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I've Been Here Awhile
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Blackouts

I am in Toronto. Are there any games blacked out for me other than some Leaf games? For instance if there are games that do not involve the leafs but are available on TVA sports (a channel that I do not subscribe to but is available). Are those considered "in market"?
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Retired Moderator RogersAliciaG
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Re: Blackouts

Hi @mknycto

 

Welcome to the Community! 

 

How Blackouts Work,

Blackouts only apply to in-market NHL games. National games and out-of-market games are not subject to blackouts.

  • Rogers has included all national games and out-of-market games in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. Playoff games are nationally broadcasted and will also be included.

Blackouts are applied based on four criteria:

  1. The region where a fan is when they view a live NHL game
  2. The NHL team or teams that are considered in-market for that region
  3. Whether the fan is attempting to view a game involving the in-market team(s) for that region
  4. Whether the game they are attempting to watch is a regional game or a national game

 

For more information on black out have a look here

 

I hope this helps, 

 

RogerAliciaG

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Re: Blackouts

So my question is if TVA Sports are considered national or regionals games
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Retired Moderator RogersAsif
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Posts: 700

Re: Blackouts

Hi @mknycto

 

You can find information on this in our Game Availability section located here.  To answer your exact question: 

 

When the right to an in-market game is owned by Rogers it is broadcasted on TV on Sportsnet. When the right to an in-market game is owned by TSN, RDS, or TVA, the games are broadcasted on those TV channels. I will paste some the information below to give you a better understanding of national brodcasting and regional brodcasting. 

 

Each NHL team plays 82 regular season games – a portion are broadcasted nationally and a portion are broadcasted regionally

  • National games: licensed by the NHL to Rogers to be broadcasted coast-to-coast
  • Regional games: licensed by specific NHL teams to a local broadcast partner in their region to be broadcasted only within the team’s local territory
  • In total there are 1,230 NHL games broadcasted during the NHL regular season and 60 – 105 Stanley Cup Playoff games

National games are broadcasted across Canada so the concept of out-of-market / in-market does not apply to those games. Out-of-market vs. in-market only applies to Regional games.

Outside of a team’s local territory, the right to broadcast Regional games is considered an “Out-of-Market” (OOM) broadcast right

  • For example: A Toronto Maple Leaf fan that lives in Vancouver would be considered out-of-market for Leaf games

Within a team’s local territory, the right to broadcast Regional games is considered an “In-Market” broadcast right

  • For example: A Toronto Maple Leaf fan that lives in Toronto would be considered in-market for Leaf game

 

RogersAsif

 

 

 

 

I've Been Here Awhile
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Re: Blackouts

So I am in Toronto. Let's say the Flyers are playing the Bruins on TVA Sports. My TV provider is not one of those that are authenticated.As a GCL sub, do I get blacked out? Or is blacking out only pertaining to Leaf games in my area?
Rogers Employee lockdown2341
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Re: Blackouts

All the out of market games should be included in GCL, so you would be able to watch Flyers/Bruins.

 

The mods can correct me if I'm wrong.

Retired Moderator RogersAsif
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Posts: 700

Re: Blackouts

@lockdown2341 That is correct, seeing as @mknycto is in Toronto.

 

In Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, the regional (regular season) games are not included with your subscription if viewed within the team’s local broadcast region (also referred to as “in-market”), due to local broadcast agreements. While these games are not included, we’ve made arrangements with certain TV providers to allow their customers to connect their TV subscription within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, to lift the blackouts if they already subscribe to the correct channel in their TV package.

 

Note: Blackout/authentication rules are applied based on where you are accessing the game from, not based on billing address.

 

 

RogersAsif

 

I've Been Around
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Re: Blackouts

Hi everyone, Just wondering if i live in ontario, and subscribe to the RDS pacakge, would i be able to see the montreal canadiens games? or will they be blacked out because i live in toronto?

Retired Moderator RogersAsif
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Re: Blackouts

Hi @toots27

 

You can find information regarding game availability above. You can also visit our page here for more information

 

If you still need help understanding, let us know.

 

RogersAsif

I Plan to Stick Around
Posts: 38

Re: Blackouts

Not sure if there is an issue or if I'm not understanding the blackouts properly. Anyway I live in southern Alberta just outside of Calgary and I'm trying to watch the Oilers at Stars game, which is on sports net Oilers. GameCentre tells me to download the sportsnet app, ok. Try to watch the game and it asks who my provider is, which I assume Rogers. After putting in my credentials it says I'm not subscribed to sportsnet Ontario but the game is on sportsnet OL? Is it blacked out or is this another amazing Rogers blunder?