Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On QMJHL Live and Rogers TV

Amidst numerous technical issues, QMJHL Live will remain free until the end of October.

The quality of video, when operating correctly, is undoubtedly a big improvement over Telus. But there have been plenty of glitches with the video, specifically last Saturday night when the stream from Harbour Station barely worked.

Also, there have been issues with audio, either in terms of sound level or it not being available at all.

There can’t be many who are surprised to see these problems popping up. But, they will eventually get it all right. The league, and the webcast providers, are certainly making the right move by extending the free preview.

Meanwhile, the QMJHL made its long awaited return to Rogers TV Channel 10 over the weekend as both Sea Dogs games were broadcast. Considering Rogers hasn’t broadcast New Brunswick based QMJHL games in several seasons, I’d have to say they did a pretty fantastic job. It’s also neat that the Sportsnet graphics and intro are used.

In terms of announcing, Rogers found some gems in getting Aaron Kennedy and Randy Corey to perform play-by-play and Andrew Cromwell to provide colour. That's a top notch crew.

Rogers also made the fantasies of all Sea Dogs fans come true this weekend – having a Heritage Minute commercial air during a Dogs broadcast. The Canadian anthem didn’t write itself, you know.

Thos weekend, Rogers will air Moncton Wildcats games on Friday and Saturday.

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