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Sports packages FAQ

TSN, RDS and Sportsnet are no longer included in your TV package if you are a business customer with a liquor licence. These channels are offered separately at an additional cost determined by your business's seating capacity.

The sports programming gives you access to all of the must-see sporting events, giving your business an entertainment advantage.

What is changing in Business TV sports programming?

As of September 1st 2017, TSN, RDS and Sportsnet will no longer be included in your TV package if you are a business customer with a liquor licence. These channels will be offered separately in two Sports packages at an additional cost determined by your business's seating capacity.

Business customers who do not have a liquor licence will continue to receive these channels as part of their current subscription package.

Which customers are impacted by this change?

This change impacts Business TV customers in all Canadian provinces (outside of Quebec), in possession of liquor licence (e.g. bars, restaurants, hotels, social clubs).

Which channels are impacted?

The following channels will be available as two separate sports packages:

Sports packages Included channels
TSN and RDS

TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5

RDS1

sportsnet

Sportsnet Ontario, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet West, Sportsnet Pacific, Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet One

Will these channels continue to be included in Bell MTS business TV packages?

Business customers who do not have a liquor licence will continue to enjoy these channels as part of their current subscription package.

For Business customers with a liquor licence, all TSN, RDS and Sportsnet channels will be removed from their base package and will be made available for purchase as Add-on channels.

Why is this change happening?

Many TV service providers around the world have separate charges for sports channels to commercial establishments. The new rates are designed to more accurately reflect the commercial use of the sports channels and the value that these channels represent to commercial establishments. We believe that sports programming is a powerful attractor for bar and restaurant patrons, and that the investment to continue to receive these channels is a good business decision for most establishments.

This change applies to Business TV customers in all Canadian provinces (outside of Quebec), in possession of a liquor licence. To ensure the fair treatment of all customers, access to Sports channels will be restricted to paid subscribers.

Why should I subscribe to the new sports packages?

Showing live sporting events, particularly for businesses with a liquor licence, helps to create atmosphere, drive customer traffic and increase revenue.

When does the new pricing take effect?

For current customers the new rate card pricing will take effect on their May 2018 bill.

For new customers signing up for Business Fibe TV the rate card pricing is effective February 13, 2018.

If I choose to no longer keep my sports channels when will I be disconnected?

As of May 1, 2018 TSN/RDS and Sportsnet will be removed for all businesses with liquor licenses that choose not to subscribe to the new sports rate card pricing for TSN/RDS and Sportsnet.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?

We are here to help. If you have any additional questions on these changes, please contact a customer service representative:

  • In Manitoba 204-225-4249
  • Outside Manitoba 1-888-689-7073

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