Originally Posted by ralph_sinclair
I may be getting off-forum topic here but I wonder if the CBC OTA HD broadcasts in Montreal and Toronto could carry other games (up to four simultaneous SD broadcasts per channel). That way CBC could look after us themselves.
If they actually are producing HD broadcasts then it is hard to envision CBC not showing the Leafs in HD on the OTA-HD channel. They would also have to show the Leafs on the OTA-SD channel so I don't think that would help.
If they have the OTA-HD channels active and don't have HD broadcast then they could do as you suggest - say showing the Ottawa game on the OTA-HD channel.
However I would prefer to see the Leafs game on the OTA-HD channel as the picture quality of SD programs carried on HD channels is typically much, much better than the picture quality of SD programs carried on either analog or digital SD channels.
The Australian Grand Prix looked awesome on TSN-HD even though it was an SD broadcast - it lookes miles better on TSN-HD than on TSN.
Why doesn't the CBC use another channel - don't they own a piece of the Country Canada digital station. Show out of region games on this channel, or Rogers could use other channels - Parliamentary Channel, Ontario Legislature, Stock quotes, etc. to show other games, couldn't they?
I know they did this in the past at times when there were elections and the election coverage was shown on CBC they used some other channel. I think this happened in 1985 or so when the Nordiques and Canadiens had a game 7 that was pre-empted by an Ontario election on CBC in Ontario.