On Wednesday night, players hit the ice for the first NHL games of the season – and what a night it was! I sat back on my couch and watched the Leafs on TV, while also pulling up awesome new GamePlus™ angles from my tablet. I was certainly not alone; Canadians watch the game in record numbers on all platforms!
Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey was the most watched broadcast in Sportsnet™ history, drawing in an average of 2.01 million viewers for the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. Fans also took to their devices to watch the game. Roughly 55,000 fellow fans streamed over 1.9 million minutes of hockey last night with Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™. Canadians streamed more than 80,000 minutes of on-demand video and multiple angles replays with MyReplay. GamePlus also had fans cheering, with the debut of the Ref cam stirring up lots of online excitement!
If you missed out on the action not to worry – there is still time. Click here to access our Getting Started Guide to learn how to stream games based on the device you’re using, including a desktop computer. I’ve also shared here the basic steps to get access to the app:
- Head to https://gamecentrelive.rogers.com
- Click Register (top right hand corner)
- Register for a MyRogers™ account OR if you already have one, you can skip this step
- To note – even if you’re not a current Rogers customer, you still need to sign up for an account
- Download the ‘NHL app’ from the Apple App Store or Google Play store
- See the Getting Started Guide for further steps based on your device
We always love receiving your pictures and feedback. See our Storify below that showcases last night’s fan excitement for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ and GamePlus!
Share with us what camera angle had you cheering!
Share with us what camera angle had you cheering!
Tonight the cheering starts with the Leafs vs. Habs, followed by two more action-packed games on Sportsnet™ and Sportsnet ONE (see full schedule here). It’s also our debut of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. If you haven’t already, now is the best time to get your hands on it to live stream over 1,000 games right from your smartphones, tablets and computers. We’ve provided steps on how you can get access here. Be sure you check out Rogers.com to ensure you are aware of blackouts, and to make sure you have the data to keep you connected.
This week we also announced GamePlus™ – an innovative experience within Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ that is exclusive to Rogers wireless, cable, Internet and home phone customers. With GamePlus features fans can choose how they watch the game with access to unique camera angles, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and multi-angle replays during select regular season NHL games. During the Montreal vs Toronto game tonight you can pull up the Sky Cam to catch the action from above, the Ref Cam to see what the ref sees, and the Star Cam to follow Leaf’s forward James Van Riemsdyk. Calgary and Vancouver fans can also watch from the Ref Cam, while following Sean Monahan with the Star Cam.
If you’re in Toronto be sure to check out all of the Face-Off action happening at Yonge and Dundas square. Watch the Leafs and Habs as you celebrate our nation’s game, catch the Tragically Hip live at 6:30PM ET, and enjoy free activities and swag.
With less than 3 hours to #puckdrop we’ll make this post short! Be sure to share your experience with #RGCL, #GamePlus, and the awesome new camera angles and follow along the game action with @Sportsnet and #faceoff.
Now is your chance to watch hockey through the ref’s eyes, follow the puck up close as it travels along the boards and experience the game from behind the bench like a player. Today we unveiled GamePlus™, a part of Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ that is available exclusively to Rogers customers, and brings unique camera angles, more interviews and on-demand replays to your tablets and smartphones this season.
This is truly a game changer for hockey fans! With GamePlus you can now can choose which camera feeds to watch during select NHL regular season games each week, and even during the Stanley Cup® Playoffs, the NHL® All Star Game, and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.
GamePlus lets you have the ultimate second screen viewing experience. Imagine watching the game live on your TV, and pulling up a replay or another angle on your tablet to catch the fast-moving action from the ref’s helmet or from above the goalie.
Depending on arena and game fans can look forwarding to watching the following cameras:
- Catch the fast-paced action up and down the ice with the Sky Cam that will sit at the 200 level in the ACC;
- We’ll have a Ref Cam installed on the referee’s helmet to skate along with the action;
- Watch the hustle from inside the blue lines and for the first time inside the players’ bench with the POV Cam;
- Follow a single player throughout the game with the Star Cam that spotlights on a key team member;
- And you can experience the offensive action with Goal Line Cams that let you watch the game with a top-down view of the ice from over the net.
GamePlus will make sure you never miss a moment of the game; you can review the big plays from a choice of different angles with MyReplay.
But – it’s more than just the new angles; GamePlus will also bring fans VOD Insider Extras – previews, player and coach interviews, NHL news of the day, analysis and original video-on-demand content, produced throughout the season.
Rogers wireless, cable, internet and home phone customers who subscribe to Rogers GameCentre LIVE™ will have exclusive access to GamePlus. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ is now available for download here, so get ready for puck drop. Rogers wireless data and Hi-Speed internet customers will get a free subscription until December 31st.
Here’s to an exciting season ahead! Tell us, what camera angle are you most excited for?
Less than a week until puck drop – and our offices are hustling! I’ve already seen many fans sporting their jerseys and even flags being flown from car windows. To help you gear up for the season we’ve provided tips below to get your head in the game!
Get your swag on
In my experience hockey fans are passionate! They love their favourite team(s) and want the world to know. If you want to wear your team’s colour loud and proud at puck drop, check out The Shopping Channel’s Fan Shop for branded/player/signed jerseys, hats and touques, throw blankets, watched and clocks, stem-less wine glasses, popcorn makers, and more.
Share your excitement
Pop a throat lozenge if you must, clear your throat and get ready to cheer! If we’re visiting your town during Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ Tour, your cheer may be your ticket to the NHL. Share a video of your cheer and encourage your friends and family to vote. The top five teams will be invited to take part in the festivities when we visit your town and the final team in each town will be in the running to win an ultimate hockey experience. Learn more here.
Sign up for MyRogers
As we shared in a previous post, you must have a MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, whether you’re a Rogers customer or not. Sign in to, or sign up for, MyRogers by clicking here. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ gives you access to over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your mobile device and Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription until December 31, 2014.*
*Standard data overage/roaming charges, blackouts and other restrictions apply. See rogers.com/NHL for full details.
Prep your social feeds
Be sure you are ready to follow fellow fans, teams and more throughout the season – we suggest creating a Twitter list to easily access the latest hockey news. See below for the top Twitter handles and lists we suggest you follow:
- NHL Players list
- NHL Team Accounts list
Tell us, do you have any traditions to get ready for puck drop?
If you haven’t already heard there will be an incredible amount of hockey on TV this season! While, I’m always one for choice (and more hockey), it’s important to know how to easily access the games you want so you don’t miss a key play or moment. Fear not hockey-lovers, we’ve made updates to make sure fans have an awesome TV watching experience on game days.
Check out our updates: Rogers Grid – Channel 509 Not in the mood to channel surf on game night? Check out the Rogers Grid™ channel that will broadcast six NHL feeds at once for Digital TV customers in Ontario. This means fans can watch simultaneous hockey action from Sportsnet™ Ontario, Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, CBC, City, and FX Canada. Hockey fans can also tune into Sportsnews on channel 500 for even more coverage and scores.
New HD Sports Channel Lineup Your sports channels are now all in order starting from 494 to 509 in both SD and HD. With more games available as part of our Digital Basic package than ever before, and additional games available with specialty services (Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, FX Canada), we’ve put all your go-to hockey channels all in one place.
NHL® Centre Ice™ Freeview Super hockey fans can subscribe to NHL® Centre Ice™ to catch up to 37 regular season out-of-market games per week on their TV. If you want to check it out, you can enjoy a Centre Ice freeview from October 8 to 14. This NHL season be sure to turn on the tube as we deliver double the number of games on free over-the-air TV and twice as many Hockey Night in Canada Saturday night games. For more information visit rogers.com/NHL. How many hockey channels will you be watching at once?
Will you carry a Passport?
BlackBerry made a splash this week, introducing its latest device – the BlackBerry® Passport. As explored in our post, the BlackBerry® Passport is a smartphone designed with the busy business person in mind. The device rocks a 4.5 inch screen great for reviewing documents on-the-go, an amazing battery life that can keep up with a busy schedule and features like the BlackBerry Assistant that lets you manage emails, contacts and more using voice and text commands.
What feature has you talking?
Introducing Time-Lapse Selfies
Attention all selfie-lovers, a new type of selfie has entered the playing field. As reported by Mashable, Hyperlapse, Instagram’s newest app for time-lapse videos, has updated to allow for iPhone users to shoot videos with front-facing cameras. Hyperlapse now comes with a small button that toggles between the front- and rear-facing cameras and alerts you when you are switching to “selfielapse” mode. To ensure your selfielapse doesn’t make your friends selfie-sick, the final video is put through the app’s stabilization process.
Tell us, will you be sharing a selfielapse?
Use MyRogers to watch more hockey this season
12 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins and we’re gearing up for the show. This week we shared how to get MyRogers account to access Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch over 1,000 hockey games this season right from your tablet or smartphone. MyRogers is the fastest gateway to your hockey action and you can sign up today by clicking here. A reminder that Rogers customers with internet or wireless data plans get a free subscription to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31, 2014.
How are you gearing up for the season?
Doing business on-the-go is a challenge. The reality is, we want the best of both worlds. When I’m running around on a busy day, my device needs to act as my laptop, when I’m sitting in a car on a long weekend drive up north, it needs to act as my TV and when I’m travelling, it needs to be…. well, my phone, my way of connecting with the office or to give mom a call.
Starting next week, Rogers will be carrying the BlackBerry® Passport, a smartphone that certainly complements my busy work schedule, in and out of the office. Check out its features:
- The 4.5 inch high definition screen lets me review documents with excellent resolution, and stream meetings and conferences with ease
- With an amazing battery life the BlackBerry Passport can be used from the wee hours of the morning to late evening dinners or networking events
- The BlackBerry Passport comes ready with the latest version of BlackBerry 10.3 OS that includes great features:
- Blackberry® Blend Technology brings my documents, emails, etc. right from my BlackBerry Passport to my computer and tablet so I can access my work materials from whatever device I’m on
- BlackBerry Assistant keeps me organized by letting me manage my emails, contacts and calendar by using voice and text commands
The Passport is now available with Rogers reservation system and will be available in retail stores and at Rogers.com starting on Wednesday, October 1. Check out this awesome video below to learn more about this device:
How do you use your smartphone to keep you connected to your office?
15 days until the 2014/15 NHL® season begins, which means it’s time for you to get ready to watch the game by getting a MyRogers account. Read the Connected Rogers article below to learn how your account can help you catch this season’s hockey action.
If you don’t already know about MyRogers, here’s the scoop: it makes managing your Rogers products and services a snap. Just log in to your account – and, if you don’t have an account yet, signing up for one is as fast as an Alexander Ovechkin slap shot – to do things like check your internet bandwidth, change or add products, review and pay your bills, check your usage, change your password, sign up for pre-authorized payments and more.
“Sure,” you say, “that’s all pretty cool, but what about my profound hockey-loving needs?”
Well, NHL superfans, rejoice! (Cue: the heavenly chorus.) Now, the MyRogers sign-in is also your gateway to Rogers™ NHL GameCentre LIVE™, which lets you watch all the hockey your eyeballs can manage, anywhere and any time you’d like.
Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ lets you live stream over 1,000 English NHL® games to your computer, smartphone and/or tablet*. Standing in line for coffee? Stream a game. Waiting for the bus after work? Stream a game. Sneaking out of dinner with your in-laws because you want to find out whether your favourite team is winning? Do you even need to be told what to do at this point? Grab your device, stream the game and get the score, thanks to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™.
And what’s the easiest, quickest route to NHL awesomeness? A MyRogers login, through which you can access Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™. (See how this all just got very circle-of-life-y?)
As if all of the above weren’t reason enough to get yourself a MyRogers account, you can also enter the MyRogers Sign In to Win contest for a chance to receive one of 200 $150 The Shopping Channel™ gift Cards. (Click here for full contest details, rules and regulations.)
So, get MyRogers to spend less time managing your account, and more time savouring all things NHL.
Sign in to, or sign up for, MyRogers by clicking here.
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If you haven’t already done so, the time is now to update your version of Windows to Windows 8.1. 8.1 is one of the fastest-growing mobile systems, that continues to receive positive praise from tech influencers and consumers, alike. I’ve shared below a post from Connected Rogers that really explores the great Windows 8.1’s new features, enhancements, and top-level highlights.
Greatly improved over its predecessor, the new Bing Search helps you find what you’re looking for online or on your phone – including mail, messaging, calendar, apps and contacts. Search results are now displayed in convenient groups for Web, local, images and videos.
Windows Phone 8.1 has a new Action Center that provides one place for you to check all your notifications – so you’ll never miss a thing. You now have the option to view notifications even when your phone is locked. New customizable Action Center slots allow you to determine what takes top priority, whether it’s breaking news alerts, mobile-game information or live sports scores pushed to your device. In most apps, simply swipe down to reveal the Action Center.
Stretch your wireless phone’s battery by temporarily disabling some functionality – such as automatic email synchronization, social-media updates and push notifications from apps – but keeping important features like phone calls and text messages. You can now see which apps are using your battery – both the ones in use and running in the background – and you get to enable or disable it all from one command centre.
Finally, Wi-Fi Sense is a handy feature that intelligently and instantly connects you to free Wi-Fi hotspots – be it your favourite coffee shop, a friend’s home network or a complimentary airport connection. Windows Phone is the only mobile OS that can automatically attempt to connect to more than a million free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world by automatically accepting terms and connections on your behalf.
Other features worth checking out: a new Word Flow keyboard for faster and more accurate typing; additional camera lenses for photo takers; a refined Calendar app with integrated weather; and support for dual SIMs on many models (enabling both personal and work calls on one phone).
Let us know if you’re using Windows 8.1 and how you’re liking it.