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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by wilsonc, Aug 21, 2013.
and network canada still does not have a HD feed.
What Directv should do is use the channel space in the 900s to create a channel for each MLB, NHL, and NBA team. That way, every game of that team is on that channel. Helps with DVR and customer convenience. The channel would have pre/post-game shows (assuming you get Sports Pack) and then the actual game from that team's feed (if available or else opponent's feed). Could be sorted by division/alphabetical. Could even mirror NBCSN, ESPN, etc. when necessary, although I'm wondering if they would run into copyright issues with that. (Maybe if they agreed to keep channel on for hours after game over or something.)
Channel 901: Baltimore Orioles
Channel 902: Boston Red Sox
Channel 903: New York Yankees
Channel 904: Tampa Bay Rays
Channel 905: Toronto Blue Jays
Channel 990: Vancouver Canucks
Wow...goes back to the Primestar lineup!
add how will games with only 1 feed work? or even 1 team feed? OTA games?
In the Primestar days, when there was only one feed available for a game, that feed would be mirrored on the other team's channel. For example, the Flyers channel existed but was always games from the other team's feed. OTA games would not be included in this system but I don't think any team these days has any games on OTA except for Chicago. It was a great system that I wish D* would use.
Was looking at my account page and just noticed this under "My Sports Channels", its the description for the CenterIce package:
" NHL CENTER ICE
NHL® CENTER ICE® brings you up to 40 regular-season games a week from outside your local area and select playoff matchups. See up to 20 games a week in crystal clear HD."
I highlighted the part about the HD coverage. For some reason that number, 20 games a week, seems low compared to the last few years. For me, I remember more than 3 games a night being in HD. About the only games that weren't were some Canadian feeds. Very few of those even. Maybe its just me or maybe a mistake in the copy on the site.
20 may be the minimum number of HD games or some old leftover that never got changed.
Here's hoping.... :righton:
I think they have been using that same copy for over a decade and it doesn't make any sense. I don't think there has ever been any maximum or minimum # of games shown per week.
indemand had stuff like that on there web site up to 10 HD games a week and I think later up to 20 games HD. That was been for they added all the feeds that are still not lot's of cable systems.
This issue of HD access to games on NHLCI, MLBEI, and NBALP and the use of multiple feeds is one of the reasons that Directv is better than cable for (most) sports fans.
I emailed Customer Service and asked if there were going to be any changes to this years CI package, and mentioned my desire to see more Canadian games in HD and a good mix channel. Never got an answer back just a canned message saying my email was being forwarded to DIRECTV's Management Team. I guess that means no changes again this year.
Also, it's 159.96 for the season and it's available for purchase now in even 4 installments of 39.99 or 159.96 at once.
That's a bit higher then I thought it would be. Although, since I just received NFL ST for free and $35 in monthly credits for a year, I guess I'll just pay the price.
Does anyone know how close to the opening of the season you can cancel CI?
The CI page says 'before the season starts.' First game is on Oct 1st. If you're going to cancel, I'd do it no later than September 30th.
I did the same, asking if we would see the Canadian games in HD. Reply was the same as yours. I'm not holding my breath, but it has to happen one of these years.
I'd just be happy if they gave us access to some sort of mobile feed. NBA and NFL fans get the online version of their packages included with their TV access. Since we don't get that, I bought a Nomad last year to take Islanders games on my iPad, only to find out that they mis-coded all NHLCI games as PPV, so the Nomad cannot process them.
That will be the deal breaker with me. Traveling a lot and missing the games because of lack of access. At least with Center Ice you can get it on TV or on a computer at home and on a laptop or device like Roku on the road.
Also, an alternative is to use a Slingbox. When I travel, I use it all the time to watch NHL CI games either on my laptop, phone or even on the hotels TV via HDMI cable from either device. And no matter which sports package I buy NHL CI, NFL ST, etc, I always have remote access to the games. And it saves me from paying extra for NFL ST Max or NHL Game Center Live. Not to mention that I can watch any recorded programming on my DVR or any live channels that are in my DIRECTV package.