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JMMR 10-24-2006 10:19 AM

Tough being a Habs fan outside Quebec
Great Article


Darz 10-24-2006 10:34 AM


In addition to requiring digital TV in most markets, viewers need to be comfortable watching a French-language telecast.
Heck as a English only viewer....I'm more comfortable watching the games in French than in English. Sometimes I'm glad I can't understand what the announcers are saying.

oop007* 10-24-2006 10:36 AM

Yep. I agree. All though I do understand "most" of what they say. But actually the french commentators are way better then most of the English ones. Sure they are biased but how many commentators you know that aren't?

oop007* 10-24-2006 10:39 AM

Boohoo though. It's hit or miss for English viewers outside Quebec. In Quebec... it's "miss" for English viewers. Cause it's blacked out by bell even if you PAY for Center Ice.

Capitano 10-24-2006 10:39 AM

When I have the choice, I watch in french. I understand most of it too!


Ryan Van Horne 10-24-2006 10:42 AM


Originally Posted by Darz (Post 6865785)
Heck as a English only viewer....I'm more comfortable watching the games in French than in English. Sometimes I'm glad I can't understand what the announcers are saying.

Yeah, me too. I get that feeling listening to Bob Cole and Harry Neale.

Gros Bill 10-24-2006 10:45 AM

It's tough for all of us - no Stanley cup since 1993

The n00b King * 10-24-2006 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by Gros Bill (Post 6865888)
It's tough for all of us - no Stanley cup since 1995


Ryan Van Horne 10-24-2006 10:51 AM

Ah yes 1993. Beat the Kings in five games. John LeClair two OT goals, Desjardins an overtime winner after a Montreal Forum janitor caught McSorley with an illegal stick. They never should have left the Forum. The ghosts haven't quite settled into the (Insert corporate name here) Centre.

Gros Bill 10-24-2006 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by The n00b King (Post 6865920)

I stand corrected

Darz 10-24-2006 10:56 AM


Originally Posted by Gros Bill (Post 6865936)
I stand erected


oop007* 10-24-2006 11:12 AM

Btw, to any of you who didn't see. If your a habs fan outside quebec, Download TVUPlayer and watch NHL Center Ice for FREE. They usually play the habs games on it.

Gros Bill 10-24-2006 11:23 AM


Originally Posted by Darz (Post 6865960)

What can I say? I'm proud of my corrections, morning, noon and night.

tinyzombies 10-24-2006 11:26 AM

The thing that sucked the most when I was in California and NY was that you only get the visiting announcers. So the whole season it's as if the Canadiens were getting away with murder. And this coming from guys who don't know a thing about hockey. It gets on your nerves just to listen to them. I actually prefer the game in French, those guys are good. Very smooth. The HNIC guys are really studio guys filling in as play-by-play guys. They have no clue what they're doing and are always shouting for no reason. Sometimes I wish I could turn them all the way down and turn the crowd up.

But I found out you can just buy a Canadian satellite and pay for it using someone's Canadian address. www.canamsatellites.com used to help you out.

That's what I'm going when I get back down there in January.

Also, when I was in NY, I had no problem seeing the Habs as many times as I wanted. They playe 9 times in NYC and then another 3 in Philly and another 4 in Boston. And other cities aren't far either. I saw them more last year than I have this season in Montreal (tho I am going to the Leaf game on Saturday).

oop007* 10-24-2006 11:54 AM

Why go through all that trouble when u can just buy an FTA (one time cost) like Xtreme Viewsat and watch whenever u want.

Tricolore#20 10-24-2006 12:00 PM

For the last year, I've been getting RDS through Shaw digital cable here in Alberta. It isn't cheap by any means, but honestly it is great because it is essentially the only TV that I watch nowadays.

I have no problem with French. I grew up here in Alberta learning all my school subjects in French, and having watched RDS nearly every day for a year, I reckon that I honestly can't tell the difference between French and English (in the sense that I don't have to flick a switch from one language to another). I've come to appreciate Pednault and Houde as commentators, because there is something comforting in them. The fact that they are there for all 82 games plus playoffs makes them feel like my personal guide somehow! I really like Sports 30 too, during the 630 time slot, instead of Rod Smith's Sportscentre. While the latter is completely Leafs at the top of the show, Sports 30 does a great job in giving you all the Canadiens news you need to know.

AHF 10-24-2006 12:12 PM

I bit the bullet and got the digital box too. There was absolutely no way I would go an entire season watching only 8 Habs/Leafs games a year.

Still getting used to it though. Ever since I was a wee young lad, all I had was the Saturday night games. Getting all the games takes some time to get used to. :)

Shatmat* 10-24-2006 12:27 PM


Originally Posted by Capitano (Post 6865835)
When I have the choice, I watch in french. I understand most of it too!


Wow I'm surprised. I'm french speaking and I prefer to watch it in English :)

oop007* 10-24-2006 12:39 PM

REALLY? Do you speak English well? Cause sometimes it's best to not understand the English commentary... hehe

Mad Habber 10-24-2006 12:45 PM

Well in NW Ontario, where I'm at. Rabbit ears gets you CBC and that's it. Cable will get you TSN and I think Sportsnet. Not a heck of a lot of Habs content anyways. I just bought a dish when I moved up here, because there was just no way I was going to watch the Leafs. This is probably why the locals prefer the Leafs so much more than any other other teams. It's the only games they could watch for most of their lives. Plus some of them are just not very bright. Just load and ubnoxious as if they win the cup every year or two.

When I lived in Texas, I didn't watch any hockey because there wasn't very much available on ESPN to begin with, and it was always the larger american markets. Heck I was there in 96 when the americans won the world championship after it replaced the Canada Cup. The final game wasn't even on, so they could put college football on instead. Thank God I only stayed there for 9 months. I came back to Canada just in time to watch Mtl miss the playoffs.

Mr San Diego Hab 10-24-2006 12:46 PM


Originally Posted by JMMR (Post 6865663)

Try being a Habs fan in San Diego. I love the NHL Center Ice package.

GoodKiwi 10-24-2006 12:48 PM

I actually prefer watching opposite team's feed most of the time. I dislike RDS, CBC and TSN a lot more than FSN broadcasts for example. Because the Canadian announcers pretend that they know what they're talking about where as their American colleagues don't even try to. An exception would be Buffalo's announcer that sounds like he's going to have a heart attack every time the Sabres score! :biglaugh:

oop007* 10-24-2006 12:48 PM

You would hate Center ice if you were a habs fan in Quebec man. Talk about throwing your money away due to black outs :(

Hackett 10-24-2006 02:05 PM

I am also a habs fan outside of quebec

I got the digital box just for RDS... its been great so far.

Pierre Houde has an exciting voice and judging by the comments of some people around these parts, its probably a good thing that I dont understand what he's saying half the time

oop007* 10-24-2006 02:15 PM

Actually. The french commentators are good. It's the English ones that are horrible. (I'm English)

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