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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 2

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NFL LogoLast week saw Bell’s channels only broadcast a single late game. This week, the 1pm slot has its turn, with only two choices available on CTV across the country. Everyone except the unfortunately souls in Toronto and Kitchener get Pats-Vikings. The Bills will be simsubbed into Southern Ontario. With TSN showing CFL and NASCAR, there is only one choice for those without timeshifting channels despite Bell’s promises of two games each week in each slot. The late slot brings a couple more options with the majority getting Jets-Packers on CTV. Tonight also marks the first night of Thursday Night Football on CBS which is simsubbed on City but weirdly, also being shown on Sportsnet. Enjoy.


8:25pm — Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
• City, Sportsnet, CBS, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson


1pm — New England Patriots (0-1)  at Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
• CTV West, Central, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic, RDS2
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Jenny Dell

1pm — Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-0)
• CTV Toronto, Kitchener
• CBS Buffalo, Watertown, Rochester
Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta

1pm — Arizona Cardinals (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1)
• Fox Burlington, Rochester
Kevin Burkhadt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver

1pm — Detroit Lions (1-0) at Carolina Panthers (1-0)
• Fox Detroit
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber & Jennifer Hale

4:05pm — Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-1)
• TSN1/3/4/5
• Fox Boston, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Spokane, Tacoma
Thom Brennaman, David Diehl & Laura Okmin

4:25pm — New York Jets (1-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-1)
• CTV Two Atlantic, Ontario, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Evan Washburn

4:25pm — Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) at Denver Broncos (1-0)
• CTV Alberta, Vancouver, RDS2
• CBS Cleveland, Spokane, Seattle
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson

8:30pm — Chicago Bears (0-1) at San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
• NBC, TSN1/3/4/5, RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya


8:30pm — Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
• TSN1/3/4/5, RDS
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters

Written by Dan

11 September, 2014 at 8:33pm

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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 1

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NFL LogoBack for another season, it’s your complete guide to what NFL games will be screening across the country each week. Count on plenty of terrible Buffalo Bills simsub games in Toronto as per standard. As always, please point out all errors/changes in the comments section.

Sunday September 7

1pm — New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
• CTV Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Northern Ontario
• Fox Burlington, Boston, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch//Pam Oliver

1pm — Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears
CTV Toronto, Kitchener, Ottawa, Montreal, Atlantic
• Fox Buffalo, Rochester, Detroit
Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston/ Tony Siragusa

1pm — New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
• TSN2
• CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green//Evan Washburn

1pm — Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
• CBS Rochester, Cleveland
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts//Jenny Dell

1pm — Oakland Raiders at New York Jets
• CBS Buffalo, Watertown
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson

1pm — Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
• CBS Seattle
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon

1pm — Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
• Fox Minneapolis
Dick Stockton/Kirk Morrison//Kristina Pink

4:25pm — San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
• CTV nationwide except CTV Two Atlantic
• Fox
Joe Buck/Troy Aikman//Erin Andrews

8:30pm — Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
• NBC | TSN1/3/4/5/
Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth//Michele Tafoya

Monday September 8

7pm — New York Giants at Detroit Lions
• ABC Detroit
Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden//Lisa Salters

10:15pm — San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
• TSN1/3/4/5
Chris Berman/Trent Dilfer//Lindsay Czarniak

Written by Dan

6 September, 2014 at 12:14am

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NFL on Canadian TV for 2014-15

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NFL LogoWith Rogers splashing out and buying hockey rights, they either didn’t have the money or the screen time (or maybe both) to continue showing the Sunday 4pm NFL games. Bell Media has gladly come in and swept up those games, and between CTV and TSN, they’ll have coverage of Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday night NFL action, as well as all the playoff and Super Bowl games. Sportsnet continues to hold rights to Thursday Night Football and the Thanksgiving Day games, at least until 2016. With the new TSN deal this season, subscribers will be able to watch NFL action on their laptops, devices and such via TSN GO and CTV GO.

Thursday/Saturday night
With the exception of tonight’s game on NBC, this season marks the beginning of CBS screening and producing Thursday night football with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action. Pre-game, half-time, and post-game coverage will feature NFL Network talent. In Canada, Sportsnet will continue to show TNF on one of their channels every week, but for the first eight games of the season you can see the game on CBS also, as well as a Saturday night double-header in week 16. The remaining games will be on the NFL Network in the US, which is blacked out here. UPDATE: Thanks to a commenter below, it appears City will be showing the Thursday night game as well as Sportsnet. Gotta capitalize on that simsubbing, I guess, and maybe City doesn’t have the strongest Thursday night primetime lineup?

Sunday Afternoon
With the new Bell deal, viewers will see two games in their market in the 1pm and 4pm time slots on CTV and/or TSN most weeks. I emphasize most weeks as this weekend will be one of those exceptions, as there will only be one game available nationwide on CTV due to TSN, despite having five feeds now, having no space for a 4pm (US Open and CFL commitments). Not a good start if Bell are looking to convince viewers TSN is still “Canada’s sports leader”. TSN’s original press release mentioned using CTV2 for games, so I’m not sure why they aren’t utilizing that this weekend.

One downside it seems to this new deal is CTV will no longer show overflow coverage of late-finishing or overtime games as they will have to cut to the 4pm game. This also means that if the game CTV is showing goes to OT, viewers may miss the beginning of the 4pm game.

Of course, CBS and Fox will have their assortment of games each Sunday, but expect a majority of games to be simsubbed when possible. If you have the time shifting option, you will obviously see a lot more games each Sunday on CTV and the American networks. For fan’s of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countodown, it will return to TSN from 10am Sunday mornings.

Sunday Night
Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football will wrap up Sunday’s action with NBC’s fantastic pre-game show and game coverage with the familiar faces and voices of Bob Costas, Al Michaels, and Cris Collingsworth. For those loyal to Canadian TV commercials, you’ll find this also on TSN.

TSN’s Monday NFL coverage starts at 2pm with ESPN’s NFL Primetime, followed by the always-annoying Chris Berman on Monday Night Countdown at 6:30pm which leads into Monday Night Football at 8pm with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. The exception is week 1 with Countdown starting at 5pm and leading into the double-header of Giants-Lions and Chargers-Cardinals.

NFL RedZone

According to various reports, NFL RedZone is no longer available to Canadian viewers as it is no longer being offered by the NFL outside of the US. That said, there is conflicting information as some providers still have it listed on their websites, while others have notified customers it definitely isn’t available anymore. NFL Sunday Ticket continues to be available and should be on free preview during week 1. UPDATE: As pointed out in the comment section, NFL RedZone is available for online viewing if you order NFL Game Pass. UPDATE 2: Bell has confirmed Red Zone will be available for their subscribers this season. Not sure why the change, especially considering they sent out letters informing people it wouldn’t be available. I suggest you contact your provider to make sure they definitely have it.

For French-language, TVA Sports will have the Thursday (except tonight) and Saturday night games with RDS covering games on Sunday and Monday (plus tonight’s season opener).

Written by Dan

3 September, 2014 at 9:18pm

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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 16

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NFL LogoGood news for this week. The awful game that is Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills is blacked out, so CTV Toronto and Kitchener will now be showing the much more exciting Saints vs. Panthers.

Sunday December 22

1pm: Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)
Fox Boston, Minnesota
Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber

1pm: Indianapolis Colts (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
CTV British Columbia
CBS Rochester, Seattle
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

1pm: Denver Broncos (11-3) at Houston Texans (2-12)
CTV Atlantic, Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta
CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit, Minnesota, Spokane
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

1pm: New Orleans Saints (10-4) at Carolina Panthers (10-4)
CTV Toronto, Kitchener | RDS
Fox Buffalo, Rochester
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

1pm: Cleveland Browns (4-10) at New York Jets (6-8)
CBS Cleveland
Marv Albert, Rich Gannon

1pm: Miami Dolphins (8-6) at Buffalo Bills (5-9)
CBS Watertown
Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein

4:05pm: New York Giants (5-9) at Detroit Lions (7-7)
Fox Burlington, Detroit
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston

4:05pm: Arizona Cardinals (9-5)at Seattle Seahawks (12-2)
Fox Spokane, Tacoma
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan

4:25pm: New England Patriots (10-4) at Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
City, Sportsnet East | RDS
CBS Boston, Burlington, Watertown, Rochester, Buffalo, Spokane
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4:25pm: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) at Green Bay Packers (7-6-1)
Sportsnet Ontario, West, Pacific
CBS Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota
Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots

8:30pm: Chicago Bears (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (8-6)
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday December 23

8:30pm: Atlanta Falcons (4-10) at San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Written by Dan

22 December, 2013 at 10:49am

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NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 15

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Thursday December 12

8:25pm: San Diego Chargers (6-7) at Denver Broncos (11-2)
Sportsnet | RDS2
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock

Sunday December 15

1pm: New England Patriots (10-3) at Miami Dolphins (7-6)
CTV Atlantic, Montreal, Northern Ontario | RDS
CBS Boston, Burlington, Detroit
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

1pm: Seattle Seahawks (11-2) at New York Giants (5-8)
CTV Ottawa, Toronto, British Columbia, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta
Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

1pm: Buffalo Bills (4-9) at Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)
CTV Kitchener
CBS Rochester, Watertown, Buffalo
Andrew Catalon, Rich Gannon

1pm: Chicago Bears (7-6) at Cleveland Browns (4-9)
Fox Detroit
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick

1pm: Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1)
Fox Minnesota
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston

4:05pm: Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) at Oakland Raiders (4-9)
CBS Minnesota, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

4:05pm: New York Jets (6-7) at Carolina Panthers (9-4)
CBS Cleveland
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

4:25pm: Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) at Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
City, Sportsnet East | RDS2
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

4:25pm: New Orleans Saints (10-3) at St. Louis Rams (5-8)
Sportsnet Pacific, West, Ontario
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan

8:30pm: Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday December 16

8:30pm: Baltimore Ravens (7-6) at Detroit Lions (7-6)
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Written by Dan

12 December, 2013 at 2:45pm

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Bell Media Extend and Expand Canadian NFL Rights: All Sunday Games on CTV and TSN

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Quick hit as I’m swamped at work: As alluded to late last week, Bell Media confirmed today that TSN and CTV have agreed with the NFL to broadcast all Sunday NFL games, taking away the 4pm package of games from the Rogers-owned Sportsnet and City networks. Each market  will get two games at 1pm and 4pm, via TSN, TSN2, CTV and CTV2. Bell continues to hold the rights for Sunday Night Football (TSN), Monday Night Football (TSN) and the playoffs and Super Bowl (CTV). Sportsnet has the Thursday night /Thanksgiving Day games locked up until 2016. At first glance, I’d say in a normal week you’d get one game on CTV and one on TSN. In weeks where TSN is showing CFL and NASCAR (for example), you’d see two games on CTV and CTV. Feel free to dissect in the comments.

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Written by Dan

9 December, 2013 at 4:26pm

Posted in NFL, TSN

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 14

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Thursday December 5

12:30pm: Houston Texans (2-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)
Sportsnet | RDS2
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock

Sunday December 8

1pm: Detroit Lions (7-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-5)
Fox Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Spokane, Tacoma
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch

1pm: Buffalo Bills (4-8) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9)
CTV Toronto, Kitchener
CBS Buffalo, Rochester, Watertown
Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein

1pm: Cleveland Browns (4-8) at New England Patriots (9-3)
CTV Ottawa, Northern Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic
CBS Boston, Burlington, Cleveland
Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker

1pm: Indianapolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
CTV British Columbia, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Alberta
CBS Seattle, Spokane
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

1pm: Minnesota Vikings (3-8) at Baltimore Ravens (6-6)
Fox Minneapolis
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan

4:05pm: Tennessee Titans (5-7) at Denver Broncos (10-2)
CBS Detroit, Minneapolis
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

4:25pm: Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
Sportsnet Ontario | City Vancouver | RDS
Fox Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane, Tacoma
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

4:25pm: New York Giants (5-7) at San Diego Chargers (5-7)
Sportsnet East, West, Pacific | City Montreal, Toronto
Fox Buffalo, Rochester, Burlington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston

8:30pm: Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3)
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Monday December 9

8:30pm: Dallas Cowboys (7-5) at Chicago Bears (6-6)
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Written by Dan

5 December, 2013 at 3:51pm

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