Rogers media launched a new national sports channel called Sportsnet One and they hyped up the fact that they will be covering lots of live sports to improve the customers ability to see more games. Wow that sounds great however unless you live in Ontario and are a Rogers subscriber you don’t get this channel!!!!
So last night I figured I would flip on the Blue Jays and A’s game and of course couldn’t get the game on any of the regional Sportsnet channels. Instead I watched about 30 seconds of the air race world series! Needless to say I was annoyed.
After doing some research online and talking to my local television provider here is what I know. Rogers appears to be strong arming other providers to buy this channel by yanking the Toronto Blue Jays games from their regional coverage. (25 games are being shown on Sportsnet One) My service provider could not provide me with a date that the station may be available here in Calgary. All they could say is they were aware of the channel and are working towards an agreement but was very non committal that anything would get done.
The biggest concern for hockey fans should be that Sportsnet One will be showing 13 Canucks games, 15 Senators games, and approximately 13 games for the Oilers and Flames as well. When I initially saw the launch news I was excited that I would get to see some Canucks and Senators games on the national channel. NOPE! The games are blacked out for viewers not in the region despite being on a ‘National Channel’.
So what this means is that as consumers we will be forced to purchase this additional channel to watch games we used to get on our regional channels or PPV (don’t get me started on PPV) and that is only if your local provider gets an agreement with Rogers to show the channel.
As per usual the consumer is getting screwed, and while there is usually a few people to blame for things like this now there is only one black hat in this story. Rogers Communications. Basically they are hoping that the customers pressure their cable providers to carry the channel, and I would be shocked if there was not an additional charge to consumers to get the channel as opposed to be part of your national sports package. (As an example my sports package is TSN, TSN2, The Score, Sportsnet West, Golf Channel, and Speed)
Cross your fingers that your local provider can get the channel and not have to charge you an addition $2-$5 a month to see games you would have already been watching!
Thanks for nothing Rogers. Enjoy your money grab.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!