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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by stoutman, Aug 2, 2014.
Yes it was.
I didn't watch the sports new programming closely (I skimmed it while looking for the Jets game), but it looked to me like a "typical" sports news show like SportsCenter, including highlights of earlier games (including NBA highlights) and news about player injuries and the like. It did not show any signs of being a special event, just a typical sports show.
The games were scheduled to be at 7 PM and 9 PM for at least a week, since that was when I first viewed the schedule for that particular day. The NHL schedule page had the first game being on SN and the second on both SN and SN1. They didn't indicate JIP, but it was obvious that the coverage on SN would be JIP given the advertised start times (you can't play an NHL game in only two hours).
I'm sure SN made changes to their schedule, but it doesn't change the fact that DIRECTV decided on their own to kill the start of the Jets game by dropping SN1. They originally had the slot allocated, then changed their mind, so it wasn't like they weren't aware the game would be carried on a different channel.
Every part time HD cinema channel was off air last night, so it was probably a bandwidth thing.
Just curious, but how many channels does that consist of?
The bulk of the 140s-160s
You're probably right about bandwidth being an issue, but if I was in charge, I'd have kept the Jets game on its own channel and removed the SportsNet feed of the Canadiens game, since that game was also on FS North. This way, both games would have been available in their entirety, and the bandwidth used would be identical to what they ended up doing.
I sure hope either the NHL Network or CI Channel 774 will pick up the Jean Beliveau ceremony tonight.
Update: NHL Network will cover it beginning at 7:34 EST, which means the SportsNet feed on 774 and 774-1 will be up then as well.
Farewell to a hockey legend and a great man.
Beautiful tribute to Mr. Beliveau, one of a kind.
the funeral was on the nhl network this afternoon. i dont know if it being replayed tonight.
The bad news:
It appears tomorrow night's game between LA and Montreal will only be in SD on CI. The Kings telecast is on KCOP, while the Canadiens telecast is on SNE (a channel DirecTV has yet to pick up in HD).
The good news:
Beginning next Monday, it looks as though DirecTV is adding regional games from TSN. I noticed several dual Canadian HD feeds on the schedule for next week, including games for the Jets, Leafs, and Senators (all three teams for which TSN has coverage). If this proves to be accurate, and if the trend continues as the season goes on, that will be a huge step forward for DirecTV's CI package.
How is it possible that they don't have either feed in HD for the Kings/Habs game.. doesn't make any sense. They have dual feed HD for Calgary/Pittsburgh.
Tonight's game is on KCOP 13 in Los Angeles because the RSN channels are showing Clippers and ducks at the same time. So they aren't on a conus channel for the Kings broadcast. I'd bet the same thing is happening for the Montreal feed.
So they are just feeding the sd signal since they likely don't have the room for Hi Definition feeds without killing some other channel.
That would be my guess.
The Canadiens feed, as I said earlier, is on SportsNet East. To this day, DirecTV has never picked up any games in HD from that channel. It is the only SportsNet feed for which this is the case, to my knowledge.
As far as I can remember, every SD only game on CI this year has involved the Canadiens. It may be that, once SNE starts showing up in HD, we may see DirecTV remove the -1 suffix from the HD channel numbers.
Since the Kings are on an OTA channel, it would be more problematic for DirecTV to get the feed onto CI. Not impossible, and they would if there was no other telecast for the game, but DirecTV has decided not to bother. I don't think it's bandwidth related, more likely logistics or possibly financial considerations. The only OTA feed we get regularly in HD is WGN, and that only started happening this year.
Except they already get the local feed in Hi Definition. I watched it tonight. It's a matter of pumping it to everyone everywhere. That may be a contractual issue also. But sense it's in Los Angeles Id expect the logistics wouldn't be to difficult in general.
That WGN HD feed is also on the same satellites that the CBC / TSN / Sportsnets feeds are on.
Last season the (Sacramento) Kings @ Spurs game [from 2/1/14] was carried in HD on League Pass. Both teams broadcast were local OTA, KXTV 10 (Sacramento) and KENS 5 (San Antonio). DirecTV carried the Spurs broadcast in HD from KENS, however they didn't carry the Kings broadcast at all on LP out-of-market. Spurs were the home team so probably the reason they decided on that feed. iN DEMAND carried only KENS as well in HD for the cable/telco providers that carry the 9 TEAM HD feeds. Dish carried the game only in SD and I'm not 100% sure what teams broadcast it was.
Same goes for Center Ice when the only option for a game is from a channel DirecTV normally doesn't carry, such as SportsNet 360 or an OTA channel like KCOP. I believe these feeds come from the league or a third party, rather than DirecTV picking them up directly from the channels carrying the games.
Anyway, DirecTV always gives priority to feeds to which they have direct access. They have used SportsNet East in SD for many years, so they likely have a direct line for that particular feed, but not the HD equivalent. Since they can offer a feed direct from the channel, they chose to do that instead of importing an HD feed through whatever means they have to go through to get it.
Hooray for TSN HD! TSN 5 (Senators) feed looks great.
Looks like we got more TSN HD feeds tonight (Jets [TSN3] and Maple Leafs [TSN4]) but no Canadiens, Flames or Oilers feeds. But it looks like D* is using every available CI channel tonight (769-787) and didn't have room for them.
I recorded both TSN games from last night. There was no audio for the first half hour or so of the Leafs game, though I don't know if that was a DVR issue or a problem with the feed from DirecTV. The Jets game, the one I was more interested in, had no issues.