Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
Find out how to watch Canada's games during the 2022 continental women's soccer competition.
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The 11th edition of the CONCACAF W Championship, the quadrennial association football (soccer) tournament contested by the women's national teams of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean – including Canada's women's national soccer team – is being held from July 4 to 18, 2022, in Mexico.
In Canada, the primary broadcast rights to the tournament, and most other Concacaf-organized competitions through at least 2023, are held by OneSoccer, a Canadian subscription service devoted entirely to soccer – and primarily Canadian soccer at that – which is controlled by Mediapro Canada, the local operation of Spain-based communications company Mediapro. OneSoccer is the only service in Canada that will provide live coverage of every game in the tournament. Games involving the Canadian women's team are also airing on the free-to-air CBC Television network (and CBC Gem), but some of these games are airing on a same-day delay.
The tournament final, between the United States and Canada women's national teams, will take place on Monday, July 18. The game will air live on OneSoccer with kickoff at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Pacific. It will also air on delay on your local CBC Television station at 1:00 a.m. local time (1:30 a.m. Newfoundland time) late Monday night (Tuesday morning), with the earliest airing on CBC's Atlantic Canada stations at midnight Eastern.
OneSoccer is available:
All prices are current as of July 6, 2022 and are before applicable sales taxes, which vary by province.
Mediapro says it has offered OneSoccer as a linear channel to other Canadian TV service providers, and has encouraged subscribers to other providers to contact those providers directly to request OneSoccer be added to their service.
Under the CBC's agreement with Mediapro, the public broadcaster will carry the following matches:
The initial announcement did not mention whether CBC would air any knockout-round games if Canada makes it that far, but as noted above, CBC has since added delayed coverage of Canada's semi-final, and the final game.
Unfortunately not. While there are versions of CBS Sports Network and the Paramount+ streaming service that are available in Canada, you should not expect any Concacaf games to be available through those venues in Canada, as CBS Sports only has U.S. broadcast rights to the tournament. The CBS broadcast network, meanwhile, is not scheduled to carry any of these games.
As of this writing, there are some listings for the Canadian feed of CBS Sports Network that reference coverage on July 14. However, if Concacaf coverage gets through on that or any other date, it is more likely to be the result of an oversight on the part of CBS, given that, to repeat, the company's Concacaf broadcast rights do not include Canada. (As we've explained in the past in the context of events like the Olympics, American cable channels must black out coverage in Canada for sports events they don't own Canadian rights to, whereas broadcast networks are only affected by simultaneous substitutions.)
Finally, if you do have a Canadian subscription to Paramount+, the service's support site makes clear that there is no way to use that subscription to access the U.S. version of the service, even if you happen to be travelling in the United States (or using a network proxy that makes it appear that you are), due to the use of different infrastructure between the U.S. and international versions of Paramount+.
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