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D* Hockey Night in Canada's coverage

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by joebbaseball, Oct 4, 2007.

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  1. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    In my house, Standard Definition (SD) is now called LD (Low Definition)..

    The Habs/Canes game was BD (Blurry Definition). I can't believe D* would even pass that feed quality along to their customers.

    I see the -1 channels in the channel range for NHL CI, but there are no HD games scheduled and the online schedule is blank for HD channels...

    C'mon D*.. give us NHL CI in HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. wolfjc

    wolfjc Legend

    Oct 4, 2006
    I have E*'s Center Ice package and we get HNIC from 6:30, the pregame program,
    the main game the National between the last game and the post game program all on the SAME channel.
    We also get both feeds, most of the time, some times we get three feeds of the same game.
  3. 248 F1

    248 F1 Legend

    Sep 22, 2007
    Thanks for writing your interest in getting Hockey Night Canada added to our programming. I see that you've been with DIRECTV since 1997 and we recognize you as a valued and loyal customer. :rolleyes: I would be glad to assist you. As you know, we don't carry Hockey Night Canada right now and we don’t currently have plans to add it to our lineup. :(

    However, we often add programming based on customer requests, :sure: and I have forwarded your request to DIRECTV management.

    In addition, whenever we add channels to our lineup, we release a statement to the press, so keep an eye on the news to find out about the newest channels or visit our website at directv.com/pr.

    Meanwhile, to make sure that you continue to receive our HD programming - including new HD programming we’re launching later this year - you will need to make sure that a device called a B-Band converter......................... etc etc

    Thanks again for writing and stay tuned to DIRECTV.com for the latest news and information about our service.


    Perrelyn K
    Employee ID 100134983
    DIRECTV Customer Service
  4. Mocco71

    Mocco71 Godfather

    Jan 13, 2007

    Umm, I think that Perrelyn thinks that HNIC is a cotton-picken channel!!!

    While I appreciate the HNIC feeds we get, I live for seeing Don Cherry. It's sad that they cut out the post game, go to the D* screen with Molly Hatchet or Fog Hat music and then restart game two 20 minutes later.

    Also, hopefully D* doesn't drop the ball with Hockey Day in Canada. I realize last year they couldn't show game 1 because NBC was broadcasting during that time frame, but we here in the US missed the 2 hours of HDIC coverage from noon-2pm.

    Griping aside, very nice to see the HD slots listed in the NHL channel area. Much better than the SD tramissions we are currently receiving (last night's Pens game looked like there was an old sock over the camera lense!)
  5. stogie5150

    stogie5150 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2006
    Thank Y'all for confirming my decision to drop CI, and in just a little while, D*. D* has never given a tinker's damn about CI. We're just too small an audience. When things get smoothed out here I might look into SC or BEV, at least they know what we hockey fans want. :)
  6. Jon Ellis

    Jon Ellis Godfather

    Dec 28, 2003
    Didn't the FCC give D* have some opportunity to figure out some way to carry Canadian channels years ago, but they opted not to? I seem to recall reading that on some forum but I can't remember the details. If they had opted to carry a CBC feed, hockey fans would be happy, and so would news junkies like me who miss the CBC News that we saw on NewsWorld International.

    Cable companies with headends within 100 miles of the border are allowed to carry Canadian channels, and many do. There is also an unscrambled OTA translator system in Alexandria, MN, (more than 100 miles from the border, I believe) which carries the CBC North feed.
  7. mitoca

    mitoca AllStar

    May 31, 2006
    If they can carry all the chinese, Indian & Spanish language channels, than I would assume that it would also be within their rights to carry Canadian channels. All the cable companies here in Detroit (as well as others through out Michigan) carry CBC but the only way for us to get it is with an antenna. Problem is CBC Windsor's power output leaves a bit to be desired & they are in a different direction than the US stations for me, so it's almost impossible with my setup to get a clear signal. I've thought about adding a second "HNIC" antenna pointed in that direction, but haven't made the leap.
  8. 1dersky

    1dersky Mentor

    Oct 9, 2007
    I would pay a premium for a Canadian package.

    Put on all the CBC's across the country (the way Express-Vu does) and maybe TSN and Rogers Sportsnet, that'd be worth another five or ten bucks a month to me...even if they blacked out hockey and US programming.

    And with the channels on full-time, I would think D* would be less likely to screw up the HNIC start/stop times...and even if they did, if you were subscribed to CI and watching the regular CBC channel, you wouldn't be affected by it.

    Not only would it be a revenue stream for D*, it would probably drop interest in the grey market for Canadian DBS.
  9. dkm4280

    dkm4280 Mentor

    Oct 3, 2007
    They didn't get rid of him. Harry is 70 and has a ninety mile drive to get to Toronto. Jim Lorentz the Sabres Color man retired and Harry is the new Sabre color man and has a short drive to his home. Good for him and Sabres fans - bad for HNIC.
  10. eddieras

    eddieras Godfather

    Aug 30, 2007
    didn't anyone notice that directv killed the feed of the toronto montreal game saturday right after the buzzer of the third period??? the trouble was, however, the score was TIED 3-3 and they were going to OT!! i got about 10' of the directv splash screen before the telecast resumed with only about 1:30s left in the OT-= another great job directv!
    now if i can get LOS on sat 129 for Dish - i'm gone - both feeds, more hd, and for hockey, imo - its the way to go.
  11. bosco10021

    bosco10021 Icon

    Apr 16, 2006
    It would be great getting the Canadian feeds on Directv.

    I am lucky enough to be able to receive some via antenna, however if they added a package with HD feeds I would subscribe.
  12. tiger2005

    tiger2005 Godfather

    Sep 22, 2006
  13. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    It would for me. I maintain a Star Choice system primarily for watching HD hockey. There is some other unique programming I watch, and some other side benefits to having a Canadian dish, but I would be inclined to drop that monthly cost if DirecTV would provide a full slate of HD hockey -- including HNIC coverage.
  14. ray652

    ray652 AllStar

    Apr 6, 2006
    I feel your pain guys........

    I get CBC HD on my HR-20 ............ great signal!!!
    Northern WA State south of Vancouver Canucks!!
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