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Amazon becomes the official broadcaster of the NHL in Canada

Published April 24, 2024 at 2:35 PM
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Journalist David Pagnotta just announced a major last-minute news, and it will have direct impacts on channels like TVA Sports, RDS, TSN and more..

Amazon becomes the official broadcaster of the NHL in Canada, with Rogers for now, and the era when conventional television had a monopoly is over.

The era of "streaming" has arrived in the National Hockey League.

From now on, fans will have to get used to watching hockey games online and on the web.


Amazon joins Canadian NHL broadcasters starting next season!



See an excerpt from Pagnotta's article:

"Several sources have confirmed that Amazon has acquired the Canadian broadcasting rights from Rogers to stream Monday Night Hockey on its platform for the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 seasons, the remaining two years of Rogers' current 12-year agreement."

The financial details are not known, but it is known that the deal with the NHL is for 5.2 billion dollars.

"Bell, which previously held the NHL's national rights in Canada before Rogers came along, had dipped its toes in the water and had once again had discussions about maintaining partial rights.

Bell owns TSN and RDS. It is possible they will re-engage in a year, when the full Canadian rights agreement approaches expiration."

Pagnotta mentions that Rogers and Amazon (and possibly Bell eventually) might take a leaf out of TNT and ESPN's book, as they do in the United States, and they might agree to share the national rights in the future.

That would be the goal starting the 2026-27 season and for the future thereafter.

So it will be something to watch, and it's hard to understand the concrete impact for fans (for example) of the Montreal Canadiens, but one thing is certain, there will be games available on the web and the way to watch hockey games is really called to change very quickly.

We'll have to get used to it and adapt!

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