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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by bigben7, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. Oct 18, 2007 #701 of 1514
    kaa1954

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    As far as I can tell the FSNP HD broadcast was the only one available last night & it had major problems.
     
  2. Oct 18, 2007 #702 of 1514
    Satster

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    I recorded and watched the HD feed without issues, but I forgot which channel it was from.:confused:

    Good news for tonight :) . I think D* is beating E* 5-2 in NHL CI HD broadcasts.

    Here's what I saw on the guide on my HR20 early this morning before leaving:
    Lightning-Bruins 764-1 7 pm
    Devils-Flyers 765-1 7pm (also on HDnet)
    Isles-Caps 766-1 7 pm (also on 94)
    Kings-Flames 770-1 9 pm
    Oilers-Coyotes 94 10 pm

    Dish has only two listed:
    Isles-Caps
    Oilers-Coyotes

    Things seem to be moving in the right direction. BTW, there was an Avs broadcast from Altitude the other day, so the NHL CI offering is (as it should be) independent of Conus HD RSN availability.

    More NHL HD is clearly my top priority.
    Next are, HNIC HD, any other Canadian HD, multiple feeds.
     
  3. Oct 18, 2007 #703 of 1514
    lokar

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    I had a really jittery picture of Devils/Penguins on the -1 FSN Pitt broadcast too but channel 94 was fine so I just watched it on that. I will be curious to see where the 765-1 Devils/Flyers will be coming from on CI since I would have thought D* wouldn't have access to FSNY HD or CSN-P HD. I am delaying it off of HDNet just to be safe but hope all goes well tonight, just don't be surprised when Kings/Flames is only upconverted.
     
  4. Oct 18, 2007 #704 of 1514
    TonySCV

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    I know that Kings/Flames is listed as an HD broadcast tonight, but I can't figure out how that'd be possible. FSW is not doing the game in HD, and the Flames' broadcast is PPV in canada, and I don't believe that'll be broadcast in HD either. I'm guessing it's picking up the FSWHD feed of the game, but the game won't be broadcast in HD. :\
     
  5. Oct 18, 2007 #705 of 1514
    RipleyK

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    I live in Northern NJ. This may have been answered but I am unclear. Am I correct that I will never see a HD feed of a Devils, Rangers, or Islanders game due to contracts w/ MSG and FSN-NY? (They are not my teams- Leafs fan here- but the Leafs do play them a fwe times a year, so that would suck.)
     
  6. Oct 18, 2007 #706 of 1514
    Satster

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    Yes, that's quite possible. I think we've seen that before. But I still read this as a good sign going forward that D* is doing more and more to make as many HD broadcasts available as possible.

    I read in a few places is that FSN cannot really broadcast more than a handful HD games total at any one time. That includes NBA, college, NHL, and whatever else. This is because the regional FSN affiliates send their signals (HD or not) to the Houston FSN Master Control, which has to insert commercials and provide them back to all cable and satellite providers for broadcast. The current facility has limited capacity. Hence they can only do about 4 HD games at any one time. This is why NHL teams that broadcast on FSN currently only plan 10 games or so a year in HD. For instance, my local team, the Stars produce the majority of their games in HD, but cannot actually get these to the viewers. Another problem for the Stars is that their other broadcast partner My27, which has about half the games does not prioritize HD. Anyway, apparently Fox is upgrading the Master Control facility. By some reports, it is supposed to come online late this year, or early next year. At that point, we may get to see an increase in HD availability.

    Until then, we will have to hope that D* will do its best to provide:
    1- all available HD coverage from non-FSN networks like NESN, Altitude, MASN, MSG, etc
    2- select the available FSN HD feed for a game that is broadcast in two markets.

    All this is from memory. Perhaps someone with more info can correct or add to it.
     
  7. Oct 18, 2007 #707 of 1514
    lemmalone

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    Yes, like some others here, the feed was too jittery to watch on 765-1 and on the RSN in the 600s. The 94 feed was fine.
     
  8. Oct 18, 2007 #708 of 1514
    al2

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    I noticed it as well. I checked later in the 3rd period and it was fixed.
     
  9. Oct 18, 2007 #709 of 1514
    TheRatPatrol

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    Yeah I see 3 games listed tonight in HD. Things are looking up. :)
     
  10. Oct 18, 2007 #710 of 1514
    dhhaines

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    A question for anyone in the Philadelphia market. This is my first NHL season with HD, so I'm not sure how the contract works with the blackout rules. Are the Flyers games on HDnet blacked out?
     
  11. Oct 18, 2007 #711 of 1514
    bwaldron

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    That is correct, as far as I am aware. It fits with information I was given by an engineer at our local RSN. I don't recall the time frame he mentioned for getting the new capacity in Houston available.
     
  12. Oct 18, 2007 #712 of 1514
    TheRatPatrol

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    Hey check out the link below in my signature, looks like Phoenix will be playing both Edmonton and St. Louis at the same time tonight. :lol:
     
  13. Oct 18, 2007 #713 of 1514
    DrA

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    Things are getting better:)
    I would like to read more about this Fox HD problem too. Even people I talked to at D* President's office did not mention this as limiting factor now. It would have been convenient for him to to shift the blame to Fox but he did not. He promised 12 HD games a week for CI by the end of December. I hope this FSN upgrade is soon so we can see more than 12 games a week. Right now I watch any game that is in HD but It would be nice to choose.
     
  14. Oct 18, 2007 #714 of 1514
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    I believe that if a game is broadcast locally by a RSN then the HDNet game is not shown in the same market. They want to protect the local RSN feed.
     
  15. Oct 18, 2007 #715 of 1514
    dhhaines

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    The problem with that is.... I have no local RSN on Directv. all the pro sports are blacked out on what is "given" to us, MSG, SNY, & FSNY since Comcrappo controls the sports market. The leagues really have to do something about the blackout rules that FORCE sports fans to only have one choice per market or not support the local teams. I've been a Directv subscriber for 9+ years and the only local team games I ever get to watch are the ones telecast with the national broadcasters which have exclusive rights to the game or on the crappy PQ UPN57 or whatever it's called now. The only pro sport that has it somewhat right is the NFL and if I watch 15 minutes of that a season it's alot.
     
  16. Oct 18, 2007 #716 of 1514
    Peter305

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    We just have the misfortune of living in Philadelphia where Comcast holds a monopoly. The only time this really bugs me is when the Flyers play the Leafs and I can't get to see the Leafs because Comcast wont let the signal go to DirecTV. Ultimatly unless the FCC changes the rules to force Comcast to give their signal to the sattelite providers this is not going to change.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2007 #717 of 1514
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    Yes, they'll be blacked out.

    And it's not an FCC regulation that keeps CSN-Philly off D*, it's federal law.
     
  18. Oct 18, 2007 #718 of 1514
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    Wait a minute... that means tonight on 765-1, we'll either see the FSN NY HD feed or the Comcast Phily HD feed. What is this world coming to?!?
     
  19. Oct 18, 2007 #719 of 1514
    Peter305

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    OK Federal law... but my point is that CSN Philly uses the loop hole that says because their signal is not distributed by sattelite they don't have to make it available to DirecTV and Dish....
     
  20. Oct 18, 2007 #720 of 1514
    dhhaines

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    If that is the case then how does it show up on NHL CI? And if it is shown on CI it shouldn't be blacked out locally since it's a local channel..:lol: :nono:

    Kinda makes you wonder about the idiots that write those laws now doesn't it?:nono2:
     
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