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Hockey in HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Peter305, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Oct 8, 2011 #1 of 797
    Peter305

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    Both Dish and InDemand are showing CBC's Hockey Night in Canada in HD as part of NHL Center Ice.

    So it looks like DirecTV have decided not to pick these up. Not surprising but disappointing.

    Come on DirecTV, I thought you were the leader in sports broadcasting.
     
  2. Oct 8, 2011 #2 of 797
    iluvtv

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    One can only assume it must be some type of contract thing, no other reason could be possible. :(
     
  3. Oct 8, 2011 #3 of 797
    Peter305

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    I suppose it's contract in the sense they aren't REQUIRED to carry Canadian HD but it's more that they would rather pocket our money.

    This package costs the same on all platforms, but we are getting less.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    very few cable systems have all 9 HD feeds. Most only have 1-2 HD feeds.

    Dish can't even get RSN HD right. Dish I want my local games in HD.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2011 #5 of 797
    HGuardian

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    I probably would have kept Center Ice this year if they had all available HD feeds. Enough Red Wings games on Versus, NBC, and NHL Network (in addition to the weeks of free previews now and mid-season) for me. I'm not a huge hockey fan, but I enjoy the CBC (and Rogers Sportsnet) coverage enough to justify the expense if those games were in HD. No HD = No sale.
     
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    Boston_bill

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    This is my first year with Center Ice. Hard to tell after a couple of days how much Im actually gonna watch. but the MLB package was so much better as far as what's available in HD.

    PS I got plenty of discounts when I made the call a few days ago.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2011 #7 of 797
    stoutman

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    A couple of answers...

    The NHL does have a material weakness in the manner it operates versus the other major sports leagues. MLB and NBA require its members to provide HD and SD feed of games to a central broadcast center and controls the sale of out of market games on the web and tv. The NHL is much weaker and does not have such an arrangement. The only thing they receive from their clubs is an SD feed. All else is subject to negotiations.

    Directv uses cost accounting rules for Center Ice and is not concerned about marketing failures. Last year SR clearly indicated the low overall subscription rate for CI precluded taking bandwidth from other operations to put up HD broadcasts that are not simply remapping RSNs. Also, since HD is not provided by the league, then additional costs exists in acquiring the signal.

    My hope is twofold. NBA lockout gets the NHL to seize the opportunity. The owners stop being myopic and truly try to put the best product on the ice and in living rooms. The lockout also produces higher subscription rates along with InDemand's expansion puts pressure on Directv to provide HD feeds.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2011 #8 of 797
    RACJ2

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    This is your opportunity to watch the CBC HD feed of a game. The Canadiens/Jets game on NHLN right now.
     
  9. Oct 10, 2011 #9 of 797
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    It was nice to see...except for the wretched crawl/ticker across the bottom of the screen.
     
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    mcl77

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    this is off topic, been when are we going to be able to remove those score tickers??? These channels should give you the option without having to zoom in and mess up the picture.
     
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    CCarncross

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    When has any channel had an optional crawler? I'd assume that was in the feed
     
  12. Oct 11, 2011 #12 of 797
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    Noticed that Canucks/Flyers Wed. and Flames/Habs Thursday are listed as HD feeds. Could Canadian HD finally be coming?
     
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    Wait to see them live on your TV before you decide. D* has a history of changing the guide (removing HD feed channels) right before game time.
     
  14. Oct 11, 2011 #14 of 797
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    I know, but it seems they're updating their schedule pretty regularly with the MSG HD on again off again nonsense. Plus I really don't care that much for the above teams so if they're not HD, it's not going to ruin my day.
     
  15. Oct 11, 2011 #15 of 797
    crimpshrine

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    I noticed the same thing yesterday but now the HD feeds have disappeared in my guide..
     
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    Canucks/Flyers might be CSN Philly. DirecTV did use CSN Philly HD during the playoffs last season. That said, the last time I looked in my guide neither of the two games you mentioned were listed in HD, though they could've been added since (given all the recent guide updates, it's hard to know what's where).
     
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    lokar

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    I saw them last night, sounds like they are gone already.
     
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    Yeah, they're gone all right. I did, however, see the Canucks/Oilers game listed in HD on Saturday, but who knows...

    No MSG Plus 2 HD (as seen with the Devils/Preds game on Saturday). Cablevision still withholding the overflow HD feeds it appears. Oh well, at least the game's available in at least some form (how in the world did tomorrow's Avs/Jackets game manage not to get any TV coverage at all?!).
     
  19. Oct 11, 2011 #19 of 797
    crimpshrine

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    I was thinking the same thing? I thought Altitude showed all the Avs games? Looking at the schedule for both RSN's that cover the teams, they are showing "filler" shows in the games time slot. :confused:
     
  20. Oct 12, 2011 #20 of 797
    Grafixguy

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    I was thinking a Versus exclusive but that wouldn't explain the Flyers being on CSN Philly.

    Edit: A bit of research shows that Versus exclusives are for games beginning at 7:00. The Flyers are starting at 7:30. That's from the Avs message boards so take it with a grain of salt but it does make sense.
     

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