GamePlus stays exclusive to Rogers customers; Rogers appeals to the hip kids

…The CRTC announced yesterday morning that it had dismissed Bell Media’s complaint over the NHL Game Centre app and the exclusive GamePlus features available only to Rogers customers, calling it “innovative”.

To encourage innovative ways of presenting content and the creation of compelling content for digital media, including Internet and mobile video services, the CRTC allows companies to provide exclusive content to their subscribers, as long as it is not created mainly for traditional television.

The CRTC considers that the programming available on GamePlus is essentially produced for distribution on digital media. As such, it can be offered exclusively and does not constitute an undue preference in favour of Rogers subscribers. In the CRTC’s view, Rogers is in compliance with the established rules.

The CRTC chairman added that GamePlus is a second-screen digital-only experience and thus is compliant with the current rules for television that Bell used to make their argument. If Bell were smart, they would offer exclusive content to their customers for major properties they have rights to such as the NFL.

…Sportsnet is allegedly hip with the kids – so says a new research survey released earlier this month.

Asked to identify the biggest changes in this year’s NHL telecasts, respondents cited the availability of more out-of-town games, more games on additional channels and a “hipper” feel to telecasts. One person’s response: “It’s different, trying to appeal to the younger viewer somewhat but I’m still fine with it.”

Among the biggest complaints lobbed at Rogers were fewer Montreal Canadiens games and less access to French broadcasts, while some respondents described the new telecasts as “flashy” and “gimmicky.”

Depending on what circles you frequent, you’re probably one of the 55% who rank Rogers’ broadcasts as average to poor or one of the 38% who gave them a score of between seven and nine out of ten. The lads over at Pension Plan Puppets do a great job of destroying the Rogers press release touting their newfound coolness.

…Tomorrow night is the hugely anticipated (read: I only just heard about it for the first time) debut of Hockey Wives – an eight-part realty series about the life and times of wives of ice hockey players in the NHL on something called the W Network. I’m sure it’ll be riveting.

— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV

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