I was curious about your statement. I would like to subscribe to NHL Centre Ice, but I have NO interest in MLB, NBA or NFL. It drives me nuts that Rogers only offers it in an expensive multi-sports package. Hello Rogers, this is Canada you know ... hockey stands on its own.
You said you were able to subscribe to NHL Centre Ice alone for $207.80. What period of time is that? I don't quite get the pricing. The Super Sports Pak is $32.80 per month. I assume NHL-CI only runs for the season which would be what, 9 months? So that is $295.20 or $333.58 with tax. So is Rogers trying to say that NHL-CI is 2/3rds of the cost of the Super Sports Pak when it includes MLB, NBA and NFL?!?!?!?
Am I getting that right? Is that really the price (approx $23 per month) they are charging if you only want NHL-CI separately? So I guess if I wanted the others separately (i.e. MLB, NBA or NFL) they would only be $2 or $3 per month ...
The NHL CI package covers from the pre-season to the end of the regular season, so September to April. It does not cover the playoffs but you can get pretty much all those games on CBC and TSN, with a few US game exceptions.
You can pay for the whole thing up front ($207.80) or you can pay monthly from October to April. I choose to pay up front. BTW, the pre-season is always a free preview. Some years even October was a free preview and they had early-bird discounts (up to 20% off if you ordered before the end of October) but I haven't seen that in a couple of years. Approximately $200 is what NHL CI has always cost and I've had it for the past six years.
What I like is that you don't have to worry about cancelling anything in April when the season is over, whereas with SSP you have to cancel in the spring and resubscribe in the fall, otherwise they will keep charging 12 months a year and I only care about the NHL (go Flyers!), nothing else.
You have to ask Rogers specifically for NHL CI otherwise they will give you SSP. Some years I've had to fight them, to the point where I hung up on a CSR that refused to give me just NHL CI, so I hung up and called again, got someone else and they gave me it! It really depends on who you talk to when you call. This year it was the easiest I've ever had. I called and the CSR didn't even bring up the SSP; he just gave me what I asked for... can you believe that HAHA?! I was shocked considering it was Rogers.
Now I just need the damn NHL GCL code! I haven't received it yet (by email). I will try both the email and call Rogers and see what they say. It's worth the hassle because watching the games online and on my PS3 is great!
As far as your question about pricing, that's a question Rogers but each package separately is about $200 per season as well (MLB, NFL) but when you bundle them up, they give you a (good) deal. I don't like it because like I wrote above, I don't want to pay for months hockey is not on and you end up paying more overall that way.