Rogers GameCentre Live Announcement: No More National Blackouts

gamecentreThe good news keeps on coming: Besides offering more games than ever on television, Rogers announced today their plans for GameCentre Live and the main talking point is that you will be able to watch more games than ever on your laptop/phone/tablet/etc with fewer blackouts.

Here are the highlights:

  • All national games will be available to streamers, no matter the team and no matter where you live in the country. This is definitely the biggest change and the biggest difference between the Canadian and US versions now.
  • For regional games that Rogers owns rights to (Canucks, Habs, Oilers, Flames, and some Leafs), these games will also no longer be blacked out to you. The difference here though is to view these games you will need a cable TV subscription to Sportsnet and unlock the games via BDU authentication.
  • The only games that will remain blacked out to in-region viewers will be TSN’s properties: Sens, Jets, and half of the Leafs regional games.
  • For French-language viewers, beginning in January (delayed due to technical issues according to Keith Pelley, Rogers Media President) you will get to see all TVA Sports broadcasts of the Senators and Canadiens.
  • All Stanley Cup playoff games will be available for streaming.
  • GCL will be available on your computer, phone, and tablet with more devices and screens (e.g., Xbox) to be announced.
  • UPDATE: Like the previous version, full length on-demand games, condensed games and highlights will be available as well as over 800 archived games dating back to 1960.

If you’re a Rogers wireless or internet customer, you can enjoy free access to GCL from the beginning of the season until the end of the year. For the rest of us, a full season will cost you $200 with a discounted rate of $180 available until October 3 (GCL was $150 for early bird last year). From January 1 onwards, for Rogers and non-Rogers subscribers, a half-yearly subscription will be available for $130. For those in the country who prefer their games in French, a French-only package including 60 Canadiens and 54 Senators games will be available for $60.

So, if you’re a fan of a team that Rogers owns the regional rights to, you’ll see all (or next to all if you’re a Leafs fan) games online this season. For the remaining teams, you’ll need to watch via TSN, TSN.ca or TSN GO. Here are the total games available with no local blackouts: Montreal, 82 English & 72 French; Ottawa, 29 English & 68 French; Edmonton, 82; Vancouver, 82; Calgary, 82; Winnipeg, 22.

Rogers promises more information will be released in the coming weeks in regards to GameCentre Live (and presumably Centre Ice). Personally, I would love the option for a team-specific season pass or even a USA pass (for those of us who support an American team). Registration will open early next week at rogers.com/nhl.

13 thoughts on “Rogers GameCentre Live Announcement: No More National Blackouts

  1. GCL last year was $150 if you subscribed early.

  2. Are the national games available without blackout even if you do not have a cable subscription?

    If so this is great for me since I couldn’t watch TSN games including the playoffs last year with my GCL subscription. For someone without cable, this is easily worth the extra $40.

    • Correct. The national games are available to anyone on GCL, you only need a cable sub to see regional games.

      • Shame about them being unable to work something out with TSN about out of market regional games (because watching the Jets on GCL was at least entertaining while the Leafs were doing their downward spiral last season)

        Seems like were are getting less for more money with the new Rogers GCL, but that’s pretty much par for the course with Rogers.

        Oh and one other slightly worrying detail that isn’t in the article. It appears that on the Rogers site there are *fewer* devices planned to be *directly* supported. One of the omissions is any of the game systems, but when you follow the link provided by Rogers on their site it goes back to the NHL GCL site and their expansive list of devices, so I’m not clear on what Rogers expects to have ready, since their site says that the app will be ready only on Oct 6/14

        • The Rogers GCL website says more devices will be announced at a later date. We will just have to wait until then to confirm whether that includes gaming systems.

  3. So living in Victoria and having Shaw Cable, how many Leaf games will I be able to watch this year?

  4. Hey hey, Chris here from Rogers. We’re able to answer questions @RogersHelps or Rogers Facebook, if need be. It seems like you guys have all the answers already, though :)

    One thing worth highlighting: last year, nationally televised games weren’t available on GCL, and this year they will are. As mentioned above, that’s a big deal, especially if you don’t have a cable subscription.

  5. Please TSN and RDS buy out Rogers so we can watch our beloved Canadiens.
    Rogers are only there got the money – they truly don’t care about the fan base coast to coast wether you are a Leafs fan a Jets fan, a Vancouver or Habs Fan.

    This is going to suck having to pay twice as much to watch your favorite team on the ice. How can the CRTC approve this?

  6. Who cares about GCL – I did not buy a 60 inch LED/LCD to watch soaps.
    Really!!

  7. Few months into the season and I’ve never seen so many blackouts

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