Breaking: Sportsnet, TSN, RDS Partner with CBC for 2014 Olympics

The 2014 Olympics begin in 365 days in Sochi, Russia. Today Sportsnet announced that they are the official cable broadcaster of the Games in Canada. This is just the latest partnership between the two networks which also includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I’ll have a lot more on this later, but for now here is a statement from Sportsnet.

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and Sportsnet is pleased to announce it has reached a sub-licensing deal with CBC to provide Canadians with comprehensive coverage of the Games.

Further platform distribution announcements are to come, but under the agreement Sportsnet is now an official cable broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

As part of the sub-licensing deal, Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE will carry approximately 200 hours of 2014 Olympic Winter Games coverage, including coverage in prime time

And as did TSN and RDS, evidently. Somehow I missed this. Worth noting that TSN and RDS have shown every Olympics since 1998. Very impressive.

TSN and RDS are partnering with CBC/Radio-Canada to provide coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Through the partnership, both networks will be able to bring viewers access to live events and coverage across TSN and RDS’s sports, news, and entertainment platforms.

TSN and RDS have been part of Canada’s Olympic tradition for the past three decades, setting the standard of excellence for delivering Olympic coverage during the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Games.

TSN and RDS will provide more details on this partnership and broadcast information in the near future.

And here is CBC’s press release with all that news and more. Read the bolded section closely. What’s coming next? Netflix for highlights?

Today marks the official one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and CBC/Radio-Canada is thrilled to bring the Olympic Games home to Canadians. As Canada’s Official Broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada brings Canadians cross-platform coverage of the top news and stories in the year leading up to Sochi 2014, running from February 7 – 23, 2014. With exclusive license arrangements, TSN, RDS, and Sportsnet will also present coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned – more platform distribution announcements to come.

“We’re incredibly proud to be the official home of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “As we count down to Sochi 2014, we are committed to sharing the inspirational stories of our athletes, while providing Canadians with a robust Olympic Games experience, across all platforms.”
Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, Radio-Canada, added: “The Olympic Games have been part of Radio-Canada’s DNA for over fifty years. It is with great anticipation that we prepare for Sochi 2014. We aim to offer viewers from coast to coast a distinct coverage that will allow them to live and breathe with our athletes on this most prestigious stage.”
Click here for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games English Promo.
CBC/Radio-Canada is the place to be as we count down to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. With coverage across all platforms – including TV, radio, online, and mobile – Canadians can connect with the biggest stories and the latest content whenever and wherever they want it. Through world-class storytelling and the best performance coverage available, CBC/Radio-Canada will introduce viewers to Canadian athletes poised to take on the world in 2014. Canadians can engage with CBC/Radio-Canada leading up to and throughout the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games online in English at and in French at, as well as on Twitter in English at @cbcolympics (#cbcolympics), and in French at @RC_Sports (#RColympiques).
The countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in full-swing this week on CBC, with extensive programming on all platforms. Throughout the week, viewers have enjoyed extensive coverage, with stories from Sochi and beyond, as well as a look at Canada’s Olympians as they prepare for the Games.

2013 Canadiens (et LNH) sur RDS

RDS va diffuse tous les matchs des Canadiens en 2013. La première diffusion est 19 janvier contre Toronto à 19:00.

Voici le calendrier de diffusion des matchs complete.

Games marked “TSN Habs” also air on TSN’s regional subfeed in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Remember others air nationally on TSN and CBC.

Janvier 2013
19 janvier 19h Toronto c. Canadiens
22 janvier 19h30 Floride c. Canadiens
24 janvier 19h Canadiens c. Washington (TSN-HABS)
27 janvier 18h New Jersey c. Canadiens
29 janvier 19h30 Winnipeg c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
30 janvier 19h Canadiens c. Ottawa

Février 2013
2 février 14h Buffalo c. Canadiens
3 février 14h Ottawa c. Canadiens
6 février 19h Boston c. Canadiens
7 février 19h Canadiens c. Buffalo (TSN-HABS)
9 février 19h Toronto c. Canadiens
12 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Tampa Bay
14 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Floride (TSN-HABS)
16 février 19h Philadelphie c. Canadiens
18 février 19h30 Caroline c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
19 février 19h Canadiens c. NY Rangers (TSN-HABS)
21 février 19h NY Islanders c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
23 février 19h NY Rangers c. Canadiens
25 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Ottawa
27 février 19h30 Canadiens c. Toronto

Mars 2013
2 mars 19h Pittsburgh c. Canadiens
3 mars 19h30 Canadiens c. Boston (TSN-HABS)
5 mars 19h Canadiens c. NY Islanders
7 mars 19h Canadiens c. Caroline (TSN-HABS)
9 mars 19h Canadiens c. Tampa Bay
10 mars 18h Canadiens c. Floride (TSN-HABS)
13 mars 19h Ottawa c. Canadiens
16 mars 19h Canadiens c. New Jersey
19 mars 19h30 Buffalo c. Canadiens
21 mars 19h Canadiens c. NY Islanders
23 mars 19h Buffalo c. Canadiens
26 mars 19h Canadiens c. Pittsburgh (TSN-HABS)
27 mars 19h Canadiens c. Boston
30 mars 19h NY Rangers c. Canadiens

Avril 2013
1er avril 19h30 Caroline c. Canadiens
3 avril 19h30 Canadiens c. Philadelphie
4 avril 19h30 Winnipeg c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
6 avril 19h Boston c. Canadiens
9 avril 19h30 Washington c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
11 avril 19h Canadiens c. Buffalo
13 avril 19h Canadiens c. Toronto
15 avril 19h30 Philadelphie c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
17 avril 19h Canadiens c. Pittsburgh
18 avril 19h30 Tampa Bay c. Canadiens (TSN-HABS)
20 avril 19h Washington c. Canadiens
23 avril 19h Canadiens c. New Jersey (TSN-HABS)
25 avril 20h Canadiens c. Winnipeg (TSN-HABS)
27 avril 19h Canadiens c. Toronto

Continuez à lire pour le calendrier de diffusion de la LNH sur RDS et RDS2.

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La 2e ronde des séries de la Coupe Stanley 2012 à RDS

Voici le comminique de presse RDS.

RDS, diffuseur officiel de la LNH, présente en exclusivité francophone tous les matchs de la 2e ronde. Ça commence ce vendredi 27 avril, à 21 h, avec le 1er match de la série Nashville/Phoenix. L’équipe de diffusion qui vient de présenter 48 matchs en seulement 16 jours pour la première ronde est de retour. L’histoire de la Coupe Stanley 2012 s’écrit sur toutes les plateformes de RDS!

Après avoir présenté tous les matchs de la 1re ronde des séries pour la toute première fois de son histoire, soit 48 matchs en seulement 16 jours, l’équipe de diffusion de RDS est de retour avec l’intégrale de la 2e ronde. Les téléspectateurs auront donc accès à tous les matchs des séries Philadelphie/New Jersey, New York(Rangers)/Washington, St-Louis/Los Angeles et Nashville/Phoenix, grâce à RDS et RDS INFO.

La série opposant les Flyers de Philadelphie aux Devils du New Jersey sera en vedette sur les ondes de RDS. Pierre Houde et Marc Denis assureront la description et l’analyse des matchs tandis qu’Alain Crête, Mario Tremblay et Benoit Brunet nous accompagneront entre les périodes. Le 1er match de cette série sera diffusé le dimanche 29 avril, à 15 h.

L’équipe qui se partagera le travail pour l’ensemble des autres rencontres diffusées sur nos ondes, comprendra à nouveau Claude Mailhot et Yanick Bouchard à l’animation ainsi que Guy Carbonneau, Denis Casavant, Norman Flynn, Denis Gauthier, Michel Y. Lacroix, Patrick Lalime, Jocelyn Lemieux, Félix Séguin et Michel Therrien à l’analyse et aux commentaires. Le défenseur du Lightning de Tampa Bay, Bruno Gervais, se joindra à l’équipe en fin de 2e ronde.

IIHF Championnat du Monde Junior 2012 à RDS

Le championnat du Monde junior de l’IIHF commence le lendemain de Noël, à Calgary et à Edmonton. RDS présentera 14 matchs du championnat en direct, aux antennes de RDS et RDS2. Michel Y. Lacroix, Gaston Therrien, Stéphane Leroux et Norman Flynn vont fournir la description et l’analyse de ces matches.

Voici le calendrier des matches en direct à RDS et RDS2 (heure de l’Est):

Lundi 26/12, 15:30 – Canada c. Finlande – RDS
Mercredi 28/12, 15:30 – Finlande c. Étais-Unis – RDS
Mercredi 28/12, 20:00 – Rep. Tchèque c. Canada – RDS
Jeudi 29/12, 20:00 – Canada c. Danemark – RDS2
Vendredi 30/12, 15:30 – Rep. Tchèque c. Étais-Unis – RDS
Samedi 31/12, 20:00 – Étais-Unis c. Canada – RDS2
Lundi 2/1, 17:00 – Quarts de Finale #1 – RDS
Lundi 2/1, 21:00 – Quarts de Finale #2 – RDS
Mardi 3/1, 17:00 – Demi-Finale #1 – RDS
Mardi 3/1, 21:00 – Demi-Finale #2 – RDS
Jeudi 5/1, 15:30 – Match pour 3e place – RDS
Jeudi 5/1, 20:00 – Match de Championnat – RDS

RDS Year in Review Press Release

I posted TSN’s year in review press release yesterday, now Bell Media has issued one for RDS as well. Here it is. I’d post the French version if I had it, but unfortunately I don’t.

2011 was a pivotal year for Bell Media’s RDS that saw the #1 French specialty channel in Canada give fans more sports coverage than ever before with the launch of RDS2 and the introduction of new HD studios. RDS also enhanced its impressive schedule with long-term deals for the biggest events in sports including the FIFA World Cup, Tour de France and EURO 2012 and 2016.

“The transformation that RDS has seen over the last year completely redefines the pillars of our strategic development, and establishes the foundation for the future of our organization,” said Gerry Frappier, President of RDS. “Every action taken over the past year – from the launch of RDS2 to the acquisition of new major properties and our studio upgrades – was guided by our mission to ensure that fans are offered the best sports coverage of the biggest sporting events in the world. To this end, I believe that RDS’ biggest success of the year was continuing to put fans first – something that could not have been done without the hard work and dedication from everyone here at RDS.”

RDS heads into 2012 with even more of the world’s biggest sporting events including being an official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games and having exclusive Canadian coverage of the 100th GREY CUP and EURO 2012.

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