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NHL Fans, we hear you and we're acting on your concerns and ideas (long response)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Satelliteracer, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Oct 31, 2007 #241 of 2038
    natebg

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    Yes, thank you very much Satelliteracer for your hard work.

    This is something that I would like to see also, and this would complete the exclusive in the hockey market.

    As always, thank you for keeping us updated.


    ::GO LEAFS GO::
     
  2. Oct 31, 2007 #242 of 2038
    RoyGBiv

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    Satelliteracer:

    I am an NHL CI subscriber, but when I just tried to tune into NHL Network, I got the dreaded "channel not purchased" message. Is it part of CI, or do I have to change my regular package?

    Also, you had indicated you would have more info on MSG HD and FSNNY yesterday, but we didn't hear anything. Any news?

    Thanks.

    SMK
     
  3. Oct 31, 2007 #243 of 2038
    TheRatPatrol

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    That would work too.

    Or move the channels to the 900's or 7000 range. Although that wouldn't work for people who have older receivers that can't get the 4 digit channels.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2007 #244 of 2038
    Peter305

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    That is odd. I have the old Total Choice package and NHL CI and I got the NHL Network this morning. You should call DirecTV about this...
     
  5. Oct 31, 2007 #245 of 2038
    bwaldron

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    Not a good idea: NBA and MLB Seasons overlap in the spring.
     
  6. Oct 31, 2007 #246 of 2038
    islesfan

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    I am as excited as the next guy about NHL in HD, but I have yet to see ONE Islanders game in HD on NHLCI. There was the one game they played against the Rangers on the Rangers home network (you know, Versus HD?). The next Isles v. Rangers game is also on Vs. STILL waiting for just ONE game in HD on NHLCI! Now, with NHL Network, I might actually see 6 HD Isles games this year as opposed to the 4 from last year!
     
  7. Oct 31, 2007 #247 of 2038
    rangerjoe

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    Stop, the Rangers aren't on VS that much...the Penguins are on all the time....

    F THE ISLES!
     
  8. Oct 31, 2007 #248 of 2038
    dgsiiinc

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    Rangerjoe: did you know that over next week the Rangers will appear on national television via HDNet and Versus four times? That's right, four times. Now, what were you saying?
     
  9. Oct 31, 2007 #249 of 2038
    Satelliteracer

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    Interesting point and one that can be argued both ways, as has been the case on this board. For example, about a week or 2 ago an upconverted feed was on a HD channel and many complaints that D* was trying to sell this off as HD appeared on this board...that wasn't the case, actually it was supposed to be a HD feed but an upconverted feed was sent to DIRECTV instead. Now a contrarian view that upconverted is better than SD.

    Both points are valid. Upconverted feeds are better than SD, but they aren't as good as HD. Thus the issue of some fans believing an HD feed is coming while it's upconverted and disappointing those folks, or the opposite effect of a better than SD feed.

    As I mentioned previously, we're trying to make sure that when we say an HD game is on, it's an HD feed not a upconverted feed. It's a matter of managing those expectations for HD customers as I'm sure you can understand. A customer expecting an HD feed and seeing bars will be disappointed, while a customer expecting SD but seeing an upconverted feed might be happy. If there was a separate "upconverted" tag where customers knew it wasn't HD but better than SD because it was upconverted....well that might be a solution.
     
  10. Oct 31, 2007 #250 of 2038
    Satelliteracer

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    It is part of CI, you might have to rehit the account. If you have CI, you should receive NHL Network.
     
  11. Oct 31, 2007 #251 of 2038
    Satelliteracer

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    NBA, NHL and MLB all overlap in April ;)
     
  12. Oct 31, 2007 #252 of 2038
    pablo

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    For those who have the Rangers as their local team that HDNet broadcast will be blacked out.
     
  13. Oct 31, 2007 #253 of 2038
    GlennDio

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    HDNet braodcasts have NOT been blacked out locally this year even though they always were in prior years
     
  14. Oct 31, 2007 #254 of 2038
    bwaldron

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    I had not noticed that. Excellent news!
     
  15. Oct 31, 2007 #255 of 2038
    GlennDio

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    yes every game that I have noticed on HDNEt this season someone who would have been blacked out int he past has not been this season .... I believe that blackouts were in effect for the NHL NEtwork sneek preview game so I guess we find out tonight on it as well ...
     
  16. Oct 31, 2007 #256 of 2038
    JimmyPelican

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    Here is the response I got today from CBC regarding HNIC in HD on DirecTV.


    We appreciate your interest in CBC broadcasts of "Hockey Night In Canada."

    As you mention, DirecTV picks up a standard definition satellite feed of hockey broadcasts. CBC presently operates off-air high
    definition transmitters in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Given that HD distribution is limited to these four cities
    rather than being country-wide, it's more economical for CBC to feed these locations by fibre optic cable as opposed to by
    satellite.

    While the CBC HD feed is available to DirecTV at this time, it would be up to DirecTV to arrange for either a satellite uplink or
    fibre link to its various technical facilities in the United States. It's unlikely that DirecTV is willing to shoulder these costs
    in the face of what it may consider to be limited financial return.

    Thank you for writing to CBC.

    Kim Belle
    Communications Assistant
    CBC Audience Relations
     
  17. Oct 31, 2007 #257 of 2038
    bsnelson

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    I've got one of the old packages (Total Choice?) plus NHLCI, and 215 is working for me.

    Just another data point. :)

    Brad
     
  18. Oct 31, 2007 #258 of 2038
    bsnelson

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    Now, see, that's honesty! I hope that we're beginning to see that from DirecTV as well (certainly this thread seems like a good step).

    Brad
     
  19. Oct 31, 2007 #259 of 2038
    Peter305

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    So now we know that HD Feeds from Canada are unlikely....

    While this is too bad, let's look on the possitive side... DirecTV gave us the full HNIC feed last Saturday and we can only hope this will continue. DirecTV has started adding dual feeds and they have added the NHL Network.

    While there is still room for things to get even better let's be thankful for the progress that has been made. I've been very critical of DirecTV in the last six weeks but we ARE making SOME progrss....and let's say thank you for this....
     
  20. Oct 31, 2007 #260 of 2038
    Peter305

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    Yes, I'm in the same position. I suspect we wont get the NHL Network once the season is over....but we shall see...
     

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