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NHL Center Ice 2010-11

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Jul 10, 2010.

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  1. Aug 26, 2010 #241 of 2914
    cmasia

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    To Racj2:

    Sorry, but I have to completely disagree with you on this one.
    A hockey channel with access to a live broadcast - and a prior desire to give it to us -but decides to show highlights of other games on other networks instead?
    That does not pass the smell test.
    Beside, HNIC shows highlights of the night's action between periods of the second game.
    The better scenario all around.

    Bettman is completely tone deaf attempting to sell this.

    Here's the question he should be forced to answer:

    If he thinks America wants highlights so much, why even bother showing the first HNIC game?
     
  2. Aug 26, 2010 #242 of 2914
    RACJ2

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    No problem, I do see your point of view. Just depends on how many overall NHL fans agree. Think of NHL On The Fly as the NFL Red Zone channel that so many football fans love. I hardly ever watch NFL RZ since I can watch all live games, but others can't live with out it. Especially those that don't subscribe to NFL ST.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2010 #243 of 2914
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    I don't think anyone minds NHL on the fly per se. It is the problem with taking off a live game to show NHL on the fly. Personally, I would rather watch a full game. But, I am sure that VS has their reasons for putting NHL on the Fly on. They must at least think the NHLonFly will generate better ratings. Not saying that they are right, or it is right, but thats how it is.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2010 #244 of 2914
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    RACJ2

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    I agree that NHLN isn't carried by enough providers, 12M is pretty lame. In several areas, its not carried by the local cable company, just the satellite co's and FiOS or U-verse. You can check different zip codes to see for yourself [link]. Even if they carry it, you might having to pay more for a higher tier package or a sports package to get it.

    One of the reasons I dropped TW cable is that they didn't carry NHLN in my area. So when my teams games were on NHLN and I had NHL CI with cable, I couldn't watch the game. Although TW cable still doesn't even have NFLN & NFL RZ, which is even harder to believe.
     
  6. Aug 27, 2010 #246 of 2914
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    That article is a year old. NHL Net is on every major cable system that I know of.
     
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    The article is dated October 17, 2009,so not a year old. Just because it is carried by major cable system, the number of subs could be low because of the location of the channel in a high tier with limited number of subs.

    Even if you double it and say NHL Network reaches 24 million instead of the 12 million quoted in the article, it still is way fewer subs than VS .
     
  8. Aug 27, 2010 #248 of 2914
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    i got to imagine their is a cable / sat provider that does offer NHL N in everyones area.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2010 #249 of 2914
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    Up here, in Maine, hockey country, it would be the death of any cable company that didn't offer it.
     
  10. Aug 27, 2010 #250 of 2914
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    It wouldn't matter if it was available on limited basic in every system. I can't imagine that there are too many hockey fans out there that don't have it. There's just not that many hockey fans.
     
  11. Aug 27, 2010 #251 of 2914
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    Maybe every cable company carries NHLN, but not in every city. On my prior post, use the link and try any zip code (75201, 76101) in the Dallas Fort Worth area and Time Warner doesn't carry it. They don't even carry NFLN. So maybe in the Northeast hockey towns they carry it, but not in every major NHL city.
     
  12. Aug 27, 2010 #252 of 2914
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    not many hockey fans are you kidding me. their are alot of areas that love hockey. I cant understand why people dont like it. it has everything in a sport you could want.

    I challenge anyone who has never seen a game go to one your opnion will be different following a game live in person.

    the nhl playoffs last season was great. the stanley cup finals game 6 alone most watched nhl game in 36 years.

    from nhl.com

    •Most-watched NHL game in the U.S. in 36 years on NBC (Stanley Cup Final Game 6)
    •The highest audience for an all-U.S. Final in Canadian television history on CBC
    •The most-watched first two rounds on U.S. cable in history on VERSUS
    •The most-watched NHL game in TSN history
    •The largest audience in the history of RDS

    I understand alot people dont care for hockey thats ok but dont bash people for people who do. Especially on a hockey topic. if you dont like hockey stay the F out of a hockey topic room.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2010 #253 of 2914
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    Definitely the least out of the 4 major US sports.
     
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    who cares if it is the least of the 4. i could care less about how other people rank sports.

    The fact is all of canada, northern states, and alot of european countries do care about it.

    This is a Hockey topic on this forum if you dont like it dont comment stay the F out.

    do i wish the NHL would market the game better yes, do i wish bettman would have a sudden heart attack yes.

    but to say people dont care about hockey and give a rats ass thats fine i have no problem with that. but why talk and yapp about it in a hockey topic.

    if you dont like hockey thats fine but the people that do really dont want to here your crap about you and others not liking it.
     
  15. Aug 27, 2010 #255 of 2914
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    They were just observing that spotty coverage of hockey reflects issues related to the game's popularity in the states. Its a fair conclusion. D*, and other providers, tend to make hockey a lower priority because other sports are in more demand.
     
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    An improvement to the CI package might help toward improve the popularity of the game.
     
  17. Aug 27, 2010 #257 of 2914
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    Calm down. I love hockey and will be ordering CI again this year, even if I have to pay full price. I was just saying that the NHL Network's lack of coverage (as was being discussed) was due to the fact that hockey is the least popular of the 4 major US sports. That doesn't mean it is my least popular, nor does it mean that I am bashing hockey, it is just the facts. I believe that hockey is one of the easiest sports to like. It is by far the fastest (of the 4 major) sport, and has plenty of excitement, but maybe I am biased about that.
     
  18. Aug 28, 2010 #258 of 2914
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    I agree that hockey probably has the least amount of fans of the 4 major sports. You have to consider that in some areas, they do have organized hockey for kids of all ages. They have high school and college teams. In probably the vast majority of the country that's not true.

    In the northern regions of the country, not only are you exposed to it while growing up, you have a distinct advantage. In the winter, you can shovel off a pond or build a backyard rink and play ice hockey. That's not going to happen in the southern half of the country. Maybe street hockey, but if there is no organized hockey in the area, who's going to think of doing that? If you can't easily play it as a kid, are you going to be interested?

    And Football, Baseball or Basketball, can be played at a local park or school yard. Buy a ball for football or basketball and your set. Baseball, add a bat and mitt and your good to go. Hockey requires a puck, stick, skates, nets and maybe optional but suggested, gloves and shin guards. So these things make it harder to even play.

    By the way, NFL Football is my favorite sport, but hockey is a very close second for me.
     
  19. Aug 28, 2010 #259 of 2914
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    Exactly! Thats why football is so popular, you can play it almost anywhere, the street, the front/back yards, or the park. And just about anyone can get out there and toss the football around. You can't do that with hockey. You need to know how to skate and stick handle, etc. And the rink time can get expensive too.
     
  20. Aug 28, 2010 #260 of 2914
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    True, but I still prefer to watch hockey any day, over college football.
     
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