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NHL Fans, we hear you and we're acting on your concerns and ideas (long response)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Satelliteracer, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Jimmy 440

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    Flyers win in OT ! On to SJC !
     
  2. Peter305

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    I'm in Philly, so was blacked out on the Flyers game... It's over but I'm still blacked out.... I called sat on hold for 10 minutes and was hung up on ....

    Thanks DirecTV
     
  3. TheRatPatrol

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    Looks like you might be getting blacked out in the next round too. The rest of us will have to watch it on CBC, unless Vs. has it on.
     
  4. Peter305

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    Yes I know. The fact that the Flyers won means that one series will not be seen by DirectV subscribers thanks to ComCra@'s monoploly
     
  5. TheRatPatrol

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    Yup, this CSN-Philly thing really does needs to end. I'm surprised the Philly teams allow this to happen still, guess they really don't care about the fans.
     
  6. Peter305

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    The Flyers and 76'rs are owned by ComCra@ so it's in ComCra@'s interest to penalize people who aren't ComCra@ TV customers. It's all about the money which is why it will not change any time soon if ever....

    I'm not a big local sports fan so most of the time it doesn't matter, but the fact I will miss the Montreal Flyers series is a bummer... :mad:
     
  7. 311Man

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    Thanks to the FCC the Philadelphia sports fan has been held hostage. The FCC had an opportunity to correct this issue. They did for other RSNs (DC area for example) but they made an "exception" for Comcast Philly keeping it as status quo.

    A slingbox would work if you had some one who had Comcast Cable that would allow you to watch the game on your PC.
     
  8. TheRatPatrol

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    I agree. This is exactly why cable companys should not be allowed to own cable channels or teams. If you ask me, the leagues should produce and show their own games, then we would have to put up with all of these RSN's and blackouts (like the NFL). Look at the CSN-NW feed issue.

    Its all about the money though, the players and the owners don't really care about the fans, just as long as they're getting paid. Maybe its time for the fans to strike. ;)

    I just hope when it comes time to renew the contracts for all these CSN feeds (and Vs/golf) that Comcast continues to allow D* and E* to carry their channels.
     
  9. bwaldron

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    It is all about the money...but their decisions may still be dumb. They assume that interest in the teams is strong enough to drive people to become/stay cable subscribers. However, people may choose Dish or DirecTV for many valid reasons -- keeping the teams off these services will reduce ratings and could well diminish interest in the teams among a significant percentage of the local population. Which could actually mean less revenue for them...
     
  10. dhhaines

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    I can say that I'm no longer a big follower of the Flyers like I was back in the 80's and early 90's. I now just follow the NHL going from game to game to pick up the best match ups of the night. If I could watch them on a daily basis I would probably start being a fan of theirs again.
     
  11. Peter305

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    I believe that both the Flyers and 76'rs play to sold out audiences most if not all nights. I don't think that Comcast has any interest in changing the situation and there is no pressure on them to do so. If I were a big local sports fan I would be forced to go to cable. It's only this time of year that it matters that I can't see the Flyers. After the second round of the playoffs it wont make a difference since all games will be on Versus.
     
  12. dhhaines

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    The Flyers play to sold out audiences most nights, but not as much as they used to.

    The 76ers most nights don't even come close to being sold out.

    I would think that the league would be interested in getting the Flyers more exposure, but then again we are talking about the NHL which has to have the worst track record as far as TV contracts go of any pro sports. At least in the US. The NHL is THE laughing stock of pro sports.
     
  13. djstough

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    Here's a great link to capacity for this season:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/attendance?sort=home_pct&year=2008

    It's interesting to note that Calgary plays to 112% of capacity on average! That's almost as scary as when they state a nuke plant is running at 110% of rated capacity, and I'm all for packed houses AND nuclear power!
     
  14. 311Man

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    A little good news for those of us in Philly market for second round Flyers games. Games 2 and 3 will only be shown on Versus and not on Comcast...meaning no blackout for those games...the rest however we are out of luck.
     
  15. keep amonte

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    My frustrations continue on this rollercoaster of NHL HD vs. non HD games. This is the second round and I am forced to watch these games in SD according to my guide? This is total BS! I will see if I can get through to Gary Bettman today on Home Ice on XM just to share my frustrations!
    It's no wonder more people are not watching the NHL!
     
  16. TheRatPatrol

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    Wow, just noticed that too. Hope they get that changed by tonight.

    Also noticed that there are 2 feeds of the Phily/Montreal game, 770 and 771. I can see them using the CBC feed, but wheres the other feed coming from? I don't think they're using the CSN-Phily feed.
     
  17. GlennDio

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    they actually do use the CSN -Philly feed when no other feed is available but maybe tonight (playoffs - 2nd round) they will use the feed even though they have another one
     
  18. d2brsin

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    I wish I had your HD vs. non-HD problems. I can't even see the games.

    I am a DirecTV subscriber with NHL Center Ice and the package that includes Versus.

    But almost all of our local Philadelphia and New Jersey games were blacked out in the 1st round of the playoffs. And other non-local games (ex. Montreal vs. Boston Game 3) were also blacked out.

    And by blacked out, I mean not available on any DirecTV channel, no matter what package you have.

    When I call DirecTV, they blame Comcast (our local cable company) for being jerks. They said that since DirecTV has exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, Comcast is going to do everything in it's power block other sports from DirecTV.

    So with DirecTV's NHL Center Ice and a full sports subscription I was still blacked out of 1/2 - 1/3 of the playoff games. I have no hope the Round 2 will be any better. What a waste of money, and a sad time for hockey!
     
  19. blackhawkzone

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    NHL center Ice is an Out of Market package. Always has been, probably always will be. I feel for the people in Philadelphia, but Comcast is never going to let the Satellite companies put CSN on satellite unless they get something big in return.

    The folks in Philadelphia should invest in an Canadian Satellite system and they would get the see the Flyer games on Centre Ice since they would be out of market. It is a mute point for this series since all the games are on CBC and RDS.

    I live outside Chicago and I have had one for 5 years just to deal with the Hawks not televising their home games. Serious hockey fans should not be without one. It is worth it just to have 24 hour access to TSN, Sportsnet, etc and to have HD versions of the above mentioned channels along with CBC and RDS.
     
  20. d2brsin

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    I feel for the NHL
     

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