Depending on how you feel about the CBC, the broadcaster losing its "Hockey Night In Canada" rights to Rogers might seem like either a loss or a win.
But it's hard to argue that the new studio Rogers built to house Sportsnet's hockey broadcasts is a loss for viewers.
Just look at it.
The futuristic new space is 11,000 square feet, with nine different sets and 52 monitors, and features a rotating anchor desk that allows cameras to shoot from all angles, according to a press release. There is also an LED floor that shows video and images, and an 3.3-by-11.6-metre screen — reportedly the largest ever used in a Canadian TV studio.
It also has enough cameras to shoot three live broadcasts for three different networks at the same time.
The new studio cost $4.5 million to build, according to the Toronto Star, and is housed on the 10th floor of the CBC building.
"It's cutting edge and allows us to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of their seats," said Gord Cutler, senior vice president of NHL Production at Rogers, in the press release.
Each of the 30 NHL teams are represented by pucks on an interactive wall that lets analysts pluck one off and place it on a table to find out the team's stats.
The iconic "Hockey Night In Canada" musical montages are also being cut back, according to the National Post.
The spiffy new studio will debut Oct. 8 when the Montreal Canadiens face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first game of the season.
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