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All 82 Habs games will be on RDS (HD) on TV, and CJAD 800 AM (English), CKAC 730 AM (French) on Radio.

How many games will TSN pick up? Will NBC be in the mix again with Versus. Is ESPN picking up the rights to NHL games next year?

Please discuss Habs broadcasts.

Posting illegal streams is prohibited so please refrain from doing so.

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All 82 Habs games will be on RDS (HD) on TV, and CJAD 800 AM (English), CKAC 730 AM (French) on Radio.

How many games will TSN pick up? Will NBC be in the mix again with Versus. Is ESPN picking up the rights to NHL games next year?

Please discuss Habs broadcasts.

Posting illegal streams is prohibited so please refrain from doing so.

Can someone pick up CJAD 800's signals with a Wi Fi radio from 1000 - 1500 miles away?
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Can someone pick up CJAD 800's signals with a Wi Fi radio from 1000 - 1500 miles away?

CJAD streams the games online.

Interesting year as far as the US broadcast rights. The current deal with VS and NBC expires next summer. It looks like ESPN and ABC will make strong offer. The problem with ESPN is that they cover so many sports it is likely NHL would get buried. A game a week on the main network and other games on the other networks. Vs. have NHL front and center and have built their schedule around NHL games.

Other questions: will rds stream games either as a PPV or free?

TSN last year had a VOD service online ,but did not stream live games. The year before they streamed but did not have VOD. What will be available online this year?

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CJAD streams the games online.

Interesting year as far as the US broadcast rights. The current deal with VS and NBC expires next summer. It looks like ESPN and ABC will make strong offer. The problem with ESPN is that they cover so many sports it is likely NHL would get buried. A game a week on the main network and other games on the other networks. Vs. have NHL front and center and have built their schedule around NHL games.

Other questions: will rds stream games either as a PPV or free?

TSN last year had a VOD service online ,but did not stream live games. The year before they streamed but did not have VOD. What will be available online this year?

in 2008-2009 RDS were streaming all the games live for a low fee per game or per month. if you were a registered member, you also had access to VOD for the 'express' one hour versions of the games. they let go of it last season to concentrate on developping their HD broadcasts. perhaps they will bring it back this season? however, the streams were available in a specific list of countries which did not include the US

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in 2008-2009 RDS were streaming all the games live for a low fee per game or per month. if you were a registered member, you also had access to VOD for the 'express' one hour versions of the games. they let go of it last season to concentrate on developping their HD broadcasts. perhaps they will bring it back this season? however, the streams were available in a specific list of countries which did not include the US

CBC streams all their games but these are not available in the US either were TSN's when they streamed live. Various US streams -- I think comcast and yahoo had select games-- are not available to Canadians.

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One of the biggest problems I have is the lack of English broadcasts for Habs games. I used to order RDS when I had satellite but I find it too hard to concentrate on a game when I can't understand the commentary. Last year I was hoping that NHL gamecenter on NHL.com would carry the Habs games but they were all region blackout since RDS carries every game.

Sometime within the next year I plan to take some French lessons since I work in Ottawa and bilingual is a big thing to have. Until then I might have to stick to RDS and listen to the radio broadcast for the play by play, I figure once I know more French I'll have no problem following RDS.

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Is CBC's contract the same, on how they do all the Saturday games?
It is the same contract. The CBC has the option of showing all the Saturday games. There was one Sat. game last season that was not on HNIC (Nov. 14 at Nashville) as the CBC simply decided not to televise it.
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One of the biggest problems I have is the lack of English broadcasts for Habs games. I used to order RDS when I had satellite but I find it too hard to concentrate on a game when I can't understand the commentary.
Basing on last year's numbers, there will probably be 15 TSN games and 23 HNIC games for a total of 38 games in english.
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I got RDS to watch Habs games so I'm excited for the next season!

I finally got RDS last year and it made me so happy. The only game I missed was the season opener cuz I was out of town. Now I couldn't live without watching every single game lol. I wish they had an English channel, because my French isn't so good.

One of the biggest problems I have is the lack of English broadcasts for Habs games. I used to order RDS when I had satellite but I find it too hard to concentrate on a game when I can't understand the commentary. Last year I was hoping that NHL gamecenter on NHL.com would carry the Habs games but they were all region blackout since RDS carries every game.

Sometime within the next year I plan to take some French lessons since I work in Ottawa and bilingual is a big thing to have. Until then I might have to stick to RDS and listen to the radio broadcast for the play by play, I figure once I know more French I'll have no problem following RDS.

The online radio broadcasts tend to lag about 5 seconds. That makes it 100 times more difficult to concentrate, believe me. I've tried it.

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Basing on last year's numbers, there will probably be 15 TSN games and 23 HNIC games for a total of 38 games in english.

Besides wondering how many CBC games will be national, I'm interested most in seeing how many (if any) games will be on TSN2 this year. TSN2 has unlimited live programming as they want now, and are no longer a timeshift of TSN. Maybe on a night when TSN is showing the Laffs, TSN2 could have the Habs on. They could pick up the RDS video feed to save on production costs, and just have Dave Randorf or Vic Rauter call the game.

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One of the biggest problems I have is the lack of English broadcasts for Habs games. I used to order RDS when I had satellite but I find it too hard to concentrate on a game when I can't understand the commentary. Last year I was hoping that NHL gamecenter on NHL.com would carry the Habs games but they were all region blackout since RDS carries every game.

Sometime within the next year I plan to take some French lessons since I work in Ottawa and bilingual is a big thing to have. Until then I might have to stick to RDS and listen to the radio broadcast for the play by play, I figure once I know more French I'll have no problem following RDS.

There's always CENTER ICE Pak.

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Besides wondering how many CBC games will be national, I'm interested most in seeing how many (if any) games will be on TSN2 this year. TSN2 has unlimited live programming as they want now, and are no longer a timeshift of TSN. Maybe on a night when TSN is showing the Laffs, TSN2 could have the Habs on. They could pick up the RDS video feed to save on production costs, and just have Dave Randorf or Vic Rauter call the game.

Don't you know that TSN stands for "Toronto Sports Network"? They don't show anything but *yawn* Leafs games...

Watch RDS, even if you don't have an amazing command of French. The commentators know the Habs players inside out, make much more astute observations and are just generally better at commenting on the Habs than any other English broadcaster i've seen in all my years of fandom. The only knowledgable english broadcast out there is on CJAD, and that's just audio.

Besides, it's a good chance to brush up on your French! :)

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Besides wondering how many CBC games will be national, I'm interested most in seeing how many (if any) games will be on TSN2 this year. TSN2 has unlimited live programming as they want now, and are no longer a timeshift of TSN. Maybe on a night when TSN is showing the Laffs, TSN2 could have the Habs on. They could pick up the RDS video feed to save on production costs, and just have Dave Randorf or Vic Rauter call the game.
I doubt TSN2 will pick up any Habs games. The Senators had two games on TSN2 in the 2008-09 season with Randorf and Dave Reid and six games on TSN2 last season. For last season's games, all of them had the opposing team's telecast and its commentators calling the games. The Oilers also had one game added on TSN2 with the Chicago feed being used.

Don't you know that TSN stands for "Toronto Sports Network"? They don't show anything but *yawn* Leafs games...
That is what my signature says! :D
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Don't you know that TSN stands for "Toronto Sports Network"? They don't show anything but *yawn* Leafs games...

Pretty sure they actually showed more Habs games nationally last year and anyway their only concern is ratings so I have no problem with them focusing on the team that would provide them with higher ratings.

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Pretty sure they actually showed more Habs games nationally last year and anyway their only concern is ratings so I have no problem with them focusing on the team that would provide them with higher ratings.

I not so sure about last year one way or another, but I specifically remember being surprised when they released the schedule for the '08-'09 season because it had significantly more Habs games than any other team.

That was also the year that they were coming off their first place finish and had made no significant changes but for adding Tanguay, so they had all the buzz going into the season. It seems that they make their schedule with ratings in mind - nothing more, nothing less.

Although I'm still certainly in favour of more Habs games :)

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That was also the year that they were coming off their first place finish and had made no significant changes but for adding Tanguay, so they had all the buzz going into the season. It seems that they make their schedule with ratings in mind - nothing more, nothing less.

Exactly. It's just business.

The reality is, even if the Habs have as many or more fans than the Leafs do a lot of them are French and will watch on RDS. Even some English do actually. So you're splitting the market, with the Leafs and Western teams if you show one of their games you have 100% of that market.

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The reality is, even if the Habs have as many or more fans than the Leafs do a lot of them are French and will watch on RDS. Even some English do actually. So you're splitting the market, with the Leafs and Western teams if you show one of their games you have 100% of that market.

I fall into that camp. If it's on both stations and someone's watching with me I'll put it on TSN for their sake, but on my own I'd much rather have it on RDS. The commentators throughout the broadcast are very Habs-centric, which is exactly what I want as a Habs fan watching my team. They're also not 'homers' in the true sense of the word, since although they're cheering for the Habs they don't mind criticising them when they're not playing well either.

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I fall into that camp. If it's on both stations and someone's watching with me I'll put it on TSN for their sake, but on my own I'd much rather have it on RDS. The commentators throughout the broadcast are very Habs-centric, which is exactly what I want as a Habs fan watching my team. They're also not 'homers' in the true sense of the word, since although they're cheering for the Habs they don't mind criticising them when they're not playing well either.

I am like that in a way. I love hearing the RDS guys because they love the Habs, but if Chris Cuthbert is calling it on TSN, I'm watching on TSN. He's one of the best announcers in the business. Same if Jim Hughson is calling it on CBC.

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Pretty sure they actually showed more Habs games nationally last year and anyway their only concern is ratings so I have no problem with them focusing on the team that would provide them with higher ratings.
The Habs were on TSN for 16 games last season and the Leafs had 17.
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I not so sure about last year one way or another, but I specifically remember being surprised when they released the schedule for the '08-'09 season because it had significantly more Habs games than any other team.

That was also the year that they were coming off their first place finish and had made no significant changes but for adding Tanguay, so they had all the buzz going into the season. It seems that they make their schedule with ratings in mind - nothing more, nothing less.

Although I'm still certainly in favour of more Habs games :)

The Habs had 15 games on TSN for that season which was a substantial increase from the previous season. The 15 games was good for 2nd place amongst canadian teams on TSN, the Leafs had 17.
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