Center Ice 2020-2021

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  1. Nov 23, 2020 #1 of 106
    spiketoo

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    Thought I'd start something new for upcoming. Any intel on what the league is going to do for us fans while they hammer out issues with the players on well, playing? Since we missed some games last year on CI, I'd expect a lower price this year (based on how many games they ever end up agreeing on), coupled with some credits for those of us that had it for last season. Pinged a couple of talking heads with same but if anyone has any intel, that would be helpful.

    Much obliged.
     
  2. Nov 23, 2020 #2 of 106
    bnwrx

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    Biggest stumbling block to this season is Canada...Their gov't has refused to allow border crossing without 14 day quarantine....hence why there was no baseball(Blue Jays) and no basketball(Raptors). Those teams were headquartered in the USA. Those were just single teams, with hockey, multiple teams....lots of logistics to overcome...
     
  3. Nov 24, 2020 #3 of 106
    Grafixguy

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    The biggest stumbling block is a global pandemic. I'm as big a hockey fan as there is but I just don't see how they pull this off.
     
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  4. Nov 24, 2020 #4 of 106
    bnwrx

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    Just got a notice from DTV informing me of my auto re-new for Center Ice...posting a copy below:

    "The 2021 NHL season is almost here! Get ready to watch more goals, more hits, and more saves with NHL® CENTER ICE® when the season begins. With DIRECTV and NHL® CENTER ICE® you have front row seats to the Live NHL action for your out-of-market regular season games,1 and you can be there for the action wherever you are – on your TV, computer, tablet or phone.2


    As a 2019-20 NHL® CENTER ICE® subscriber, you don’t have to do a thing. Your subscription will automatically renew so you will be all set to watch the upcoming 2021 season. Your total payment of $165.00 will be broken down into 4 consecutive monthly payments of $41.25. You will see the first charge on your upcoming bill. If you decide to cancel and to avoid payment, you must call 1.800.531.5000. You may cancel no later than two weeks after the season begins (once determined by the NHL) and receive a full refund of any payments made up until the time you cancel.* Your NHL® CENTER ICE® subscription is not refundable after that date.


    DIRECTV is in close contact with the NHL and will monitor changes to the 2021 season. We will communicate with you if there are changes to your NHL® CENTER ICE® subscription due to COVID-19. If there are any changes to the retail price of NHL® CENTER ICE®, the amounts you are charged for the 2021 season will automatically reflect that adjustment as a one-time credit.

    Thank you for choosing DIRECTV and NHL® CENTER ICE®.


    Sincerely,
    Tim Gibson,
    Vice President, Video Marketing
    DIRECTV"
     
  5. Nov 24, 2020 #5 of 106
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    Nothing decided yet, but I wouldn't mind this...

    Let's assume a 56 game schedule with an all Canadian division plus 3 US divisions. And all 56 games played within your own division. This format is the current favorite, with teams playing 2 game sets when in town to reduce travel.

    In an 8 team division, everyone would play each other 8 times. The Canadian division would be a bit unbalanced. 9 games against all 6, plus 2 extra games.

    The current favorite for a playoff format is Divisional Play - 1 v 4 and 2 v 3. Then the winners meet in the second round before playing outside your own division.

    Just imagine what those playoffs would be like.
    First and second round best of 7's against teams you've already faced 8 or 9 times.
    A very tasty prospect, and very reminiscent of the Original 6 days.

    This format is very appealing as the prospect of 9 "Battle of Albertas" beats the heck out of 2 Ducks - Devils or 2 Sabres - Coyotes games.
    I'd also be a happy camper with 2 or 3 all Canadian feeds every night.

    The only icing on the cake I'd like would be the TSN / SN pre-game shows, which I'm certain will not happen.
     
  6. Nov 25, 2020 #6 of 106
    spiketoo

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    Got the notice also. Since they really don't show exhibition games (if any will occur), I'm going to cancel and probably reup when the NHL sorts out the pricing hopefully when 'season' commences.

    Still looking for some kind of a credit from last season.
     
  7. Dec 8, 2020 #7 of 106
    FLWingNut

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    So $165 for a 56 game season?? Are they kidding? Ive subscribed every year since 1998, but I may take a pass unless this price comes down. If it was a typical 82 game season, I might understand, but 56?
     
  8. Dec 13, 2020 #8 of 106
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    I'll pay it. Due to COVID, I'm anxious to watch some NHL - a bit of "normal", if you will.
     
  9. Dec 13, 2020 #9 of 106
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    I’m speculating they haven’t really determined a price yet. That’s far too much for a short season. Even MLB dropped their price significantly this year for 60 games and they usually are more expensive than Center Ice


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  10. Dec 13, 2020 #10 of 106
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    this line was in my email from DTV...

    "DIRECTV is in close contact with the NHL and will monitor changes to the 2021 season. We will communicate with you if there are changes to your NHL® CENTER ICE® subscription due to COVID-19. If there are any changes to the retail price of NHL® CENTER ICE®, the amounts you are charged for the 2021 season will automatically reflect that adjustment as a one-time credit."
     
  11. Dec 14, 2020 #11 of 106
    Grafixguy

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    I called and canceled the renewal. I'd just as soon wait and see what happens.
     
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    I just checked the price for this season- $165 ( $41.25 x 4 ) for less games this year. I think I will get the NHLCI this year because of the change in divisions. An all Canada division and the East teams playing each other 8 times should be some hard hitting games .
     
  14. Jan 2, 2021 #14 of 106
    bnwrx

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    I'm thinking they'll adjust the price for the 56 game scedule...As of now, no price has been listed on the NHL TV package for streaming....I'm guessing we'll see something soon on both.
     
  15. Jan 2, 2021 #15 of 106
    compnurd

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    Or they won’t. People are hard up for sports and will pay it
     
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    zmancartfan

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    Agreed. IIRC, 2012-2013 was prorated accordingly.
     
  17. Jan 2, 2021 #17 of 106
    spiketoo

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    But nothing at all for last year. Pinged NHL and a few talking heads to try and light a fire but silence. As I've said previously, since they did something for season ticket holders when they suspended, some consideration for those that had CI last year and want to reup this year would be fair.
     
  18. Jan 2, 2021 #18 of 106
    zmancartfan

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    I don’t disagree with you, but the difference is that the season stopped midway through last year. The league knows going in this time that it will be a shorter season. Plus, CI did technically come back on at least for the play-in round (at least nhl.tv did for CI subscribers.)

    I doubt there will be any consideration for re-upping. But I think the overall price might very well be lower than it would be for a full season’s worth of games.

    I guess we’ll know for sure shortly.
     
  19. Jan 3, 2021 #19 of 106
    compnurd

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    Canadian NHL TV pricing is out. 159 for early bird
     
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  20. Jan 3, 2021 #20 of 106
    bnwrx

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    I could be mistaken but I think that is Canadian....for Rogers SportsNet....the official NHL website still has no info up about the 2021 season....

    Food for thought....if it is Canadian....exchange rate of .79 then in US dollars its $126.....purely speculation on my part....

    Main thing at our house is we will soon have NHL hockey back!!
     

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