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NHL Center Ice 2010-11

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Jul 10, 2010.

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  1. Aug 28, 2010 #261 of 2914
    Grafixguy

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    Don't get me wrong...I live and breathe and can't understand why so few love it. It's just a fact. It's not a big draw especially on TV.
     
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    TheRatPatrol

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    Oh I totally agree, hockey is my #1 sport to watch too. I was just saying. :)
     
  3. Aug 28, 2010 #263 of 2914
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    Excellent point. For me being a Dallas native, I grew up on football & baseball in vacant lots.

    Although I'm a native down here, NHL probably is my 2nd choice after football but I have the C-Band days to thank for that, watching the Sportschannel and MSG feeds before the Stars arrived. Baseball's a close 3rd place for me.

    It's a shame that the NHL is in last place compared to the other major pro TV sports. As you guys have pointed out, several issues that haven't helped, the recent Versus/DTV issue, Canadian HD feeds not carried by CI, and that long "Dolan" MSG HD fiasco.
     
  4. Aug 29, 2010 #264 of 2914
    slapshot1959

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    Hockey doesn't cost THAT much more to play.

    I remember growing up in the city (Chicago), in the 70's and getting out there in the alleys behind our homes with a hockey stick that was no more than a shaft of a stick and those plastic blades that you'd slide on and heat over the stove to bend the blade to give it that Bobby Hull banana curve. You could get them at any store at the time for a few bucks, and the street hockey ball that also cost only a few bucks.

    For a net we used to use anything to mark off the posts, couple of rocks,old sticks,construction cones we'd steal from the road repair sites, you get the idea.
    Skates were our gym shoes,and trying to stickhandle on a pothole infested alley was always fun! I still remember going from one end of the "ice" to the other with the ball constantly bouncing up and over my stick as I tried to control it,finally letting go a slapshot to put it in the "net". Yeah, no pads either. But I digress.
    So don't give me that it costs too much to play.

    It's the culture,everyone thinks baseball or football to play outside when it's warm, instead of street hockey,especially in a nonhockey market.
    Here in suburban Chicago, I see a LOT of kids out there on their driveways with net's and sticks just shooting around. More so than ever, and that's really a credit to the Blackhawks marketing and surging popularity and success.

    If kids these days (their parents) can afford those Iphones,Ipods,pc's Mac's,Xbox,PS3 and be glued to the tv all day getting fat, they can certainly get out there and get a few sticks and pucks and play the game cheaply.

    I think if you market the sport better,they will come on board. How can you not, it's the best sport in the world as far as I'm concerned!
     
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    It was the same for me growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo. Playing both pond hockey and street hockey (even in the basement). And street hockey can be played really cheap, but as I mentioned, in the south would anybody even think of doing that. Especially a city w/o an NHL team nearby or any organized youth hockey programs? No, so therein lies the problem.

     
  6. Aug 29, 2010 #266 of 2914
    JoeTheDragon

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    Seeing how bad the HD is on cable NBA LP, MLB EI, NHL CI. Next to What D* has it's not that big of a thing.
     
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    Hopefully more teams will follow the Stars lead and broadcast all (or at least most) in HD. I know that in St. Louis last year almost all home games were broadcast in HD and about 1/2 (or so) of the away games were in HD.
     
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    JoeTheDragon

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    The blackhawks had all games in HD 2 years ago on CSN, CSN + and WGN + The NBC and VS / VS alt games.
     
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    Yes, i thin CI should include pre and post game shows, would possibly induce a few more subs and that would be good, same for EI and LP even though I don't watch those sports.
     
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    I sometimes watch the MLB pre-game shows on the Mixchannel :)
     
  14. Aug 30, 2010 #274 of 2914
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    Great to see. By the way, all the Avs games were broadcast in HD last year and I know there were a few teams that were broadcasting all their games in HD before last year as well, like the Blackhawks. I used to write an annual letter to the Avalanche about showing away games in SD. Their answer on why not had to do with HD truck availability for away games, but apparently that is no longer an issue.
     
  15. Aug 30, 2010 #275 of 2914
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    Yes, but we do not have a CI mix. I figure for $170 per season (a bargain, I admit as it allows, assuming a WAF of one game per night, about 130 extra nights of hockey per season above VS and NBC, and if you root for an out of market team, pretty much every game of theirs if it is televised somewhere) we should be able to have the whole game enchilada so to speak.
     
  16. Aug 30, 2010 #276 of 2914
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    It sure would be nice to have a mix channel. I think it might help increase the subscription numbers if they had one.
     
  17. Aug 30, 2010 #277 of 2914
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    Any pre-season games to be shown on any of the Center Ice channels, especially the exhibition games in Europe?
     
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    i recall rangers, devils and islander games were show. that's preseason. think there were a few games on nhl network too.
     
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    Center Ice is for regular season games.
     
  20. Aug 30, 2010 #280 of 2914
    pablo

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    Or Sports Pack then?
     
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