NHL Network: Keeps Ruining Hockey Night in Canada

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Chilcoot, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. buffalofrenchy

    buffalofrenchy Legend

    Aug 29, 2010
    I agree with you that the NHL network is doing a poor job with the games. However I dont agree that it is their responsability to provide HNIC. It should be on Center Ice, in HD!!! That is where the real problem is.
    No matter how good the broadcasters are in HNIC, I will never believe that making good ol America watch the Toronto Leafs or Montreal Canadiens will make new fans. NHL Network US should focus on good US games and sometimes of course US-CA games. My blame for the lack of HNIC HD goes to Center Ice.
  2. Peter305

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    NO ONE ever said anything about only carrying Leafs or Habs games. And as for HNIC being Leafs centric take a look at their broadcast schedule....


    A careful read of this shows that many nights this season HNIC is showing ALL of the Canadian Teams which means multiple broadcasts at 7 PM Eastern.

    I've heard all the arguments about showing the BEST game on a Saturday night means that it might not be one of the HNIC games but you can't tell me that showing Boston and Tampa on Saturday would have been any less exciting than the Leafs Sens game. As others have said, it's the QUALITY of the HNIC broadcasts that serious fans want to see and casual fans will only have their interest increased if they get to see a well produced hockey package.

    Bottom line here is that the NHL Network really is messing up with not showing the full HNIC package and then when they do show games their wretched crawl is distracting and way too big....

    By the way, if someone can post an email for the NHL Network I'd love to write them to complain about what they are doing.
  3. buffalofrenchy

    buffalofrenchy Legend

    Aug 29, 2010
    I follow Canadian hockey - I even had a canadian dish on my roof for several years to watch CBC and RDS so I know all about HNIC, the various games at 7,... I still don't believe you will increase fan base in America at all by showing games involving canadian teams - any canadian teams. Apart from the broadcasting crews, I do believe that showing Boston - Tampa makes more sense on NHL Net US than showing Toronto - Ottawa... Even I can't watch the Senators :nono2:
  4. blackhawkzone

    blackhawkzone Godfather

    Nov 29, 2007
    didnt boston and tampa play in the playoffs last year?

    didnt toronto and ottawa both miss the playoffs last year?

    the NHL (NOT THE CBC) network made the CORRECT call

    Your beef is with Directtv for providing SD only feeds in Centre Ice

    Somebody in the NHL office told me last year that the CBC feeds are being pushed to the Centre Ice package to increase sales in the package and that it is directtv's call not to carry them. As satelliteracer has stated in the past, the fact that it costs money to provide these feeds and centre ice is probably a money loser to begin with.

    That is reality. You guys can ***** about it over and over and over but the days of seeing both games on the nhl network on sat are over and done with and never coming back.
  5. Chilcoot

    Chilcoot Legend

    Jun 22, 2008
    I don't know where you get this idea that American hockey fans find it easier to support a US franchise rather than a Canadian franchise. As an American, I don't have this xenophobia you claim other Americans do. Hell, all the teams draw from the same talent base.

    I live on the west coast. My favorite hockey team is Canadian. And I often cheer for the Jays.

    I simply don't accept, as you imply, that the typical Seattle resident innately prefers the Panthers to the Canucks.
  6. Steveknj

    Steveknj Icon

    Nov 14, 2006
    All this trying to attract American hockey fans on NHL Network doesn't make sense. NHL Network is for hockey junkies like me. The reason I DROPPED CI is because NHL Network started showing HNIC, and that was one of my main purposes for having CI. Watching hockey from a Canadian perspective is awesome because they just have a passion for the game that no American does. It's like watching the NFL broadcasts or MLB. It probably feels foreign to Canadians watching the Super Bowl as it's not their event. Watching Hockey Night In Canada, knowing that this is THEIR passion is a joy.
  7. Peter305

    Peter305 Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2006
    VERY well said.... :)
  8. twiseguy

    twiseguy Legend

    Jan 31, 2011
    Stow, Ohio
    And don`t forget we in the States miss out on Don Cherry, clothes and all!
  9. je4755

    je4755 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
  10. TANK

    TANK Icon DBSTalk Club

    Feb 16, 2003
    Sat Oct 15th HNIC has 4 -7PM games. How does the NHL Network deal with that ?

    What ever game they would have picked -someone was going to be disappointed.

    Maybe Comcast/NBC/NHL Network doesn't want viewers to see HNIC . Maybe they don't want American viewers to compare CBC HNIC telecasts with their VS telecasts.
  11. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    The NHL can be reached at 212-789-2000

    I recommend calling and telling them your opinion on the NHL CI package AND the lack of CBC HD feeds for HNIC and the other Canadian HD feeds the rest of the week.
  12. racermd

    racermd Legend

    Dec 17, 2006
    Agreed. I've lived in MN nearly my whole life and, while I support the Wild (they're fun to watch this year with Heatly, Setoguchi, and a bunch of other young talent), one of my favorite teams to watch is the 'nucks.
  13. Chilcoot

    Chilcoot Legend

    Jun 22, 2008
    No Hockey Night in Canada game again this week.

    Unless you count tomorrow's delayed broadcast of the Oilers game, which you can't. Particularly since, if you watch that recording, they'll scroll that game's result at the bottom of the screen. Madness.

    Hockey is a great sport despite the best efforts of the NHL and its awful owners.
  14. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Channel 770-1 sure looks like HNIC in HD.
  15. FLWingNut

    FLWingNut Godfather

    Nov 19, 2005
    Sorry but the game of the night was the game the NHL Network picked, the two remaining undefeated teams, Detroit at Washington (even if the Wings decided not to show up). I still maintain the US version of NHL Network needs to pick the best matchup, whether or not it's a HNIC game. CI subscribers can watch HNIC on CI, and yes I know it's in SD only. That's a D issue, not an NHL Network issue. The Oilers? Really? I'm guessing that most US viewers that might be interested in that game would be Ranger fans who would preter the Ranger feed anyway.
  16. pbg

    pbg Godfather

    Oct 11, 2007
    Both CBC games were part of Center Ice tonight. Both were in HD - A first, and hopefully a sign of things to come -
  17. Chilcoot

    Chilcoot Legend

    Jun 22, 2008
    Okay, I agree, I'm a CI subscriber, and so if HNIC is on CI every week I'll be satisfied.

    Still, I think that non-CI subscribers would benefit from having weekly, regular access to the best-produced hockey telecast in the world as part via NHLN. I want the sport to grow.

    And, NHLN does claim to carry HNIC, which it really does not.
  18. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    I for one will not look a gift horse in the mouth. Last night gets a solid A+!
  19. davidatl14

    davidatl14 Icon

    Mar 24, 2006
  20. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

    Aug 14, 2011
    Well said. I not a big hockey fan, but HNIC is (or used to be) the only hockey event I regularly watched. I used to live near Montreal in Vermont and got it OTA so I didn't care about who had it on satellite (cable in VT has CBC Montreal and other Montreal channels as in the local/broadcast channels, but not in HD). My girlfriend loves the Bruins and we deal with the Bruins in 2 on NESN and the nationally broadcast live games we get since CI is too expensive.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Why can't we have a CBC affiliate on Directv? (or dish? or cable in non-border areas?) Most of the CBC programming is non-USA overlap and unique and interesting. It would be one my most-watched channels. Rant over.

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