Sportsnet announced on Tuesday that it has reached a three-year broadcast rights agreement with the Canadiens for regional coverage of the team’s games. Sportsnet becomes the official English-language regional television rights holder for Habs games.
And on Wednesday Rogers announced details about its new NHL GameCentre LIVE, an upgraded online destination for streaming live NHL action on any screen. See link below for more details.
The Canadiens’ regional broadcast area includes Quebec, Ontario east of Belleville/Pembroke and Atlantic Canada. The regional broadcast regulations are set by the NHL and regional games are blacked out outside the regional area.
The new Sportsnet deal includes 42 regional games with 39 of them on Sportsnet East and three on City Montreal. When combined with the national package of 40 Canadiens games, Sportsnet will deliver all 82 regular-season games to Habs fans within the regional broadcast area across nine channels, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.
“The Canadiens are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports,” Scott Moore, president, Sportsnet and NHL, Rogers, said in a statement. “Today’s agreement, combined with our national package, allows us to serve Eastern Canada and connect Habs fans to their beloved team by creating a one-stop-shop to watch all of the games.”
Said Kevin Gilmore, the Canadiens’ executive vice-president and chief operating officer: “The Montreal Canadiens are pleased to have concluded an English-language regional broadcasting agreement with Sportsnet that will enable a greater number of Habs hockey fans in the province of Quebec and in Eastern Canada to see the Canadiens in action. Over the years, Sportsnet has acquired a strong reputation with the quality of their hockey broadcasts and this agreement will continue to enhance the hockey experience on television for our fans.”
TVA Sports and RDS will combine to televise all 82 regular-season games in French. RDS announced on Wednesday that it will also televise all seven Canadiens preseason games.
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