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RSN Discussion: FSN Pittsburgh (628)


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#51 OFFLINE   GlennDio

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:21 PM

Sound is at best 1/3 the level on the SD channel. HD feed unwatchable due to stuttering. Anyone else in the Harrisburg area experiencing this? Also, curious as to if those of you in Pittsburgh are also experiencing the same thing? GO PENS!!!


the pens game on 94 is fine ... The MPEG4 feed is bad hopefully it will get better ... but the MPEG2 feed on 94 is fine

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:24 PM

Sound is at best 1/3 the level on the SD channel. HD feed unwatchable due to stuttering. Anyone else in the Harrisburg area experiencing this? Also, curious as to if those of you in Pittsburgh are also experiencing the same thing? GO PENS!!!


I'm also getting the "stuttering" effect on the CI channel (765-1?), but when I switched to 94 it looks fine. Not sure what to make of this. I don't think it's a problem with my D10 reception, which has been fine. MPEG-2 vs. MPEG-4?

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:24 PM

Seems to be fine now. watching 628-1

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:27 PM

I'm curious when the guide data showed up for the Devils-Penguins game on 628-1. I've been looking for the Blues game on FSN-Midwest 647-1 (which just came online today as well) and there isn't a listing for the game yet. I'm also seeing (771) on it now.

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I guess our hopes for a better DirecTV policy on blackouts has a ways to go.:rolleyes:

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:44 PM

I live in Charleston, WV........


Then in baseball, the local historic team for four generations has been the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are covered in the local media as the local team. The Reds are on the local radio. Only the greed of the local cable company keeps the Reds off the local cable.

Then, in hockey, nobody cares. But, by over 100 miles, the closest town in any sport that has a team is Columbus.

Then in the NBA, no issue.

Then in the NFL, not on RSNs. Bengals are the local team. Browns seconds. Steelers probably third, but maybe Redskins, or Panthers.

So what if FSNP carries a few WVU games. The local RSN is FSNO.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:56 PM

Might be a dumb question, but why can't I watch some of the sports networks even though I have the premier package? For instance, tonight I cannot watch 628-1 and it says channel not purchased. Why I am paying for all of these if I cannot tune into them? It is the Devils and the Penguins and I live in WI so I am assuming it is not blacked out?

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:59 PM

Might be a dumb question, but why can't I watch some of the sports networks even though I have the premier package? For instance, tonight I cannot watch 628-1 and it says channel not purchased. Why I am paying for all of these if I cannot tune into them? It is the Devils and the Penguins and I live in WI so I am assuming it is not blacked out?

NHL blackout rules for the Center Ice package. Same thing happens with MLB & NBA combined with individual franchise exclusive market/territorial rights.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:12 AM

Then in baseball, the local historic team for four generations has been the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are covered in the local media as the local team. The Reds are on the local radio. Only the greed of the local cable company keeps the Reds off the local cable.

Then, in hockey, nobody cares. But, by over 100 miles, the closest town in any sport that has a team is Columbus.

Then in the NBA, no issue.

Then in the NFL, not on RSNs. Bengals are the local team. Browns seconds. Steelers probably third, but maybe Redskins, or Panthers.

So what if FSNP carries a few WVU games. The local RSN is FSNO.


Yes, exactly my point. West Virginia has no professional teams, so WVU is the best game in State, and Fox Pittsburgh carries not only games, but much of the news and talk about WVU.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:14 AM

yeah, i had horrendous stuttering issues throughout the entire game last night...never stopped. sound was very bad too, but i understand about the sound. i'm in west virginia..did anyone else aside from the select few who have posted on here about it have problems? anyone call level2 tech with directv about it? parents who have cable in pittsburgh had no problems...must be a directv issue? My signal strength on 103b is all in the 90's.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:14 AM

The issue I had during the game last night on 628-1 in HD was that the audio was ahead of the video. The SD channel was fine, but on HD the audio was really quiet as well.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:22 AM

An odd choice to be this early in the HD roll out. Pittsburgh is a small market and a classic "football town" (football is not on RSNs).

The Pirates will set the all time record next year for consecutive losing seasons, and promise to add to that for many more years. The Pens should have left for Kansas City.



Given that the Pens will sell out every game this season, and that last year they had the second highest local ratings in the entire NHL, it's fairly clear that you have no idea what you are talking about.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:33 AM

yeah, i had horrendous stuttering issues throughout the entire game last night...never stopped. sound was very bad too, but i understand about the sound. i'm in west virginia..did anyone else aside from the select few who have posted on here about it have problems? anyone call level2 tech with directv about it? parents who have cable in pittsburgh had no problems...must be a directv issue? My signal strength on 103b is all in the 90's.

The video stuttering issue was all over the place...apparently the 90's broadcast was fine. I was able to get the stuttering to stop on 628-1. I changed channels & stuff like that to make it stop. Nothing helped on the NHL sub channel (765-1?) though. Audio was out of sync on all I believe.

Apparently hitting "Replay" fixed the stuttering for some.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 07:05 AM

Yes, exactly my point. West Virginia has no professional teams, so WVU is the best game in State, and Fox Pittsburgh carries not only games, but much of the news and talk about WVU.


Just because the are the only choice to be your "home" team doesn't justify the RSN territories being changed. It all come down to what advertisements that they want you to see. Morgantown is close to Pittsburgh so they see SW Pennsylvania advertising.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 08:01 AM

Hopefully CI will broadcast that feed for all us ex-Pittsburghers (all 500,000 of us).
So happy I could call Arnold Slick from Turtle Creek.


my guess would be that D* will carry all pens home games in hd on 628-1 and more on ci

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 09:22 AM

Just because the are the only choice to be your "home" team doesn't justify the RSN territories being changed. It all come down to what advertisements that they want you to see. Morgantown is close to Pittsburgh so they see SW Pennsylvania advertising.


Morgantown is in the Pittsburgh DMA, even though they are much closer physically to the Clarksburg-Weston DMA.

Which is good for me, since it's nigh-impossible to get Clarksburg channels OTA with a regular antenna. Rabbit ears can forget about anything but WNPB.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 10:15 AM

628-1 and the NHL CI sub- channel were completely unwatchable for me last evening. On 628-1, the volume was way low and with constant moving of the video screen, it gave me a headache….identical issues on the NHL HD sub-channel. I switched over to 94 late in the first period and the audio & video signals were flawless all night.

I tried 628-1 early in the 3rd period but the same problems were still there. Disappointing to see all these bugs in new MPGE4 format, but I'm overall happy D* has the FSN-PITT HD signal up. Maybe these problems will get better over the next few Pens games.

I hope that the Pens play improves as well - this is a bad start of season.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 10:24 AM

628-1 and the NHL CI sub- channel were completely unwatchable for me last evening. On 628-1, the volume was way low and with constant moving of the video screen, it gave me a headache….identical issues on the NHL HD sub-channel. I switched over to 94 late in the first period and the audio & video signals were flawless all night.

I tried 628-1 early in the 3rd period but the same problems were still there. Disappointing to see all these bugs in new MPGE4 format, but I'm overall happy D* has the FSN-PITT HD signal up. Maybe these problems will get better over the next few Pens games.

I hope that the Pens play improves as well - this is a bad start of season.


Can't speak to all of the issues on FSN-PIT-HD. But, as far as the video stuttering - if you just hit pause and then play all of the stuttering went away. I went back and forth between some recorded episodes and the pause play worked each time.

The stuttering was very distracting. Oh well, it was their first day with DIRECTV in HD.
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 12:43 PM

I'm sure D will get FSN Pittsburgh straighten out. Then we will just need someone to get the Pens straighten out :( I can't believe they are off to such a bad start this year :girlscrea

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 01:57 PM

Just because the are the only choice to be your "home" team doesn't justify the RSN territories being changed. It all come down to what advertisements that they want you to see. Morgantown is close to Pittsburgh so they see SW Pennsylvania advertising.


Yep, I can't really disagree with that. It is apparently wishful thinking on my part. I didn't know if there was a way around it, other than getting the sports pack. I guess $12.00 per month is not that bad.

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 02:16 PM

Yep, I can't really disagree with that. It is apparently wishful thinking on my part. I didn't know if there was a way around it, other than getting the sports pack. I guess $12.00 per month is not that bad.


D* authorizes the RSN based on whatever service location is listed on your account

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:50 PM

Bring on Stan Savran in HD.. :lol:


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Posted 19 October 2007 - 12:42 PM

Hi All, I'm hoping you can help a fellow Pittsburgh fan out. I'm new to the forums, been a DTV subscriber for about a month. I live in Central IL, and only went with DTV because of the Sunday Ticket so I can watch my beloved Steelers without going to a bar and putting up with annoying Bears fans every Sunday.

Anyway, I digress, when I signed up I was thrilled to find out that I actually got FSNP so I could watch the Mike Tomlin show and the weekly press conference. Here is the problem though, I've set up a series recorded on my DTV DVR HR20-700. One out of 4 tries has recorded successfully. For the other three I get the "searching for authorized content" message for like 30 seconds and then the delete option. I searched the forums and everything I could find on this surrounded PPV. I have yet to try it on the HD version of the channel. And this is the only program I have had that problem with. Is anyone else having the same problem or is there any reason I should not be able to record the press conference? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 12:47 PM

Anyway, I digress, when I signed up I was thrilled to find out that I actually got FSNP so I could watch the Mike Tomlin show and the weekly press conference. Here is the problem though, I've set up a series recorded on my DTV DVR HR20-700. One out of 4 tries has recorded successfully. For the other three I get the "searching for authorized content" message for like 30 seconds and then the delete option. I searched the forums and everything I could find on this surrounded PPV. I have yet to try it on the HD version of the channel. And this is the only program I have had that problem with. Is anyone else having the same problem or is there any reason I should not be able to record the press conference? Thanks for any help you can give me.


The Mike Tomlin show is blacked out. Same thing when Cowher was coach. A few seasons ago it was not blacked out, but I think this might be the 3rd season it was blacked out.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 12:53 PM

Wow, thats too bad. Thanks for the quick response though. Does that mean I can't watch it live either? And was I just lucky that it didn't get blacked out the one time I recorded it. Oh well, it was a bonus anway. I do love the Sunday Ticket.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 01:33 PM

It is possible they don't blackout every showing. I'll have to take a look and see..




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