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#26 OFFLINE   loudo

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:25 PM

I hope Game Center has a preview, so we can compare them.


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 07:33 AM

If the quality is anything like what I've seen on MLB games (just got a Roku a little while back and there's always a free game of the day) there's no way I would find that acceptable. The PQ sucks.

 

At this point, while I would love to get the rest of the Canadian feeds in HD as long as I can get any HD feed I'm fine. We're probably getting somewhere near 95% of all telecasts in HD now anyway.



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Posted 24 August 2013 - 08:35 AM

last year was great it was so cheap it was a nobrainer to get both and had perfect picture on center ice but the mobility of Game Center live... while it is actually worth more in some ways than Sunday Ticket I dont see myself dropping $300+ this year on NHL...



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 09:25 PM

I too would like Center Ice, but I'm also a Toronto fan.  There needs to be good HD feeds of Leafs games, for me to buy in.  It's bad enough with the blackout situation, here in New York State, with Buffalo getting all of their games, the Rangers almost all of their games and the Isles and Devils having about 55% of their games, locally.  

 

In Canada, they too have issues with Center Ice.  The MSG, Flyers and Capital's games are in SD and not in HD.  So there is no perfect solution on either side of the border.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 11:08 PM

I may get both again but to be honest I've learned to simply watch the opposing teams feed through CI. I'm an Oilers fan who would love a Canadian dish but it's not something I can justify as much as I want it.

Ah, I'm just excited to get the season started... I recently re-upped with D* for two more years so I'm set in that department. The HR34 has been a beautiful device for me thus far. I'm now excited to record some Oilers hockey with it! Not sure about the the HR44 because I've not used it but must write that 34 runs really well..


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 08:35 AM

I'll say this about NHL Gamecenter.  Their feeds were poor in the past, but around the middle of last season, they apparently upgraded the system, and feeds were outstanding. Much more stable and clear compared to past years.  Watched it on my 58" plasma, and the picture was VERY sharp.  Also got all of the Canadian HD feeds as well. 

 

I know that some are skeptical of streaming, and I know that some don't have access to adequate bandwidth through their internet connection.  However, If you want HD feeds for Canadian games, you may want to consider NHL Gamecenter if you have a high-speed internet connection.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 11:03 AM

When does D* usually put it on sale?  I see it's not up yet.

I don't know when it goes on sale but I got a renewal letter saying it would be $160 for the season.  I am out of contract so I am going to try and get it for free as I am thinking of cutting the cord entirely this year or at least suspend service until playoff time.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:04 PM

Would be nice if the NHL included Game Center with NHL CI subs, like the NBA does with their package.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:52 PM

I would settle for NHL Network to stop squishing games for their dumb ticker. I wouldn't even consider NHL CI until all games were in HD. This is 2013, not 2003.


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:33 PM

I would settle for NHL Network to stop squishing games for their dumb ticker. I wouldn't even consider NHL CI until all games were in HD. This is 2013, not 2003.

I totally agree with you about the NHL Network.  Horribly run channel and that squishing and constant ticker are atrocious.  CI customers should be free to watch whatever feed they want.  In other stupid things the NHL does, the fact that NHL CI includes the NHL Network while Gamecenter does not include NHLN games in any form has annoyed a friend of mine to the point that he won't get Gamecenter this year.  It's really like this league tries to annoy its fans.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:42 PM

Compared to the other three major sports TV networks, the NHL Network is an incredibly minor league operation.  On top of the ridiculous size of the ticker at the bottom of the screen and the lack of original programming, the blackout areas are what really drives me over the edge. 

 

We are on the Jersey shore, in the New York DMA, where were are close enough to Philly to be within the Flyers blackout range for NHL Network.  So games on NHL Network are blacked out for us here....but not available locally, since were are not in the Philly DMA.  Center Ice has different blackout areas....we are treated as out of market for Philly, and receive all their games in the Center Ice package.  But games on the NHL Network are not in the Center Ice package.  You can't make this stuff up.

 

That fact that do not care to address something as simple as two different blackout areas for their own products can only happen in the NHL.

 

 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:19 PM

Two things I'd like to see D* do is get a game mix channel and mirror the NHLN and NBCSN games to the 700's by the NHLCI channels, but both will probably never happen.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:14 PM

Two things I'd like to see D* do is get a game mix channel and mirror the NHLN and NBCSN games to the 700's by the NHLCI channels, but both will probably never happen.

I agree on the mix channel, we have been asking for it for years, but when the season starts we get the same old channel with the scores that works only half the time.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:45 AM

The NHL Network was a wonderful idea gone horribly wrong.



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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:23 AM

Speaking of NHLnet makes me wonder when 215 will be turned back on for Center Ice Subs. I usually remember it being the end of August if my memory is serving me right.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 07:36 PM

The NHL Network was a wonderful idea gone horribly wrong.

and network canada still does not have a HD feed.


I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:50 AM

Two things I'd like to see D* do is get a game mix channel and mirror the NHLN and NBCSN games to the 700's by the NHLCI channels, but both will probably never happen.

 

What Directv should do is use the channel space in the 900s to create a channel for each MLB, NHL, and NBA team.  That way, every game of that team is on that channel.  Helps with DVR and customer convenience.  The channel would have pre/post-game shows (assuming you get Sports Pack) and then the actual game from that team's feed (if available or else opponent's feed).  Could be sorted by division/alphabetical.  Could even mirror NBCSN, ESPN, etc. when necessary, although I'm wondering if they would run into copyright issues with that.  (Maybe if they agreed to keep channel on for hours after game over or something.)

 

Channel 901: Baltimore Orioles

Channel 902: Boston Red Sox

Channel 903: New York Yankees

Channel 904: Tampa Bay Rays

Channel 905: Toronto Blue Jays

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Channel 990: Vancouver Canucks



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:36 AM

What Directv should do is use the channel space in the 900s to create a channel for each MLB, NHL, and NBA team.  That way, every game of that team is on that channel.  Helps with DVR and customer convenience.  The channel would have pre/post-game shows (assuming you get Sports Pack) and then the actual game from that team's feed (if available or else opponent's feed).  Could be sorted by division/alphabetical.  Could even mirror NBCSN, ESPN, etc. when necessary, although I'm wondering if they would run into copyright issues with that.  (Maybe if they agreed to keep channel on for hours after game over or something.)

 

Channel 901: Baltimore Orioles

Channel 902: Boston Red Sox

Channel 903: New York Yankees

Channel 904: Tampa Bay Rays

Channel 905: Toronto Blue Jays

...

...

...

Channel 990: Vancouver Canucks

 

Wow...goes back to the Primestar lineup!

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:36 PM

What Directv should do is use the channel space in the 900s to create a channel for each MLB, NHL, and NBA team.  That way, every game of that team is on that channel.  Helps with DVR and customer convenience.  The channel would have pre/post-game shows (assuming you get Sports Pack) and then the actual game from that team's feed (if available or else opponent's feed).  Could be sorted by division/alphabetical.  Could even mirror NBCSN, ESPN, etc. when necessary, although I'm wondering if they would run into copyright issues with that.  (Maybe if they agreed to keep channel on for hours after game over or something.)

 

Channel 901: Baltimore Orioles

Channel 902: Boston Red Sox

Channel 903: New York Yankees

Channel 904: Tampa Bay Rays

Channel 905: Toronto Blue Jays

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Channel 990: Vancouver Canucks

add how will games with only 1 feed work? or even 1 team feed?  OTA games?


I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:17 PM

add how will games with only 1 feed work? or even 1 team feed?  OTA games?

In the Primestar days, when there was only one feed available for a game, that feed would be mirrored on the other team's channel.  For example, the Flyers channel existed but was always games from the other team's feed.  OTA games would not be included in this system but I don't think any team these days has any games on OTA except for Chicago.  It was a great system that I wish D* would use.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 01:09 PM

Was looking at my account page and just noticed this under "My Sports Channels", its the description for the CenterIce package:

      " NHL CENTER ICE

NHL® CENTER ICE® brings you up to 40 regular-season games a week from outside your local area and select playoff matchups. See up to 20 games a week in crystal clear HD."
I highlighted the part about the HD coverage. For some reason that number, 20 games a week, seems low compared to the last few years. For me, I remember more than 3 games a night being in HD. About the only games that weren't were some Canadian feeds. Very few of those even. Maybe its just me or maybe a mistake in the copy on the site.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 02:09 PM

 

Was looking at my account page and just noticed this under "My Sports Channels", its the description for the CenterIce package:

      " NHL CENTER ICE

NHL® CENTER ICE® brings you up to 40 regular-season games a week from outside your local area and select playoff matchups. See up to 20 games a week in crystal clear HD."
I highlighted the part about the HD coverage. For some reason that number, 20 games a week, seems low compared to the last few years. For me, I remember more than 3 games a night being in HD. About the only games that weren't were some Canadian feeds. Very few of those even. Maybe its just me or maybe a mistake in the copy on the site.

 

20 may be the minimum number of HD games or some old leftover that never got changed.


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Posted 29 August 2013 - 02:59 PM

20 may be the minimum number of HD games or some old leftover that never got changed.

Here's hoping.... :righton:



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 03:00 PM

I think they have been using that same copy for over a decade and it doesn't make any sense.  I don't think there has ever been any maximum or minimum # of games shown per week.



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:59 PM

I think they have been using that same copy for over a decade and it doesn't make any sense.  I don't think there has ever been any maximum or minimum # of games shown per week.

indemand had stuff like that on there web site up to 10 HD games a week and I think later up to 20 games HD. That was been for they added all the feeds that are still not lot's of cable systems.


I want CLTV / CLTV HD on direct tv.




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