Thursday, August 18, 2005

OLN TV deal won't mean
more hockey for Canadians

Eric McErlain at Offwing has some musings on the NHL's new TV deal with the Outdoor Life Network, but I thought I'd let it be known the deal will only affect American hockey fans.

As per the Toronto Sun a few days ago, Canadians who get the OLN won't benefit from the league's new deal:
If the NHL does indeed sign on with Comcast for its new cable deal south of the border -- reportedly worth at least $100 million US over two years — don't count on it meaning more hockey for Canadian viewers. Comcast would put two games a week on its Outdoor Life Network, but that's not the same OLN we see up here. The Canadian OLN, primarily owned by CTV, isn't licensed to carry any NHL hockey its U.S.-based namesake might wind up showing as part of a new contract.
It's a shame, as I'm always for more hockey on Canadian cable TV (especially weekday games between rarely seen, obscure American teams). Looks like I'm going to have to get back on the NHL Expressvu bandwagon lest I miss my coveted Monday night Carolina vs. Anaheim matches.


At 2:25 a.m., August 19, 2005, Anonymous David said...

What? You mean Centre Ice isn't included in those GST taxes? Craziness.

At 9:01 a.m., August 19, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canadians need not worry. There is an enormous satellite TV hacking community that exists solely to supply Canadians with American TV. From what I gather, the Canadian government has restrictions on TV so that the Canadian networks can compete. Satellite signals, however, ignore the borders.

At 11:57 a.m., August 19, 2005, Anonymous David said...

Yeah, but if they've got a hacked box, they've got Center Ice, so OLN isn't really needed except for a few exclusive games (if there are any).

At 11:21 p.m., August 21, 2005, Anonymous Eric said...

I can remember plenty of times when John Buccigross would give a shout out to his Canadian viewers watching on hacked boxes when he anchored NHL2Night. It was too funny.


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