Tuesday, September 6, 2011

No Price Increase For Telus Webcasts

Telus’ Quebec Major Junior Hockey League webcasts will cost the same this season as they did last.

The website released their prices a few days ago for the upcoming season. A single archived game will cost $1.95 and a single live match can be purchased for $6.95.

Telus will once again offer two packages.

Package A includes every live and archived game for the regular season and playoffs and can be bought for $199.95.

Package B can be purchased for $149.95 and includes every live game of one team excluding playoffs. Every archived game of all teams will also be included in the package.

Now it’s time for our yearly rant.

If you pay $200 for the full package it seems fairly reasonable. That’s 578 regular season games for $200. But the problem has been the quality of the broadcasts.

There are often technical glitches. Some rinks are very dark. Some rinks have polls or whatever in the way and block views of the corners. Only a few buildings offer replays. And let’s not forget that many games are not even broadcast in English.

But, Telus does provide better video than the radio. Some of the buildings have hooked up their in-house feed to the webcast, offering viewers multiple camera angles and replays. Let's hope more teams begins to do this. 

The QMJHL season begins this Thursday at 7pm when Saint John hosts Moncton. 

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