Sportsnet One

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Sportsnet One
Sportsnetone2011.svg
Sportsnet One logo
Launched August 14, 2010
Owned by Rogers Media
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.)[1]
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Fueled By Fans
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Rogers Sportsnet One (2010–2011)
Sister channel(s) Sportsnet,
Sportsnet 360,
Sportsnet World,
Sportsnet Ontario
Website Sportsnet One
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 418 (SD)
Channel 1409 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 414 / 110 (SD)
Channel 267 / 309 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Channels 115, 160 (SD)
Channels 465, 466 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 418 (SD)
Channel 1418 (HD)
Optik TV Channels 106, 107, 108 (SD)
Channels 677, 678, 679 (HD)
SaskTel Channels 41, 626, 627 (SD)
Channels 341, 628, 629 (HD)

Sportsnet One is a Canadian English language Category C digital cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Rogers Media; it operates as a national sports channel complementing the Sportsnet group of regional sports networks. In addition to the national feed, the service operates a number of additional part-time "companion channels" which carry programming restricted to the local broadcast territories of the teams involved, such that the main feed remains available nationwide.

According to Rogers, Sportsnet One is available in 6.1 million Canadian homes.[2]

History[edit]

Former logo as Rogers Sportsnet One, 2010-2011

Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in March 2010 under the name Rogers' Mainstream Sports Specialty Service,[3] it was launched at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2010 as Rogers Sportsnet One in standard definition and high definition. The service was renamed Sportsnet One on October 3, 2011 as part of the rebranding of Rogers Media's Sportsnet-branded channels.[4]

Current sports properties[edit]

When it launched, exclusive content promoted for broadcast on Sportsnet One included selected Toronto Blue Jays games, certain Premier League soccer games, and Indian Premier League cricket.

In current practice, the channel serves mainly as a secondary outlet for live events for which Sportsnet owns Canadian rights, but cannot air on its primary regional channels, as well as the main outlet for lower-rated sports such as cycling, tennis, and skiing.

The Sportsnet One licence is also used for a series of part-time multiplex channels which carry regional National Hockey League coverage, for selected Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and (formerly) Ottawa Senators games beginning with the 2010-11 NHL season. The channels themselves are only carried within the respective teams' territories.[5][6]

Channels[edit]

Where available under the NHL's regional broadcast rules (as per the territories listed below), one or more of the companion channels listed below are automatically included at no additional charge to Sportsnet One subscribers, and are not available on a standalone basis.

Channel Launch date Description and programming
Sportsnet One August 14, 2010 The primary channel of the Sportsnet One licence, and the national secondary channel of the Sportsnet family of channels.
Sportsnet Flames October 2010 Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Calgary Flames. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Sportsnet Oilers October 2010 Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Edmonton Oilers. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey[7] October 2010 Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Vancouver Canucks. Available in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Former channels[edit]

Channel First air date Last air date Description and programming
Sportsnet Sens October 2010 April 2014 Part-time companion channel which carried selected regional broadcasts of the Ottawa Senators. Was available in eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Sportsnet lost rights to regional Senators broadcasts to TSN after the 2013–14 season.

Carriage[edit]

Rogers Cable exclusively carried Sportsnet One at launch. On September 15, 2010, Shaw Direct and Shaw Cable added Sportsnet One to their lineups, becoming the first major third-party distributors to do so.[8] Telus Optik TV subsequently picked up the service two days later.

Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team were vocal in criticism of the choice by Rogers to move a number of games from the four regional Sportsnet channels to the new Sportsnet One.[9] Of particular concern was the timing of the move considering the channel's lack of availability across Canada at its launch, and the perceived strong-arming of Blue Jays fans and the other regional cable companies by Rogers, which owns the team, their stadium, the Sportsnet channels, and Rogers Cable, the latter of which was the only major cable company carrying the channel at launch time. Some fans canceled Blue Jays ticket purchases in protest,[10] but Paul Beeston, the team president, stated he was very happy to be going with Sportsnet One.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CRTC Ownership Chart: Rogers Specialty Services". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Rogers Sportsnet draws fewer viewers to NHL opening night than CBC, still sets network record". National Post. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-124
  4. ^ Sportsnet unveils new brand on Oct. 3 Sportsnet.ca 2011-09-29
  5. ^ Chris Zelkovich, "Sportsnet adds another channel to its roster", Toronto Star, July 28, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
  6. ^ OTTAWA SENATORS GAMES AVAILABLE ON ROGERS SPORTSNET ONE, Rogers Sportsnet press release, July 29, 2010. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
  7. ^ Sportsnet (2013-08-28). "Sportsnet Announces 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks Regional Broadcast Schedule". Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  8. ^ Shaw picks up free preview of Sportsnet ONE, Rogers Sportsnet press release, September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  9. ^ Blue Jays-Sportsnet One mess refuses to die, The Globe and Mail
  10. ^ Zelkovich: Jays start taking heat over Sportsnet One, Toronto Star, Sept 2, 2010. Retrieved Sept 4, 2010.
  11. ^ Rogers keeping Blue Jays all to itself, National Post, Sept 4 2010. Retrieved Sept 4, 2010.

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