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Nascar "Hotpass"

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by smokes20, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Feb 22, 2009 #401 of 1270
    MLBurks

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    796 seems to be the only channel with almost exceptable audio levels.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2009 #402 of 1270
    Sgt. Slaughter

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    escalated a call up to DirecTV engineer's and was told "they would look into it" and also have it fixed at the least by next time. This should be something very very simple and quick to fix/adjust, esp since they have 1 channel(796) they can just take the settings from and mimic them for the rest of them.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2009 #403 of 1270
    MLBurks

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    I wouldn't have had the patience calling them. We'll see next week if it did any good (hope so).
     
  4. Feb 22, 2009 #404 of 1270
    smokes20

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    Then you were not a Smoke's fan :D Audio was horrible for almost the entire season.

    Then you were a member of the Jr Nation last season because this was Jr's channel then. :lol:

    I was bouncing back tween 99 and 88's channels and both audio volumes were laughable, and not in a funny way either.

    Another suggestion for Directv: Since JrNation is not subsidizing Hotpass this season, please let other drivers rotate channel 797 with Jr. Personally if I can't have Smoke each week, then let every driver who wants to get a chance to have a dedicated channel. Enough of the favoritism ....... off my soap box for the moment.
     
  5. Feb 22, 2009 #405 of 1270
    RunnerFL

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    So Harvick wrecks out and they change his channel to Joey Logano? Of all people Logano??

    At least last year they were staying with a driver on the same team...

    I wonder if they think Tony is still in the #20. :lol: [obviously the graphics show otherwise so no cheap shots please]
     
  6. Feb 22, 2009 #406 of 1270
    RunnerFL

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    I, of course, agree.

    Jr Nation isn't paying the bills this year, there's no reason to have him on every week.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2009 #407 of 1270
    Captain_Canuck

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    Matt Kenseth is the Winner of the Auto Club 500 (First 2 races of the season), and for the 2nd week in a row another disappointment of HotPass.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2009 #408 of 1270
    smokes20

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    Yep, exactly what I thought too. Was good to hear Mark though.

    Smoke, in the top 10 ...... :D
     
  9. Feb 22, 2009 #409 of 1270
    RunnerFL

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    3rd in points! :D
     
  10. Feb 23, 2009 #410 of 1270
    NetRaider

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    DirecTV has destroyed Hotpass. Last year it was a few tweaks from great. Now it is nothing less than frustrating and even annoying.

    I will pay extra to have my audio options back. I want to hear the team radio without Darryl drowning it out. I want the option to listen to a wide variety of drivers at the push of a button. Having team and network audio run over each other creates ANNOYING NOISE. This is not an enjoyable experience. Thank God I have my Polk Sirius receiver so I can mute DirecTV, but Sirius only supports a few drivers. Waltrip was hard to take when he raced, now he is impossible. True race fans want/need to know what is happening with the teams. What are their strategies, problems, thoughts. That is what made NASCAR years ago when we could follow the race on our scanners. Hotpass should be delivering the scanner experience. Quick change to any team radio is essential. The network announcers are for the riffraff.

    If DirecTV wants to be in the NASCAR business, they need to understand what following this sport is all about. NFL is great with Red Zone and Mix channels. Even tennis is working. Why destroy the NASCAR package???

    I would also like to see at least one Hotpass channel to each manufacturer or at least each major team. Some of us follow teams or brands.

    DirecTV/NASCAR please save us from this dysfunctional mess.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2009 #411 of 1270
    sweep49

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    I could not agree with you more. I paid for HP last year and bragged on it every chance. This year it is just plain annoying. Why can't we have an audio option or two so that the team audio CAN BE HEARD.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2009 #412 of 1270
    loudo

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    My guess to that question would be, it is because the commercials help pay the bills and make it free.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2009 #413 of 1270
    dodge boy

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    I think Nascar should have it's own channel, like the NFL has NFL Network, and the NBA, HHL, etc. have their own, then they can have "overflow channels" for each team, have the race on it's main channels, make the races PPV and not need commercials.
     
  14. Feb 23, 2009 #414 of 1270
    loudo

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    I think PPV would be suicide for NASCAR. The same way paying for Hot Pass on DirecTV, failed. Yes, some die hard fans would pay to watch it, but the majority of fans would watch something else and eventually loose interest in NASCAR completely.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2009 #415 of 1270
    F1Mike

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    Sure you had to get it for the year, but in essence HotPass the last couple of years was PPV and look how sucessful that was.

    Mike
     
  16. Feb 23, 2009 #416 of 1270
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    Exactly. I wouldn't pay one penny to watch a race. I'm not that big of a fan.
     
  17. Feb 23, 2009 #417 of 1270
    smokes20

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    Sorry, it wasn't a PPV nor anything like a PPV. Last season Hotpass had censorship, lots of it. Even the premium paid for movie channels, HBO, Starz and Skinomax, do not censor. The issue was censorship as much as it was the button pusher keeping the finger down longer than necessary. We discussed this at length for months. Only towards the end of the chase did we get to listen to Smoke, Jr, and even Jeffie let out some F bombs and other colorful language. Rarely, but we did hear them along with the conversations between crew and driver on what caused the discussions. With censorship and no audio, we were left to our own to figure out what happened on the track when the button had been pushed.

    Not exactly what you get what you paid for, as advertised at the beginning of the season and then not allowed to cancel and get a refund. The blurb about censorship was not added until well into the season last year.
     
  18. Feb 24, 2009 #418 of 1270
    NetRaider

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    Last year wasn't perfect, but it was a big step in the right direction. Censorship was not a deal breaker in my opinion. For example, the 99 team rarely needed censoring but was one of the more informative teams to monitor. Especially since they ran well most races. If I want to hear the f-bomb I could also call the Ex.

    The issue this year is that the Hotpass setup does not work with two audio feeds broadcasting simultaneously resulting in annoying noise. Also, the loss of the ability to monitor a large number of teams drastically reduces our ability to monitor the action.

    Instead of this major step backward I was hoping for quicker audio changes and the addition of information on the team channels such as laps on the tires, seconds behind leader and next car for position, fuel status, etc. New G-force sensors (front-to-back and side-to-side) would be great also.

    Waltrip's annoying and loud commentary drowning out the teams we want to monitor is so frustrating it ruins the whole experience.
     
  19. Feb 24, 2009 #419 of 1270
    tftc22

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    What they need to do is called ducking, where the Fox audio is greatly reduced automatically when there is radio communication. It can't be that hard to do since the cable version of the Weather Channel's local on the 8s has been using audio ducking for years. Of course, that would cut off sentences from the Fox broadcast. My suggestion would be to use ducking and put Fox's closed captioning somewhere on part of the blank screen space that isn't being used in case the radio blocks out something important (although I'm not completely sure that would work as well as I'm imagining it).

    I think that 2 lines of closed captioning would fit in the blank space in the bottom right part of the screen if the CC was converted to the same size/font as the position ticker text at the top. (I might be wrong on this though since I'm trying to think of the screen dimensions from memory.)
     
  20. Feb 24, 2009 #420 of 1270
    NetRaider

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    That doesn't address the loss of the 15 or so other team audio channels that were available.
     

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