According to TV Guide, no. But then I check Videotron schedule, it is. You are right.hercules130, you do realize that as it stands Videotron has the hockey game scheduled for Monday on TSN (channels 66/660)?
Just wait and see I don't expect the Molson to own the habs for more than a few years before BCE buy them out! When that happen TSN/RDS are going to get a sweetheart deal from the habs. The NHL might complain but I guess all BCE will have to do is write them a fat check to shut them off. Seriously why if you own a few sports channels and a hockey team would you sell the tv rights to the hockey team that you own to a competitor!CBC won't lose Habs games. At the very least they get the ~25 on Saturdays automatically. They will probably be able to keep 2-3 weekday Habs games too. I don't think that TSN wants to get into producing too many Habs games locally because too many people watch on RDS anyway.
I am shocked that TSN is allowed to pre-empt Monday Night Football.
I think that TSN was able to make the deal for a few reasons. For one CTVGlobemedia has a good relationship with the Habs (with RDS having French rights). Plus TSN is available to most English-speaking hockey fans in Quebec and Atlantic Canada and they are willing to produce their own coverage.
You know what? This is exactly what is happening to me. The only reason I am subscribing to RDS is for Canadien games. I want to see how things go with TSN-Habs and later I may drop RDS for something else in my a la carte.I have quite a few anglophone friends who are diehard habs fans and happily pony up every month for RDS. Now that most of these games will be available in English on TSN, I wonder if these guys will stop subscribing to RDS? It doesn't seem like good business for TSN/RDS to me.