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via the CP at CBC,
Two of Canada's largest sports broadcasters are facing off over whose customers get free access to exclusive NHL content.
Bell TV says that the GamePlus mobile app should be made available for free to all NHL GameCentre Live subscribers, not just those who are customers of Rogers Communications.
Bell makes the demand in a filing to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
The owner of TSN and other businesses that compete with Rogers says that CRTC rules prohibit its Toronto-based rival from giving its own customers preferential access to the GamePlus mobile app.
Bell argues that GamePlus is being made exclusively available to Rogers mobile and home Internet customers, providing them with features such as on-ice camera angles from NHL hockey games broadcast under a 12-year agreement.
Rogers has until Nov. 20 to respond formally to the complaint.
Here is a comment from HF Boards and since many of us have the same questions, my answers appear in italics...
Following the sport from the UK and wanted to know where I can catch all the saturday night material that was available online last year?
Believe me, you have to look around. Sporstnet does have some features available, but many are Geo blocked outside of Canadian IPs. A feature like this, The Greatest Hockey Factory In The World, would be great to watch, but .... Sportsnet does have a YouTube channel, but it is very limited in regards to hockey related videos.
Mainly Hot Stove (if that is still around)?
Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox do something very similar, but again, have yet to see any video of it the last two weeks.
Also with Sportsnet taking over all the coverage, do they have any segements/specials than can be viewed online? Dont know much about that Strombo guy... he has some show now right?
Any special content or segment I can find to fill my sunday mornings with hockey?
We can only hope. I understand Sportsnet Geo blocking NHL game content, but the other features are head scratching. NHL fans are all over the world and it would be nice if all the content was available to us. Heck, if they don't want to allow embedding of videos, maybe the could do what TSN does, just don't provide an embed code but at least allow us to watch.
In some instances, video is not available at all, like the Friedman/Cox segments, maybe that will change moving forward.
On a sidenote, I did try to contact Sportsnet about their thinking on Geo blocking late last season, but never did receive a reply.
What do you think of the new look montage which played before the puck dropped last night?
One of the topics Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed were the goal nets.
Don Cherry said the net has become too top-heavy because they took 12 inches off of the back and that someone is going to get hurt the same way Mark Howe got impaled by the goalpost back in the day.
A few other topics including a look at Tyler Toffoli of the LA Kings.
from Ron MacLean of Hometown Hockey,
Here’s tonight’s word play from London.
As promised each week, I’ll incorporate lines from Canadian literature or a song into our broadcast, and then reveal them at show’s end.
I’m not a literary critic or expert, but like you—which I may presume if you’ve come this far—I read a fair bit. It’s to inform my viewpoint, to wrestle my bias and at best, to laugh. One of my favourite essayists, Joseph Epstein, wrote: “I have never met a good writer who wasn’t also a penetrating reader; and every good writer, with varying degrees of consciousness and subtlety, is also, in an indirect way, a plagiarist.”
My opening essay this evening is a rip off. Whew. I feel better already.
The sentence, “A journey through lakeland, rockland and hill country, a little adjacent to where the world is, a little north of where the cities are and some time we may go back there,” is from poet Al Purdy in The Country North of Belleville.
I watched the complete show and game last night and just like Hockey Day in Canada, the features and stories were just great. Ron MacLean only added to the story and I came away as one very impressed viewer.
I am looking forward to the rest of the season of Hometown Hockey.
A video postcard from London is below...
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in a five minute segment mostly discussed the Leafs and the lack of Canadians on their roster.
Not the type of montage we are used to, but very well done.
The first 20 seconds or so of the video shows a few clips of the game...
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
It’s as delightful a slice of Canadiana as an afternoon on an outdoor pond with pals.
At the head of a lengthy line growing on the concourse at Sylvan Lake Multi-Plex stands Ron MacLean, signing autographs and doing what he does best — talking hockey.
On this day, he’s creating memories for kids and hockey fans in this Alberta town of 13,000 ahead of the recently played Kraft Hockeyville preseason contest featuring the Calgary Flames.
But over the next 25 weeks, a similar scene will play itself out in small-town rinks from coast-to-coast as part of his highly publicized reassignment.
Replaced on Hockey Night in Canada by George Stroumboulopoulus as part of Rogers hockey’s new world order, the 54-year-old MacLean is now the face of Hometown Hockey, airing on Citytv nationally every Sunday night.
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