News from early December 2022, including an update on "Pennyworth" on Showcase, and CBC's winter programming plans.
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:
- as a standalone streaming service for $9.99 per month, or $99.99 annually if paid upfront for the full year; or
- as part of FuboTV, which costs $19.99 per month, or (under a promotion in effect for early July) $149.99 per year as an upfront annual payment – and also includes coverage of other leagues that Fubo has exclusive Canadian rights to, including the (English) Premier League starting in the 2022–23 season; or
- on Telus Optik TV (in Alberta and British Columbia) as a linear channel (channel 980). We couldn't easily figure out how much it is to subscribe to OneSoccer individually on Telus, but it is included in the "More Sports" theme pack, which costs $8 per month, or potentially less as part of a bundle (of course, you'd also need to be subscribed to the base Optik TV service regardless).
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.
What games will air on CBC?
Under the CBC's agreement with Mediapro, the public broadcaster will carry the following matches:
- Canada vs. Trinidad and Tobago – Tuesday, July 5: airs live on OneSoccer with kickoff at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time; airs on delay on CBC Television at 12:30 a.m. local time (1:00 a.m. Newfoundland time) on Wednesday morning
- Panama vs. Canada – Friday, July 8: airs live on OneSoccer with kickoff at 10:00 p.m. ET; airs on delay on CBC Television at 12:30 a.m. local (1:00 a.m. NT) on Saturday morning
- Canada vs. Costa Rica – Monday, July 11: airs live on both OneSoccer and CBC with kickoff at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT
- Semi-final: Canada vs. Jamaica – Thursday, July 14: airs live on OneSoccer with kickoff at 10:00 p.m. ET; airs on delay on CBC Television at 1:00 a.m. local (1:30 a.m. NT) on Friday morning
- [Updated] Final: United States vs. Canada – Monday, July 18: airs live on OneSoccer with kickoff at 10:00 p.m. ET; airs on delay on CBC Television at 1:00 a.m. local (1:30 a.m. NT) on Tuesday morning
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.
I heard that CBS / Paramount+ would be carrying these games, does that include Canada?
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+.
- July 16, 2022 – added CBC's coverage plans for the final
- July 14, 2022 – noted that CBC has added coverage of at least the Canadian team's semi-final game
- July 7, 2022 – corrected the days of the week for certain games (the dates were correct).