Saturday, January 22, 2011

Telcos make frontal assault on cable’s TV stranglehold

A huge, terrifying shark has just clamped its jagged teeth around a floating mess of chum when the beast, thrashing about on a screen at Telus Corp.’s Toronto offices, suddenly freezes.

Jackie Winterfield, a cheery Telus manager standing in a huge, dark boardroom, has paused the show to demonstrate something. She walks across the room to another television set, taps the remote, and the shark springs back to life, playing from where it left off.

CLICK HERE for the entire article from CTV News

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

NHL Winter Classic Pucks Up New Year's

The NHL might well move its annual Winter Classic to prime time permanently. On Saturday, the yearly outdoor event on New Year's Day drew the most viewers for any regular-season hockey game since the Ford administration.

CLICK HERE for the article from MediaPost

Monday, January 03, 2011

Sports Broadcasters ready to wage war in 2011

The story of 2011 should be the clash of titans. No, not Ovechkin versus Crosby or even Brady v. Brees. The biggest Canadian sports story in the coming year will be played off the fields and rinks as Rogers Communications and CTV/TSN size each other up in the wake of some unprecedented managerial shuffles in 2010. Can they co-exist – as they did for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver – or will we see the start of a war for rights and control of the next NHL, CFL and soccer World Cup TV rights packages?

CLICK HERE for the entire article at The Globe and Mail