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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Jul 10, 2010.
I wonder if Mammy97 called if she'd have the same luck?
Has anyone heard if the NHL Network will broadcast On The Fly in HD this year and move out of the broom closet they broadcast from? The NHL Networks' studio stuff looks totally amateurish compared to the other major sports networks like MLB, NBA and NFL.
It's too bad too because I'll argue the NHL Network has the best package of highlights and opinion of the 3 majors and the NBA. The latter is not even in the same league as the other 3.
On the Fly will be in HD this season.
why does the nhlnetwork always use canadien feeds for their highlights and repeats of games? if versus is the national broadcaster for the nhl why wouldnt they use versus/nbc feed when repeating playoff games all summer?
I'm going to guess that since the NHL Network is based in Toronto at TSN's studios, it is easier for them to use Canadian feeds. Plus, the NHL Network has been around in Canada longer than it has been here in the States.
I like the NHL Network, but I have to say the MLB Network has become the gold standard of all the league owned networks for highlights and opinion.
Looks like the Panthers are going all HD too. (72 games) FOX Sports Florida And The Panthers Unveil 72-Game Telecast Schedule
The article stated that last year the ratings for HD games was 30% higher than non-HD games. That alone is reason enough for teams to go all HD, which it seems alot of them are.
Nice to see the Panthers going all HD, but it's not easy for all teams to do this.
I would love my Sharks to be all HD for the upcoming season, but with 2 away games at Nashville it's practically guaranteed those games will be in SD. Sharks games at Edmonton are also SD (Although I suppose it's possible to have a HD canadian feed, but who knows if it will be on DirecTV's NHL CI).
Do you say the Nashville games are guaranteed to be in SD because of the distance between Nashville and San Jose? Or, is there some other reason?
I will say, with more and more people buying HD capable TV's. More and more networks realize that more ratings are to be had with HD broadcasts. I know that when I am browsing for a game on CI, if there is no particular game I am looking for, then I will turn to a game being broadcast in HD.
I say practically guaranteed NOT because of the Nashville/SJ distance, but rather because my understanding is that for some reason CSN-CA (Sharks feed) isn't given access to HD cameras there or something to that effect. Not really sure of the reason, but every time Sharks play at Nashville, it's in SD on CSN-CA. When they play at Detroit, Columbus, STL, CHI, these days most if not all of those games are in HD on CSN-CA. But at Nashville? Always SD.
Two things.... 1] The NHL Network doesn't always use Canadian feeds and
2] When they do it is because they are the best broadcasts....
I figured there was a reason. Thanks for clarifying that.
Have to agree with you there. Not sure if that is why they do it though. Probably some sort of network agreement.
I've been looking for a clear explanation on NHL blackouts for one situation:
In years past when I lived in Michigan I lived about 80 miles from Detroit I would get the opponents RSN feed in the clear when I had a free preview of Center Ice. Was this an anomaly or was the blackout correctly applied? What's the exact rule?
The main reason I'm curious because now I'm in Predator's territory but I'm over 100 miles from Nashville. It would be nice to watch the FSDetroit feed when the game is on FSTennessee also.
These are not a great explanations but it may help:
NHL Information: http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26371
Another site: http://www.mohaveaz.com/users/internet/directv/dtv.sports.blackoutrules.htm
The best explanation I've found for the situation I'm talking about is on Wikipedia on the NHL Center Ice page:
Is that the rule? 50 miles? I've never seen that explicitly written anywhere but Wikipedia.
I never have either. I always thought it had to do with home team coverage, if your local RSN covered it, you got blacked out of the other teams coverage.
I am in the Florida Panthers home coverage area (over 50 miles from the Panthers arena, in Sunrise). If the Panthers are playing Boston, and the game is on both feeds, I only get the Fox Sports Florida feed, the NESN feed is blacked out. The only time I see the NESN feed for Panther games, is if Fox Sports Florida isn't carrying the game, I can then see it on NESN.