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Rogers offers special deal for rest of Canada to watch RDS Canadiens regional games online

As anger continues to build among Toronto and other western Canadian Habs fans that they will no longer be able to watch all 82 regular-season games on RDS, Rogers announced today a special deal that might alleviate that somewhat.

NHL GameCentre Live, the NHL streaming service that allows viewers to watch out-of-region games, will cost $200 for the season this year ($180 if you subscribe by Oct. 13). That’s a pretty steep price for people who were used to either having RDS as part of their basic package or paying a buck or two a month at most.

But Rogers is offering a separate deal that contains just the RDS regional games — 60 Canadiens games and 54 Ottawa Senators games — for $60 for the season. That might be enough for the hard-core fans to accept. (Note that this is for fans outside the Canadiens and Senators market, which is all of Quebec, all of Atlantic Canada and the part of Ontario that’s east of Belleville and Pembroke.)

No more blackouts*

On top of that, national games and in-region games, which were formally blacked out on GameCentre to protect the rights of national and regional broadcasters, will no longer be blacked out. So people who buy a subscription won’t have to switch between various media and websites.

The trade-off to that is that these will be available on an authenticated basis, meaning you need a TV subscription to Sportsnet (English) or TVA Sports (French) to access these national or in-region games on GameCentre, and you need your TV provider to participate in the Rogers program. The TVA access for national games in French probably won’t be ready until January because of technical issues.

Rogers confirms that the games that are not available in a certain region on TV will not require authentication to watch on GameCentre.

Rogers says there will still be some blackouts for in-region games whose rights are owned by “another company” (i.e. TSN). So Ottawa Senators regional games in eastern Canada and Winnipeg Jets games in Manitoba and Saskatchewan won’t be available on this service, nor will those Toronto Maple Leafs regional games that air on TSN4 be available in most of Ontario. You have to watch those on TSN.

Similarly, regional Habs and Senators games in French won’t be available in eastern Canada because RDS holds the rights to them.

And more

Other deals for NHL GameCentre Live include:

  • Free subscriptions for Rogers Internet and Rogers Wireless (data) subscribers until Dec. 31. Half-season passes will be $130 for those who want to subscribe after that.
  • More than 800 archived games going back to 1960.
  • A new NHL mobile app coming in October to watch the games on smartphones and tablets.
  • Where multiple feeds are available, such as English/French or Canada/U.S., GameCentre Live provides both as options.

Rogers has promised more GameCentre announcements in the coming weeks. There may also be announcements relating to NHL Centre Ice, the TV-based service for watching out-of-market games.

105 thoughts on “Rogers offers special deal for rest of Canada to watch RDS Canadiens regional games online

  1. Buzz Bishop

    I really dont understand the authentication angle. They’re getting $200 from me, AND they get to play me the ads from their clients. More eyeballs, more dollars. Glad the local blackout is being lifted, but the strings don’t need to be there. Old media trying to force an old model on a new frame is just clunky.

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    1. gotfucked

      Habs fans ban together and boycott rogers. We can treat it like a lockout season and watch rogers go down in flames same to leaf fans what else you going to do sat night. They took grapes from ya, fucking corporate bullshit and the crook in charge Bettman I so regret recently signing up with rogers for my phone which has been nnowhere close to the monthly fee they told me 90 bucks a month yeah first Mont 140 second month 150 up up up we go fucking thieves.l!!!

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      1. Diana

        I want to thank the GREEDY business men of ROGERS! It’s bad enough we Canadians can not even afford to go see a game cause the prices are through the roof. But now to basically banning us from watching our Canadian sport????? Just so ROGERS can make even more money like they don’t have enough!

        I want to know what the whole team “Montreal Canadians” think of their fans being banned?

        Rogers if you want to ACTUALLY do something for us, forget about your great deal that you think you are offering us all and stick it up your A$$!

        CBC has been broadcasting it for years! Why did that change?…. because of money?

        Question……isn’t Videotron the cable server for the Quebec separatists? that why they have only a few channels? If videotron televises the Habs I’m not giving the separatists a penny!

        As usual we had a good thing going to view OUR Canadian sport until the greedy company has to fuck it up for all of us!

        DON’T SIGN UP WITH ROGERS AND DON’T RENEW WITH ROGERS…..FUCK THEM!!!!!!

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          CBC has been broadcasting it for years! Why did that change?…. because of money?

          CBC is still broadcasting NHL games on Saturday nights. There’s no change there. The national rights to NHL games changed hands because the NHL accepted Rogers’s bid and the CBC didn’t have $5.2 billion to spend on hockey.

          Question……isn’t Videotron the cable server for the Quebec separatists?

          And federalists too. It’s the cable provider for most of the province.

          that why they have only a few channels?

          Videotron’s cable system carries 447 channels, of which 321 are regular television channels, including 89 HD channels, 12 are pay-per-view channels, 42 are premium part-time sports feeds like NHL Centre Ice, and 72 are audio channels.

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  2. Chuck Cohen

    Will videotron be involved in the above deal ?
    I have Bell at once house and Videotron at another and want to know if Viseotron is palnning on adding the new TSN Feeds ( all 5 channels ) like Bell has ?

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Will videotron be involved in the above deal ?

      Good question. Videotron has been slow to adopt the authenticated subscription systems of Bell and Rogers.

      I have Bell at once house and Videotron at another and want to know if Viseotron is palnning on adding the new TSN Feeds ( all 5 channels ) like Bell has ?

      There’s a lot of pressure on Videotron to add the channels. It says it’s still in discussions with Bell Media.

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  3. Wexford Habs fan

    What would really be terrific is if there was a $60 deal to watch just the RDS games on Centre Ice. I would buy that in a minute.

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    1. Christopher van Dyke

      So would I buy a $ 60 French Game Centre for RDS broadcasts.

      They, the NHL, Rogers, RDS, and Bell have heard the displeasure of Habs fans. So very satisfying to me.

      In effect, though, it still is a convoluted dog’s breakfast. These new tweaks will ameliorate things significantly, yet I hope the NHL will ultimately decide their corporate national black-out rule serves no purpose in Canada.

      The NHL’s black-out rule is being challenged in New York State courts. In Canada it definitely prevents Rogers Sportsnet and TVA from being more creative developing value-added team dedicated cable products that fans want and are demanding.

      Hopefully next season or the near future, a Habs’ fan, a Canucks’ fan, a Maple Leafs’ fan, etc., will be able to straight-forward subscribe to a Canucks’ Channel, a Leafs’ Channel or a Habs Channel to follow the team they are addicted, er I mean are a follower of, without having to persevere any other of this cable malarkey.

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  4. AL

    Now the gouging begins by Rogers.
    When CBC HNIC is done in 4 years, don’t be surprised if it will only be pay-per-view to watch a game, no matter when, where or who.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      When CBC HNIC is done in 4 years, don’t be surprised if it will only be pay-per-view to watch a game, no matter when, where or who.

      Everything it has done so far suggests the opposite. For one thing, it’s devoting City TV on both Saturday and Sunday nights to airing hockey games free over the air. If its ultimate goal was to gouge people, it wouldn’t be doing that. And for that matter, no one forced it to create this deal with CBC.

      It’s in Rogers’s interests to make at least some games as accessible as possible. The more restrictive and expensive it is, the fewer fans it has, and the less interest it generates. And when it comes to NHL hockey, the advertising revenue is far more important than the subscription revenue.

      Now, of course, for those fans who are so rabid that they can’t possibly live on only one or two games a week of their favourite team, it makes sense to get more money out of them. But that’s going to be done by increasing the subscription fees for Sportsnet, which like TSN are going up anyway because of the increased cost of licensing live sports.

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  5. John Haley

    Finally someone came to their senses. It may cost a bit more but at least we can see them. Looking forward to trying out Game Centre Live. I spoke with a rep from rogers tonight and he told me that all you need is an internet connection and something to watch the game on. He said you do not require the permission from your provider to participate in the Rogers program. Rogers will charge another 59.99 for those habs regional games through GameCentre Live.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Don’t put too much stock into what customer service representatives of cable companies tell you. This was just announced today, and many of them may be relying on last year’s rules.

      I’m still waiting for details from Rogers, but you will at least need a Sportsnet subscription to stream games that are available to you on TV.

      Also, Rogers might make similar announcements about NHL Centre Ice, which might be more appealing to some fans than GameCentre Live.

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  6. mario

    So for my friends out west, if they want to catch a habs game, for $60 they can subscribe to NHL GameCentre Live.
    But do they have to be Sportsnet or TVA Sports subscriber too?

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      So for my friends out west, if they want to catch a habs game, for $60 they can subscribe to NHL GameCentre Live. But do they have to be Sportsnet or TVA Sports subscriber too?

      The only way they will be able to watch all the nationally televised Habs games is if they’re subscribed to Sportsnet.

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  7. mario

    But I was referring to the Habs regional games. $60 gives them Habs regional feed on GameCentre with no obligation for an authenticated subscription with Sportsnet?

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      $60 gives them Habs regional feed on GameCentre with no obligation for an authenticated subscription with Sportsnet?

      Yes. It gets the 60 regional games in French for those who will have RDS blacked out where they live.

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  8. Tony

    I have been tracking this situation all summer long I think this is relief.
    I’m a Bell Fibe customer in Toronto.
    Does this mean as a Bell customer I can also buy the Game Centre french package for $60 ??
    $1 a game well worth it.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Does this mean as a Bell customer I can also buy the Game Centre french package for $60 ?

      If all you’re interested in is the 60 Habs games you can’t otherwise get on TV, it doesn’t matter who your TV provider is.

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      1. Tony

        I don’t understand ??
        The article seem to indicate that you can buy a french centre ice package for $60. getting 60 hab games and 54 ottawa games. I only watch games on TV(Bell Fibe)

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          The article seem to indicate that you can buy a french centre ice package for $60. getting 60 hab games and 54 ottawa games.

          This is correct. But this is for online and mobile streaming only. Getting these games on TV is a separate matter, and we’ll see how that works in the coming weeks.

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          1. Denis

            Isn’t NHL Game Centre available on Apple TV? Hopefully I can order the French package on it and stream the games to my TV through Apple TV. Same thing as Netflix.

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  9. Stjrandy

    Is Lorne correct in saying that NHL Centre Ice offers RDS for $60 a season?? My issue is I really am not interested in not using my TV’s to watch games. I prefer a big screen to a tablet.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Is Lorne correct in saying that NHL Centre Ice offers RDS for $60 a season?

      Not unless he has insider information. Rogers hasn’t made announcements about Centre Ice yet.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      This announcement is about NHL GameCentre Live, not NHL Centre Ice. These are two different, though similar, systems. The former is an online streaming service, while the latter is a pay TV service.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Is GameCentre Live available through NHL.COM and on my TV for $60?

      It is available online. But it won’t be on your TV unless your TV connects to the Internet and runs the appropriate app. If you want to watch these games on TV, you’re more likely to be interested in NHL Centre Ice. Details about that haven’t been announced yet.

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      1. UziMTL

        Ohh man. Soo…with Bell Fibe, they have an app section where you can download and access apps through them. Do you think GCL will be one of those apps? If not, do I need a smart TV? These guys are complicating things a bit too much lol

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          Soo…with Bell Fibe, they have an app section where you can download and access apps through them. Do you think GCL will be one of those apps?

          Maybe. If you can use your TV as a web browser, you could probably do it that way. But NHL Centre Ice might be an easier option. More details will come in the coming weeks.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Will the French 60$ center ice package be avail on bell fibe?

      There is no “French $60 Centre Ice package”. It looks like some version of French-only Centre Ice will be made available. But no details have been announced yet. It’ll be up to the providers to set prices.

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          Will the french 60.00 center ice be available on Bell Satellite TV

          The $60 deal is for NHL GameCentre Live, not NHL Centre Ice. Rogers hasn’t announced details for Centre Ice yet. That’s why Bell doesn’t know about it.

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  10. Rick

    Just today i noticed on bell fibe, the channels are now up for Center Ice…6 payments of 36$..
    I’m anxiously waiting to see if they add that “french only” center ice..
    I hope it’s not a Rogers exclusive offer only as most of Canada doesn’t even have Rogers TV or are able to get Rogers tv as Rogers cable isn’t available to anyone west of ON.

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  11. David

    If Rogers really wants to make us happy, and not impact the NHL broadcast rules, here’s a suggestion..
    For those of us who already have cable with rogers and already have their French package which includes RDS, they could add a Habs only version of centre ice to the package at no extra charge. But that’s probably wishful thinking.

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  12. John

    Might as well quit watching hockey if We have to use internet to see it. Service is so slow out here that Apple TV wouldn’t work. No such thing as watching a news clip from the local TV stations web site. And the service provider sells it as “high speed”.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      I’m with telus do you have to be with Rogers to get the 60$ deal

      Yes. The only difference is you don’t get the free preview until the end of the year.

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  13. Bonnie Thibodeau

    Why was Rogers allowed to totally screw up our hockey games here in Canada. We have had RDS French station for like ever since the old Quebec team went to Quebec City to play an exhibition against the Montreal Canadiens Team. Now we are getting blackouts here in Alberta. I feel like I am totally cut off from Eastern Canada. What is going on? Can we even get Rogers here in Canada. Or is this some way USA is giving it to Canada? Hockey is our game.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Why was Rogers allowed to totally screw up our hockey games here in Canada.

      It’s not Rogers, it’s the NHL. Regional blackouts are a fact of life in professional sports. RDS got special treatment because it was the only French-language sports channel and it had both national and regional rights. Neither of those is the case now.

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  14. K. Ross

    I just read a long post from a fellow Habs fan who purchased this French language sports package from Rogers last night. One hitch – it didn’t work. Despite the fact that there were no regional restrictions it just didn’t go. He spoke to about 6 Rogers people over the phone & none of them could figure out the problem. At the end of it they just gave up & refunded this person the $60.00.

    So before we rejoice & applaud Rogers for listening to the fans lets wait & see if they actually deliver what they promise.

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  15. upsethabsfan

    Why do Habs fans suddenly have to pay an arm and a leg to take in a Habs game when we were able to watch the Habs and other teams on RDS as part of our basic pkg or by adding the channel to our pkg for a dollar! Habs fans never had to pay 60 dollars or 200 dollars. This is highway robbery. We need to start lodging official complaints. This blackout is being challenged in courts in other countries like NY state. This is wrong when Canadians did not have to pay through the nose ever before. The NHL and Rogers are taking hockey fans for a ride and robbing hockey fans blind.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Why do Habs fans suddenly have to pay an arm and a leg to take in a Habs game when we were able to watch the Habs and other teams on RDS as part of our basic pkg or by adding the channel to our pkg for a dollar!

      Because RDS no longer benefits from an exception to the NHL’s regional blackout rules.

      The NHL and Rogers are taking hockey fans for a ride and robbing hockey fans blind.

      And they have been for years. It’s just now starting to affect Canadiens fans as well.

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  16. Denis

    I have talked with bell my sattelite tv provider and they are not offering that new deal for 60 habs games and 54 sens game outside of regional coverage for 60$. Do i need to contact Rogers

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  17. David

    I have since got confirmation from Rogers that they are offering a French Centre Ice package as well for $59.99, separate from the Game Centre offer. First they responded to my wife’s comment on their Facebook page, and second, when I called Rogers after the Habs pre-season game got blacked out. Big win right? But hold on, my current contract is coming up, and their previous offers are no longer applicable and my bill will go up 20% for all my services, regardless of my taking Centre Ice. So I need to find out if the same package will be available from Bell.

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  18. Garry McRadu

    Regarding the RDS $60 French package. My local cable carrier Access Communications in Regina, Saskatchewan has informed me they have no plans to offer this service to it’s customers.

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  19. Claude

    So I just realized yesterday I won’t be able to watch MLT games on RDS in Toronto so I called Rogers and told them to remove the French TV channel package and I told them the reason. The guy went ahead and removed the channels without letting me know about this nhl center Ice thing

    60 bucks for some but not all MLT games still sounds terrible to me

    Dunno who’s fault is it (nhl, Rogers, RDS TVA, etc) or why exactly things got so messy , but fuck them all

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  20. MICHEL

    SPENT THE LAST 2 HRS WITH ROGERS REP. CANNOT EXPLAIN THIS FIASCO. I HAVE THE WHOLE FRENCH PACKAGE AND THE WHOLE THING WAS UN AVILABLE LAST NIGHT. AS A PARTING SHOT THESE PEOPLE ARE TAKING MY MONEY AND NOT DELIVERING WHAT WAS AGREED TO. IN MY AREA THIS IS CALLED FRAUD.

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    1. Alberta John

      What does “Callisses de tabernacle” mean? I assume it’s not a compliment. Nor do the clowns who did this deserve any. Fagstein: I took your advise and wrote to the Club de Hockey Canadien
      (I even love typing that name out!). Here’s their reply:
      Dear John,

      thank you for reaching out to us. We appreciate your interest in the Canadiens games and understand your concerns.

      The broadcast landscape has changed over the past few months and all parties are trying to find a solution. We are hopeful this situation will soon be resolved.

      Best regards,
      ME TOO!!!

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  21. J'sin

    I never had or used NHL GameCentre Live, or NHL Centre Ice. but if this is the only way I will get to see the habs, then I will pay the $60. My question is, if I miss the live game. Can I still watch it later with NHL GameCentre Live, or NHL Centre Ice? I work nights & don’t normally get to watch live games. Thanks.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      if I miss the live game. Can I still watch it later with NHL GameCentre Live, or NHL Centre Ice?

      NHL GameCentre Live does offer games on demand. Centre Ice does not, unless Rogers plans a surprise in the next week or two.

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  22. ccunn13ca

    Hi,

    I can confirm 100% that the NHL French Centre Ice package will be available to both Bell Satellite & Fibe customers for $60. Regular season only, no pre-season (which would explain why it’s not working for the people trying to get it now). Prerequisite is TVA Sports or English Centre Ice package.

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  23. Suzanne Goudreau

    Omf. Cannot believe this crap. Am a shaw subscriber since forever just because they carried rds. I get that hockey is a business but u shouldn’t need a freakin engineering degree to understand how to get a channel to watch a freakin hockey game. This is Canada. Watching hockey is what we do!

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    1. Dave Jenson

      I have an Engineering degree, and I’m overwhelmed by this new NHL TV rights deal! I thought the NFL and affiliate distribution at times was crazy enough!

      And why do we have to wait until the regular season to subscribe and get everything in order… this should be allowed to be done months in advance of the season.

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  24. Laverdière Marc

    I am furious right now. I need my fix of hockey des Canadiens. Like we say in Québec it is a religion for us Canadiens. Please Rogers don’t make it to hard on us. Thanks

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  25. vincent beaudoin

    C est de la marde en canne. Tout fonctionn ait parfaitement jusqu a cette anne. Je PAYE pour avoir RDS c est pour regarder rds et ce qui joue a CE poste. On a deja perdu Notre soiree du hockey du samedi soir il y a quelques annees. Pays bilingue Mon cul.

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  26. Dan Carriere

    This is unbelievable.. This is Canada where hockey is in our blood. I live in Alberta & have alsways subscribed to RDS to watch my habs.. Now I cannot. I called Shaw cable & they did not have a clue about $60 deal. What is going on………

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      So if I’m a Bell Internet subscribe, can I get this $60 package as well west of Toronto via the Internet?

      You can get this $60 package regardless of who your Internet provider is. But you’ll need a subscription to Sportsnet to watch the national games, and whether you can watch those games online depends on whether your provider participates in the Rogers GameCentre Live authentication system.

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      1. Dave Jenson

        Why do you need to subscribe to Sportsnet? What if my TV provider doesn’t carry it?

        I thought a big point of providing online services was to help cut the TV cord. The other sports leagues online services don’t make me subscribe to anything.

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          Why do you need to subscribe to Sportsnet? What if my TV provider doesn’t carry it?

          Then I’d question the viability of that TV provider.

          I thought a big point of providing online services was to help cut the TV cord.

          I don’t think that’s Rogers’s primary goal.

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  27. ronocg

    Where is your source about the $60 package? I cannot find it anywhere. And just to confirm – it will be available as a standalone online option, even for those without a TV subsciption?

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Where is your source about the $60 package?

      Rogers.

      And just to confirm – it will be available as a standalone online option, even for those without a TV subsciption?

      Yes. But to watch regional Sportsnet games broadcast in your region on TV, you’ll need a TV subscription to Sportsnet.

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  28. Denis

    Woot woot! The package will be available for Bell Fibe Customers. Available today (Oct. 2nd) to order! Just got the following response to my tweet asking about availability:

    @Bell @Bell_Support – When are you going to release details re: French-only out of market @CanadiensMTL package? #9 http://www.rogers.com/web/support/nhl/gamecenter-live/1?setLanguage=en

    Bell Support ?@Bell_Support 2h2 hours ago
    @DenisVilleneuve Hi Denis launch date is tomorrow October 2nd. Package is $60 (a one time installment). ^MW
    8:22 AM – 2 Oct 2014 · Details

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  29. Alberta John

    All’s better in my world today. I watched RDS Canadiens Express last night. I can live with that, for now.

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  30. Heather

    I live in the Toronto area and subscribe to Bell for my internet. In the past, I have subscribed to RDS specifically so we could watch the Habs. I called Bell yesterday and asked what my options were if I wanted to watch ALL Habs games. I was given the option of NHL Cente Ice, but would not include any playoff games. Cost if I subscribed by Oct. 31st would be $209.00 or $34.83 mth. After Oct. 31st price goes up to $54.75/mth! There was never any mention of a $60 package. As a former customer of Rogers, I have no desire to go back to them. So, looks like I’ll be live streaming this season as there is no way I am wiling to pay that kind of money.

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  31. Christopher van Dyke

    Steve, you wrote-up a thread in The Gazette’s Hockey Inside Out section. In it you referred to my Rogers NHL Habs Petition and referred to it as ‘not realistic’. I wrote a response as follows.

    ‘I had no intent to mention the Rogers NHL Habs Petition today during the game, but I was away for the past 2 days and just read Steve Faguy’s (Fagstein) previous thread.

    Lots of useful information for Us out west of Quebec mesmerized by the convoluted dog’s breakfast determining where We may watch Habs’ games this season.

    Steve has a respectable blog that covers media issues, but I was very surprised He referred to The Petition as being ‘unrealistic’ wanting to ‘keep things the way they are’.

    As a journalist I am surprised Steve obviously did not read the premise of the Petition, because it clearly is not asking to ‘keep things the way they were’.

    During the game is not the best time to go into detail, only to clarify to Mr. Faguy and anyOne else not clear on it’s purpose, the Petition is a format to express the frustration and unhappiness of the effects of the Rogers NHL agreement for Us out west. The reduction, and convoluted access, plus it is making the cost for a great many Fans prohibitive.

    At no time do the Petition argue to live in the past, but it makes the argument for a less complicated access across Canada, and most importantly it argues there is zero justification for the application of the NHL’s black-out rule in Canada.

    All those objectives are realistic.

    Anyway, I won’t go on longer, except to say I’m disapointed in Steve Faguy not taking the time to read the premise of the Petition on Our site http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-habs-blackout-rds

    Sorry for the interruption.

    Chris

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      As I wrote on HIO, I never said I wanted to “keep things the way they are” or anything that could even remotely be interpreted as resembling that.

      I did read your petition, all 1400 words of it. I stand by my opinion that what it calls for is unrealistic. I also find it ironic that you accuse me of failing to read something and then make up a quote and falsely attribute it to me.

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      1. Christopher van Dyke

        Quote, Steve Faguy (above story): “Habs fans west of Belleville and Pembroke, Ont., where the team’s broadcast region ends, are already raising hell. A petition has been started to demand things change back to the way they were, but that’s not realistic. ”

        Steve, one can accept what is wrong and keep quiet about it, or one can express their objection and displeasure.

        Being you are in Montreal unaffected as we are out west, you are of an understandably indifferent mindset.

        The petition is a means for us out west to express our frustration and displeasure whether it results in any change or not.

        Personally, myself, and the 3, 061 who have signed the petition need a medium to vent. All of us are customers of cable.

        Rogers PR is hyping what wonderful change and improvements their deal has realized for hockey fans across Canada. The petition is calling them out that that claim is a load of malarkey.

        Rogers Sportsnet will not change without criticism. If you read my premise I pointed out I am not expecting Rogers to turn-around on a dime for us, but with persistence in time they will.

        I respect your opinion that this is not realistic, but I and others will do every thing we can to prove you wrong Steve.

        If not, at least we tried and did not meekly accept this crap from the NHL (black-out rule) and Rogers (reduced convoluted cost-prohibitive) without speaking-out, like some.

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        1. Fagstein Post author

          Steve, one can accept what is wrong and keep quiet about it, or one can express their objection and displeasure.

          That’s not my job as a journalist. I say what’s going on, and it’s up to you to like it or dislike it. I also don’t have any moral objections to regional blackout rules. I don’t believe we have a constitutional right to low-priced NHL games on TV.

          Rogers PR is hyping what wonderful change and improvements their deal has realized for hockey fans across Canada. The petition is calling them out that that claim is a load of malarkey.

          And seems to be under the impression that the Rogers deal is the cause of this situation in the first place. I’m not convinced it would have been any different if the deal was with Bell or the CBC.

          If you read my premise I pointed out I am not expecting Rogers to turn-around on a dime for us, but with persistence in time they will.

          If by “in time” you mean “in 12 years”. Again, Rogers would love nothing better than to make all its games national. But it can’t.

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  32. Rick

    so..I still haven’t seen anything about the 60$ french option on bell fibe. ..has anyone seen or was able to order

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  33. John

    You guys arguing over the petition isn’t going to help. Stay focused. It’s hard enough to be heard if they are even listening! Personally, I see conspiracy. Kill Hab love west of Quebec. Guess someone with the power to do so got sick of all the western arenas being half full of Habs fans when they come to town. So they start now and kill future generations of fans of a non-local team. IMO

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        1. Denis

          I called bell they told me i have to get nhl centre ice for $200 if I want habs games. There is no package to watch the 60 habs games on tv. Im confused he guys.

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  34. Anonymous

    I am a Habs fan formerly from Montreal. I live on Vancouver Island and subscribe to Shaw for my TV. How can I sign up for Habs games in (English)? Last year I was able to watch all games not broadcast in English, on RDS.

    Note! Although I do have two smaller HD TVs, my preferred TV is an older larger model which is not HD compatible.

    Dave,

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      I am a Habs fan formerly from Montreal. I live on Vancouver Island and subscribe to Shaw for my TV. How can I sign up for Habs games in (English)?

      If 40 games a season isn’t enough for you, you’ll need to buy NHL Centre Ice.

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  35. DERRICK Fahlman

    I was surprised to see the RDS feed on Shaw blacked out in Regina Sask. Since I pay extra for the Sports hd pkg and French pkg to the tune of about 2000 a year in total, you would think you could follow at least one team of choice.You can twist it anyway you want but Sportnet bid huge cash for NHL rights now have to do cost recovery from we the consumer.. So it’s all geared to make you purchase NHL center ice or game center live.Well if I could just pay for the Habs channel I would, but am not paying 200 bucks extra for Center ice. And my experiences with Rogers in the past you rarely get the same answer twice,this confirmed when I inquired about the 60 French package yesterday.They couldn’t tell me if I could purchase it or what games I would get and if you sign up you only have 5 days to cancel… Let the games begin

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Since I pay extra for the Sports hd pkg and French pkg to the tune of about 2000 a year in total, you would think you could follow at least one team of choice.

      If you’re paying $2,000 a year, you’re paying far too much. And $200 a year would be a bargain, no?

      You can twist it anyway you want but Sportnet bid huge cash for NHL rights now have to do cost recovery from we the consumer.. So it’s all geared to make you purchase NHL center ice or game center live.

      Except that, other than with RDS, there’s no change to how regionalization works. In fact, there are more national games than there used to be.

      And my experiences with Rogers in the past you rarely get the same answer twice,this confirmed when I inquired about the 60 French package yesterday.

      Customer service representatives for most of the cable and satellite companies aren’t well informed about what’s going on, either because those companies haven’t decided whether to offer this deal or because they haven’t properly trained their employees.

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  36. Jp

    The end result is I live in Toronto and I can’t watch the hab anymore unless I spend crazy money. I will now work hard to steal it off internet

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  38. Happy With HDTV Antenna

    I have boycotted cable altogether. I only use a HDTV Antenna to get my channels…

    When CBC was broadcasting HNIC, I have to say the HD signal was 1080 and the best picture quality I have ever seen. It is even better than Bell’s Fibe or Videotron Cable HD service by a LANDSLIDE! I am extremely sad now that I can only watch it once a week.

    Currently I get about 25 HD Channels from Montreal and USA. all Free. You still get all those commercials but why should I pay 150$/month for inferior videotron/bell product when the 25 channels are sufficient for me.

    Want more channels commercial free? Pay 9$ for Netflix and you got lots to see there.

    Progressive Conservative Government of Canada (Yes you Harper…)
    Thank you for screwing with HNIC, a national heritage. You are really stealing from the poor/disabled/general public and giving to the rich.

    I can’t wait for the next election and vote you out of office.
    I hope the Liberals will help CBC reinstate HNIC, reverse the Canada Post home delivery and ban the Chinese from owning our Natural Resources.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      I am extremely sad now that I can only watch it once a week.

      Not so extremely sad that you’re willing to buy cable to get it.

      why should I pay 150$/month for inferior videotron/bell product when the 25 channels are sufficient for me.

      If you’re paying $150 a month for cable TV then you’re overpaying by a lot.

      Thank you for screwing with HNIC, a national heritage.

      How has HNIC been screwed? And how is it the government’s fault?

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