Rogers and Sportsnet to deliver more than 100 live sporting events in 4K in 2017

Rogers' new NextBox 4K PVR lets customers store up to 90 hours in stunning 4K
4K broadcast schedule features 81 Blue Jays, 14 NBA, and 7 NHL games

TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Today Rogers Communications and Sportsnet announced they will bring sports fans more than 100 Blue Jays, NHL, and NBA games in 4K in 2017. Rogers is also introducing the new NextBoxTM 4K PVR, giving customers the ability to record up to eight 4K programs at one time and store up to 90 hours of 4K entertainment.

"Our new 4K PVR means our customers won't miss a moment of the action and is just one more way we're working to deliver a great video experience to our customers," said Dirk Woessner, President of Consumer Business Unit, Rogers. "Consumer adoption of 4K will continue to grow in 2017- and Rogers will be right there to bring customers the best 4K content and experience available."

In addition to new 4K content, Rogers will continue to make investment to its TV platform next year to improve stability, upgrade its mobile apps, and enhance Nextbox.

In 2016 more than 30% of new TV purchases this year were 4K models. Looking ahead to 2017, leading manufacturers expect 4K sales to top 50%. This is especially true for TVs 55" or larger, which are now manufactured almost exclusively in 4K – a big screen perfect for the big game.

With approximately 300 hours of baseball, hockey, and basketball action, fans can get closer than ever to the action on Sportsnet 4K and Sportsnet ONE 4K, available to Rogers customers with a NextBox 4K or NextBox 4K PVR new set-top box, plus a 4K theme pack subscription (schedule details below).

"We all connect with sports because it's about the great stories of heroes, underdogs, comebacks and glory – and 4K technology allows us to capture the details and put fans in the centre of the action," said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. "We've logged hundreds of hours in the 4K production trucks learning how the new technology helps us tell these stories, and in 2017 we'll build on that momentum to bring these incredible moments to life."

Today's schedule announcement builds on a year of Rogers and Sportsnet 4K "firsts," from the first live sports broadcast in North America, to the first productions and broadcasts of NHL and MLB games. Launched in April 2016, Sportsnet 4K (channel 998) and Sportsnet ONE 4K (channel 997) are North America's first 24/7 dedicated sports feeds to feature 4K content.

Sportsnet's 4K Broadcast Schedule

When the boys of summer return to Rogers Centre in April, they'll be swinging for the fences in 4K. For the second straight year, all 81 regular season Blue Jays home games will be produced and broadcast by Sportsnet in 4K.

The 2016/17 NHL season continues into the New Year with seven more Maple Leafs games in 4K, including the NHL Centennial Classic when the Maple Leafs host the Red Wings in the marquee outdoor game on January 1. This is in addition to the eight NHL games Sportsnet produced in 4K earlier this season.

Hoop dreams are even more vivid in 2017, with Sportsnet producing and delivering 14 NBA games in 4K.

NHL in 4K

Date:

Time (ET):

Home Team:

Visiting Team:

Channel:

Sun., Jan. 1

NHL Centennial Classic

3:00 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Detroit Red Wings

SN

Tues., Jan. 17

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Buffalo Sabres

SN O*

Thurs., Feb. 9

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

St. Louis Blues

SN O*

Thurs., Feb. 23

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

New York Rangers

SN O*

Thurs., March 9

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Philadelphia Flyers

SN O*

Thurs., March 23

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils

SN O*

Sun., April 9

6:00 p.m.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Columbus Blue Jackets

SN

TBD – playoff schedule to be announced

 

NBA in 4K

Date:

Time (ET):

Home Team:

Visiting Team:

Channel:

Thurs., Jan. 5

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

SN1

Sun., Jan.8

6:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Houston Rockets

SN1

Tues., Jan. 10

7:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Boston Celtics

SN1

Fri., Jan. 13

7:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets

SN1

Tues., Jan. 24

7:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

San Antonio Spurs

SN1

Fri., Jan., 27

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Milwaukee Bucks

SN1

Fri., Feb. 24

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Boston Celtics

SN1

Sun., Feb., 26

6:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Portland Trail Blazers

SN1

Wed., March 1

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Washington Wizards

SN1

Thurs., March 16

7:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Oklahoma City Thunder

SN1

Sun., March 19

6:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Indiana Pacers

SN1

Wed., March 29

7:30 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Charlotte Hornets

SN1

Fri., March 31

7:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Indiana Pacers

SN1

Sun., April 2

6:00 p.m.

Toronto Raptors

Philadelphia 76ers

SN1

 

Can't make it home before the tip-off, puck drop, or opening pitch? Fans don't have to miss a second of 4K action, with Rogers new NextBoxTM4K PVR set top box. Rogers offers the Sportsnet 4K feeds to all cable, satellite, and IPTV providers across Canada. All schedules subject to change – visit sportsnet.ca/schedule for game schedule updates and rogers.com/consumer/tv/4k for more 4K information.

About Rogers
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