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Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach (4pm ET), one of the most prestigious event on the IndyCar calendar, will not be broadcast on Canadian TV: No live broadcast, not even a delayed telecast is schedule, both in English & French.

In English, it's normally on Sportsnet 360, but for Long Beach, Rogers decided that WWE (not live BTW) is more important and the race will not be on air. The only legal way to watch the GP in Canada will be via Sportsnet's OTT service: Sportsnet NOW.

IndyCar isn't broadcast in french anymore since TVA Sports didn't renew their contract at the end of 2017.
 

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Haha...just after I read your post, I went into my Gateway app and it was there and then disappeared before my eyes! Hopefully it will come back before Sunday or I'll record whatever it says and hope for the best.
 

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I just checked my Telus PVR recording schedule and magically there it was . Long Beach Grand Prix. Sportsnet 360 ( Channel 918HD ) at 1:00 PM PDST Sunday.

Funny thing is... I hadn't scheduled it to be recorded yet.

I guess enough people screamed and shouted....
 

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Did anyone watch Sportsnet's coverage of the Toronto race? Were they on-site as usual giving the appearance they actually give a **** about the sport?
 

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Didn’t they just take the NBCHD Sports feed?
In the 5 previous years, for the Toronto race, Sportsnet had their own 30-minute pre-race show before switching to NBCSN's coverage. During the race, 2 or 3 times, Sportsnet would go to their own pit lane reporter (Todd Lewis) when NBCSN is in a commercial break. After the race, the end of NBCSN telecast was replaced by Sportsnet's own studio coverage.

This year, looks like Sportsnet has only use NBCSN's coverage like for all other races in the calendar. The only difference for Toronto was the Qualifying session being broadcast on Saturday night (and a replay before the race).
 

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Thanks for the info. Pathetic coverage from them, but TSN wouldn't do any better based on their non-existent coverage of the Canadian Formula 1 GP.
 

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Has the Sportsnet deal with IndyCar expired? It seems it was initially for five years, but it's now been six?
http://www.indycar.com/News/2013/02/2-26-Sportsnet-signs-deal-as-Canadian-broadcaster
http://norrismcdonald.ca/were-out-of-luck-no-24-hours-of-daytona-tv-coverage-in-canada-and-what-about-indycar-races/
Scott Moore, who negotiated the contract ... is no longer with the Rogers company... I emailed IndyCar and asked about this. I have not heard back. Uh-oh.
As for IMSA, I don't particularly care whether or not a Canadian TV channel shows it as long as it remains available to us on the IMSA website. The FoxSports TV coverage was more like constant repetitive commercials occasionally interrupted by a couple of minutes of actually showing the races.
And, "I do not like, in 2019, watching anything on my computer screen and I lack the technical know-how to hook up my laptop to my big-screen TV."
I don't want to seem too demeaning to a guy who is 75+ years old, but since he apparently can work his computer and his TV, I would assume it shouldn't be such a hugely complicated challenge to use an HDMI cable to connect them and set the TV to view the appropriate input on its screen, or maybe get someone to show him how?
 

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I think we are being forced to use our computers to watch these events - TSN and SN rather show highlights all day on 5 channels then one of these events.

IndyCar should put together their own streaming service. I'd pay for it and I'm sure they would make money on it.

I watch most of the races after they are done (which is easy to do without spoilers since you won't accidentally hear IndyCar coverage/results on the radio or news unless something tragic happens) and would enjoy a good, clean feed instead of some "grey" broadcast someone put up on YouTube.

I feel bad for older fans (which if like F1's recent report, most race fans are over 40) that have to jump through hoops to see a race. I volunteer with a lot of seniors and they cannot even work a basic cable box with a guide display, so I can't see them understanding how to stream or connect a HDMI cable.
 

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I wonder if it might be financially feasible for IndyCar and/or IMSA to get their races on 'free' TV in Canada by buying 3 hours of air time on one or two smaller OTA stations like CHCH, which I think would get them on satellite and many cable systems. Their weekend afternoon schedules appear to be almost all paid programming with an old (presumably "public domain") movie. I would think they should be able to sell some automotive related advertising, or other ads to companies who already sponsor the series, races, or teams.
 

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As someone who has dealt with CHCH, they will send a crew to your town for the morning show for only $500, so I assume without having a crew and just a technician re-broadcasting content it would be a cheap option.

And like you say, it should be easy to sell some ads (even cheaply) just to get on the air - there are plenty of IndyCar or IMSA sponsors that sell lots of products (auto or non-auto related) in Canada.

How much time/effort would it take us to get a deal done?
 

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In terms of asking a less tech savvy and/or elderly person to interface between a computer and a TV, video feeds that offer a chromecast option tend to be better. I taught my dad how to use Chromecast in literally 4 minutes, whereas teaching him how to hook up the laptop to HDMI, get the laptop to output the video to the right place, dealing with resolution issues (lots of cheap laptops can't show 1080p and you get really poor quality video if you just mirror), etc. Once it's setup, chromecast is drop dead simple.

That said, hopefully someone is carrying IndyCar. Would be a real shame if it's off the air entirely.
 

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Well, this stinks. It sure sounds like we will now be geo-blocked from watching IMSA races on their website.
http://imsa.com/news/012019/imsa-weathertech-sportscar-championship-be-broadcast-more-200-countries
... live television coverage of the championship will be carried north of the border all season on the Discovery Velocity network, starting with flag-to-flag coverage of this weekend’s Rolex 24...
IMSA.tv will continue to provide live video streaming to international audiences where live television coverage is not offered.
 
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