NBA TV Canada
|NBA TV Canada|
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||Toronto Raptors Network, Ltd. (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Formerly called||Raptors NBA TV (2001–2010)|
|Bell TV||Channel 415 (SD)
Channel 1418 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 463 (SD)
Channels 111 and 611 (HD)
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 125 (SD)
Channel 499 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 415 (SD)
Channel 1415 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 192 (SD)
Channel 476 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 122 (SD)
Channel 662 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 124 (SD)
Channel 424 (HD)
In December 2000, MLSE was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a Category 2 digital specialty channel license tentatively known as Raptors Basketball Channel, a channel described as being devoted primarily to the Toronto Raptors basketball franchise and the National Basketball Association (NBA), with additional programming related to other aspects of basketball.
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Raptors NBA TV, with programming focused on the NBA and other basketball-related programming, although it maintained a particular emphasis on the Toronto Raptors. On October 15, 2010, the channel was renamed as NBA TV Canada, as the network began to air more programming devoted to the NBA and international basketball in general, much like its American counterpart.
NBA TV Canada broadcasts programming primarily related to the NBA, as well as coverage of other basketball leagues including the Euroleague and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Programming includes live games during the regular season and playoffs, classic games, the NBA All-Star Game and NBA Finals, and other NBA-related programs. Regular hosts for shows include David Amber, Sherman Hamilton, Matt Devlin, Leo Rautins and Jack Armstrong.
As they share ownership with the team, NBA TV Canada produces all Raptors telecasts, accompanied by elements (such as graphics and studio hosts) provided by the game's respective broadcaster. Game broadcasts are currently split between TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet and Sportsnet One. NBA TV Canada airs pre-game programming, as well as abbreviated encore presentations of Raptors games under the banner "Raptors Game in An Hour".
NBA TV Canada HD
NBA TV Canada HD is a high definition simulcast feed of NBA TV Canada, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. It was launched November 1, 2005 on Bell TV and has since been added to several other television providers. The channel was formerly called Raptors NBA TV HD, however, it was rebranded as NBA TV Canada HD on October 15, 2010 to coincide with the rebranding of its parent standard-definition channel.