Rogers Sportsnet NOW for iOS: Live Pro Sports for $24.99, No Cable Needed

Rogers has announced Sportsnet NOW for iOS, which the company says is the “First mainstream sports TV channel in North America to be available direct to consumers,” available for $24.99 per month, after a 7 day trial.

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Sportsnet NOW will be available on iOS and online, with no contract needed and no cable subscription either, with the following channels and content available:

  • Live streaming of Sportsnet Ontario, East, Pacific, West, ONE, and 360
  • NHL (with regional blackouts), MLB, NBA, junior hockey, soccer, tennis, Grand Slam of Curling, IndyCar, CIS, Tour de France, and much more
  • Original programming such as Tim & Sid, Sportsnet Central, Hockey Central, Gotta See It, Misplays, Plays of the Month, and Sportsnet Presents

Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media said in a statement “We are committed to driving innovation in sport – and with this service, we’re bringing sports to our audiences in a new and exciting way.”

Rogers says Sportsnet NOW is coming soon to Apple TV, Chromecast and gaming consoles as well.

Sportsnet NOW is included for existing Sportsnet TV subscribers via their cable, IPTV, and satellite companies.

The company held a media briefing on this new Sportsnet initiative at their Rogers Campus, at the Sportsnet Central Studio this morning.

The initiative looks similar to what Rogers has been offering with Sportsnet World NOW, but this offering will most likely be tempting for cord-cutters that want their live NHL, NBA and NFL viewing the easy way on mobile, without dealing with free and unreliable third-party streams.

Let us know if you’re going to jump on Sportsnet NOW when it launches tomorrow, April 1.

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  • FragilityG4

    Not at that price with NHL blackouts. Must be an April fools joke. Ha.

  • Bob Zmuda

    Lol… the comments on their launch page were so overwhelmingly negative they decided to turn them off. “Oh no!!! Our product is crap and they know it! Shut it down! Shut it down NOW!”

  • Crosseyedmofo

    do the blackouts apply?

  • FragilityG4

    They do … It’s not like Sportsnet is going to broadcast TSN … They both pretend the other doesn’t exist!

  • Bafoon

    Its not so bad.

    Is there an over the air, or paid subscription for CNN, BBC that is legal? If so then I’m going to call it quits with Rogers Cable and cut the cable, moving on to legal streaming.

  • Jon

    That’s not what the blackout refers to

  • FragilityG4

    When a regional carrier is broadcasting a game (not Sportsnet) and you are living in said region the game is blacked out.

    I.e. I live in Toronto and want to watch the Leafs but TSN is broadcasting the game tonight so it is not available on Rogers Game Centre Live. It will only be available on the TSN GO App and their channel.

  • xxxJDxxx

    But rogers has exclusive nhl broadcast rights now…

  • Jon

    Right, but this is for access to Sportsnet channels, not Game Centre.. so why would Sportsnet ever be broadcasting the same game that TSN is broadcasting?

  • Jon

    I am assuming the blackouts being referred to in this question are for someone who buys this Sportsnet package and wants to watch games on Sportsnet without worrying about them being blacked out (eg a game on Sportsnet East .. like the Sens.. not being available to paying subscriber in Toronto)

  • FragilityG4

    They don’t that’s why it’s blacked out. Sportsnet and Game Centre are the same thing. It’s all owned by Rogers.

  • FragilityG4

    Blackouts are for carriers not affiliated with Rogers. In Toronto TSN carries half the Leaf games because Bell owns half the team. So those games would be blacked out of any Rogers portal.

  • Didn’t even know they removed the comments!

  • Yes

  • Bob Zmuda

    Oh they had comments. Trust me… I gave them my 2 cents 😉

  • Jon

    I think we’re arguing semantics here. That’s not a blackout, that’s another network having the broadcast rights. On Saturdays, the games are on CBC… the broadcast rights for that game belong to CBC, they’re not blacked out from Rogers Sportsnet, they’re just not being shown on Sportsnet (same for TSN games).

    A blackout is when someone in one region cannot watch something that someone in a different region can but it’s on the same channel. An example being a Senators game on Sportsnet East.. in Ottawa, you can watch that game on Sportsnet East, in Toronto there is a blackout and we cannot watch that game on Sportsnet East.

  • FragilityG4

    This isn’t semantics. I don’t think you understand how this broadcast deal has been structured. Rogers has the rights for twelve years and in that twelve years the share the rights with a French broadcaster in Quebec. They also have a partnership with the CBC for four years.

    This national deal allows Rogers to broadcast ALL NHL games throughout the season and playoffs to its customers. The ONLY exception is when a regional deal conflicts i.e. TSN.

    TSN has a regional deal with the Leafs as they’re part owner so I as an Ontarian can not watch the game via Game Centre Live or Sportsnet Now. In the first year of this deal Game Centre Live was free for Rogers customers. I went to watch a game that was being broadcasted via TSN and the Game Centre App said “This game has been blacked out due to regional restrictions”

    That’s is a blackout.

  • Jon

    Sure, but the Gamecentre app =/= Sportsnet Now. If the game was on TSN it would not also be on a Sportsnet channel (but could be watched on the Rogers Game Centre Service, save for Ontarians). I am assuming the question above was about blackouts within the Sportsnet channels, not having to do with Game Centre Live.

  • FragilityG4

    Game Centre is owned by Rogers in part with the twelve year NHL broadcasting rights deal. The difference between Game Centre Live and Sportsnet Now is Game Centre is 100% NHL hockey that’s it. Sportsnet Now is any sport Sportsnet is broadcasting.

    The disclaimer above states NHL games (With regional blackouts) meaning in the case the your regional broadcastor supersedes the national deal.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    what i mean is, im in toronto, currently some of the habs games on sportsnet east are blackedout, but i can watch them on gamecenter

    nothing to do with tsn

  • FragilityG4

    That doesn’t make sense as all games on Sporsnet are available to all Rogers customers. Are you sure the game isn’t on City or 360 or One?

  • Crosseyedmofo

    its on sn east but they block it out west of belleville i believe

  • Crosseyedmofo

    gary could you approve post i just posted pretty please?

  • Yep

  • FragilityG4

    Yeah it’s the regional deal with RDS (French affiliate of TSN). It always comes back to the regional deal and this ones a little tougher because it’s all of Canada except the east.

  • Crosseyedmofo

    i love all of this attention were giving to blackouts when none of our teams even made it lol

  • FragilityG4

    Hahaha so true! Technically both our seasons are blackouts!!