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals
• TSN2
• Fox Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber

4:25pm: Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
• CTV Nationwide and CTV2 Atlantic, RDS
• CBS Nationwide except Cleveland
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms 

4:25pm: Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
• CBS Cleveland
Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots

8:30pm: Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
• NBC, TSN1/3/4/5, RDS2
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth


8:30pm: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
• TSN1/3/4/5, RDS2
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Written by Dan

23 October, 2014 at 1:05pm

Posted in NFL

Ratings: World Series Game 1 and NHL Week 2 Numbers Down for Sportsnet

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In a game that was basically over by the fourth inning, it is no surprise that overnight ratings showed fewer viewers watched this year’s World Series Game 1 than last year. 461,000 Canadians viewed the San Francisco Giants destroy the Kansas City Royals on Sportsnet, down from 556,000 for last year’s Game 1 of Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. In the case of both numbers, it doesn’t take into account the amount of people watching on Fox. Sportsnet in years past has used the MLB International feed, but as a commenter pointed out, Sportsnet switched to the Fox feed an hour or so into Tuesday night’s game. Either someone realized the world feed is a seriously inferior production compared to Fox, or more likely, they switched to Fox so they could $im$ub the signal for Rogers customers. In the US, 12.19 million viewers tuned in, a record-low for Game 1 in a World Series and fifth lowest of all time.

Also not good news for Rogers after the second week of the NHL season. As Chris Zelkovich notes, Hockey Night In Canada’s numbers are lower this season than last year. This past Saturday night, 2.2 million viewers watched up to five early HNIC games, which is on-par with the opening weekend number of 2.23 million, while only 885,000 saw the late game of Tampa-Vancouver versus the two late games last week of Edmonton-Vancouver and San Jose-Winnipeg (1.310 million). Even the HNIC pre-game was down nearly 100k viewers. Sunday’s Hometown Hockey broadcast on City this was down significantly down from last week (407,000 versus 1,007,000) but that can be attributed to the Leafs playing on last week’s broadcast. Granted, it is only early days.

For TSN, the CFL features mostly in the top ten each week but numbers are actually below last season’s average. I don’t watch CFL at all, so I can’t speak as to whether games over the past few weeks (or even the season in general) have made for good viewing or not. The NFL is doing as well as always and beating most of the competition. As usual, EPL, MLS and auto racing sneak into the bottom of each list. In what has been a terrible year for Toronto FC, 20,000 more people elected to watch gymnastics on the CBC than Saturday afternoon’s game — it could have been a lot worse if not for Montreal Impact fans watching the game also.


1. NHL, Pens-Leafs/Habs-Flyers/Sens-Lightning/Flames-Blues/Caps-Bruins, Saturday, Rogers: 2,230,000
2. NHL, Oilers-Canucks/Sharks-Jets, Saturday, Rogers: 1,310,000
3. NHL, Leafs at Rangers, Sunday, City: 1,007,000
4. NFL, Cowboys at Seahawks, Sunday, CTV: 921,000 (US viewers not counted)
5. CFL, Bombers at Eskimos, Monday, TSN: 843,000
6. CFL, Roughriders at Alouettes, Monday, TSN: 782,000
7. CFL, Ticats at Argonauts, Friday, TSN: 636,000
8. NFL, Pats-Bills/Packers-Dolphins/Lions-Vikes, Sunday, CTV: 606,000 (US viewers not counted)
9. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC: 545,000
10. MLB, Royals at Orioles, Friday, Sportsnet: 503,000
11. NFL, 49ers at Rams, Monday, TSN: 482,000
12. MLB, Royals at Orioles, Saturday, Sportsnet: 466,000
13. CFL, RedBlacks at Lions, Saturday, TSN: 424,000
14. NFL, Giants at Eagles, Sunday, TSN: 370,000 (US viewers not counted)
15. MLB, Giants at Cardinals, Sunday, Sportsnet: 370,000
16. MLB, Giants at Cardinals, Saturday, Sportsnet: 304,000 (US viewers not counted)
17. NFL, Bronocs at Jets, Sunday, TSN: 294,000
18. NHL, Rogers Hometown Hockey, Sunday, City: 262,000
19. NFL, Bears at Falcons, Sunday, TSN: 196,000
20. MLS, Whitecaps at Sounders, Saturday, TSN: 180,000
21. Auto racing, NASCAR Bank of America 500, Sunday, TSN2: 161,000
22. Auto racing, F1 Russian Grand Prix, Sunday, TSN: 110,000


1. NHL, Leafs-Wings/Avs-Habs/Jackets-Sens/Bruins-Sabres, Saturday, Rogers: 2,200,000
2. NFL, Vikes-Bills/Panthers-Packers/Seahawks-Rams/Bengals-Colts, Sunday, CTV: 893,000 (US viewers not counted)
3. NFL. Giants-Cowboys/Chiefs-Chargers, Sunday, CTV: 873,000 (US viewers not counted)
4. NHL, Lightning at Canucks, Saturday, CBC: 885,000
5. CFL, Eskimos at Riders, Sunday, TSN: 732,000
6. NHL, Red Wings at Maple Leafs, Friday, Sportsnet Ontario: 723,000
7. CFL, Alouettes at Argos, Saturday, TSN: 591,000
8. CFL, Stamps at Bombers, Saturday, TSN: 565,000
9. NFL, 49ers at Broncos, Sunday, TSN: 492,000 (US viewers not counted)
10. NHL, Hockey Night In Canada pre-game, Saturday, CBC: 478,000
11. NHL, Canucks at Oilers, Friday, Sportsnet West/Pacific: 461,000
12. CFL, RedBlacks at Ticats, Friday, TSN: 413.000
13. NHL, Flames at Oilers, Sunday, City: 407,000
14. Auto racing, NASCAR Geico 500, Sunday, TSN: 380,000
15. NHL, Hometown Hockey pre-game, Sunday, City: 156,000
16. Gymnastics, World artistic championships, Saturday, CBC: 126,000
17. MLS, Impact at Toronto FC, Saturday, TSN: 107,000
18. Soccer, Tottenham at Manchester City, Saturday, TSN: 98,000
19. Soccer, EPL late games, Saturday, TSN: 97,000

Written by Dan

22 October, 2014 at 11:07pm

Posted in Ratings

Bell files complaint with CRTC over Rogers GamePlus Feature

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gamecentreBell Media, recent losers in the battle for the NHL national rights contract, has filed a complaint with the CRTC over their GamePlus feature that is available as a Rogers-exclusive on the NHL GameCentre Live app. Bell argues that the feature violates a CRTC rule that requires that content created for television must be offered to competitors. GamePlus allows viewers to choose alternate angles including RefCam and SkyCam.

The Globe and Mail elaborates on the CRTC rule:

The CRTC’s rules for vertically integrated players – companies that both create and distribute media content – bar media owners from withholding content from their rivals on the distribution front. The commission exempts online video services from its broadcast regulations, but specifies that television programming cannot be offered on mobile or Internet streaming platforms on an exclusive basis.

In an email to the Globe and Mail, a Rogers spokesperson stated, ““Clearly this programming is not designed for conventional TV. Conventional TV broadcasts the exact same program to a mass audience who all see the same content, presented the same way. With GamePlus, each fan has a unique experience. We wouldn’t have developed [the features] solely for broadcast use.”

The spokesperson then throws some massive shade, “It’s a shame that Bell is trying to stop innovation in hockey. This may be one of the reasons they failed to secure the rights in the first place. We’ve invested in significant new innovations to bring Canadians an enhanced experience.”

Bell is asking the CRTC to allow all subscribers to view GamePlus, regardless of their internet or wireless provider:

In an e-mail, BCE spokesman Mark Langton said: “We don’t see it as especially innovative that Rogers denies GameCentre consumers access to these stats and other features if they aren’t also Rogers internet or wireless customers. These consumers pay for GameCentre just like Rogers customers so why are they denied access to features available on regular broadcast TV anyway? It breaks the CRTC’s digital media rules, and it impacts all GameCentre consumers across Canada who love hockey but aren’t Rogers customers.”

Rogers has a month to respond to the complaint. The general public can also comment on the complaint via the CRTC site.

Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

Written by Dan

22 October, 2014 at 8:43pm

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NHL Canadian TV Schedule: October 22–28

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• 7:30pm, Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators, Sportsnet One and 360, TVA Sports
(Jim Hughson, Mike Johnson & Christine Simpson)
• 8pm, Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins, TVA Sports 2
• 9:30pm, Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet One and 360
(Dave Randorf, Craig Simpson & Cassie Campbell-Pascall)
• 10:30pm, Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks, Sabres TV*


• 7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings, Sportsnet 360, TVA Sports 2
• 8pm, Vancouver Canucks at St. Louis Blues, Sportsnet Canucks*
• 9pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames, Sportsnet Flames*
• 10:30pm, Buffalo Sabres at Los Angeles Kings, Sabres TV*


• 8pm, Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets, TSN3*
• 9pm, Vancouver Canucks at Colorado Avalanche, Sportsnet One, TVA Sports
• 9:30pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet Oilers*


• 4pm, Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks, Sabres TV*
• 7pm, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, CBC
(Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake)
• 7pm, New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens, City, TVA Sports
(Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, David Amber)
• 7pm, New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators, Sportsnet One
(Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Christine Simpson)
• 7pm, Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers, Sportsnet 360
• 8pm, Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, FX Canada
• 10pm, Washington Capitals at Calgary Flames, CBC, TVA Sports 2
(Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)


• 3pm, Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets, TSN3*
• 7pm, Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks, City, TVA Sports
(Jim Hughson, Garry Galley, Scott Oake)

• 9:30pm, Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet Canucks*


• 7pm, Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers, TVA Sports
• 9:30pm, Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers, Sportsnet, RDS*


• 7pm, Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders, TSN3*
• 7pm, Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers, TVA Sports
• 7pm, Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets, TSN5*, RDS2*
• 7pm, Buffalo Sabres at Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN4*, Sabres TV*
• 9pm, Montreal Canadiens at Calgary Flames, City Montreal*, Sportsnet Flames*, RDS*
• 10pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Vancouver Canucks, Sportsnet Canucks*

Written by Dan

21 October, 2014 at 10:28pm

2014 MLB World Series on Sportsnet and Fox

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mlbpostseason2014The American League Kansas City Royals and National League San Francisco Giants face off in the 110th MLB World Series and Sportsnet and Fox will have full coverage for Canadian viewers.

On Sportsnet, Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun will preview each game (1 hour preview for games 1 and 3, 30 minute preview otherwise) with MLB Central and will feature reports live on location from Barry David and Hugh Burrill. All games will be on the four regional Sportsnet channels and will feature the voices of Gary Thorne and Rick Sutcliffe from the MLB world feed.

For Fox, Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will be in the booth with Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal reporting. Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas and Nick Swisher will be in the studio and for the first two games, will be joined by David Ortiz. Fox coverage begins at 7:30pm each night except for game 5 (7pm).

On radio, Sportsnet 590 Toronto will have full coverage with Mike Wilner hosting a pre-game show from 7pm each night. Sportsnet 960 in Calgary will broadcast games 2, 4 and 7.

Game 1: Tuesday 21st, 8:07pm — San Francisco at Kansas City, Sportsnet/Fox
Game 2: Wednesday 22nd, 8:07pm — San Francisco at Kansas City, Sportsnet/Fox

Game 3: Friday 24th, 8:07pm —Kansas City at San Francisco, Sportsnet/Fox
Game 4: Saturday 25th, 8:07pm — Kansas City at San Francisco, Sportsnet/Fox
Game 5: Sunday 26th, 8:07pm — Kansas City at San Francisco, Sportsnet/Fox

Game 6: Tuesday 28th, 8:07pm — San Francisco at Kansas City, Sportsnet/Fox
Game 7: Wednesday 29th, 8:07pm — San Francisco at Kansas City, Sportsnet/Fox

Written by Dan

20 October, 2014 at 11:01pm

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TSN Broadcasting 37 NCAA Hockey Games This Season Including Frozen Four

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ncaa-hockeyIn previous seasons, the only college hockey TSN has broadcast was the NCAA Frozen Four — and that was usually on tape delay. This year though, beginning this past weekend, TSN will broadcast 37 games in total which includes the eastern division playoffs and all the action of the Frozen Four championship. Details from the release follow.

“This partnership will allow TSN to deliver Canadian fans unprecedented access to the excitement of NCAA Hockey,” said Mike Snee, Executive Director, College Hockey Inc. “Canadians have always had a strong presence in college hockey and currently make up 30% of all Division I players. TSN will provide fans in Canada the chance to see for themselves why so many skilled Canadian hockey players are choosing college hockey, and why NCAA Hockey is the fastest growing development path to professional hockey.”

With live coverage of NCAA Hockey all season long, TSN’s five feeds shine the spotlight on the game’s next generation of star players, among them Boston University centre Jack Eichel and Boston College defenceman Noah Hanifin, as well as the best college hockey teams from across the United States, including the #1-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers and the 2014 FROZEN FOUR champion Union Dutchmen.

In addition to the network’s live broadcast coverage, TSN delivers news updates and analysis of NCAA Hockey on multiple platforms including TIM HORTONS THAT’S HOCKEY, SPORTSCENTRE, and TSN.ca.

The full schedule is below and subject to change. All times Eastern.

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Written by Dan

20 October, 2014 at 12:37pm

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Videotron Becomes Final Provider To Offer Additional TSN Feeds

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tsn-expansionAt the end of August, TSN launched three additional channels to create five individual and regionalized feeds for subscribers across the country. Of the dozen or so individual TV providers across the country, Quebec-based company Videotron was the only one not to, resulting in viewers missing out on US Open programming at the beginning and more recently, NFL telecasts. Subscribers who called TSN to complain were sent in the direction of Videotron, who were balking for whatever reason at carrying the three new channels.

As the Montreal Gazette reports, Videotron subscribers will finally be able to enjoy all five channels beginning this week.

Vidéotron president Manon Brouillette confirmed to The Gazette a month ago that the company had reached a deal to expand the number of TSN feeds from two to five, all in high definition. Shortly thereafter, Vidéotron started telling customers that it was adding the other three feeds on Oct. 29. The company told The Gazette on Friday that TSN1 will launch early, on Oct. 20, in time for the next Monday Night Football. The existing channels will be moved, so TSN1-5 are at to 186-190 in standard definition and 786-790 in HD. And all five feeds will be free to Vidéotron’s existing TSN subscribers and will count as a single channel in custom packages.

Currently, Videotron subscribers only receive TSN2, the national feed, and TSN5, the regional feed for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. At times, TSN uses all five feeds to show five different events taking place, so Videotron customers have been missing out on certain matches and events. After October 29, all digital cable and satellite customers in Canada will have access to TSN 1–5.

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19 October, 2014 at 6:03pm

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