Bell TV signs on for TSN2

Slowly but surely, TSN's secondary channel is getting major cable and satellite distributors to carry it. Still no sign-on from Rogers, Shaw and Star Choice however.

Satellite provider Bell TV announced on Saturday that it had made TSN2 available to its subscribers.

TSN’s secondary channel launched on Aug. 29, and is now carried by 16 providers nationwide, including Cogeco in Ontaro, EastLink and SaskTel. But getting national digital carrier Bell on board is a weight off the sports channel’s shoulders. One wouldn’t have expected it to take this long considering they’re part of the same family: TSN is 80% owned by CTVglobemedia and 20% by ESPN, while Bell Canada is a 15% owner of CTVgm.

TSN2 is now available to Bell TV subscribers who already get TSN, and is also available in HD. ‘In just the first few weeks of TSN2′s launch, the network has given Canadians exclusive live coverage of major events that couldn’t be seen anywhere else,’ said TSN president Phil King.

The sports channel is set to reveal TSN2′s schedule of NHL, NBA and UEFA Champions League games in the coming days. Next, it needs to firm up carriage deals with the likes of Rogers Cable and Shaw Communications.

From Playback Daily