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#51 OFFLINE   milton

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:11 AM

This issue of HD access to games on NHLCI, MLBEI, and NBALP and the use of multiple feeds is one of the reasons that Directv is better than cable for (most) sports fans.



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#52 OFFLINE   loudo

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:19 PM

I emailed Customer Service and asked if there were going to be any changes to this years CI package, and mentioned my desire to see more Canadian games in HD and a good mix channel. Never got an answer back just a canned message saying my email was being forwarded to DIRECTV's Management Team. I guess that means no changes again this year.


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Posted 01 September 2013 - 04:45 PM

Also, it's 159.96 for the season and it's available for purchase now in even 4 installments of 39.99 or 159.96 at once.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:47 PM

Also, it's 159.96 for the season and it's available for purchase now in even 4 installments of 39.99 or 159.96 at once.

That's a bit higher then I thought it would be.  Although, since I just received NFL ST for free and $35 in monthly credits for a year, I guess I'll just pay the price.


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:29 PM

Does anyone know how close to the opening of the season you can cancel CI?


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:37 PM

The CI page says 'before the season starts.'  First game is on Oct 1st. If you're going to cancel, I'd do it no later than September 30th.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:10 AM

I emailed Customer Service and asked if there were going to be any changes to this years CI package, and mentioned my desire to see more Canadian games in HD and a good mix channel. Never got an answer back just a canned message saying my email was being forwarded to DIRECTV's Management Team. I guess that means no changes again this year.


I did the same, asking if we would see the Canadian games in HD. Reply was the same as yours. I'm not holding my breath, but it has to happen one of these years.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 03:55 PM

I'd just be happy if they gave us access to some sort of mobile feed.  NBA and NFL fans get the online version of their packages included with their TV access.  Since we don't get that, I bought a Nomad last year to take Islanders games on my iPad, only to find out that they mis-coded all NHLCI games as PPV, so the Nomad cannot process them.  


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:02 PM

I'd just be happy if they gave us access to some sort of mobile feed.  NBA and NFL fans get the online version of their packages included with their TV access.  Since we don't get that, I bought a Nomad last year to take Islanders games on my iPad, only to find out that they mis-coded all NHLCI games as PPV, so the Nomad cannot process them.  

That will be the deal breaker with me. Traveling a lot and missing the games because of lack of access. At least with Center Ice you can get it on TV or on a computer at home and on a laptop or device like Roku on the road. 


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:23 AM

I'd just be happy if they gave us access to some sort of mobile feed.  NBA and NFL fans get the online version of their packages included with their TV access.  Since we don't get that, I bought a Nomad last year to take Islanders games on my iPad, only to find out that they mis-coded all NHLCI games as PPV, so the Nomad cannot process them.

That will be the deal breaker with me. Traveling a lot and missing the games because of lack of access. At least with Center Ice you can get it on TV or on a computer at home and on a laptop or device like Roku on the road. 

Also, an alternative is to use a Slingbox.  When I travel, I use it all the time to watch NHL CI games either on my laptop, phone or even on the hotels TV via HDMI cable from either device.   And no matter which sports package I buy NHL CI, NFL ST, etc, I always have remote access to the games.  And it saves me from paying extra for NFL ST Max or NHL Game Center Live.  Not to mention that I can watch any recorded programming on my DVR or any live channels that are in my DIRECTV package. 


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

Also, an alternative is to use a Slingbox.  When I travel, I use it all the time to watch NHL CI games either on my laptop, phone or even on the hotels TV via HDMI cable from either device.   And no matter which sports package I buy NHL CI, NFL ST, etc, I always have remote access to the games.  And it saves me from paying extra for NFL ST Max or NHL Game Center Live.  Not to mention that I can watch any recorded programming on my DVR or any live channels that are in my DIRECTV package. 

I have a sling box, but it is an older one and the PQ is not very good for hockey. I have also seen a few hotels that had sling boxes blocked. I guess because of bandwidth issues.

With Game Center being less money and having more options than Center Ice, it is becoming a better value.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 02:39 PM

wow i didnt realize we were that close to the season.  i guess ill have to call soon and try to get it for at least half price.



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:27 PM

I have a sling box, but it is an older one and the PQ is not very good for hockey. I have also seen a few hotels that had sling boxes blocked. I guess because of bandwidth issues.

With Game Center being less money and having more options than Center Ice, it is becoming a better value.

I don't have the latest Slingbox either, but I do have the first HD model.  Depending on the internet bandwidth at the hotel, an NHL game can be any where from a very good quality picture, to hard to watch.  Although if the internet speed is bad, I have found that the Slingbox does a better job of providing a smooth, stutter free picture, than any other streaming I have tried.  So Game Center would actually look worse.  Just been my experience over the years.


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Posted 06 September 2013 - 09:19 PM

I don't have the latest Slingbox either, but I do have the first HD model.  Depending on the internet bandwidth at the hotel, an NHL game can be any where from a very good quality picture, to hard to watch.  Although if the internet speed is bad, I have found that the Slingbox does a better job of providing a smooth, stutter free picture, than any other streaming I have tried.  So Game Center would actually look worse.  Just been my experience over the years.

I have tried using my sling box to watch baseball via my HR20-700 and it was really but, then I would change over to MLB-TV, on my laptop, and the picture was very good. I even have attached it to the TV via an HDMI cable and the PQ was good. Just not sure if Game Center picture quality is as good as MLB-TV PQ.


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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:32 AM

wow i didnt realize we were that close to the season.  i guess ill have to call soon and try to get it for at least half price.

How did you make out with that?  If you did, what did you say?



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:08 AM

How did you make out with that?  If you did, what did you say?

As far as I can tell, they are not budging on the Center Ice price.  I called about an unrelated issue and got a ridiculous amount of credits and free NFL ST but they would not give an inch on the Center Ice price at all.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 01:21 PM

I would like a lot of things mentioned above including more Canadian HD feeds, but what I'd really like is reliable guide data in the NHL-CI section of D* programming that's there more than a day before the start of the season. Last year with the lock out was a pain, and I can understand there wasn't a lot of time to set things up.  Now, the NHL schedule has been out for weeks. There's no reason the NHL-CI  list of games and channel assignments can't be up at least a week before the season starts and maintain that throughout the season.

 

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

I would like a lot of things mentioned above including more Canadian HD feeds, but what I'd really like is reliable guide data in the NHL-CI section of D* programming that's there more than a day before the start of the season. Last year with the lock out was a pain, and I can understand there wasn't a lot of time to set things up.  Now, the NHL schedule has been out for weeks. There's no reason the NHL-CI  list of games and channel assignments can't be up at least a week before the season starts and maintain that throughout the season.

 

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would be nice. as would allowing those who subscribe to CI to avoid having to watch a game on NHL Network.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:19 AM

If it's on NHL Network you won't get it on CI.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:03 AM

would be nice. as would allowing those who subscribe to CI to avoid having to watch a game on NHL Network.

they also need the reverse mirror feeds of NBCSN, MSNBC? and NHL network.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:37 PM

Looks like hardball for CI.  I guess that they won't be seeing any money from me this year.  They should be giving it out for half price, since they just came off a strike shortened year.  The NHL is nothing but greedy and it's all about revenue.  They're pretty much taking all of the fun out of the Winter Classic, by adding a number of outdoor games.  That's not a way to grow a fanbase.  Give us fair competition at a reasonable price and people will tune in.  With an unbalanced conference setup, it's totally Mickey Mouse.  They are getting to be a bigger joke every year.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

Also, it's 159.96 for the season and it's available for purchase now in even 4 installments of 39.99 or 159.96 at once.

 

 

That's a bit higher then I thought it would be.  Although, since I just received NFL ST for free and $35 in monthly credits for a year, I guess I'll just pay the price.

The first of my 4 installments are on my September bill and it is $39.99.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:00 PM

I noticed the charge a few days ago as well.  What I'm wondering/hoping is that the powers that be kindly flip the switch on the NHL Network before the preseason gets underway.  Fingers crossed.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:53 PM

Also, an alternative is to use a Slingbox. When I travel, I use it all the time to watch NHL CI games either on my laptop, phone or even on the hotels TV via HDMI cable from either device. And no matter which sports package I buy NHL CI, NFL ST, etc, I always have remote access to the games. And it saves me from paying extra for NFL ST Max or NHL Game Center Live. Not to mention that I can watch any recorded programming on my DVR or any live channels that are in my DIRECTV package.


The problem with the Slingbox is that I'm not the only person in the family. If I'm out and I flip on the game remotely with a Slingbox, doesn't it change the channel on whoever is watching something at home. Besides, if they'd just fix the GenieGo problem with NHL, I wouldn't need it. I have excellent out of home access with the GenieGo, just no hockey.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:58 PM

Have you heard anything back from Ellen's office regarding the GenieGo.




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