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TSN2
TSN2
is a multiplex channel of the Canadian English language
English language
Category C cable and satellite specialty service The Sports Network
The Sports Network
(TSN) that is owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc., a joint venture between Bell Media
Bell Media
(80%) and ESPN Inc.
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,[1] 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
TSN2
is not directly connected to the 2000 licence.[2] TSN2
TSN2
operates under the same CRTC licence for TSN as a whole,[3] which originally meant that TSN2
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,[4] the tape delay is no longer observed, and other original or repeat programming from the TSN and ESPN
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
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 regional sports network, TSN2
TSN2
served primarily as a secondary outlet for national programming, but added regional programming in 2017.

Contents

1 History

1.1 TSN alternate feed 1.2 Launch of TSN2

2 Programming 3 Carriage 4 Regulatory status 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] TSN alternate feed[edit] 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.[5] In fall 2006, the CRTC allowed TSN to air multiple feeds nationally,[6] 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 ongoing event.[7] Launch of TSN2[edit]

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 ESPN2.

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
TSN2
would also be available in high definition.[8] Initially, TSN2
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
TSN2
viewers in the Pacific Time Zone to watch many programs at the same local time as TSN viewers in the Eastern Time Zone. However, as had been the case with the alternate feed, up to 10% of the TSN2
TSN2
schedule could consist of alternative live sporting events that cannot air on TSN due to other programming commitments. 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 TSN2
TSN2
to operate autonomously from TSN's main channel as a pure multiplex.[4] TSN launched three more multiplex channels—TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, on August 25, 2014, serving primarily as regional feeds of TSN.[9][10][11] Programming[edit] Upon its launch, TSN2
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.[12] TSN2's alternative programming typically consists of National Basketball Association games featuring the Toronto
Toronto
Raptors, and NASCAR Xfinity Series
Xfinity Series
races. However, it has also included tennis, boxing, baseball, and Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse
coverage. On October 22, 2008, TSN2
TSN2
announced it would air 25 Toronto
Toronto
Raptors 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.[13] On August 20, 2010, TSN2
TSN2
announced it had signed a multi-year agreement with Canada
Canada
Basketball to become the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of various international basketball tournaments. Under the terms of the two-year deal, TSN2
TSN2
was the exclusive broadcaster of the 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2010 FIBA World Championship
2010 FIBA World Championship
for Women, FIBA Americas Championship 2011, and FIBA Americas Championship for Women 2011.[14] For its 2010 edition, TSN and TSN2
TSN2
became the new Canadian broadcasters of the Spengler Cup
Spengler Cup
hockey tournament. TSN2 would broadcast most of the tournament's games.[15] On February 18, 2013, TSN2
TSN2
introduced simulcasts of two shows from TSN Radio, Mike Richards in the Morning, and the new TSN Drive with Dave Naylor.[16][17][18] As of the 2017-18 season, TSN2
TSN2
broadcasts regional Montreal Canadiens games, which are subject to blackout outside of the team's designated media market.[19] Carriage[edit] Providers that carry TSN2
TSN2
include 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.[20] Rogers Cable, which serves much of the Greater Toronto
Toronto
Area, notably did not carry TSN2
TSN2
from its launch, leaving cable viewers without the ability to view the select Toronto
Toronto
Raptors NBA games that TSN2
TSN2
aired in the team's own home market in the season following the launch.[13] After months of negotiations, TSN2
TSN2
was finally added to the lineup in May 2009.[21] The apparent impetus for the deal was a planned broadcast of three key mid-May games between the Toronto
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.[22] Regulatory status[edit] 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
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
TSN2
should not be allowed to sell new advertising on the network based on their interpretation of the rules.[3] However, these complaints were dismissed by the CRTC.[23] Soon after TSN2
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.[24] TSN was officially permitted to use these streamlined conditions of licence on February 1, 2010.[4] References[edit]

^ CRTC Decision 2000-720 ^ "Final extension" approved in Decision CRTC 2003-599 and expired November 2004 ^ a b "Rivals want TSN2
TSN2
kicked out of game". The Globe and Mail. September 15, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2008.  (subscription required) ^ 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, 2009.  ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-620 ^ "CRTC Decision 2006-620". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. November 9, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2009.  ^ "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
TSN2
gets 25 Raptors games". The National Post. October 22, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.  ^ http://www.ctvmedia.ca/tsn/releases/release.asp?id=12838&yyyy=2010M ^ "Coverage of Spengler Cup
Spengler Cup
begins Dec. 27 on TSN and TSN2". TSN.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011.  ^ "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
TSN Radio
1050 launches new drive show to air on TSN2". TSN.ca.  ^ "TSN's regional NHL coverage features 191 games". TSN. 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2017-09-15.  ^ TSN2
TSN2
channel listings, retrieved May 17, 2009 ^ TSN2
TSN2
Available to Rogers Customers, Rogers press release, May 17, 2009 ^ TSN2
TSN2
to Launch on Rogers Cable
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. 

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