TVA Sports

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TVA Sports
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TVA Sports logo
Launched September 12, 2011
Owned by TVA Group
(Quebecor Media)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Language French
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Website TVA Sports
Availability
Satellite
Shaw Direct Channel 747 (SD)
Channel 238 (HD)
Bell TV Channel 193 (SD)
Channel 1883 (HD)
Cable
CCAP Channel 24 (SD)
Channel 624 (HD)
Cogeco Ontario Channel 527 (SD)
Channel 582 (HD)
Cogeco Quebec Channel 88 (SD)
Channel 538 (HD)
Rogers Cable Channel 656 (SD)
Channel 657 (HD)
Vidéotron Channel 24 (SD)
Channel 624 (HD)
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 111 (SD)
Channel 1111 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 8085 (SD)
Channel 2085 (HD)

TVA Sports is a Canadian French language Category C specialty channel. The channel is owned by the TVA Group, a publicly traded subsidiary of Quebecor Media. The channel is a general-interest sports network, and the first major competitor to RDS, the only other French-language sports channel in the country.

History[edit]

The formation of TVA Sports was first announced at a press event in May 2011, where TVA announced its plans for the network, and some of its launch programming. TVA made numerous efforts to acquire content for the network in the years prior to the launch; including Quebecor's failed attempt to purchase a stake in the Montreal Canadiens, and the company's backing of a proposed National Hockey League expansion franchise in Quebec City—which included acquiring naming and management rights to a new arena in Quebec City being built to potentially house a new or relocated NHL team.[1]

On August 18, 2011, Rogers Media, owners of the English-language sports channel Sportsnet, announced that it would form a partnership with TVA Sports—under the deal, the two networks will share production resources, and would also sub-license French rights to some of its programming to TVA Sports.[2] Rogers had obtained CRTC approval for its own French-language sports network prior to the announcement.[3]

The channel was launched on September 12, 2011[4] in both standard definition and high definition.

Concurrently with the announcement that TVA would obtain French-language rights to the NHL through Rogers' 12-year deal with the league, an upcoming multiplex channel known as TVA Sports 2 was announced.[5]

On December 12, 2013, TVA announced that former Montreal Canadiens goalie, José Theodore, will become a between-period analyst on TVA hockey telecasts, starting at the beginning of the 2014-2015 NHL season. [6]

Programming[edit]

Event programming aired by TVA Sports includes the Montreal Impact (24 games during the 2012 season),[7] UEFA Champions League soccer, Ottawa Senators hockey (25 games during the 2011-12 season[2]), Toronto Blue Jays baseball (60 games during the 2012 season[2]), and Ultimate Fighting Championship events.[1] TVA Sports also acquired national French-language rights to the Canadian Hockey League,[4] as well as Toronto Raptors basketball games, plus other NBA matches, including the playoffs and Finals.[8]

In May 2013, it was announced that TVA Sports would air coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics through a sub-licensing deal with Télévision de Radio-Canada.[9]

On November 26, 2013, Rogers announced that it had reached a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal to become the exclusive national rightsholder for the National Hockey League, beginning in the 2014-15 season. As part of the deal, TVA Sports will sub-license national French-language rights to the league for $110 million per season. Unlike the previous contract, it will not include regional rights to the Montreal Canadiens, who negotiated a separate regional deal to keep most of its games on RDS. TVA is expected to air at least 22 Canadiens games per season.[10][11][12][13][14]

TVA Sports logo (2011-2013)

Carriage[edit]

Major carriers which added TVA Sports on launch included national satellite provider Shaw Direct, and regional cable provider Vidéotron (which is also owned by Quebecor Media, TVA's parent company)[15] A carriage deal with Bell TV for TVA Sports was announced on November 22, 2011, part of a deal that also included Bell TV carriage of Mlle, Yoopa, and Sun News Network (Bell TV dropped the latter channel the previous May in a carriage dispute with Quebecor).[1][16]Optik TV added TVA Sports September 15, 2014.

TVA Sports 2[edit]

On September 12, 2014, TVA Sports launched TVA Sports 2, a multiplex channel that airs expanded coverage of MLB, NHL, UEFA Champions League and more. It is currently available on Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco and Vidéotron.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Magder, Jason. "New TVA Sports channel takes a shot at RDS". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Pollard, Dave. "TVA Sports partners up with Sportsnet". The Toronto Sun. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rogers gears up for French sports channel". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b TVA Sports gets CHL rights Toronto Sun 2011-08-26
  5. ^ "New NHL TV deal a shot in the arm for TVA Sports". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ By Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette. "/ Hickey on Hockey notebook: Habs fail to earn day off." December 13, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Vlessing, Etan (14 July 2011). "Quebecor Media Wins Montreal Impact TV Rights". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  8. ^ TVA Sports Signs With Raps, NBA
  9. ^ "CBC/Radio-Canada seals agreement with TVA Sports for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games". Canada Newswire. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "NHL signs 12-year TV, Internet deal with Rogers; CBC keeps ‘Hockey Night in Canada’". Toronto Star. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 27 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "What the new NHL broadcast deal means for hockey fans". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 26 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  13. ^ Cousineau, Sophie (2013-11-28). "TVA to pay Rogers $120-million a year to be NHL's French-language broadcaster". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  14. ^ "RDS, Canadiens announce 12-year regional rights deal". TSN.ca. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.cartt.ca/news/PrinterFriendly.cfm?NewsNo=12299
  16. ^ "Quebecor, BCE settle spat over news channel," from The Globe and Mail, 11/22/2011

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