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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Steve615, Jan 15, 2015.
well they Sportsnet one / Sportnet one sub feeds for NHL CI. Maybe next year.
For NHL Center Ice, DirecTV used SN1 games only when there was no other option for carrying the game, and it's unclear whether DirecTV got the game directly from Rogers or the feed was provided by the NHL.
With MLB. TV included with EI isn't it a moot point which feeds are missing? Switch over to MLB. TV. Problem solved. The blue Jay and phillies feeds are up.
Was glad we received ABC7 for the Cubs recently.
They've been on 4 different Chicago channels so far that I've counted. Almost dizzying trying to keep up. Luckily MLB. TV carries them all. I know ei doesn't carry wciu. Are they carrying the others this year?
Some of us live where a multi-Mbps internet feed is not available.
I didn't think of that. Sorry. I keep forgetting the internet isn't as built out in the rural areas as I thought.
They're not on WCIU at all this year. Otherwise, MLBEI availability has been hit-or-miss. It seems to me that they put Kris Bryant's debut on the schedule at the last minute [WLS]. I would guess that once the NBA and NHL are done, nearly all of them will be made available
I also don't have OTA TV. Been with DTV for two decades.
I believe tonight's Cubs-Pirates game will only have the Cubs feed on Extra Innings because Root Sports Pittsburgh has the Penguins game so the Pirates have been bumped to a local broadcast, which DirecTV doesn't carry. Pretty sure it's available on MLB.tv
That only works if you have a fast internet connection. Where I live, I only get 1 Mbps so MLB.tv isn't an option. And I can't get any other internet provider or move. It sucks.
Only the Cubs feed on CSN plus is available on MLB.tv.
I was quite irritated during the first week of the season to find that White Sox games broadcast on the local channel, WPWR (WCIU in prior years), were still not on MLB EI, but for the first time I can remember, a game on WGN wasn't shown either. I was ready to call DTV and complain. However, not only was the last game on WGN shown on MLB EI, but tonight, the WPWR game was also shown. This is a big step forward. :righton:
I asked this question last year, and even called DirecTV about it, but I still don't know the answer. Or even if there is one.
Tuesday is an example of the issue.
Tuesday, there are 15 night games being played, with 30 possible feeds.
29 will be on EI, the only missing feed is the Blue Jays.
721 to 749 will all be busy.
So, here's the question.
Why does DirecTV give 29 channels ( not including Strike Zone and MLB Mix ) to EI when there is the possibility of 30 feeds?
It's a nitpick, I know. And on many days it does not matter. But it does seem rather odd.
I believe the other feed missing in this case is a Canadian feed right? That right there may be the reason for tonight.
Also they only have so much bandwidth and I believe they still show the non national games for the first round of the nba and nhl. Not sure.
What he is asking is why DirecTV only has 29 channel slots and not 30?
It's because every channel number in the 700s is reserved for something, so something else will need to be subtracted to make room for the thirtieth feed.
It's worse for NBA and NHL, each of which has nineteen channels reserved for them, not enough if there are ten or more games scheduled on a particular night.
I would like to see DirecTV move the music channels from the 800s to the 900s and use both the 700s and 800s for the out-of-market sports packages. Then, each league can have a full set of channels to work with, so channel number availability will not affect the number of feeds offered, though bandwidth can still play a factor since it won't change the actual amount of satellite space.
The channels numbers are all virtual, they don't affect the feeds offered as they can convert some to something else for nights where most teams are playing. Like on busy NBA nights they have dipped in the higher MLB or lower NHL numbers. For busy NHL nights they have dipped into the range used by NCAA Football.
You should see digital cable tonight, they are only carrying the home team's feeds tonight, 4 games are SD only, and some late games will be joined in progress.
MLB controls the rights.
MLB EI has rights to all feeds.
If channels were tight, as DirecTV is not "legal" for Canadian Residents, they might have chosen to simple use that feed.
Comical how people openly lie to DirecTV to try and get lower rates - but outcry when someone uses a little white lie with DirecTV to get a receiver they are legally entitled to.