NHL and Rogers revamp GameCentre Live app with better streaming quality, customization

Daniel Bader

February 1, 2016 3:14pm

Rogers and the NHL announced today a new GameCentre Live app experience for Android and iOS that revamps the design and offers improved streaming quality and consistency.

Last year, the NHL signed a deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM, or BAM for short), the interactive and streaming arm of the MLB, to take over its mobile products and improve its often-inconsistent streaming backend. As streaming video proliferated across the internet, BAM has been tasked with overhauling not only its own infrastructure but that of the PGA and the NHL. As part of Rogers’ multi-billion dollar 12-year licensing deal with the National Hockey League, it too has signed a five-year agreement with MLBAM to optimize the NHL’s mobile and streaming products for Canadian audiences.

The new app has a similar but slightly improved interface on both Android and iOS, but the main improvements come in the form of higher-quality, 60 frame per second streaming with at five megabits. For comparison’s sake, a typical HD Netflix stream is around three megabits.


Another popular request, multitasking and picture-in-picture support, has been implemented for newer iPads, while iPhone and Android smartphone users can now customize their home pages with favourite teams. Notification settings are also now more granular, allowing users to select particular updates from individual teams, or the league as a whole. Fourth-generation Apple TV users can also now restore purchases from within the app.

Rogers notes that its own customers will continue to receive GamePlus — live footage from alternate angles on and around the rink — while all subscribers will benefit from regular and postseason games with no blackouts.

  • nonenone22

    MLBAM will make this app/service great again.

  • Karl Dagenais

    “For comparison’s sake, a typical HD Netflix stream is around three megabits.” Not really, not here in Canada at least. Their highest quality stream was, until a few weeks ago, 5600kbps, which any high speed internet user can get. They have tweak their compression algorythms a few weeks back and now go up to approx 7500kbos for some titles.

    That said, 5Mbps for NHL Gamecenter will give similar quality to the compressed stuff our cable providers give us, maybe better if they use better codecs.

  • Mo Dabbas

    What’s the point of watching hockey if the Habs are playing like a minor league team 🙁

    • Karl Dagenais

      Hockey =/= habs. Plus, we’ve been stuck with desharnais and plekanec and the gang, id rather they tank and draft high

    • Mo Dabbas

      I know it’s not = Habs. But I’m not going to turn on the TV to see teams I don’t care about.
      Ya, this group needs changes.

  • John

    I don’t know if anyone else has had issues, but tonight was the first time I’ve gone to use the app (or the website) since the update and now it barely works. Ya it looks pretty and everything but the game stream was messed up all night, the app kept crashing or just stopped playing audio/video requiring the stream to be restarted. And worst of all the website isn’t working for streaming any games so i couldn’t use that instead. If you’re going to update something make sure it works first, sheesh.

    • RjPiston

      I had similar issues last night “Video error: cannot load video” for all games.

  • Brian White

    Was working great for me on PS4/XBoxOne/Android Phone casting to Nexus Player or Chromcast … since this came into effect… has been terrible. XBOX not working, PS4 not working, casting has out of synch sound…. Tried everything support suggested over the last few weeks….. I Just cancelled it tonight…. Rogers deal with MLBAM = FAIL

    • Brian White

      BTW… I have Fiber Internet 1.5GB with powerful 5GHz router… so not my hardware causing the problem. They can say what they want… it sucks.