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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Jul 10, 2010.
You're right. Oops.
Agreed, picking the best picture quality is more important to me than whose feed it is.
The negative of this is that the game would not be on consecutive channels, (like now) with the home team the higher number. You would have to search for both feeds, not just move up or down a channel. Like I posted, I prefer to pick the feed based on quality, so I will almost always look at both feeds to decide, so when they are right next to each other it is a little easier.
Hi, I am thinking about purchasing NHL Center Ice for DirecTV and was wondering if anyone knew how many Leafs games are expected to be in HD this year.
I don't there is a clear answer other than most games will be in HD except when they play other cdn teams. Other than that most will be found on Leafs broadcasts in HD or the away teams HD.
Actually the answer is that games on the NHL Network will be in HD. One game on Versus will be in HD and possibly games on Rogers Sportsnet will be in HD. This is if you want the Leafs feed. You will find that if you are happy with the other team's feed you will get HD most of the time.
This is true, except there are intermittent issues. I do not have the sports pack, but as you say I can tune to Red Wings games on Fox Sports Detroit (663) since I have CI. The problem is that seemingly at random, it well tell me it can't record. I can tune to see the game, just not record it. It's frustrating, because it is much easier to set up recordings by just tooling through the guide staying on the one channel.
Shaw also has a bundle where you get NFL Sunday Ticket basically for free with CI. So that's pretty nice. I'll see how many games they actually have in HD; there are currently 9 HD channels showing up in the guide right now for CI.
Imagine being an Canadiens fan, must be tough on directv with the fact that DTV usually doesn't show RDS feeds, and I'd guess 50% or so teams from the US based on last year broadcast in HD from the Bell Centre. Same with the other Canadian teams outside of Toronto.
Toronto has been very good with HD feeds, not every game will be HD but generally it's good for a Canadian team.
Like I said though this is based on last years results.
No cdn v cdn team was shown in HD last year that I can remember except any that were on NHLHD.
I remember a few Canadian west coast teams playing each other, in HD, on Rogers. There were a few but not many. In the past we have heard the reason was because of the high cost of some kind of conversion equipment. No idea what equipment it was supposed to be.
NHL Network had WGN-HD for a preseason game about a week ago. In regards to OTA.
I am gonna try and get CI free on Dish due to the FOX dispute, I got CI free for my father last season b/c of Versus.
I think everybody is talking about seeing WGN-HD on Center Ice. NHL Network can broadcast anything they want in HD, since they have the capabilities to do so from the networks to their facility.
Good luck. I heard Dish isn't budging on this but I guess you'll never know if you don't personally try yourself.
I had Dish for many years and could never get a deal on the NHL package at all. Just got Directv a few months ago and they knocked off an installment for CI just for asking if they could do anything for me since I thought the price was too high this year (I root for my home team anyway). I don't miss Dish at all and will see tons more games in HD this year.
So why can't Directv mirror all the games being broadcasted on it's HD channel, even if it's not in being broadcasted in HD (by network or Directv)?
For example, I know the games on Thursday night against the Canadian teams aren't being broadcast in HD by Directv but why can't they put the games on the HD channels anyway? I know the picture will still suck but I think it looks better then being on the regular SD channel.
They do, if you have the sports pack and watch on the RSN in HD. Otherwise, it's probably deceptive to have games on a -1, and for it to not be HD. Joe Anybody would turn to that channel, see it isn't HD, and probably call and complain. If it's on the RSN, they are more likely to just let it slide, since they can't see the standard alternative on most channels next to it.
I know rants are not well received, but I cannot help myself and vent a little. I did get a call from someone in Directv and they said they were authorized to say that they are looking into HD feeds from Canada. While I appreciate the call, why does it only happen at the beginning of the season and when the complaints pour in. I have been with Directv for 13 years and I can say with certainty that they do not have one person on staff in a decision making position who like or cares about hockey. While they still have the most HD feeds and I do not want to go through the hassle of getting a canadian dish, I cannot understand the sitting in neutral. They are losing the edge in HD in regular broadcast channels and I can see the day In Demand catches up on the sports front. I have FIOS and Time Warner at the pole. Could I go back to the dark side one day? I do not believe so, but I no longer tell friends Directv is something special either. I used too.
I'm wondering why you received a call out of the blue. Did you call or email DIRECTV to complain about no Canadian feeds?
On your comment about not having any decision maker on staff that cares about hockey, neither does Fios, Dish, Time Warner, Comcast or any other cable provider. Its sad but true, hockey doesn't have a large enough following in the states to warrant that.
I can tell you this, I spent 3 weeks not far from where you live, watching Time Warner cable and the HD picture quality does not compare to DIRECTV. And in my area, they don't even carry NHLN or the one HD channel for NHL CI that some cable providers have. So you get all NHL CI feeds in SD.
So in my opinion, DIRECTV is light years ahead in NHL HD coverage, as well as sports coverage in general. They have the special coverage for the PGA and Tennis events, Nascar Hot Pass, Mix channels, and TV Apps. Does any other provider offer these extras?
I did complain and that is why I got the call. I also contacted the NHL under the belief they would want the product be sold at the highest quality. None of the other major leagues still have broadcasts in SD. MLB, NFL and NBA are almost at 100% HD on Directv. High 90's at least! NHL is probably around 75% with marquee CBC broadcasts in SD. Not good.
I don't know about your area, but TWC Center Ice in this area only showed SD games last year, and their ad for this year states nothing about any games in HD.
yup - real high cost
1) At least 5 Motorola HD 505 receivers @ $199 canadian each - gee that's at least $1k or if they want to go real end Motorola commercial head end DCII receivers @ $750 each = $3800
2) 1 X 1 metre Ku dish aimed at Anik F2 - that should set them back at least $300
Total hardware cost $1300 to $4100
+ 2 phone calls
1 to Shaw Broadcast Services to get activation on all Canadian HD hockey feeds except Rogers
1 to Rogers to get activation on Sportsnet feeds
The real reason for minimal hockey HD is likely they don't want to pay Shaw/Rogers the transport fees unless customers demand more HD. So the more complaints that DirecTV and the NHL get, the more likely changes will happen.
Bettman & Co gave DTV & others the Motorola SD DCII receivers for free. But when in came time for HD, few providers shelled out the $200/unit.