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HD Discusson: NHL Network (Channel 215)


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#41 OFFLINE   marlen

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:50 AM

Ge wiz, Mostly Pittsburgh (6) and Detroit(6) on the schedule. :down: Some teams only twice.


I would hope they consider changing that. It seems like Pittsburgh and Detroit are always featured in this style of programming. For example, Pittsburgh seemed to be on 94 in HD 80% of the time last year. And when NBC does it's Sunday coverages - it always seems to be Detroit, Pittsburgh, The Devils, Dallas, and CO.

Don't get me wrong, watching Crosby, Malkin, and Stahl is a good thing, but with the proliferation of channel choices now, the NHL in conjunction with D* should work to showcase other teams to help grow support for the entire league - not just the teams that have a few top names players.

The NHL is a different sport and has a different style of fan base than that of say the NFL - where the Cowboys, Giants, and Indy seem to get a lot of prime time coverage. IMO the NHL's audience has a greater capacity to value teams and matchups beyond they're hometown or "favorite team.
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#42 OFFLINE   TahoeTeal

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 09:51 AM

If you combine this new channel with Versus and NHL Center Ice we've got more hockey then ever before. I think it's great!

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:11 AM

12:07 p.m. -- The NHL Network is replaying the Thrashers/Canadiens game from last night ... and it said, "this game is being presented in TSN HD." Sooooooooo how come (even the replay) it has pillar bars on the left and right, on my HD version of the channel? Seems if it was originally presented in HD, it shouldn't be hard to replay it in HD.

Semi-off note ... I noticed on Monday that the NFL Network fancied up their pillar bars just a little bit with mesh-honeycomb-looking screening.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:15 AM

I just got off the phone with D* and they fixed my problem. This was the specific problem:

I only have the old Total Choice but I do have Center Ice. I was told that the NHL Network is part of the Total Choice Plus/Xtra package, but it should also be authorized for CI customers as well. There appears to be a problem in their programming / tiers that it is only authorizing the SD feed for CI customers.

What they had to do to fix the problem was they upgraded me to XTRA to confirm I could get the channel, he then said he made some packaging change to add the HD channel to the CI package / tier then switched me back to my old package.

I now get both the HD and SD feeds.

So according to D*, you should only get the NHL Network if you either have Total Choice Plus / Xtra and/or subscribe to the CI package.

Hope this helps those of you that are not receiving the channel but think you should be receiving it.

I do find it odd that I get Big Ten, NFL and NBA (none of which I care about) just fine, always have, but the one channel I was really looking forward to is in a higer package then the one I get. Oh well, but at least it's working now.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:20 AM

12:07 p.m. -- The NHL Network is replaying the Thrashers/Canadiens game from last night ... and it said, "this game is being presented in TSN HD." Sooooooooo how come (even the replay) it has pillar bars on the left and right, on my HD version of the channel? Seems if it was originally presented in HD, it shouldn't be hard to replay it in HD.

Semi-off note ... I noticed on Monday that the NFL Network fancied up their pillar bars just a little bit with mesh-honeycomb-looking screening.


They might only be able to pick up live game feeds in HD, may not have the facilities to record and rebroadcast in HD.
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:27 AM

They might only be able to pick up live game feeds in HD, may not have the facilities to record and rebroadcast in HD.


I doubt this is true...I bet this game replay is being shown in HD in Canada.

Can someone confirm this replay in HD?

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:49 AM

I'm getting a SD replay on my HD channel :(

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:52 AM

Just a thought..

The NHL Network that Directv broadcasts (from reports read here) is exactly the same as the Canadian version.

The NHL Network is part of TSN (the Canadian ESPN).

TSN broadcasts HD hockey games in Canada during the week, some of which are shown on Center Ice in SD.

Obviously the infrastructure is in place to receive the HD signal from The NHL Network / TSN.

If my logic is correct, Directv should then be able to show HD feeds of TSN hockey games on Center Ice.

Let's do it.


Not exactly the same. The live games are different in Canada...and there is no HD version of the channel up there. For all I know, the upconversion to HD is happening in the US.

Since E* doesn't show any HD games from Canada -- and they try to show every feed they can -- I would guess that there are licensing issues unique to the HD games from Canada.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:53 AM

I doubt this is true...I bet this game replay is being shown in HD in Canada.

Can someone confirm this replay in HD?


I don't believe that Canada even has an HD version of the NHL Network

Edit In: http://www.tsn.ca/nh...ture/?fid=11240

I can't find anything referencing an HD version of Canada's NHL Network
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:55 AM

[quote name='Peter305'][quote name='Chuck W']I'd call and see what's up.

IMO, if Directv wants to do this right, they should make this channel accessible to ANYONE who purchased the CI package(at least thru the season), regardless if they have the "plus" package or not.

I just hace the NHL CI Package and it was on my TV this morning...in SD. I don't know if there is a difference with HD.[/QUOTE]

It is available to anyone that purchased NHL CI, regardless of any other package.

If you have CI, you will get NHL Network.

In addition, if you have Choice Xtra (or the older equivalent) you will receive NHL Network.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:56 AM

I don't believe that Canada even has an HD version of the NHL Network


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Posted 31 October 2007 - 10:56 AM

Really looking forward to classic games and classic highlights.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:19 AM

I assume that any games on NHL Network that feature my local team (Sabres) and are carried on my local RSN will be blacked out on the NHL Network. Does everyone think that this is a fair assumption?
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:22 AM

I assume that any games on NHL Network that feature my local team (Sabres) and are carried on my local RSN will be blacked out on the NHL Network. Does everyone think that this is a fair assumption?



True...but it just might be the same broadcast on The NHL Network anyways.

The game shown on the sneek preview last week was the same as the Florida FSN feed.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:23 AM

I assume that any games on NHL Network that feature my local team (Sabres) and are carried on my local RSN will be blacked out on the NHL Network. Does everyone think that this is a fair assumption?


I would guess you are right:mad: we get to watch the crappy picture on msg

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:24 AM

I assume that any games on NHL Network that feature my local team (Sabres) and are carried on my local RSN will be blacked out on the NHL Network. Does everyone think that this is a fair assumption?


I would say so.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:36 AM

I would guess you are right:mad: we get to watch the crappy picture on msg


now what would be really funny would be if the NHL Network picked up and FSN NY HD or MSG HD feed to the CONUS, but had to black it out in the NYC DMA.

That might just make me chuckle ;)

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 11:36 AM

12:07 p.m. -- The NHL Network is replaying the Thrashers/Canadiens game from last night ... and it said, "this game is being presented in TSN HD." Sooooooooo how come (even the replay) it has pillar bars on the left and right, on my HD version of the channel? Seems if it was originally presented in HD, it shouldn't be hard to replay it in HD.


I know at least on CI I don't think they have ever carried a Canadian HD feed, and TSN is canadian.

Also, the games we're getting on our NHL network are not the same games being shown on the Canadian version.

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Posted 31 October 2007 - 12:07 PM

Really looking forward to classic games and classic highlights.


+1. I want to see Ron Hextall go after Chelios again!:D
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Posted 31 October 2007 - 12:20 PM

I know at least on CI I don't think they have ever carried a Canadian HD feed, and TSN is canadian.

Also, the games we're getting on our NHL network are not the same games being shown on the Canadian version.


Are you sure we are getting different games on the NHL network here?
If you look at the game schedule on the NHL Network website I think all the games involve US based teams.

http://www.tsn.ca/nh...ture/?fid=10435




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