NBA TV Canada

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NBA TV Canada
NBA TV Canada.svg
Launched September 7, 2001; 15 years ago (2001-09-07)
Owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
(Toronto Raptors Network, Ltd.)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Raptors NBA TV (2001–2010)
Sister channel(s) Leafs TV
Website NBA TV Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 415 (SD)
Channel 1418 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 463 / 130 (SD)
Channels 111 / 611 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 132 (SD)
Channel 632 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 415 (SD)
Channel 1415 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 192 (SD)
Channel 1192 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9937 (SD)
Channel 937 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 124 (SD)
Channel 424 (HD)
VMedia Channel 96 (HD)

NBA TV Canada is a Canadian English language Category B cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). It is a Canadian version of NBA TV, broadcasting programming focused on the National Basketball Association, and its Canadian franchise, the Toronto Raptors.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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 November 1, 2005, the network launched a high definition simulcast.

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, sourced from its U.S. counterpart.[2]

The channel was valued at $21 million on behalf of the CRTC in 2012.[3]

Logo used as Raptors NBA TV from 2001 to 2010.

Programming[edit]

NBA TV Canada broadcasts programming primarily related to the NBA and the Raptors, as well as coverage of other leagues including the EuroLeague and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Regular hosts for local studio programming include David Amber, Sherman Hamilton, Matt Devlin, Leo Rautins and Jack Armstrong. The channel broadcasts NBA games sourced from NBA TV and ESPN, and other original programs from NBA TV.

NBA TV Canada does not broadcast live Raptors games outside of the pre-season (which are split between the networks of TSN and Sportsnet—which are owned by the co-majority owners of MLSE, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada), but does broadcast full and abbreviated encores of Raptors telecasts.

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