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TSN Decides To Charge Fans For Online Feed During 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships In Russia

World Junior Hockey ChampionshipsA once free service has left fans of the World Junior Hockey Championships in a state of annoyance and utter frustration, to say the least.

The Sports Network — or more commonly known as TSN — is Canada’s equivalent of ESPN in the United States; TSN used to provide a free online feed of the World Junior Hockey Championships that are held annually in December and January.

However, for this year’s event that is being held in Russia, TSN is charging customers to watch the World Junior Hockey Championships. If you’re in the United States, you can watch live coverage on the NHL Network.

The live stream on is only available in Canada, but TSN Radio will have live coverage of all games and is available online and worldwide. You can buy individual games for $3.99 or the entire 20-game tournament for $19.99 (includes pre-competition games).

With the recent developments, there’s been considerable backlash against TSN on its Facebook page. See some of the fans’ comments below.

Posts About TSN Charging For World Junior Hockey Championships

“Sooo disapointed with for creating a money grab and gouging it’s fans to watch the stream!!!! BOOOOO TSN!!! I guess this year I won’t be watching the WJHCs on TSN but pirated streams.”

“Hey TSN, go to hell.. What a cash cow trying to get us to pay to watch hockey, thanks alot!”

“I can’t believe TSn is doing a pay per view on the world juniors…they are as bad as the NHL!!!!!!!!!”

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14 Responses to TSN Decides To Charge Fans For Online Feed During 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships In Russia

  1. Chad December 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Tsn can go to hell, I will never have a good thing to say about them ever’!!!!!! CTV can also go to hell since they are the parent company of TSN. This is Canada’s national junior team and should with out a doubt be available to all of us. It’s hard for a country to get behind their team and support them when we have barriers put up before we can even try.
    Shame on them, and I hope there will be long lasting repercussions for this bone headed money grabbing move.

  2. mike December 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    i’m with you chad.. i have watched this tournament for 35 years.. i don’t have cable and usually watch it for free (live stream on tsn) this is a canadian tradition. i can’t believe your gouging us to watch should be ashamed tsn.. i guess this will be the first year i don’t get to watch it cause i will not pay for it.. this tournament should be free like it always has been so all canadians can cheer on our team..this is amateur hockey that your making pay per view,bull#%^^..!!

  3. Harv December 27, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Bad timing indeed to charge us for the World juniors, with the NHL debacle going on…way to go T oronto S ports N etwork .

  4. Scottrod December 30, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Tsn sucks balls charging Canadians to stream hockey

  5. Scottrod December 30, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Just shows you it’s not about the game, cash grabbing mofos have no Canadian spirit. Was tsn purchased by American companies. NHL players have been so greedy I and many of my friends are going to stop watching NHL if or when it comes back not that we care if it does. But now tsn cash grabbing b.s. that’s just wrong

  6. Kris December 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    What ticks me off the most is I’ve been a paying TSN subscriber for the last 25 years & have never missed this tourney. Now, for the first time, I’m away from home & was planning on using their live feed as I knew they always offered it as a free service only to find out that I was going to have to pay extra for it. How wrong is that. I already pay a subscription to Bell, who owns TSN, specifically for the TSN broadcast & I can’t access the feed. No way I’m paying them extra for content I should already have. Screw you guys. You can bet your ass when I get home I’ll be cancelling my service too. I’ve kept it for all these years out of convenience, not because it’s better. Streaming services are easier & cheaper; it’s time I finally made the switch. Thanks for giving me the motivation to dump your service.

  7. Fumed December 31, 2012 at 9:03 am #


  8. Dianne December 31, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    With hockey going down the tubes with the greed of the NHL players and owners, why on earth would you charge us for watching the games…..Money is the root of all evil and you are certainly proving that. Beware – it will come back to bite you when the most avid watchers of your channel tell you ‘we are not watching anymore’…..

  9. Laurie December 31, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    first you have to subscribe to TSN2 in order to watch…now they charge for online streams?? you can watch for free if you live in the US…but here in Canada they rob you blind. way to go TSN, you’ve just proven you’re as greedy as CBC.

  10. Not that upset January 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Although this sucks for existing subscribers who will now be forced to double-pay in instances where they are away from their televisions, this totally makes sense for people (like myself) who are presently in no way remunerating TSN for their coverage of the event.

    I feel this model will become more common as time goes on (where particular shows can be paid for through various web channels), and that it is largely positive. From a consumer standpoint I would argue it offers a greater array of choice, by allowing viewers to only pay for the particular shows they want to watch, rather than entire channels or bundles of channels.

  11. Not that upset January 2, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    In my experience, it is not unusual for corporations or individuals to ask for compensation when they provide a service that I value.

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