NHL CI 2019-2020

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  1. Sep 21, 2019 #41 of 247
    ejbvt

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    Never used to be - we used to be able to watch the preseason games with the sports pack. Just a guess, but I am thinking that ESPN+ stole the rights to them, I see they are all on there too.

    I remember when we could watch ALL of the preseason games that are on RSNs for all sports, now I think MLB is the only one where we can. I hope the NHL replays for the FS affiliates are still in the clear come the regular season. I have never had CI but have always watched the replays on FS RSNs when I have wanted to.
     
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  2. Sep 22, 2019 #42 of 247
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    The only blackouts are for NBCSN exclusives. NHL Network games and NBCSN non-exclusives are not blacked out. This was change was instituted last year and was a massive improvement to the package.
     
  3. Sep 22, 2019 #43 of 247
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    Note - Sports pack customers are able to watch preseason replays on FS channels, so that's something.
     
  4. Sep 22, 2019 #44 of 247
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    If the game is a NBCSN exclusive, wouldn't there not be a RSN feed to black out?
     
  5. Sep 23, 2019 #45 of 247
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    Correct, but remember NHL.tv is an international package so the game would still show as available there and if a Canadian team were playing that feed would be there, too. Those feeds would be blacked out in the US but other countries would still get them.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2019 #46 of 247
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    Ah, yes, good call. That makes perfect sense and I am embarrassed that I forgot about that because I often watch games on CBC myself OTA. So obviously there are other feeds. Duh! Just curious... Does CI give you the French feeds of the Canadiens from RDS or whomever online? I know they are not on Directv, unless there is SAP.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2019 #47 of 247
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    I've had Center Ice since 1995, I was one of the first 70,000 subscribers DTV ever had. I know all about it. Bell Tv in Canada gave us pre season games when I had my sub with them, and NHL.TV offers it. DirectTv can offer it too.
     
  8. Sep 24, 2019 #48 of 247
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    I don't recall ever seeing a French language broadcast on Center Ice. They are available via NHL.tv
     
  9. Sep 24, 2019 #49 of 247
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    While I haven't had CI in the last two years, I've watch a few games where it was in French.

    And then one game from the FL Panthers where there was no TV crew so they showed the jumbotron feed for the CI coverage. There are several local TV personalities who I wonder how they ever got a job in broadcasting, but watching the jumbotron feed was worse than those crews.
     
  10. Sep 24, 2019 #50 of 247
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    Before NBC picked up all first round series and games, Center Ice was very valuable during the playoffs. So it hasn't always been "regular season" games only.
     
  11. Sep 24, 2019 #51 of 247
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    I think around 2012-2013 is when the in-house feed situation went away, and all the teams had contracts to produce and broadcast all 82 regular season games. It filtered in pretty quickly after the transition to covering all the games in HD:

    Ducks to Televise all 82 Games This Season
    All 82 Dallas Stars Games in HD; All Games Broadcast Locally

    I don't think I've ever seen an RDS broadcast on DIRECTV. The only time I remember watching the French RDS feed for a Habs game was when I had StarChoice/ShawDirect satellite a decade ago.
     
  12. Sep 24, 2019 #52 of 247
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    I pay little to no attention to the online TV/streaming world. Is the online version not called Center Ice? If not, that is got to be one of the dumbest things I have heard in sports TV. I have heard of NHL.tv, but have no idea what it is, and until now have not cared.

    Side note, are the online/streaming versions of the other packages not called Extra Innings, Sunday Ticket, or League Pass??!?!
     
  13. Sep 24, 2019 #53 of 247
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    That sounds brutal, just awful. You'd think they'd give you radio or something.

    I was just curious about their availability in French. (On real TV, not online.) Most of my connection with the Canadiens has been in French in my life, even though I barely speak it and couldn't hold much of a conversation. Whether it's in person or whatever. HNIC was a treat! I live in the Bruins TV territory, but live within range of the French radio broadcasts of the Canadiens. The English radio broadcasts fade out two towns north of me, which is a HD-radio rebroadcast of the AM station with the Canaidiens that comes in crystal clear during the day but is too noisy to listen to at night - when hockey is on most of the time. It is VERY difficult to try to follow hockey in French on the radio, but it can be done!

    As a Canadiens and Hurricanes fan, I catch enough live games of both with national/Bruins games, and I can watch all of the re-airs of Hurricanes games on FS South at midnight or so of gamenight without CI. If the Canadiens are playing a team who plays on a FS channel or MSG channel, those re-airs will also be visible so many of their games are available. Plus, I have CBC OTA for Hockey Night in Canada. City TV doesn't come through for anyone I know in the USA.

    Despite that, CI always seems so tempting this time of year, then especially so after college football is over.
     
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  14. Sep 24, 2019 #54 of 247
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    NHL Center Ice is the package that TV providers carry (Dish, DIRECTV, Xfinity, etc). NHL.TV doesn't require a TV provider in order to subscribe/watch. Extra Innings and League Pass are the names when sourced through TV providers and for streaming, there is MLB.TV; I don't know if there is a corresponding NBA.TV product.

    NFL ST is exclusive to DIRECTV, but there is a streaming app you can get through DIRECTV if where you live you can't get DIRECTV (e.g. north facing apartment with no LOS) and there is a student version for those away at college. There are two Red Zone products -- a DIRECTV Red Zone and NFL Red Zone. The NFL Red Zone is available on other non-DIRECTV providers.

    Nice thing about MLB.TV and NHL.TV (which I have experience with), is that I can travel within the US and watch the games while away from home. When I travel, I typically carry a Roku with me so I can watch any games, but if I had to, I could also watch on my laptop.
     
  15. Sep 25, 2019 #55 of 247
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    I knew about Sunday Ticket. I have that. I didn't know you could get it just streaming if you didn't have LOS with Directv. I also have seen the "other" Red Zone. It takes some getting used to but it essentially does the same thing. I have seen people talk about Roku things. What exactly do they do?
     
  16. Sep 25, 2019 #56 of 247
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    Back in the early 2010's, there were a couple of French RDS Montreal games on Center Ice. But doubt you'll see that anymore.
     
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  17. Sep 25, 2019 #57 of 247
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    It is a streaming device. Like Amazon's Fire TV and Apple TV. Lots of channels and programming, like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, all the sports streaming services and a whole lot more. Roku
     
  18. Sep 26, 2019 #58 of 247
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    I remember seeing a few of these but don't remember exact details.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2019 #59 of 247
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    I tried to authenticate my free NHL.tv package from my Center Ice subscription again today and got the success screen. I guess I'll see tonight.
     
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  20. Sep 26, 2019 #60 of 247
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    Thanks for the heads up. Worked for me as well on both my computer and Roku.
    I went back to yesterday's games and they were all available, so I'm thinking we're good going forward.
     

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