TSN2 is a multiplex channel of the Canadian
English language Category
C cable and satellite specialty service
The Sports Network (TSN) that
is owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc., a joint venture between
Bell Media (80%) and
ESPN Inc. (20%). It was launched in its current
form on August 29, 2008. The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) had approved a separate TSN2
channel in 2000, but was never launched due to a prohibition on live
programming. The authority for this channel expired in 2004 and was
never re-applied for, so the present
TSN2 is not directly connected to
the 2000 licence.
TSN2 operates under the same CRTC licence for TSN as a whole, which
originally meant that
TSN2 was restricted to a few hours of live
programming a day, with all other programs on a three-hour tape delay
from what was then TSN's main feed. With the early 2010 implementation
of new conditions of licence from the CRTC which permit multiple feeds
with no limits on additional programming, the tape delay is no longer
observed, and other original or repeat programming from the TSN and
ESPN libraries air alongside live events.
Unlike TSN's other feeds (TSN1, 3, 4 and 5), which are each
distributed on analogue cable as the primary TSN feed in a specific
part of Canada,
TSN2 is distributed only through digital cable and
satellite , although it has been carried by some cable operators on
analogue on a short-term "preview " basis. Following TSN's August 2014
expansion of its service into a four-feed regional sports network ,
TSN2 has served primarily as a secondary outlet for national
* 1 History
* 1.1 TSN alternate feed
* 1.2 Launch of
* 2 Programming
* 3 Carriage
* 4 Regulatory status
* 5 References
* 6 External links
TSN ALTERNATE FEED
TSN first launched what it then called its "alternate feed" in 1997
as a result of occasional regional blackouts for TSN programming in
some areas. In its original iteration, the alternate feed could only
air on analogue cable in specific areas, replacing the national
service, though it was offered in parallel with the main feed on
national satellite providers. Alternate programming could make up a
maximum of 10% of the TSN schedule – an average of 2.4 hours a day.
In fall 2006, the CRTC allowed TSN to air multiple feeds nationally,
with the alternate feed only available on digital platforms, as had
previously been permitted for
Sportsnet 's regional feeds. In essence,
this meant that for digital cable and satellite subscribers, TSN now
had two channels on which to air programming. The broadcaster's use of
the alternate feed changed significantly following this decision, as
the alternate feed began to carry a much larger number of live events
that could be aired nationally when the main feed was carrying another
LAUNCH OF TSN2
TSN2's original logo used from 2010 until August 25, 2014. Prior
to 2010, the red-colored curved rhombus was absent, closer resembling
the logo of
On August 6, 2008,
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail announced that the TSN
alternate feed would be replaced by a new network known as TSN2. The
new channel promised "major league programming" throughout the day,
and would have extensive coverage of auto racing and tennis . Unlike
the existing TSN alternate feed, which was available free of charge,
service providers (and potentially, in turn, consumers) would be
required to pay extra in order to carry TSN2, and providers that had
not yet agreed to carry the new channel were required to stop carrying
the alternate feed in August 2008. Unlike the alternate feed, TSN2
would also be available in high definition .
TSN2 was restricted to acting as a timeshift channel for
TSN, with most non-live programming being aired on a three-hour tape
delay from TSN proper, allowing
TSN2 viewers in the Pacific Time Zone
to watch many programs at the same local time as TSN viewers in the
Eastern Time Zone
Eastern Time Zone . However, as had been the case with the alternate
feed, up to 10% of the
TSN2 schedule could consist of alternative live
sporting events that cannot air on TSN due to other programming
The new channel was launched on August 29, 2008 at 7 p.m. ET in
standard and high definition , with live coverage of the US Open
tennis tournament continued from TSN, followed by an encore
presentation of a Friday night CFL game aired earlier on TSN.
Since February 1, 2010, TSN has been subject to revised conditions of
licence (since formalized as
Category C licensing ) that allow
operate autonomously from TSN's main channel as a pure multiplex. TSN
launched three more multiplex channels—TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, on
August 25, 2014, serving primarily as regional feeds of TSN.
Upon its launch,
TSN2 promised that it would air over 800 hours per
year of live events, and that it would also feature repeat broadcasts
of live events that were shown by TSN earlier in the night. Repeat
broadcasts of TSN's original programming (such as
SportsCentre ) would
fill out the schedule.
TSN2's alternative programming typically consists of National
Basketball Association games featuring the
Toronto Raptors , and
Xfinity Series races. However, it has also included tennis ,
boxing , baseball , and
Major League Lacrosse coverage.
On October 22, 2008,
TSN2 announced it would air 25
basketball games during the
2008-09 NBA season . However, due to the
lack of carriage agreements at the time, these games were not
available to cable subscribers in the team's home market of Toronto
and other regions served by
Rogers Cable .
On August 20, 2010,
TSN2 announced it had signed a multi-year
Canada Basketball to become the exclusive Canadian
broadcaster of various international basketball tournaments. Under the
terms of the two-year deal,
TSN2 was the exclusive broadcaster of the
2010 FIBA World Championship ,
2010 FIBA World Championship for Women
FIBA Americas Championship 2011
FIBA Americas Championship 2011 , and FIBA Americas Championship for
Women 2011 . For its 2010 edition , TSN and
TSN2 became the new
Canadian broadcasters of the
Spengler Cup hockey tournament. TSN2
would broadcast most of the tournament's games.
On October 27, 2011,
Bell Media , TSN and
TSN2 announced that they
had secured broadcast rights for FIFA soccer from 2015 to 2022. The
rights include the
2018 FIFA World Cup ,
2022 FIFA World Cup and 2015
FIFA Women\'s World Cup . In 2015,
Bell Media later expanded its
broadcast rights for those events until 2026. On February 18, 2013,
TSN2 introduced simulcasts of two shows from
TSN Radio , Mike Richards
in the Morning, and the new TSN Drive with Dave Naylor.
In January 2016,
TSN2 simulcast ESPN2's
Megacast Film Room coverage
2016 College Football Playoff National Championship .
Providers that carry
Access Communications , Bell Aliant
Bell TV ,
Cogeco , EastLink ,
Rogers Cable ,
SaskTel , Shaw Cable ,
Shaw Direct , Telus Optik TV ,
Vidéotron , and a number of
independent cable systems.
Rogers Cable , which serves much of the Greater
Toronto Area ,
notably did not carry
TSN2 from its launch, leaving cable viewers
without the ability to view the select
Toronto Raptors NBA games that
TSN2 aired in the team's own home market in the season following the
launch. After months of negotiations,
TSN2 was finally added to the
lineup in May 2009. The apparent impetus for the deal was a planned
broadcast of three key mid-May games between the
Toronto Blue Jays and
Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox (at that point the top two teams in the American League
East ) on TSN2; the Blue Jays are owned by
Rogers Communications , as
is Rogers Cable.
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail reported on September 15, 2008, that the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation (who have a licence for CBC SportsPlus, a
sports channel focusing on Canadian athletes with a particular
interest on amateur sports) and
Score Media (owners of The Score ,
whose ability to air live programming is restricted due to being
licensed as a sports news service akin to
ESPNews ) made a complaint
to the CRTC accusing
TSN2 of exploiting the rules which allow
timeshift feeds for the west coast, subject to regulatory requirements
restricting the amount of alternate programming that can be shown on
alternate feeds. John Levy of
Score Media claimed that
TSN2 should not
be allowed to sell new advertising on the network based on their
interpretation of the rules. However, these complaints were dismissed
by the CRTC.
TSN2 was launched, the CRTC announced a proposal to remove
genre exclusivity protections for "mainstream sports" and "national
news" channels in the near future. As a byproduct of the decision, TSN
would be allowed to use streamlined conditions of licence which states
that the service may offer "multiple feeds", without any restrictions
on alternate programming. TSN was officially permitted to use these
streamlined conditions of licence on February 1, 2010.
* ^ CRTC Decision 2000-720
* ^ "Final extension" approved in Decision CRTC 2003-599 and
expired November 2004
* ^ A B "Rivals want
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September 15, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2008. (subscription
* ^ A B C Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2010-49, February 1, 2010
* ^ "CRTC Decision 97-290". Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission . July 3, 1997. Retrieved December 24,
* ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-620
* ^ "CRTC Decision 2006-620". Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission . November 9, 2006. Retrieved December
* ^ "TSN getting set to launch companion channel". The Globe and
Mail. August 6, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
* ^ "TSN goes on the offence, unveils three new channels". The
Globe and Mail.
* ^ "TSN expanding to a total of five national feeds". TSN.ca.
Retrieved May 6, 2014.
* ^ "TSN\'s expansion to five national feeds debuts Aug. 25".
TSN.ca. Bell Media. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
* ^ TSN press release, August 14, 2008
* ^ A B "
TSN2 gets 25 Raptors games". The National Post. October
22, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.
* ^ "Coverage of
Spengler Cup begins Dec. 27 on TSN and TSN2".
TSN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
* ^ "
Bell Media lands deal for FIFA soccer from 2015 through 2022".
TSN . October 27, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011.
* ^ "FIFA extending TV deals through 2026 World Cup with CTV, TSN
The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail . February 12, 2015.
* ^ "Jump to TSN ‘bittersweet’ for Mike Richards" The Globe and
Mail , January 27, 2011.
* ^ "Get ready for a lot of Winnipeg Jets coverage ". Globe and
Mail , October 5, 2011.
* ^ "
TSN Radio 1050 launches new drive show to air on TSN2".
* ^ "College Football Playoff Championship: Bonus Megacast
Coverage". TSN.ca. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
TSN2 channel listings, retrieved May 17, 2009
TSN2 Available to Rogers Customers, Rogers press release, May
TSN2 to Launch on
Rogers Cable on Tuesday, TSN press release,
May 17, 2009
* ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-352, December 12, 2008
* ^ "Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-103". Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission . October 30, 2008.
Retrieved March 12, 2009.