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Nhl 2009-10 tv & nhl centre ice dtv thread

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Oilfan, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Aug 24, 2009 #1 of 1726
    Oilfan

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    I thought I would start this thread up again for the season. The purpose of the thread is to provide information, post requests, ask questions/seek clarification, and provide schedules for the NHL 09-10 Season.

    The full regular season schedule is on the NHL website, it does provide national and regional coverage for the entire season.

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebymonth.htm?navid=NAV|SCH|Main (It does take a few seconds to load (entire season)

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebymonth.htm?navid=NAV|SCH|Main (current month - as of 8/24 - preseason schedule is up)

    Versus will have 54 regular season games -- all in HD. These games are only available on VS and are not in NHL CI. VERSUS (Channel 603) Sked - http://www.versus.com/nw/article/view/1367/?tf=NHL_Schedule_ArticleWrapper.tpl

    [edit: VS and Directv carriage agreement expires 8/31 and things aren't going smooth for renewal yet. For more info - http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=163322]

    NBC has flex game coverage on selected Sundays (12:30 PM ET) as well as the January 1 Winter Classic. NBC games do not air in NHLCI. This schedule is courtesy of Puckthemedia:

    Jan. 1
    1:00 PM Philadelphia vs. Boston (Winter Classic)

    Jan. 17
    12:30 PM Chicago vs. Detroit
    OR Philadelphia vs. Washington

    Jan. 24
    12:30 PM Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia
    OR Boston vs. Carolina

    Jan. 31
    12:30 PM Detroit vs. Pittsburgh
    OR Tampa Bay vs. Washington

    Feb. 7
    12:30 PM Pittsburgh vs. Washington
    OR Boston vs. Montreal

    Mar. 7
    12:30 PM Boston vs. Pittsburgh
    OR Detroit vs. Chicago
    OR Carolina vs. Atlanta :hurah:

    Mar. 14
    12:30 PM Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers
    OR Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay
    OR Washington vs. Chicago
    OR Colorado vs. Dallas

    Mar. 21
    12:30 PM NY Rangers vs. Boston
    OR Buffalo vs. Carolina

    Apr. 4
    12:30 PM Detroit vs. Philadelphia

    Apr. 11
    TBD Boston vs. Washington
    OR NY Rangers vs. Philadelphia
    OR Detroit vs. Chicago

    NHL NETWORK USA - Last year NHL NET USA (Channel 215) aired HNIC CBC Saturday doubleheaders including pregame and postgame in HD as well as some TSN Wednesday Night Hockey games and about a half dozen of their own productions done in HD. No schedule has been announced yet, except for Sept 14 Preseason Game between Vancouver Canucks and NYIslanders. In 08-09, there were ~75 games on NHL NETWORK USA. These games do not air in NHLCI.

    In late September, we should get a tentative short term NHLCI schedule followed soon after by a tentative season long schedule.

    Highlights from last year -
    * HD Dual feeds in NHLCI when games were on DTV's regional sports channels.
    * NHLNET picking up CBC HNIC games in HD was a plus although the post game show was cut off in progress frequently during the first few months of the season.
    * For at least one non-televised game (by either team), NHLCI used the scoreboard feed of the game mixed with radio commentary. I want to say it was a Carolina game.
    * PPV (from CDN teams - Van, Cal, Edm, Ott) were included several times throughout the year including at times as a dual feed.

    Lowlights from last year -
    * Loss of Cablevision HD games from the package. Games on MSG/MSG+/FSN NY (etc) - Buffalo (all home games in HD), NYRangers (all games HD), NYIslanders (virtually all in HD), New Jersey (virtually all games in HD) were not available in NHL CI from about mid-way through the year due to a dispute between the NHL and NYR owners - Cablevision. SD games were not affected and HD versions were still available in the local markets on Directv. To be fair, none of these games were available on any other providers. No word on this situation and really it is a no news is bad news situation since DTV contacts would have posted on the boards if things have changed.
    * SD PQ of Canadian feeds (Rogers SportsNet and PPV games in particular) were pathetic. Horrible. Not acceptable.
    * TSN SD games were only included when absolutely needed, generally not used as a dual feed. Dishnetwork had virtually all TSN SD games in its CI package.
    * Sometimes games would be cut off before its conclusion including games in Overtime or Shootout - not acceptable!

    Things to improve in NHLCI -
    * HD Canadian feeds: Rogers SportsNet, HD PPV, and TSN HD. In Demand had some Canadian feeds in HD last year and MLB EI has used SNET HD feeds this year.
    * CSN Philly SD & HD feeds
    * Mix Channel would be nice
    * Correction of "Lowlights" from above [edit: particularly, MSG/Cablevision HD feeds (thx n3ntj)]
     
  2. Aug 24, 2009 #2 of 1726
    Oilfan

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    CBC airs doubleheaders at 7 and 10 PM ET each Saturday in addition to a handful of games (under 7) on other days of the week and the odd tripleheader on a Saturday. Often the 7PM slot features a national game and 1 or 2 regional games. Typically the Toronto games is the national game and is broadcast in HD. There is no rule to whether the regional games are in HD or SD 16:9. The 10PM game is generally in HD. Pregame show begins at 6:30 and a Post game show airs from the conclusion of the late game (~12:40AM to 1:30AM).

    CBC Sked - http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?network=CBC

    CBC in the past has added the odd additional regional game to its schedule in September.

    TSN (89) and TSN2 (35) will air at least 124 NHL regular season games this year all in HD. It will produce in the between 70 and 75 of these games themselves and for the remainder of the games will use VERSUS HD feeds (not available in Canada) and NBC feeds (readily available in Canada). The 70 some own produced games generally all involve a Canadian team and all air on TSN which has greater distribution. TSN/TSN2 also are televising 6 preseason games involving Canadian teams. So if you see a US vs US team on the schedule it is likely that TSN will use VERSUS/NBC feed. Phoenix v Pittsburgh on October 7 is an example that is the exception to the rule.

    TSN Press release & schedule - http://www.ctvmedia.ca/tsn/releases/release.asp?id=11568&yyyy=2009

    Last year in September TSN added a handful more of games including games involving Montreal Canadians and Ottawa Senators to its TSN/TSN2 schedule. Basically, TSN/TSN2 and the Canadian teams can agree to up the number of games from the conntracted number. I would expect this to happen again this year with a handful of games involving Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary to be added.

    NHL NETWORK CANADA airs different games than NHLNET USA with the exception of the self-produced games which aired on both networks. The Canadian version airs about 40 games using US RSNs feeds.
     
  3. Aug 24, 2009 #3 of 1726
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    I would add this to Things To Improve -

    * MSG HD/MSG+ HD Feeds
     
  4. Aug 24, 2009 #4 of 1726
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    yeh need a mix channel this year
     
  5. Aug 25, 2009 #5 of 1726
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    Would any/or all of the Versus exclusive games in the US be available on any Canadian providers?
     
  6. Aug 25, 2009 #6 of 1726
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    Yes TSN will pick up some of these...
     
  7. Aug 25, 2009 #7 of 1726
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    I think some of the Versus exclusive games where the TSN feed.
     
  8. Aug 25, 2009 #8 of 1726
    scoop8

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    Oilfan, great post! Thanks for the info. +1 on that MSG HD issue. I missed that big-time on CI last season.

    I have a question about this though:

    "NBC games do not air in NHLCI."

    Someone correct me here but I received the out-of-mkt NBC games on CI last year in Dallas. Hasn't that been the case for several years? Maybe my memory's going out.
     
  9. Aug 25, 2009 #9 of 1726
    Jimmy 440

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    The NHLN needs to stop blacking out games that I would normally get on CI.They have a larger blackout radius which they them self explained to me in an email.All 6 Flyers/Maple Leafs games were shown on the NHLN and were blacked out in my area.
    Totally unacceptable . The games would have been available on CI !!!!
     
  10. Aug 25, 2009 #10 of 1726
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    The last few years, NBC has only televised ONE game during its timeslot. Your memory is correct because when NBC used to have regional action the "other" games would be in NHL CI.

    And yes, 90% of the VERSUS games air on TSN or TSN2 in HD. Most of the handful that don't involve a Canadian team.

    If you look at this schedule, you can see the VS schedule and it also lists if any other networks are also showing the games.
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebymonth.htm?month=200910


    Colorado Alvanche have announced that 100% of its games will be in HD this year on Altitude or Altitude2. Always nice to have late night games in HD to flip around.
     
  11. Aug 25, 2009 #11 of 1726
    n3ntj

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    Correct, in the past, NBC would show multiple games and they'd be available on NHL CI. I think last year they did only 1 game per day. It was nice when the NBC regional games would be on NHL CI. If only Fox would take this idea for their Sat. MLB exclusivity.

    I also had major issues with incorrect blackouts. Every Pittsburgh game on NHL Network was blacked out for me, although I am over 200 miles east of Pittsburgh and not within the Pittsburgh market. I am near Philly. D* of course isn't responsible for this problem as it is really the NHL. No idea if the Pens have any control over this issue.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2009 #12 of 1726
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    Might as well link this thread to the other one regarding Versus possibly disapppearing from DirecTV. If not resolved, the NHL has a big liability for game coverage, and Versus will have a difficult time selling advertising if there is diminished audience. I wonder if they have an out clause and could pick up gaems on CI or NHLN?
     
  13. Aug 25, 2009 #13 of 1726
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    http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_13190517
     
  14. Aug 25, 2009 #14 of 1726
    spidey

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    Hoping that NHL Broadcasts on MSG will be in HD this year
     
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    They are in HD if MSG is your RSN, correct? That's the way it was last season.
     
  16. Aug 25, 2009 #16 of 1726
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    A mix channel would be nice. Another improvement I'd really like to see that isn't Center Ice related: Getting On The Fly in HD.
     
  17. Aug 25, 2009 #17 of 1726
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    I wonder why this forum's Directv contact and member Satracer has not posted anything on these NHL CI nagging questions?

    He was very helpful last year keeping the members here up to date.
     
  18. Aug 25, 2009 #18 of 1726
    spidey

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    Right but in the past any NHL CI subscriber could see MSG HD last year we only got the SD feed after the owners of MSG(Cablevision) decided to pull plug on rest of us
     
  19. Aug 25, 2009 #19 of 1726
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    Yes to the mix channel...:)
     
  20. Aug 25, 2009 #20 of 1726
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    I would LOVE a mix channel..
     

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