Clearly the big news of the day is the new NHL/Rogers deal.
For the record, I, (like most of you) was wary of the initial announcement. Does this mean no more NHL on TSN? Does this mean I can no longer tune into RDS on my phone to see all the Habs games? I understand about a quarter of the french words during the calls, but still, play by play on RDS is far and away better than enduring a game called by the Hab-hater Bob Cole.
Change is a scary proposition, especially when I finally figured out a way to win within the current system, by switching to Bell to get mobile tv with RDS. It took me years of wasting money on NHL's GameCentre and Rogers packages to be disappointed. It even drove me to write strongly worded letters (very rare for me) to the NHL, Rogers and the CBC, on separate occasions, expressing frustration and rage over the inexcusable programming errors.
The speed at which the NHL and Canadian broadcasting companies have made NHL games accessible is pathetic. By now all games should have been available to fans regardless of geography and platform. Why has the ability to consume the product been so limited?
Finally, with this new deal, the landscape SHOULD be changing for the better. (Assuming Sportsnet acquires much better on air talent... god i hate listening to kypreos, just as much as stock/healey/cole....)
With this new deal, this SHOULD mean that if there are 6 games that night, I sure as hell won't have to watch 'The Voice' with my old lady while getting electronic scoring updates. (truth: the voice is a good show, and I do love my old lady)
With this new deal, this SHOULD mean signing up for 1 cable package, not 3, to make sure you actually get all the games (for us Anglo's at least)
With this new deal, it SHOULD mean that at least now when you pay an arm and a leg for full coverage, you will get full coverage regardless of the IP address you are using.
I sure as shit hope this works out as it SHOULD, or I'll be forced to write another strongly worded complaint....
...but this time, ALL IN CAPS.