|Launched||September 12, 2011|
|Owned by||TVA Group
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||La destination hockey #1|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 747 (SD)
Channel 238 (HD)
|Bell TV||Channel 193 (SD)
Channel 1883 (HD)
|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)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 111 (SD)
Channel 1111 (HD)
|FibreOP||Channel 824 (SD)
Channel 924 (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.
TVA Sports obtains much of its programming via sub-licensing and resource-sharing agreements with the English-language network Sportsnet and its owner Rogers Communications. As of the 2014-15 season, TVA Sports is the official French-language broadcaster of the National Hockey League in Canada, and also carries coverage of the Montreal Impact, Canadian Hockey League, Toronto Blue Jays baseball, the NBA, UEFA Champions League, and UFC mixed martial arts.
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.
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. Rogers had obtained CRTC approval for its own French-language sports network prior to the announcement.
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.
Event programming aired by TVA Sports includes the Montreal Impact (24 games during the 2012 season), Toronto Blue Jays baseball (60 games during the 2012 season), the Canadian Hockey League, as well as Toronto Raptors basketball games, plus other NBA matches, including the playoffs and Finals. TVA Sports aired French-language coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi through a sub-licensing deal with Radio-Canada. In 2013, again in tandem with Sportsnet, TVA Sports acquired French-language rights to the IndyCar Series.
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. Quebecor Media sub-licensed national French-language rights to the league for $110 million per season, making TVA Sports the official French-language cable broadcaster of the NHL. RDS retains regional rights to Montreal Canadiens games not broadcast by TVA Sports. Former Montreal Canadiens goalie José Theodore joined the network as an analyst.
NHL games occupy a significant portion of TVA Sports' programming, with a particular emphasis on the Canadiens and other teams popular in Quebec, such as the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs. Certain nights will feature themed selections of games, such as a viewers' choice game on Monday nights, rivalry games, and games focusing on star players. TVA Sports' flagship Saturday night broadcast, La super soirée LNH, will air 22 Montreal Canadiens games per season, along with a second game on TVA Sports 2. TVA Sports also airs the All-Star Game, Winter Classic, and Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Prior to its full NHL rights package, TVA Sports carried a package of Ottawa Senators hockey games (25 games during the 2011-12 season). From its launch until 2015, TVA Sports carried French-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Rights to both have since been acquired by Bell Media and RDS.
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) 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).Optik TV added TVA Sports on September 15, 2014 and Bell's FibreOP TV added it on September 24th, 2014.
TVA Sports 2
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, FibreOP, Cogeco and Vidéotron.
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- TVA Sports Signs With Raps, NBA
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- "Blanketing Canada with in-depth series coverage". IndyCar.com. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
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- "UFC reaches Canadian broadcast deal with TSN, RDS". Postmedia News. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
UFC reaches Canadian broadcast deal with TSN, RDS
- "TSN, RDS, and Fight Network become new Canadian home for UFC". TSN.ca. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
- "TSN, RDS announce new media rights agreement for Champions League, Europa League". TSN.ca. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Quebecor, BCE settle spat over news channel," from The Globe and Mail, 11/22/2011
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