Canadians to Experience NHL Content in 22 Languages, This Season on OMNI Television
TORONTO (September 24, 2014) As symbolic as the maple leaf, hockey is woven into our nation’s identity and unites Canadians from coast-to-coast. Now OMNI Television is offering new Canadians the opportunity to create their own hockey traditions through exclusive, multilingual NHL content in 22 languages with Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition, Your Hockey weekly segments, and Hockey 101, beginning the week of September 29.
Giving Punjabi-speaking audiences a front-row seat to the action, OMNI Television will broadcast the time-honoured tradition Hockey Night in Canada in Punjabi every Saturday night, beginning Saturday, Oct. 11 (check local listings). Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition will air a doubleheader each week during the regular season, and marks the first time this Canadian institution will be available on a conventional network to the Punjabi-speaking community.
For audiences who are new to the game and want to learn about hockey in their community, OMNI Television has it covered with the new weekly segment Your Hockey in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Italian in their respective national news broadcasts (check local listings). Premiering the week of September 29, Your Hockey will include relevant and informative topics such as grassroots hockey, how to buy hockey equipment, the ins-and-outs of minor hockey, as well as profiles of hockey-related personalities in the community.
New vignette series Hockey 101 helps new Canadians better understand the basic principles of hockey and commonly-used terms on the ice, answering basic questions that many new fans may be too afraid to ask, such as “What is icing?” and “What is holding?” Hockey 101 premieres in eight languages – Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, and Tagalog (Filipino) – beginning the week of September 29 on OMNI Television and on OMNItv.ca. An additional 14 languages will be added on-air and online shortly following: Arabic, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 500 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).
About OMNI Television
OMNI™ is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to positive portrayal and broadcast reflection of Canada’s diversity through the airing of inclusive and accessible programming. With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) – OMNI is available to 16.5 million households in major market areas. As well as specializing in Canadian multilingual/ multicultural programming, OMNI carries well-known International series and films – including East Asian Super Cinema and South Asian Bollywood Freetime Movies. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited., a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit OMNItv.ca.
Stephanie Leslie, OMNI Television, Stephanie.Leslie@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.3191