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Hockey in HD

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

  1. Dec 9, 2011 #361 of 797
    PrinceLH

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    Should be interesting, starting next year, where all of the Maple Leaf feeds will originate from. Rogers(Sportsnet) and Bell Globe Media(TSN) just purchased 75% interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment today. Sportsnet already owns major league baseballs Toronto Blue Jays and now seems to have the Maple Leafs and Raptors locked up on their system, starting next fall. TSN, with an equal share(37.5% each) will get their share of National Cable Games, when the Leafs play. Bell Globe Media also owns a 40% share of the Montreal Canadiens. Due to a conficit of interest, Bell must stay clear of running the Leafs team and only has a finanical interest in the company. In 2014, when the National Broadcast Rights for Hockey Night In Canada come up for renewel, don't be surprised that CBC loses those rights to CTV, who is also owned by Bell Globe Media. At this time, there is no announcement on what will be done with Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV, in Canada.
     
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    espnjason

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    If I read this right, would this mean a single RSN that would house the Leafs, Jays, and Raptors as is the usual case with U.S. based RSNs? Makes sense on further thought.
     
  3. Dec 9, 2011 #363 of 797
    JoeTheDragon

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    but the laws a different and to get NBA TV there they need to have the Raptors games.

    I have head about a jays MLB network idea as well.
     
  4. PrinceLH

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    Blue Jays games are exclusive to Rogers Sportsnet. About 150 games are national games on all 4 regional channels, but the other 12 are on Sportsnet1, their secondary service. They also carry other MLB games, from TBS, etc.

    Leafs games are a different matter. Out of 82 regular season games, 30 are reserved for National telecasts. The other 52 are regional telecasts. They've been split up recently, by Sportsnet Ontario and Leafs TV. About 13 games are on Leafs TV, the rest on SNO. There is some overlap, in Eastern Ontario, where the Leafs and Sens are on SNO and the Habs on TSN Regional. With this new deal, that would probably be the end of Leafs TV. Although the telecasts are all in house, on SNO and Leafs TV, the pre and post game shows are different, with different commentators. The Leafs TV pre/post game coverage is a cut below Sportsnet. Leafs TV had a number of games featuring the Toronto Marlies, of the AHL, as well. I wonder where they end up, if Leafs TV is discontinued? The Marlies are part of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment stable, that also has a North American Soccer League team(Toronto FC). One has to wonder, if there will be a new, separate Sportsnet Toronto channel to come in the future. Too much overlap of teams and events, for one regional channel to program.

    TSN, on the other hand, has the National Cable rights and will get about 8 Leafs telecasts and Hockey Night In Canada will get the rest, as the National Over The Air carrier of NHL Hockey. Playoff games are shared by Hockey Night In Canada and TSN. Hockey Night gets first choice, for who they get to carry in the first round of the playoffs. If Toronto gets in, they would be the first choice, since they have the highest following of all Canadian teams and generate high ratings. They are like the New York Yankees, of Baseball.

    Raptors will be mostly a Sportsnet package, but TSN will also get a good number of games, as well. They will be aired Nationally. Not sure what will happend to Raptors NBA TV.

    These two large companies are numbers 1 and 2 in Canada's cellphone industry. This deal will allow these two companies, to market these games on their tablets and computer customers. Rogers is also Canada's largest cable company and Bell Expressvu is the largest satellite carrier in Canada. So, by the looks of this deal, it makes sense for both companies.
     
  5. JoeTheDragon

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    there is also talk of there maybe being a Hamilton NHL team. So maybe sports net Hamilton? sports net Ontario 2?

    Quebec City may also get a team as well.
     
  6. charlie460

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    Yeah, Versus' HD quality is definitely subpar to MSG/NESN/SN. I don't think it's necessarily a bandwidth issue, but just a poorer quality production.
     
  7. TheRatPatrol

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    I'm hoping by next year that D* will have all of the "regular feeds" of SportsNets and TSN's in HD.
     
  8. espnjason

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    I heard that is being scrapped in favor of a second team in Toronto (mainly because of Bettman's issues with Balsillie).

    In either case, there is word that the CBC may cease if HNIC goes to TSN/Sportsnet. More here.
     
  9. PrinceLH

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    There is talk, that there may be a second NHL team going into Markham, a Northeast suburb of Toronto. Why Markham and not Hamilton? If a team where to be put into Hamilton, that team would have to pay both Toronto and Buffalo for the right to set up shop in the the Toronto area. Hamilton is within a 75 mile radius of both Leafs and Sabres. Markham would be outside of the Sabres region and would only have to satisfy the Leafs. There are plans for a 20,000 seat arena to be built in Markham, maybe the prelude to a second team in Toronto.

    Right now, Quebec City is in the midst of building a new arena, but moving a team to Quebec City could still be done. They could reside in the old building that the Nordiques used to play in. That move would be more feasable, due to a past history, like Winnipeg had, with the NHL.
     
  10. JoeTheDragon

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    maybe they can move phoenix to Quebec City
     
  11. PrinceLH

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    CBC is funded by the Canadian Taxpayers, to the tune of 1.1 Billion per year. Hockey Night In Canada, is the only show that the CBC has, that is in the top 10 every year. The chances of CBC losing Hockey Night In Canada are about 50 - 50, right now. CTV, owned by Bell Globe Media, covers almost as many area's, over-the-air, as CBC does. They could also float regional feeds, of National games, like CBC does, with Hockey Night In Canada. Usually any Canadian team, that plays on Saturday night, have a Hockey Night In Canada feed. Toronto usually gets the early National feed, then one of three western teams gets the late feed. It's not uncommon, to see the Leafs, Habs, Sens and sometimes the Jets play at the same time, on Saturday Night. Hence, 4 different games on different feeds, on Satellite, in Canada.
     
  12. PrinceLH

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    That sounds like the plan, right now. The NHL wants to get as much revenue out of the Coyotes, before they leave. If it was announced that the team was leaving, attendance would drop way off. When it appeared that the Coyotes were going to move, last year, the attendance fell significantly, down the stretch. It also caused the team to go into a talespin, with all of the uncertainty over who was to own the team and where it may end up. Last year, they kept people thinking that it may end up in Winnepeg, Kansas City, Seattle and Las Vegas. With the Thrashers moving to Winnepeg, to start this season, it only makes sense to move the franchise to Quebec City. It would also balance off the conferences, at 15 each.
     
  13. Jive Turkey

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    What are the chances that it will improve once NBC officially puts their name on the channel? That's my hope but I see other issues (such as stuttering on SNF) that makes me have little faith in NBC's sports division.
     
  14. charlie460

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    I don't know honestly. I doubt much is actually going to change when the name changes, they're already using NBC's graphics package and produced by the NHL on NBC folks... The PQ on NHL on NBC (the day-after thanksgiving game that was on NBC) looked spectacular compared to the Versus broadcasts.
     
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    Not only having to pay both the Sabres and Leafs, but I dont see any way at all that the Sabres let another team into their market. They have worked for years to maximize that southern tier.
     
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    Conferences only have 7 or 8 teams. How they will match up the conference champions in the playoffs has no been decided.
     
  17. PrinceLH

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    With the new setup, there are only 14 teams in the east and 16 in the west. Move Phoenix to Quebec City and you have 15 in each.
     
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    It doesn't matter in the new format.
     
  19. espnjason

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    For all intents and purposes, the new NHL definition of "Conference" is what I prefer to call a division.

    The new playoffs will consist of the top four teams from each "Conference", with the first two playoff series being from within the respective "Conference".

    My guess would be One/Four and Two/Three for the First round and so forth, then reseeded for the Third round and the Stanley Cup Finals.

    I anticipate some sort of expansion due to all this that way the new playoff format will be equitable. I definitely want to see Seattle get a team if the Coyotes become the Nordiques.
     
  20. trh

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    while reseeding is certainly a viable option, a number of sports writers have speculated that the NHL won't do this because they could end up with an all east or all west final. And they think that could be bad for ratings. I guess we find out next spring.
     

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