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Habs new RDS/Français out-of-market $60 TV Package

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09-09-2014, 11:22 AM
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Habs new RDS/Français out-of-market $60 TV Package

Waiting with great anxiety over losing the RDS package outside of the Eastern Province area, an announcement was just made to charge an extra $60 for the games. What do remote Habs fans think?

http://www.hockeyinsideout.com/news/...across-country

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It's a good compromise for Rogers to us Habs fans that live outside of Quebec. For the last 10-15 years, I've been able to access every Canadiens game in French through a subscription to RDS (living in Alberta and then Ontario). With Rogers/TVA taking the national rights, there were legitimate fears that the special privilege that we had would be lost.

The $60 allows me to have access to every Canadiens game this year. I will be buying it for sure.

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It's a good compromise for Rogers to us Habs fans that live outside of Quebec. For the last 10-15 years, I've been able to access every Canadiens game in French through a subscription to RDS (living in Alberta and then Ontario). With Rogers/TVA taking the national rights, there were legitimate fears that the special privilege that we had would be lost.

The $60 allows me to have access to every Canadiens game this year. I will be buying it for sure.
...or a big money grab, perhaps?

If it were only the $60, then it would be a bargain. But with ShawDirect, for example, that's on top of a satellite TV package that requires a basic package for around $50/month, plus another $14 (including the additional ripoff to pay extra for HD feeds) or so if you want to watch TSN and the regional Sports Nets, plus another $7 if you want to subscribe to RDS and TVA Sports.

This means that you could already be at around $70 per month before the $60. That's what makes it the big money grab. Last year, you could get the most basic cable and get RDS/RDS2 for another $5 or so.

What's your system and pre-package monthly going to look like? How has it or will it rise?

To me, the NHL Centre Ice online is looking more attractive... IF the French games are available out of market. But the latter is a lingering question.


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Here's another article on this, in the Gazette btw:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sport...356/story.html

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...or a big money grab, perhaps?

If it were only the $60, then it would be a bargain. But with ShawDirect, for example, that's on top of a satellite TV package that requires a basic package for around $50/month, plus another $14 (including the additional ripoff to pay extra for HD feeds) or so if you want to watch TSN and the regional Sports Nets, plus another $7 if you want to subscribe to RDS and TVA Sports.

This means that you could already be at around $70 per month before the $60. That's what makes it the big money grab. Last year, you could get the most basic cable and get RDS/RDS2 for another $5 or so.

What's your system and pre-package monthly going to look like? How has it or will it rise?

To me, the NHL Centre Ice online is looking more attractive... IF the French games are available out of market. But the latter is a lingering question.
Things are worse, but it's not nearly that bad.

18 games will be availible free over the air on CBC. Add that to the 60 RDS games and you get 78 of 82 games for your $60, plus the cost of an antenna if you don't have one.

for those last 4 games you could spend a crazy amount of money for the full package, or maybe just go out to a bar 4 times a season? Perhaps plan a party at a friends/family house who has sportsnet?

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