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NHL Center Ice 2012-2013 Pricing

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RACJ2, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. BuffaloDenny

    BuffaloDenny Icon

    Mar 19, 2007
    I cancelled and am confident of getting a retention deal. I'll use the 2 week free view period to play roulette. Either way, this gives me the flexibility I was looking for without losing anything.
  2. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Although I was able to get NHLCI for less then $50 for the full season last year. I think I'll save my bargaining power for something else. The current offer is giving us 58% of the seasons games, for 35% of what a full season cost last year.
  3. BuffaloDenny

    BuffaloDenny Icon

    Mar 19, 2007
    I hear ya, but I only play twice a year - for this and the Ticket. Before I got the HR34 I had the same original DVR they initially rolled out after Tivo, so I don't need or ask for equipment deals.
  4. milton

    milton Cool Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    There are many issues with NHL Center Ice that could use improving, some of which has to do with NHL Network.

    (1) NBC games that aren't available on CI -- when they make you go to NBCsports.com to watch out-of-market games during regional coverage. This is something the NHL should put a stop to a la MLB EI starting next year with Fox Saturdays.

    (2) Lack of HD on many Canadian telecasts.

    (3) Lack of Canadian team feeds if game is available on American team feed.

    (4) HNIC coverage is spotty. Should have one HNIC channel in HD every Saturday night from 6:30 through After Hours plus CBC feeds for other games as necessary. (NHL Network sometimes screws this all up.)

    (5) NHL Network games are not televised on CI. This means no choice of dual feeds, NHL Network studio instead of home team studios, etc. What's even worse though sometimes is when NHL Network tries to televise a JIP game. Sometimes that game isn't on CI.
  5. bosco10021

    bosco10021 Icon

    Apr 16, 2006
    Has Center Ice showed up in anyone's Directv account yet as renewed?

    Also does anyone know what channel would you tune to to see the "you are subscribed" message?
  6. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    It hasn't happened yet and the CI channels don't exist yet
  7. TANK

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    Since there is no early bird discount for NHCI. Anyone can wait ( play csr roulette ) and still only pay the maxiumn of $59.96 if they can't get any discounts from the CSR's.
  8. Sandra

    Sandra Legend

    Apr 16, 2012
    (6) When the Flyers are on NHL Network we are blacked out of the game here in the Jersey Shore area, because we are somehow within radius of Philly for NHL Network blackouts. We cannot receive the game any other way, because we are not in the Philly DMA and do not receive Philly channels....moot point anyway, since DirecTV does not carry CSN Philly.

    For NHLCI we are considered out of market, and receive all Flyer games.

    Why NHL Network and NHLCI does not use the same blackout areas makes no sense whatsoever.

  9. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    Central Maine
    Not yet here. It still shows up under my sports channels, but shows $0.00.
  10. Peter305

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    The one improvement last year was that we got HNIC in HD most weeks on a dedicated channel. But because the NHL Network takes the Hockey Tonight show at 6:30 eastern every Saturday you won't see it on the HNIC channels in NHLCI.

    As for more Canadian HD or even SD on some nights I agree that would be nice but I wouldn't be holding my breath for these improvements.
  11. George_T

    George_T Legend

    Sep 19, 2002
    Any clarification yet whether or not Gamecenter Live is included as part of the CI package like some have speculated?
  12. eddieras

    eddieras Godfather

    Aug 30, 2007
    excellent points - couldn't agree more, especially with #4 and 5!
  13. bixler

    bixler Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2008
    That channel is usually in the low 100's....try 111-119 maybe?
  14. fireponcoal

    fireponcoal Icon

    Sep 26, 2009
    No, still a separate service. Sad but true.
  15. steve_launch

    steve_launch Mentor

    Jan 10, 2013
    Agreed - very good points. Last season I went on a "mission" to try and figure out the reason for #2 and #3. After a lot of CSR's transferring me to a lot of people, I managed to get ahold of someone in the DirecTV sports department to ask about 2 and 3. He spoke to his rep at the NHL who confirmed that the league does not guarantee to provide dual feeds, and generally will not provide the Canadian HD feed to providers due to the fact that the Canadian TV stations charge a higher fee for distributing.

    Also, he noted one exception that is unique to DirecTV. If the game is coming from Sportsnet Ontario (ie: many Leafs and Sens games), then DirecTV will almost always show it in HD because they have a pre-existing contract with Sportsnet Ontario for the Blue Jays games in order to meet the MLB requirement that dual HD feeds are always available - so they don't have to pay more for that feed, and they don't have to rely on the league to provide it.

    All in all, it sounds like the people we need to pressure are the NHL media department to have a simple requirement (like MLB, NBA, etc) that all games get dual HD feeds sent to the providers. If the providers choose not to show them, that's up to them, but it's likely that DirecTV would do so in most cases.
  16. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    MLB requirement that dual HD feeds are always available then why are WGN games not in HD for MLB EI when they can remap WGN A HD for it?

    And do they have Sportsnet One HD for Jays games as well?
  17. steve_launch

    steve_launch Mentor

    Jan 10, 2013
    Not sure - sorry, I didn't focus on trying to understand the MLB angle completely.

    The HD feeds I've seen for Sportsnet hockey are always from SNET-Ontario.
  18. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    D* has used a few TSN HD feeds as well in the last couple of years. Not near enough, but a few.
  19. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Some very nice comments/inputs here. But it sure would be nice if the non-DirecTV pricing topics were over in the 'other' all things NHL thread. :)
  20. pappy97

    pappy97 Icon

    Nov 14, 2009
    So it is confirmed that on DirecTV, it will be a 2 week free preview of NHL CI?

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