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June 13, 2022 1:18 pm  #1


Bell Signs Extension Deal With NFL, Including Thursday Night Football

Bell and its properties - CTV, TSN, and CTV2 - have signed a long term and major extension to its NFL rights package in Canada, that will see the networks continue to get access to weekly and playoff games, in addition to the Super Bowl. But one of the big additions will be Thursday Night Football, which is only available on Amazon's streaming services in the U.S. 

So regardless of whether you have an antenna or a cable package, it will be the only place to see those games on so-called linear TV. 

More here.

Bell press release

 

June 13, 2022 9:34 pm  #2


Re: Bell Signs Extension Deal With NFL, Including Thursday Night Football

huh......

1. Didn't bell already have rights to RedZone? It was advertised throughout all of last season as a free perk to TSN subscribers. DAZN also had it, but maybe now it's exclusive to bell?

2. Bell would be stupid not to gain truly exclusive rights and keep DAZN's paws away from the pie. People are leaving traditional TV in droves, why not own all (legal) viewing options in Canada (aside from US OTA)? 

3. Nowhere in the press release does it say the Thursday night games will air on linear channels. Don't get me wrong, surely they will air on TSN..... however if they were smart they would make it exclusive to Crave subscribers or something similar. At least stick those matches on TSN2 if they want to maximize subscribers. 

4. It continues to surprise me that Rogers wants nothing to do with the NFL. It must mean they're out of cash. NFL likes having multiple broadcast partners so one could infer it would be in their best interest to have both Bell and Rogers as partners. Rogers really only has baseball and west coast hockey. If you're not a big fan of the Jays, Raps, Canucks, Flames or Oilers, why would you subscribe? I'd wager that's more than half the country. 

 

June 13, 2022 10:39 pm  #3


Re: Bell Signs Extension Deal With NFL, Including Thursday Night Football

I like it when they have four or sometimes five games on at 1 pm. That's more than enough to watch. 

 

June 14, 2022 10:26 am  #4


Re: Bell Signs Extension Deal With NFL, Including Thursday Night Football

That is one good thing about TSN/CTV carrying NFL games in Canada. With timeshifting, you often get 4-5 1pm games and another 3-4 in the 4:25pm slot. South of the border, in Buffalo, viewers are limited to a maximum of three games each Sunday afternoon. If timeshifting was ever introduced there, the local affilliates would be on spincycle with out of market games being available at a minimal cost to the viewer. I pay $6/month for the CDN and U.S. timeshifting. Very reasonable plus it allows me to avoid most of the simsubs.