Sportsnet One (SN1 or SN One) is a Canadian English-language Category C digital cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Rogers Media; it operates as a national sports channel complementing the Sportsnet group of regional sports networks. In addition to the national feed, the service operates a number of additional part-time "companion channels" which carry programming restricted to the local broadcast territories of the teams involved, such that the main feed remains available nationwide.
Sportsnet One logo
|Launched||August 14, 2010|
|Owned by||Rogers Media|
|Picture format||4K (UHDTV) |
|Formerly called||Rogers Sportsnet One (2010–2011)|
|Bell TV||Channel 418 (SD)|
Channel 1409 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 414 / 110 (SD)|
Channel 107 / 607 (HD)
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channels 116 (SD)|
Channels 616 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 409 (SD)|
Channel 1409 (HD)
Channel 1396 (4K)
|Bell MTS||Channel 187 (SD)|
Channel 1187 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9912 (SD)|
Channel 912 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 121 (SD)|
Channel 421 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 28 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 64 (HD)|
As of 2014, Sportsnet One is available in 6.1 million Canadian homes.
Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in March 2010 under the name Rogers' Mainstream Sports Specialty Service, it was launched at 12:00 p.m. ET on August 14, 2010 as Rogers Sportsnet One in standard definition and high definition. The service was renamed as simply Sportsnet One on October 3, 2011 as part of the rebranding of Rogers Media's Sportsnet-branded channels.
Current sports propertiesEdit
When it launched, exclusive content promoted for broadcast on Sportsnet One included selected Toronto Blue Jays games, certain Premier League soccer games. In current practice, the channel serves mainly as a secondary outlet for live events for which Sportsnet owns Canadian rights, but cannot air on its primary regional channels, as well as the main outlet for lower-rated sports such as cycling, as well encores of Sportsnet-produced highlight and studio programming. It is also occasionally used to simulcast national events that are only carried across some of the primary regional channels, due to scheduling conflicts with regional broadcasts.
The Sportsnet One license is also used for a series of part-time multiplex channels which carry regional National Hockey League coverage, for selected Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames games. The channels themselves are only carried within the respective teams' territories.
Where available under the NHL's regional broadcast rules (as per the territories listed below), one or more of the companion channels listed below are automatically included at no additional charge to Sportsnet One subscribers and are not available on a standalone basis.
|Channel||Launch date||Description and programming|
|Sportsnet One||August 14, 2010||The primary channel of the Sportsnet One licence, and the national secondary channel of the Sportsnet family of channels.|
|Sportsnet Flames||October 2010||Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Calgary Flames. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.|
|Sportsnet Oilers||October 2010||Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Edmonton Oilers. Available in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.|
|Sportsnet Vancouver Hockey||October 19, 2010||Part-time companion channel which carries selected regional broadcasts of the Vancouver Canucks. Available in British Columbia and the Yukon.|
|Channel||First air date||Last air date||Description and programming|
|Sportsnet Sens||October 2010||April 2014||Part-time companion channel which carried selected regional broadcasts of the Ottawa Senators. Was available in eastern Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Sportsnet lost rights to regional Senators broadcasts to TSN5 after the 2013–14 season, while Rogers uses the local City station for Montreal Canadiens overflow.|
Rogers Cable exclusively carried Sportsnet One at launch. On September 15, 2010, Shaw Direct and Shaw Cable added Sportsnet One to their lineups, becoming the first major third-party distributors to do so. Telus Optik TV subsequently picked up the service two days later.
Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team were vocal in criticism of the choice by Rogers to move a number of games from the four regional Sportsnet channels to the new Sportsnet One. Of particular concern was the timing of the move considering the channel's lack of availability across Canada at its launch, and the perceived strong-arming of Blue Jays fans and the other regional cable companies by Rogers, which owns the team, their stadium, the Sportsnet channels, and Rogers Cable, the latter of which was the only major cable company carrying the channel at launch time. Some fans canceled Blue Jays ticket purchases in protest, but Paul Beeston, the team president, stated he was very happy to be going with Sportsnet One.
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