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2017-18 NHL Center Ice

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jw_rally, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. Nov 2, 2017 #221 of 231

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    Last night, the Leafs game was originally on the schedule and then it was pulled.

    I share your disappointment but none of us should be surprised.
  2. Nov 2, 2017 #222 of 231

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    it was in the guide on CSNCHI+/NBCSNCHI+ linked to a 1080P PPV channel.
  3. Nov 7, 2017 #223 of 231

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Wow two Canadian teams playing each other with two Canadian feeds tonight, Canucks/Flames.
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  4. Nov 9, 2017 #224 of 231
    Steady Teddy

    Steady Teddy Godfather

    Jan 23, 2007
    Yes!! They finally updated the NHL.TV Roku app. It was long overdue. The game day menu is much easier to navigate.
  5. fireponcoal

    fireponcoal Icon

    Sep 26, 2009
    Hell is frozen over and ready for a Winter Classic!

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  6. ShowYouTV

    ShowYouTV New Member

    Nov 11, 2017
    Anyone know what happened to the NHL CI schedule ?
    Seems to have gone toast in the last 24-48 hours.

    Was normally located at: https://www.directv.com/sports/nhl_schedules

    Fortunately I got the frame still cached, so for those that want it:
    DIRECTV Sports:

    But if anyone has another source online, would be appreciated. And hopefully DTV can fix sooner than later.

    (NBA one is still working)
  7. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
  8. Steady Teddy

    Steady Teddy Godfather

    Jan 23, 2007
    Recorded last night's Canucks feed (Canucks @ Sharks) and nothing. A white blank screen.
  9. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    The continued lack of Canadian feeds made me start thinking. And that's never a good thing.

    NBC Sports Gold... ESPN's soon to be launched over the top (OTT) paywall service which will probably replace the "included" ESPN3... Turner's plans to paywall a large portion of the European Champions League...
    Trends continue to trend. Toward internet programming delivery, and away from traditional pay cable / satellite.

    Nowhere more true than NHLCI.

    Tuesday, the Canadiens are home to the CBJ's.
    And still not one feed on CI from TSN2. Yeah, yeah, I know. Connection issues and costs for a new link....
    Or maybe the knotheads inside the D* control room never got the message the Canadiens' regional telecasts are no longer on SportsNet East.

    But, for the last few years, the bulk of NHL games are now played on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. This week, 12 games Thursday (24 feeds) and 13 Saturday (26 feeds).

    So, since CI only allocates 19 channels - 769-787, we'll never get many, if any, Canadian feeds on those nights.

    This Thursday, 6 of 7 Canadian sides play, and the CI Guide right now says we are getting ZERO feeds from SN / TSN.

    It speaks volumes about the future of TV versus streaming, when all 6 of those Canadian feeds will be available through the internet (NHL.tv) instead of cable or satellite.
    And I'm only talking about legally purchased options.

    It makes total sense to the leagues, as well. Why use a middleman to deliver your product, when you can deliver it yourself for less cost to the end user?

    Since I'm ancient and prefer to watch games on a large screen, the only - ONLY - advantage to buying a sports package, other than ST, through DirecTV is the ease of changing channels versus my Roku. To add insult to injury, the NHL.tv pic seems, to me, sharper than what I see on CI.

    End of rant! :)
  10. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Its obviously that D* needs more channels for NHLCI, maybe even NBALP as well. MLBEI gets 29 channels. I’ve said it before here in this post but maybe its time to rearrange the channel ranges or start using the 4 digit channel numbers.

    I guess D* figures that if they offer at least one feed of the game its ok, you’re getting the game.
  11. zmancartfan

    zmancartfan AllStar

    Mar 23, 2012
    I think you hit the nail on the head. I think that’s exactly it. Canadian feeds are a bonus, I’ll bet.

    I’ll also bet that economics and popularity play a big part. As of 2014, The NHL was sixth in the U.S in terms of popularity (Harris Poll: NFL still most popular; MLB 2nd). Plus, DirecTV is a US-based company. They obviously cater to US viewers. I have to believe that the number of US viewers who would make a decision to subscribe to DirecTV and/or CI based on the number of Canadian feeds available is infinitesimal.

    Since having at least one feed available for every game still fulfills their claim of being the leader in sports, and since DirecTV carries every game with at least one domestic feed, why would they spend more and use up bandwidth to carry more Canadian feeds?

    I fully understand all of us wanting more. I admit that if given the choice between a US feed or a Canadian feed, I always choose the Canadian feed. I just find the coverage and announcers to be better. So, yes, i would love if every game had at least two feeds available every night — including when NHLN or NBCSN are carrying it (especially NHLN).

    But with that being said, I’m a happy camper. For $160 a year (far cheaper than taking my family of 5 to even one game), I not only get to see every NHL game in HD, I also can watch both feeds of every game at home or on the go with NHL.TV.* When I get to watch the Canadian broadcast at home, well, that is, like I said, a bonus.

    I remember reading an analytics report a little while back (sorry, can’t find the link st the moment) that said that one of the differentiating facts about NHL viewership was that far and away fans of the NHL were fervent fans of their team and not the league itself. This helps to explain the decrease in viewership numbers as the playoffs and finals go on. It also explains why the national networks clearly favor certain teams. If their team isn’t playing, viewers tune out.

    I’m sure we do have some ex-Canadians here on this board. We’re also clearly a group that for the most part is the exception to the rule in that we like the sport and league along with “our teams.” But, again, I’m sure we’re an exceptionally small part of DirecTV’s subscriber base. I’m sure that the vast, vast majority of DirecTV CI subscribers are happy being able to see the domestic feed of “their team.” (Sorry, Flyers fans.)

    * As I’ve stated here and in other threads, there’s still a problem with Fox Sports Ohio not opening up Blue Jackets games when there is an overlap with the Cavaliers. So, I’m not 100% happy since I have to subscribe to the sports pack when I shouldn’t have to.

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