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Stream the playoffs live on your smartphone with Rogers Anyplace TV and CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada

HTC One streaming hockeyAs a hockey nation, many of us are getting ready for the start of the playoffs tonight. One of the biggest stories north of the border has been the long anticipated return of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the hockey post-season. The Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators also clinched spots, which means fans across the country are gearing up for an adrenaline-charged series of games ahead.

The Maple Leafs haven’t had playoff presence for nine years. At that time, Canadians would have never watched the team fight for the cup in high definition – much less on a smartphone.

Much has changed

Now you can watch the on ice action unfold in the palm of your hand. You can catch the first round right through to the finals via CBC’s live broadcast coverage of Hockey Night in Canada on Rogers Anyplace TV on your smartphone.

How else has technology changed since these teams made cup runs?

  •  In 2004, when the Leafs last played in the post-season, Apple had just introduced the iPod Mini, which would eventually be replaced by the iPod Nano. The iPhone wouldn’t exist for another three years. Now we’re on the iPhone 5.
  • Leafs nation has never embraced the playoff experience on the major social networks. Facebook  - then still known as “The Facebook” – was open exclusively to university students in 2004, starting with Harvard and expanding in March  to include MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, Stanford, Dartmouth, Columbia and Yale. Twitter, meanwhile, was still two years away from launching its micro-blogging platform. And YouTube was still one year away from entertaining us with endless cat videos and introducing us to memes such as Gangnam Style and the Harlem Shake.
  • Virtual playoff runs were still on the Xbox and the PS2 for Maple Leafs fans. The Xbox 360 would launch in 2005 and the PS3 would roll out in 2006. Nintendo, meanwhile, wouldn’t introduce motion controlled gaming to the masses with the Wii for two more years – in 2006. Now, gamers have gotten their hands on the Wii U and are eagerly awaiting news of the “Xbox 720” and the next-generation Sony console.
  • Montreal fans watching the Habs’ last playoff run in 2011 couldn’t have been posting about the Bleu, Blanc et Rouge from the Samsung Galaxy SIII – the popular handset was not announced until 2012. For this years’ playoffs, some lucky fans will have the newest Galaxy –the S4 – in hand.

After digesting that list, I’m starting to feel much older.

Here’s what you need to know about the Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app

  • In most cases it comes pre-loaded on your Rogers smartphone. In addition to live sports programming, you can also access news, kids and entertainment content while you’re on the go.
  • It’s available from the iTunes App store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World.

Take advantage of current promo offers:

  • Normally, for $5 per month, you can catch 10 hours of viewing, with overage fees of $1 per additional hour of streaming. But we’ve got good news: overage charges are waived until October 31, 2013.
  • If you are activating an eligible Talk, Text and Internet plan (on one, two or three year terms) you will receive free access to the app for the duration of the term. That’s pretty sweet. This offer is available for a limited time.

What technology will you use to tune in to hockey’s post-season?

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Rogers Game Day Social Media Insider gets behind the scenes with the Toronto Maple Leafs

Chase HaddenLong-time Toronto Maple Leafs fan Chase Hadden was our first lucky winner for the Rogers Game Day Social Media Insider experience, getting a behind the scenes look inside the Air Canada Centre on March 28 when the Leafs played the Carolina Hurricanes. To help him shadow the Leafs social media team and share his experience with his friends and followers, Rogers set him up with exclusive media access, an LG Optimus G and four tickets to the game. (Rogers customers still have one more chance to win an experience – visit Rogersgameday.ca for details).

We caught up with Chase, who you can follow on Twitter @ChaseHadden or on his blog at www.chasehadden.com, to hear about his night of rinkside sharing.

Q: What was it like to be at the Rogers Social Media Insider?

A: Being able to sit in the press box with other media and scouts was amazing. Getting behind the scenes access was outstanding. I got to watch the Leafs walk out of their dressing room and make their way to the ice at the beginning of the game. We went into the “truck” to see what it is like to see the producers work during a televised game. That experience cannot be put into words. They work very hard and deserve a ton of credit.

Maple Leafs social insider

Jon Sinden and Matt Laboni from the Maple Leafs social media team showed me the ropes on how they use their social media platforms during a game and get their content to the fans at a very fast pace. It was great being shown on Leafs TV as Jon and I were discussing how many “Likes” a particular photo that was uploaded from their Facebook account would get by the end of the night. They got me to pick a filter for one of their Instagram photos and picking a fan’s tweet for an update after a period. Under the official Maple Leafs Twitter account, they retweeted some of my goal updates, uploaded a video of the players walking to the ice and asked me to explain how I became the social media insider for the game.

Q: How long have you been a Leafs fan?

A: I have been a Leafs fan for as long as I can remember. My dad and I watched Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday. I remember trips to Maple Leaf Gardens to watch Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark and how bright the ice looked when you came out of the tunnel to the stands.

Q: How does technology help you follow the team?

A:  I use a laptop and phone during the games. On non-game days, I log onto MapleLeafs.com for post-game interviews and read game recaps.

I use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to follow the team. It is the easiest way to get instant information if I happen to be away from a TV to watch the game and is a great way to interact with other fans. Because of these platforms, I have interacted and met with Leaf fans from across the pond Ian White, from Scotland, and Mark Rackham, from England. These two stay up late at night with the five-hour time difference and watch their favourite team until the final horn. Leafs Nation is truly global.

Jon Sinden & Chase Hadden on Leafs TV

Q: What’s the best part about connecting with the team and other fans online?

I think it is great (to see) teams connecting with their fans. The fans are the reason for the success of merchandise and ticket sales. When I first started using Twitter I started following my favourite team. When I got an e-mail saying that the Toronto Maple Leafs were following me (that) was pretty cool. And then when they first re-tweeted one of my goal updates to over 200,000 of their followers, that was the ultimate thrill and I still get that feeling when it happens.

I think all teams in every sport should do everything they can to connect with their fans and build relationships with them. The Maple Leafs I feel are leaders in not just the NHL, but all of professional sports in engaging with their fans.

There’s still one more chance for Rogers customers to become our Rogers Social Media Insider with Maple Leafs Game on April 18. Click here to learn more.

How do you keep up with your favourite team?

Jennifer is a regular RedBoard contributor.

UPDATE, May 8, 4:45 p.m.: What does exclusive media access to the ACC look like? Only Rogers Social Media Insiders Chase, Andrea and Mark know for sure! See their photos on our Pinterest board.

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Rogers is your go-to NHL destination: start off the season with perks and mobile streaming

Hockey is back, woot woot! Who is going to be tuning in when the puck drops tomorrow? There are some great free previews, deals, and ways to stay close to the ice action. Here’s an overview of what hockey fans can expect.

Free preview of NHL Centre Ice:

  • Rogers customers can enjoy a free preview of NHL Centre Ice from Jan. 19 to Jan. 31
  • Approximately 600 games available for the full season
  • NHL Centre Ice is available as part of the Rogers Super Sports Pak, which also includes OHL Action Pak, NBA League Pass, MLB Extra Innings, a subscription to Sportsnet magazine and more
  • Rogers customers can also purchase NHL Centre Ice à la carte for the reduced cost of $49.99 for a one-time fee for the full season

Get your hockey fix from Sportsnet: Sportsnet will deliver unparalleled NHL coverage across broadcast, radio, digital and print, including Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Tonight, Hockey Central @ Noon, Sportsnet.ca and Sportsnet magazine

TSN HD free preview – Rogers digital TV customers who subscribe to TSN can tune into TSN HD for 3 months (until April 30) at no additional cost

Rogers wireless customers from coast to coast can catch CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada on their smartphones

  • The Rogers Anyplace TV mobile app features live CBC Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts of all national games
  • For $5/month, the app provides 5 hours of viewing with overage charges of $1 per additional hour. Until April 30, 2013 overage charges are waived providing unlimited viewing

Follow the puck on your tablet with live streaming in the home with the Rogers Anyplace TV Home Edition app

  • Supplement your TV watching with live streaming of Sportsnet and CBC on your tablet from the comfort of your couch

Where will you be watching the game on Saturday?

UPDATE: January 30 2013, 1:27pm  On your computer (coming soon to tablet) : Rogers digital TV customers in the GTA who subscribe to Sportsnet Ontario and/or Leafs TV can log into RogersAnyplaceTV.com to live stream Toronto Maple Leafs broadcasts. This includes live games aired from Sportsnet Ontario and Leafs TV only .

UPDATE: February 26 2013, 9:24 am: The Sportsnet Leafs Live app is now available on iPad. See url here:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/sportsnet-leafs-live/id600547579?mt=8

Kaili is a regular Redboard contributor

 

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You click, you score: Rogers On Demand Online launches Leafs live streaming

Leafs live streaming on Rogers on Demand OnlineBeginning today, Rogers On Demand Online will be live streaming Sportsnet and Leafs TV games at www.rogersondemand.com/leafs, free, for customers who subscribe to Sportsnet and Leafs TV with their cable package. With all of the regular season games broadcasted on Sportsnet and Leafs TV, plus additional on-demand programming such as Game In Six Minutes or Game In One Hour, RogersOnDemand.com is the place to be for the best Leafs content.

All Rogers Cable TV customers within the Leafs broadcast territory will be able to receive 29 online streaming Leafs games as part of their cable package by simply registering and completing their Rogers account profile at www.rogersondemand.com.  Subscribers to Rogers DigitalVIP package will be able to stream an additional 12 games for a total of 41 games.

Rogers On Demand Online has become one of the top spots for sports viewing with live streaming of Toronto Blue Jays games and Rogers Cup matches this year, as well as the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Combined, all live streamed sports events have resulted in over half a million live streams to the site. We know Canadians love hockey and the Leafs live streaming is just one of the ways we’re helping to enhance your hockey viewing experience.

We’re celebrating everything Leafs this week with a Rogers On Demand Online Leafs live streaming giveaway! Just tell us in the comments section of this post, in 100 words or less, about the most memorable Leafs game you’ve ever watched and you could win one of 10 Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel autographed Toronto Maple Leafs replica jerseys.

UPDATE (October 24, 2011, 12:00 pm): The contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone for your sharing your favourite Leafs memories with us! We’ll be announcing the winners of the jerseys both here on our blog and on our Twitter account, @RogersBuzz. The post will remain open for comments, so you can continue sharing your Leafs memories, however, any comments received after 12:00pm on October 24 will be ineligible for the draw for the jerseys.

UPDATE (October 26, 2011, 11:18): Congratulations to Jeff, Justin, Alex, Shaun, Stephen, David, Katelyn, Aline, Isabella and Mike S – the winners of the signed Phaneuf and Kessel replica jerseys. Your prizes are in the mail and should arrive soon. Thanks again to everyone who participated and shared their favourite Leafs memories!

Sharon is a regular contributor to RedBoard

Contest closes at 12:00 p.m. ET on October 24, 2011. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, on the RedBoard blog, about the most memorable Leafs game you’ve ever watched.  Prize: Participants are eligible to win one (1) of ten (10) Toronto Maple Leafs autographed jersey valued at approximately $250.00 each—only one Jersey per winner. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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Game on! Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada now on Rogers on Demand Online

MLSE on Rogers on Demand OnlineYou’re a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan and can’t watch the game because you are traveling on business. Or, there is a must-see basketball game on but your TV is being used for video games or the most-recent episode of The Bachelor. Sound familiar?

Good news: you can put those concerns behind you as we’re now bringing Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada to our popular Rogers On Demand Online (RODO) . You need to be a Digital Cable TV subscriber and have Leafs TV or NBA TV Canada in order to access these channels on RODO.

Leafs fans will now have access to some cool content including:

  • Live streaming of 8 Leafs games (2 on Leafs TV and 6 courtesy of Sportsnet)  for the remainder of the year plus On Demand access after the initial live broadcast
  • Leafs TV produced features including ”Game in an Hour” made available to watch both live and On Demand

And for NBA enthusiasts, you can now watch:

  • Live streaming of 30 NBA games for the remainder of the year plus On Demand access after the initial live broadcast
  • On Demand NBA TV Canada shows and features like ”Raptors Post Up” and  “NBA Game Time”  (coming soon)

Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada are the latest additions to our ever growing RODO programming line-up. Stay tuned for more exciting news in 2011.

Are you a Leafs TV or NBA TV Canada customer? What shows do you watch?

Duane MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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Oh, the good ol’ (3D) hockey game…

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Tomorrow’s a big night for hockey fans as Rogers customers get their first glimpse of the game in 3D.

If you’re a Rogers Digital Cable customers in Ontario with a 3D-enabled television, you can watch the 3D Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on channel 900. Puck drops at 7 pm.

If you have a 3D TV and plan on watching the broadcast, here’s a checklist of things you’ll need to ensure you can get the full experience:

-       An HD Box from Rogers. This will not work if you are watching on an SD box

-       HDMI cable hook-up from digital box to your TV

-       Active glasses that likely either came (or are compatible) with your 3D TV

-       3D mode enabled (some TVs do this automatically when they detect a 3D signal, but check your manual just in case)

Don’t fret if you don’t have a 3D TV, but plan to get one during the holidays. We will carry more games in 3D early next year and beyond as the technology grows in popularity, including the Winter Classic game (Pittsburgh vs. Washington) on January 1st and the Heritage Classic game (Montreal vs. Calgary) on Sunday, February 20th

We’re big sports fans here at Rogers, offering an array of programming options to satisfy even the most hardcore fan, including our popular Super Sports Pak, NHL Centre Ice and NFL RedZone. Earlier this year, we also broadcast the final games of the FIFA World Cup in 3D. We’re looking forward to bringing you even more sports – in the formats you crave – as technology continues to evolve.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard.

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