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09-14-2011, 10:15 PM
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They're not suppose to work anymore... Ever since August 31st, no ?
Bunny ears still work. The signal is digital instead of analogue though. If you have a recent HDTV the signal is converted by the TVs itself and it gives you an HD feed. Otherwise for the old TVs you need to get a box to convert those signals.

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NHL Gamecenter is far and away the best option for somebody living in Ottawa. We recently cancelled our cable after one month because they told us it was absolutely impossible to get RDS in Ottawa. (Which is definitively false. I know some people, even those in this thread, who have RDS on their Rogers Cable. Whatever.) So we cancelled and I'm going the Gamecenter route like we do every year. Here's the pros and cons:

1) The quality is excellent and you get all the games.
2) It's cheaper. (20/mo)
3) You do not get the playoffs.
4) There are blackouts. This can be gotten around by purchasing a VPN. It costs about five dollars a month, bringing the total cost to twenty five dollars a month. I'm wary to post the one I've bought on these boards because of the questionable legality and the heightened visibility of the service, but if OP sends me a PM, I'll get him a link.

So, I'd recommend that. The playoffs are going to be a stumbling block this year. But we'll figure something out.

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09-15-2011, 07:54 AM
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No playoffs? That's a pretty big con if you ask me dude

Like we're talking deal breakingly bad. That said blackouts were already a huge bummer but I guess in Ottawa it may not be as bad.

Also a free proxy should do fine versus a vpn if you do enough digging.

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No playoffs? That's a pretty big con if you ask me dude

Like we're talking deal breakingly bad. That said blackouts were already a huge bummer but I guess in Ottawa it may not be as bad.

Also a free proxy should do fine versus a vpn if you do enough digging.
Well, you can always watch half the playoff games for free on CBC's website. At the very least you'd never miss a Montreal game, right?

For everything else, I dunno, sports bars?

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09-15-2011, 01:13 PM
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Go with Bell, that way you'll get 74 Reg Season Habs games in English between TSN-TSN/Habs-CBC(Ottawa is in the Habs Region), without paying for a French package. Just watch the other 8 RDS games on a Stream or at the Cage-Aux-Sports in Gatineau or somewhere. I checked & the 8 games that are not picked up in English are all Vs crappy teams.

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Go with Bell, that way you'll get 74 Reg Season Habs games in English between TSN-TSN/Habs-CBC(Ottawa is in the Habs Region), without paying for a French package. Just watch the other 8 RDS games on a Stream or at the Cage-Aux-Sports in Gatineau or somewhere. I checked & the 8 games that are not picked up in English are all Vs crappy teams.
Hmm, good point. I wasn't aware that TSN/CBC were carrying so many Habs games this time around. Only problem is that you get the crappy English announcers who know very little about the team. But I can get over that.

But do you need to get Bell? Can't you accomplish the same with Rogers basic cable? Problem is that my apt building doesn't allow satellite dishes, and Bell told me that they only do satellite and fiber optic now -- no more old fashioned cable!

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NHL Gamecenter is far and away the best option for somebody living in Ottawa. We recently cancelled our cable after one month because they told us it was absolutely impossible to get RDS in Ottawa. (Which is definitively false. I know some people, even those in this thread, who have RDS on their Rogers Cable. Whatever.) So we cancelled and I'm going the Gamecenter route like we do every year. Here's the pros and cons:

1) The quality is excellent and you get all the games.
2) It's cheaper. (20/mo)
3) You do not get the playoffs.
4) There are blackouts. This can be gotten around by purchasing a VPN. It costs about five dollars a month, bringing the total cost to twenty five dollars a month. I'm wary to post the one I've bought on these boards because of the questionable legality and the heightened visibility of the service, but if OP sends me a PM, I'll get him a link.

So, I'd recommend that. The playoffs are going to be a stumbling block this year. But we'll figure something out.
Thanks, Slappy. One question though -- with GameCenter, don't you only get the away team feeds? I was in Europe last year and got Centre Ice, and I can tell you that it was incredibly frustrating to have to watch the Boston playoff games with the jackass Bruins commentators. I almost never got the RDS feed.


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Gamecenter let's you switch between home and away feeds.

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Well, you can always watch half the playoff games for free on CBC's website. At the very least you'd never miss a Montreal game, right?

For everything else, I dunno, sports bars?
False, 2 seasons ago Habs first round playoff games were on TSN instead of CBC (CBC picked Vancouver and Ottawa series with their 2 picks).

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All the Montreal playoffs games should be on CBC. If it's on CBC, it's free on CBCsports.ca
Unless CBC decides to do what they did 2 years ago (not pick Montreal series in their top 2 picks).

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Hmm, good point. I wasn't aware that TSN/CBC were carrying so many Habs games this time around. Only problem is that you get the crappy English announcers who know very little about the team. But I can get over that.

Yep 74 in English.

Re: Above.
Mike Johnson is a good one... & were luck to have him on TSN-Regional.

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09-17-2011, 11:08 AM
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Last year, what we got was TSN-Habs and the away feed. TSN-Habs is generally quality but obviously I would prefer RDS. We'll see how it goes this year.

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NHL Gamecenter is far and away the best option for somebody living in Ottawa. We recently cancelled our cable after one month because they told us it was absolutely impossible to get RDS in Ottawa. (Which is definitively false. I know some people, even those in this thread, who have RDS on their Rogers Cable. Whatever.) So we cancelled and I'm going the Gamecenter route like we do every year. Here's the pros and cons:

1) The quality is excellent and you get all the games.
2) It's cheaper. (20/mo)
3) You do not get the playoffs.
4) There are blackouts. This can be gotten around by purchasing a VPN. It costs about five dollars a month, bringing the total cost to twenty five dollars a month. I'm wary to post the one I've bought on these boards because of the questionable legality and the heightened visibility of the service, but if OP sends me a PM, I'll get him a link.

So, I'd recommend that. The playoffs are going to be a stumbling block this year. But we'll figure something out.
But do you get french description with NHL Gamecenter. I am with RDS today in Ottawa (west-end) but looking for alternatives.

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09-18-2011, 11:41 PM
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Go with Bell, that way you'll get 74 Reg Season Habs games in English between TSN-TSN/Habs-CBC(Ottawa is in the Habs Region), without paying for a French package. Just watch the other 8 RDS games on a Stream or at the Cage-Aux-Sports in Gatineau or somewhere. I checked & the 8 games that are not picked up in English are all Vs crappy teams.
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Hmm, good point. I wasn't aware that TSN/CBC were carrying so many Habs games this time around. Only problem is that you get the crappy English announcers who know very little about the team. But I can get over that.
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Yep 74 in English.

Re: Above.
Mike Johnson is a good one... & were lucky to have him on TSN-Regional.
Don't forget Habs23 that TSN-Habs is now available on Shaw Direct. There are 73 games in english for the Habs region, the 9 games only on RDS are:

Oct. 24 vs. Florida
Nov. 10 at Phoenix
Nov. 17 at NY Islanders
Nov. 23 at Carolina
Nov. 30 at Anaheim
Dec. 1 at San Jose
Dec. 6 vs. Blue Jackets
Feb. 9 at NY Islanders
Mar. 21 at Buffalo

About half of them are against so-so teams.

Yes, Johnson is a good commentator. I like him on the NHL Network and I hope he will do some national games on TSN along with Dave Randorf.


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