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TSN New Channel Placement and First Week Schedule

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TSN launches three additional channels today, as outlined over the weekend. One change from that previous post is that Alberta will have TSN1 as their primary channel, not TSN2.

For those having trouble finding the channel numbers for TSN3, TSN4 and TSN5 on their cable/satellite provider, here they are:

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With the new feeds, TSN promises:

  • More hockey: Expansion of international events such as more games at from the World Juniors and Hockey Championships, in addition to their NHL regional coverage
  • More tennis: Additional court feeds for all majors, starting today with the US Open
  • More football: Expansion of NCAA football coverage this season, in addition to every CFL game and Sunday and Monday NFL games
  • More soccer: Expanded EPL coverage with more games on Saturdays and expansion of MLS coverage, in addition to upcoming international tournaments
  • More golf: Expanded coverage of majors, including featured hole feeds and increased studio programming and highlight shows
  • More baseball: More coverage of MLB from ESPN’s Sunday, Monday and Wednesday Night Baseball as well as Baseball Tonight
  • More basketball: In addition to nearly 50 Raptors, expect more coverage during the NCAA regular season as well as more March Madness games on your screen
  • More curling: More feeds of more games during TSN’s curling coverage
  • More auto racing: Expanded Formula 1 and NASCAR (Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Canadian Tire Series) programming

Below are some are some fancy images outlining schedule with the new feeds:

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Written by Dan

25 August, 2014 at 11:40am

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US Open Coverage on TSN Begins Monday With More Tennis Than Ever

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tsntennisfourThe 2014 US Open from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York begins on Monday and coincides with TSN expanding from two national channels to five, and with the additional channels comes more grand slam coverage than Canada has ever seen with nearly 300 hours of tennis action over the next two weeks.

During the first week, TSN will offer up to four different feeds across the network enabling viewers to potentially watch four matches at once. Before action begins on Monday, Rod Smith will host a 30-minute special at 10:30am ET on TSN 1, 3, 4 & 5 previewing the US Open as well as giving a rundown of the new feeds and what choices will be available.

Fans will be told what games are currently on what channel via onscreen graphics as well from studio host Kara Wagland. Mark Masters will be onsite to follow Canadians Milos Raonic, Genie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil as they look to continue their form from Wimbledon, providing live reports during the broadcast as well as online at TSN.ca.

As per the schedule below, TSN will have two channels dedicated to specific courts and two channels floating between matches, interviews and press conferences. One floating feed will definitely be ESPN, with the second either being Tennis Channel or CBS Sports Network (who are in their final year of broadcasting the US Open after 47 years. ESPN takes over full rights in 2015).

CBS will cover the women’s and men’s finals (Sun. Sept. 7 at 4:30pm ET and Mon. Sept. 8 at 5pm ET) and have a special ‘CBS Salutes the US Open’ on Sunday at 1:30pm ET looking back at the past 46 years of coverage featuring long-time play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg, who will also call a match on Sunday alongside former partners John McEnroe and Mary Carillo.

While TSN has stepped up its coverage dramatically, it still lags behind what ESPN offers online, and this year, ESPN will have a new feature called “ESPN 3 Surround” during prime-time matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Matches will be able to be viewed online with four windows — the traditional end court view, the view from above via Spidercam, and two smaller boxes showing each player exclusively. ESPN3 also offers 400 hours of live compeition online with up to seven courts available to choose from. TSN will only feature streams of the four feeds at TSN.ca and via the TSN GO app.

RDS will provide around 115 hours of coverage with Yvan Ponton and Hélène Pelletier providing commentary throughout the tournament. Anouk Grignon-L’Anglais will be onsite. The full RDS schedule can be found at RDS.ca.

TSN’s schedule for the first week is below with the second week coming out later during the tournament. All times are Eastern.

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Written by Dan

24 August, 2014 at 8:00am

Posted in Tennis, TSN

More Tennis, More EPL, More NCAA Football: TSN’s New Channels Go Live Monday Morning

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tsnexpansionCircle your calendars, people!! Monday morning at 10:30am ET, TSN will go from having two national channels to five in a bid to remain the number one sports network in Canada in light of losing the national NHL rights to Rogers. Announced back in May, TSN and TSN2 will become TSN 1 through 5 as three additional channels come online just in time to broadcast the final tennis major of the year, the US Open from Flushing Meadows in New York. All channels will be available on TSN.ca and the TSN GO app.

Four of the five TSN’s will be used as regional feeds for NHL games this season, doing away with alternate channels such as TSN-Jets and TSN-Sens which were only available in that particular market. Similar to how Sportsnet’s channels are broken down by region, TSN will be similar, as follows:

TSN 1 — BC, Yukon, (Update: Alberta) (Pacific)
TSN 2 — National
TSN 3 — Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut (West)
TSN 4 — Leafs viewing area (Most of Ontario)
TSN 5 — Eastern Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic (East)

TSN haven’t stated outright this is how it structured, but based on the release of their regional games for the Senators, Leafs and Jets, as well as other information, it should follow this pattern. I don’t know at all the way most cable/satellite TV packages work across the country, but if regular/current TSN is part of the basic package, that will switch to the TSN associated with your region. For example, regular TSN in Montreal will become TSN 5 as the basic/default TSN channel. At times, TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 will be showing the same programming for big events in order to reach the maximum number of viewers possibly (those with only basic cable).

The following providers have signed on to have all five networks available to customers (Videotron seems to be the biggest name that is missing):

  • Bell Fibe / Satellite
  • Cogeco Cable
  • Eastlink
  • FibreOP TV (Bell Aliant)
  • MTS
  • Rogers
  • SaskTel
  • Shaw
  • Shaw Direct
  • Source Cable
  • TELUS Optik TV

UPDATE: Channels listings for each provider can be found here.

The TSN presser about the new channels touts “more live game coverage, more choice of games/events taking place at the same time, expanded coverage of marquee live events, and effective scheduling of TSN studio programming”. This is noticeable from day one. TSN will dedicate four channels (TSN 1, 3, 4, 5) to showing four different feeds from the US Open (a more detailed US Open post to come later this weekend). Two feeds will feature dedicated court coverage, another will be ESPN’s feed featuring interviews and court-to-court coverage (jumping around to certain matches) and the fourth will also be court-to-court coverage (possibly the feed from the Tennis Channel).

Here is what the first week looks like as per my Bell guide:

Monday

  • Four different feeds for US Open coverage on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 all day and night.
  • EPL game on TSN 2 at 3pm ET.
  • Off The Record, Pardon the Interruption, Sportscentre from 5pm to 7pm ET on TSN 2.
  • Monday Night Baseball on TSN 2 at 7pm ET.
  • Sportscentre at 11pm ET on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 and loops overnight. Random/replay programming on TSN 2.

Tuesday and Wednesday

  • US Open coverage on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5 all day and night.
  • TSN 2 canned programming during day. OTR, PTI, SC and studio programming run during afternoon and evening.

Thursday

  • Same as above but instead we get something new: Two NCAA football games on Thursday night. College football fans rejoice! Wake vs. Louisiana-Monroe at 7pm on TSN 2 (from ESPN U). Boise State vs. Mississippi at 8pm ET on TSN 3 (from ESPN).

Friday

  • Sportscentre loops in the morning on 1, 3-5, TSN 2 has Aussie Rules football live.
  • US Open coverage as above but with something new: 2:30pm ET on TSN 2 is NASCAR Sprint Cup practice. Speed Channel (RIP) fans rejoice!
  • Friday night US Open coverage goes to only TSN 2 while the other channels show SC at 6pm followed by CFL.
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying shown on delay at 11:30pm ET on TSN 4.

Saturday

  • Three different EPL games on TSN 1, 3, 4 in the morning. No more online-only game and all five 10am EPL games will be on Canadian TV. Soccer fans rejoice!
  • ESPN College Gameday on TSN 2. Sportscentre loop on TSN 5.
  • Into the afternoon, US Open on TSN 2, 4, 5. NCAA football double-header on TSN 2 and 3. That’s four games. NCAA fans are foaming at the mouth at this stage.
  • Saturday night: US Open on TSN 1, 4 & 5, NCAA on TSN 3, NASCAR on TSN 2 and MLS late on TSN 1 (Vancouver in action, hence the game on the “Pacific” feed).

Sunday

  • Both early EPL games: Tottenham vs. Liverpool on TSN 1 & 4, Aston Villa vs. Hull on TSN 3 & 5. SC loop on TSN 2.
  • US Open features on all five channels at 11am, with TSN 5 breaking away in the afternoon for NASCAR Canadian Truck series.
  • CFL matchup Winnipeg vs. Saskatchewan at 4pm ET on TSN 1, 3, 4, 5; US Open coverage continues only on TSN2.
  • Sunday night has NASCAR on TSN 1 & 5, US Open on TSN 2 & 4, and Sunday Night Baseball on TSN 3.

So there we have it. More US Open than ever before, more EPL than before, more college football and more NASCAR, and that’s just week one. Seems safe to say this will be nothing like the way Sportsnet uses their four regional channels, showing the same programming 95% of the time. If you only have one TSN channel on your cable package, prepare to miss out a lot of sporting action in the future (then again, that’s the point right? To get more people to subscribe to a higher-tiered package to get all five channels).

For those on Bell, the new channels will be on channels 1400 through 1404.

Written by Dan

23 August, 2014 at 11:15am

Posted in TSN, Uncategorized

2014 NCAA March Madness on TSN

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TSN-NCAAbegins300x250thurA little late in posting this (that said, who really watches the (stupidly-named) first round anyway?), but here are all the details you need for the 2014 edition of March Madness on TSN, TSN2 and RDS.

TSN platforms deliver exclusive, live, and complete coverage of NCAA March Madness, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TSN’s exclusive coverage showcases the numerous top Canadian players competing in NCAA March Madness, including Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis, Melvin Ejim, Kevin Pangos, and more.

TSN platforms give Canadians access to every single game from the tournament, with all rounds available on TSN and TSN2 (see complete broadcast schedule below). New this year, TSN subscribers can live stream the network’s NCAA March Madness coverage on their smartphones, tablets, and computers at no additional charge through TSN GO.

TSN GO will deliver live coverage from all four First Round games as well bonus live streams from all four venues during the Second Round – giving subscribers live streaming access to every game in its entirety.

Multi-platform Coverage

From March 20-21, TSN platforms combine to deliver every game from the Second Round for TSN subscribers:

TSN’s coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on March 20 and at 12 noon ET on March 21
TSN2’s coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET on both days
TSN GO offers TSN subscribers bonus online coverage, with live streams of all four venues delivering all 32 Second Round games in their entirety. Coverage begins at 12 noon ET on both days.
From March 22 to April 5, fans can follow all the action from the Third Round to the Final Four on TSN, TSN2, and TSN GO. The madness culminates with the championship game on Monday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET live on TSN and TSN GO.

French-language coverage of the tournament is available on RDS from the Second Round to the championship game.

Broadcast Team

New this year, Gurdeep Ahluwalia hosts TSN’s NCAA March Madness coverage from the TSN Studio alongside analysts Jack Armstrong, Sam Mitchell, and Leo Rautins. The original studio show features pre- and post-game analysis of the day’s action and live look-ins to various games.

SPORTSCENTRE

Canada’s most-watched sports news and information show covers all angles of the tournament with daily features and reports from NCAA March Madness starting today. Reporters on location for the opening weekend of the tournament include Jermain Franklin in St. Louis to follow Andrew Wiggins of Vaughan, Ont., and Matthew Scianitti in Buffalo to follow Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont. As well, SPORTSCENTRE features breaking news, daily highlights, technical breakdowns, bracket updates, and more, all-tournament long.

TSN Original Features

TSN showcases some of the top Canadian players competing in NCAA March Madness with TSN Original features on:

Thornhill, Ont.’s Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), a projected top pick in this year’s NBA Draft
Toronto’s Melvin Ejim (Iowa State), who was just named the Big 12 Conference player of the year
Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), who hails from Brampton, Ont. and is considered the most clutch freshman in NCAA basketball
Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga) of Newmarket, Ont., who led the Bulldogs to another West Coast Conference title
These TSN Original features air throughout the tournament, and will also be available on demand on TSN.ca and TSN GO.

TSN Radio

Live coverage of NCAA March Madness will be available throughout the tournament on TSN Radio stations across the country: TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 690 in Montreal, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa,TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TEAM 1040 in Vancouver. Fans can tune in for select live game action and expert analysis from the Second Round through to the championship game (please visit each station’s dedicated website for broadcast details). Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dan

19 March, 2014 at 10:15pm

Posted in NCAA Hoops, TSN

TSN Adds ESPN’s Slate of MLB Games to Schedule

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TSN has announced that ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball will air on TSN and TSN2 for the next eight seasons. TSN’s coverage will include over 75 games per season. As part of the deal TSN will also show ESPN’s Baseball Tonight program. TSN has shown Sunday Night Baseball since 2010.

TSN’s announcement comes a couple of weeks after Rogers announced it will carry over 300 games per season, including the All Star Game and playoffs, a month ago. This means Canadians will have access to around 400 Major League Baseball games per season. Sportsnet’s contract also ends after the 2021 season.

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3 February, 2014 at 6:54pm

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Senators Regional Games are Headed to TSN

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The Ottawa Senators and Bell Media announced a new agreement this morning that will see regional television and local radio coverage of the team air on Bell-owned stations for the next 12 seasons. This is the same duration as Sportsnet’s new national broadcast agreement with the NHL. The deal includes at least 52 games on TSN and at least 40 games on RDS within the Senators regional territory, which includes eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. TSN Radio 1200 retains exclusive radio rights to all games. Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

This agreement brings up several questions to Senators fans in the east. Will Bell charge extra for a TSN-Sens channel, as they do for local Winnipeg Jets games. The local Jets channel costs $10 a month (that comes out to about $1 per game). Or will Bell package the games along with TSN, as they do with regional Canadiens broadcasts, making them more accessible. Or will Bell combine the Canadiens and Senators packages, they share the same regional territory, into one regional NHL hockey package? The Jets games cost money because Bell had a pay a lot more for those rights than they did for the Canadiens rights.

Bell likely paid a significant amount for this Senators contract, considering the NHL/Rogers agreement sparked a bidding war between Bell and Rogers. So, I’d guess they will have to monetize these games in some fashion. How much money can they get considering the Senators quickly lose popularity once you cross the Ottawa River? This isn’t like Manitoba where an entire province loves the local team. The Senators have to compete with the Habs in Quebec, the Leafs in Ontario and both in the Maritimes. Indeed, even in Ottawa many fans still have ties to Montreal or Toronto.

The other looming question is what will come of longtime Senators voice Dean Brown? He has called almost every regional Senators game since Sportsnet launched in 1998. There are two possibilities for Brown. He is a Sportsnet employee and he does freelance work for the CBC. In my opinion he is a the best play-by-play announcer Sportsnet has in their ranks and deserves a spot on their new national broadcasts. Him and former partner Garry Galley would make an excellent eastern-based pairing for Rogers. While it is possible TSN could hire him to call Senators games regionally again, I think it is unlikely. Dennis Beyak will likely continue to call Jets regional games. That leaves Chris Cuthbert and Gord Miller to do the Leafs and Senators.

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29 January, 2014 at 4:29pm

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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