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FX Canada Now Available On Bell Just In Time For Hockey

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FX_CanadaBell Fibe and Bell Satellite TV customers finally had FX Canada and FXX Canada added to their programming lineup yesterday morning after hearing and seeing “NOT AVAILABLE ON BELL” since the channel launched in October 2011. The addition came on the eve of FX Canada’s first Saturday night showing NHL as part of the 12-year contract Rogers signed earlier this year. FX and FXX Canada are owned by Rogers.

FX Canada will show a US-vs-US matchup each Saturday night during the regular season. Tonight is Washington at Boston, followed by Boston at Buffalo, Chicago at St. Louis, and Washington at Tampa Bay over the coming weeks.

It could be coincidence or maybe Bell finally caved and realized they could potentially be fielding hundreds if not thousands of complaints every weekend for the next six months from upset hockey fans. There is no confirmed information on why Bell had held out for the past two years, but the speculation is that Rogers wanted the channels in a package and Bell wanted to offer it a la carte. I guess hockey trumps all.

FX Canada can be found on channel 1331 on Bell Fibe and 1290 on Bell Satellite. It is on free preview until November 13 with no details on pricing after that date available yet.

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11 October, 2014 at 11:26am

Posted in NHL

Sportsnet Boasts Huge Numbers For NHL Opener, Though Down From CBC Last Year

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nhlsportsnetDespite setting a new Sportsnet viewing record, Sportsnet’s coverage of the opening game of the 2014–15 NHL season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens was actually down 14% from last year’s CBC broadcast of the same game.

Last year, CBC recorded 2.33 million viewers for the mid-week Leafs-Habs opener, while this year’s broadcast this past Wednesday managed an average of 2.01 million viewers with 8 million English-speaking Canadian tuning in to at least part of Wednesday Night Hockey. This is a record for a hockey broadcast on Sportsnet and it was also the number one program viewed across Canada on Wednesday night according to Numeris. The previous record for Sportsnet viewership was the 2013 Blue Jays home opener which got an audience of 1.44 million.

On the French-language side, TVA Sports got 952,000 viewers for the Habs-Leafs which makes a total of 2.7 million Canadians that watched the game, down from CBC’s and RDS’s combined total of 3.31 million last season.

The Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks game that followed the early game received an average audience of 1 million – also down from CBC’s home opener late game broadcast of 1.05 million which was Oilers-Jets. The pre-game show earlier in the night averaged 377,000 viewers.

One entirely possible explanation is that 32,000-viewer difference can be attributed to over-the-air CBC being available in more homes than the cable-based Sportsnet (CBC is available in about 4 million more homes than Sportsnet). Another could be that Canadians were watching digitally. Sportsnet also recorded huge numbers for their brand new NHL GameCentre Live. 55,000 people watched the Leafs-Habs game online, with 75% watching on their desktop computer and 25% on a tablet or smartphone, and over 80,000 minutes of on-demand replays from the game was streamed by fans.

Look for a review on Sportsnet’s television coverage and GameCentre Live over the weekend.

Written by Dan

10 October, 2014 at 4:26pm

Posted in NHL, Sportsnet

2014 MLB Postseason: ALCS and NLCS on Sportsnet and Fox

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mlbpostseason2014Good news: There are no more games exclusively on MLB Network (after the gong show that was last weeks two games) for the rest of the postseason. Better news: Despite Sportsnet having an shit-tonne of hockey, all but three of the ALCS and NLCS games over the next week or so will be on your regular regional Sportsnet channel. The two Wednesday matchups will be on SN 360 with Wednesday Night Hockey showing on SN and SN One and NL Game 5 (if required) will be on SN One as Sportsnet has NFL Thursday Night Football. Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun will host a 30 minute MLB Central preview before each game.

In previous years, Sportsnet have used the mostly horrible MLB International feed for the NLCS series and viewers who preferred their baseball with some production standards could switch to the Fox broadcast. While Sportsnet hasn’t confirmed either way which feed they will be showing, viewers looking for an alternative will have fewer options this season as five out of the seven Cards-Giants games will be on Fox’s cable channel Fox Sports One. Only games one and six will be on your regular over-the-air Fox channel.

Friday October 10, 8pm — AL Game 1: Kansas City at Baltimore (Sportsnet)

Saturday October 11, 4pm — AL Game 2: Kansas City at Baltimore (Sportsnet)
Saturday October 11, 8pm — NL Game 1: San Francisco at St. Louis (Sportsnet and Fox)

Sunday October 12, 8pm — NL Game 2: San Francisco at St. Louis (Sportsnet)

Monday October 13, 8pm — AL Game 3: Baltimore at Kansas City (Sportsnet)

Tuesday October 14, 4pm — NL Game 3: St. Louis at San Francisco (Sportsnet)
Tuesday October 14, 8pm — AL Game 4: Baltimore at Kansas City (Sportsnet)

Wednesday October 15, 4pm — AL Game 5*: Baltimore at Kansas City (Sportsnet 360)
Wednesday October 15, 8pm — NL Game 4: St. Louis at San Francisco (Sportsnet 360)

Thursday October 16, 8pm — NL Game 5*: St. Louis at San Francisco (Sportsnet One)

Friday October 17, 8pm — AL Game 6*: Kansas City at Baltimore (Sportsnet)

Saturday October 18, 4pm** — NL Game 6*: San Francisco at St. Louis (Sportsnet and Fox)
Saturday October 18, 8pm — AL Game 7*: Kansas City at Baltimore (Sportsnet)

Sunday October 19, 7:30pm — NL Game 7*: San Francisco at St. Louis (Sportsnet)

All times are Eastern. * If required. ** Games moves to 8pm if ALCS is complete.

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10 October, 2014 at 12:38pm

Posted in MLB

NFL Canadian TV Guide: Week 6

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8:25pm: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
• CBS, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson


1pm: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
• CTV Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Buffalo, Rochester
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

1pm: Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins
• CTV Saskatchewan, Alberta, Vancouver, RDS
• Fox Tacoma, Spokane
Sam Rosen, John Lynch & Pam Oliver

1pm: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
• CTV Winnipeg
• Fox Detroit, Minnesota
Mike Goldberg, Brendon Ayanbadejo & Peter Schrager

1pm: Denver Broncos at New York Jets
• TSN1/3/4/5
• CBS Burlington, Watertown, Rochester, Spokane, Seattle
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Jenny Dell

1pm: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
• CBS Cleveland
Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Evan Washburn

4:05pm: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
• CBS Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Minnesota
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon & Scott Kaplan

4:25pm: Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
• CTV nationwide except for CTV2 Atlantic, RDS
• Fox Boston, Burlington, Rochester, Buffalo, Spokane, Tacoma
Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman & Charissa Thompson

4:25pm: Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons
• TSN1/3/4/5
• Fox Detroit, Minneapolis
Justin Kutcher, David Diehl & Laura Okmin

8:15pm: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
• NBC, TSN1/4/5, RDS
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michelle Tafoya


8:30pm: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
• TSN1/3/4
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters

BYE: Kansas City, New Orleans

Written by Dan

9 October, 2014 at 2:29pm

Posted in NFL

NHL Canadian TV Guide: October 8–12

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Here is your schedule for the first week of hockey under the new Rogers empire. I will try my best to get up a schedule every week, namely once the commentators are announced for the forthcoming weekend’s national matches. I have only included commentators for national English broadcasts. Most regional broadcasts, especially TSN, have rotating play-by-play or colour guys that probably won’t be announced at all so no use playing guessing games. There’s no Saturday night games on Sportsnet this week due to Game 2 of Cardinals-Giants in MLB Postseason action.

Wednesday October 8

7pm: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (SN, TVA Sports)
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake

10pm: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames (SN, TVA Sports 2)
Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Cassie Campbell-Pascal

10pm: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (SN1)
Dave Strader, Brian Engblom (NBC)

Thursday October 9

7pm: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals (SN360, RDS*)
John Bartlett, Jason York

7pm: Columbus Blue Jackets at Buffalo Sabres (Sabres TV)

7:30pm: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (TVA Sports 2)

8pm: Ottawa Senators at Nashville Predators (TSN5*, RDS2*)

9:30pm Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers (SN360)
Kevin Quinn, Kelly Hrudey, Drew Remenda, Louie Debrusk, Mark Spector

10pm: Winnipeg Jets at Arizona Coyotes (TSN3*)

Saturday October 11

7pm: Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs (CBC)
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake

7pm: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning (SN1)
Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Arash Madani

7pm: Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (City, TVA Sports)
Dave Randorf, Gary Galley, David Amber

7pm: Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues (SN360)
Rick Ball, Kelly Hrudey, Roger Millions

7pm: Washington Capitals at Bosto Bruins (FX Canada)
Local team broadcast

8:30pm: Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks (Sabres TV)

10pm: Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks (CBC, TVA Sports 2)
Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Cassie Campbell-Pascal

10pm: Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks (SN360)
Kevin Quinn, John Garrett, Dan Murphy

Sunday October 12

7pm: Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Rangers (City, TVA Sports)
Dave Randorf, Gary Galley, David Amber

10pm: Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings (TSN3*)

Monday October 13

1pm: Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins (TVA Sports)

3pm: Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres (Sabres TV)

7:30pm: Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators (TSN5*, RDS Info*)

7:30pm: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning (City Montreal*, RDS*)

Tuesday October 14

7:30pm: Colorado Avalanche at Toronto Maple Leafs (TSN4*, TVA Sports)

8pm: Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators (SN360)

10:30pm: Edmonton Oilers at Los Angeles Kings (SN360)

All times are Eastern. Asterisk indicates regional broadcast.

Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

Written by Dan

8 October, 2014 at 1:06pm

Your Complete Guide to the 2014-15 NHL Season on Canadian TV

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nhl-logoI’m not sure how much more can be said ahead of opening night tomorrow when Rogers will officially begin their 12-year broadcast of the NHL. Below is a list of links to the various aspects of the schedule and broadcast that has been covered over the past months. I will most likely do a weekly schedule (similar to the weekly NFL posts) due to the week-to-week announcements of channel placings of Saturday night games. If there seems to be something I’ve missed or you have a question about something not covered, just hit up the comments.

Below is a breakdown of each Canadian team and their television schedule. Definition of regional blackout area is in brackets. To find which out which team is in your regional, go here. Regional schedule is linked to a separate post per team which should also include radio broadcast information. National schedules for English and French are in the list above.

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Written by Dan

7 October, 2014 at 1:00pm

GameCentre Live Includes New GamePlus Feature Only For Rogers Customers

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The new angles on offer with GamePlus.

If you’re a Rogers subscriber and plan on using GameCentre Live this season, you will have access to an exclusive experience dubbed GamePlus. It will offer new and innovative (to hockey broadcasts, that is) cameras to choose from as well as multiple replay angles, advanced stats, exclusive interviews and expert analysis not available elsewhere.

Here are the new cameras available for viewing:

  • Sky Cam sits at the 200 level in the Air Canada Centre and follows the puck red line to red line at six metres per second;
  • Ref Cam is on the referee’s helmet and puts fans on the ice to get in on face offs, breakaways and goals (the referee’s will not be mic’d up though, so don’t expect to hear player conversations);
  • POV Cam spotlights the hustle from inside the blue lines and for the first time inside the players’ benches;
  • Star Cam tracks a single player throughout the game no matter where the puck goes;
  • Goal Line Cam provides a top-down view of the ice, directly above the offensive action;
  • MyReplay lets fans select multiple replay angles to analyze key plays during the game, including goals, power plays, penalty kills, and the ref’s tough calls.

The above features are only available for select games each week plus the Winter Classic, All-Star game and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rogers says they have invested $10 million to create this Rogers-only feature (no doubt hoping people will switch to Rogers and help pay off that investment). No word yet whether it will be offered in the future as a paid option to non-Rogers customers.

Seems as though a majority of the eight new angles will only be available for Toronto Maple Leafs games at the Air Canada Centre, though Rogers would like additional cameras such as the SkyCam to other Canadian arenas in the future. It will be interesting to see whether the new angles, especially SkyCam and RefCam will be used during live play on television or restricted solely to replays.

If you’re a Rogers customer with any internet or wireless data plan, you are eligible to access GamePlus with your free subscription until December 31, 2014. If you’re a Rogers customer who does not have any Rogers internet or wireless data plan, but have Rogers Home Phone or Rogers Digital TV (any package), and have subscribed to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, you are eligible to access GamePlus.

Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV

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6 October, 2014 at 8:57pm

Posted in NHL, NHL on Sportsnet

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