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NHL Network overcompressed?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by n3ntj, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I've watched the NHL Network's CBC HNIC broadcasts the past few weeks and noticed that it appears this channel is being over-compressed. If you look at the faces of the people, you see it blurry around their edges, etc. Never saw it look so bad before. Has D* changed something in the past few weeks or so, such as over-compressing?

    It also appears that some of CBC's broadcasts are SD upconverted to 16:9 as it's strech-o-vision (even the CBC circle logo is stretched out sideways). I thought CBC was finally doing true HD for all of their NHL games.
  2. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    If DIRECTV was responsible, then every game/show on NHLN would look bad.
  3. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    The NHL Network is one of the worst quality networks on TV. They vertically squish live games for their annoying crawl that they refuse to remove during live games. They also show scores of the game you are watching during reruns and their quality is never as good as if you could just straight watch whever's game feed they are stealing and passing off as their own. I hate this channel!
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  4. stewdog1

    stewdog1 AllStar

    Sep 6, 2007
    I hate that. ESPN does it incessantly, unless it is MNF. Considering the advent of mobile and everything you can get at the touch of the finger nowadays, that whole bottom line is unecessary. Espcially when they have "Breaking News" like Tiger being assessed a two-stroke penalty. That went on for 24 hours it seemed like. That is not that important guys...
  5. MonyMony

    MonyMony Legend

    Dec 14, 2006
    Add me to the list of people that the scroll drive crazy. I am sure that screen resizing is partly to blame. That said, I do know that the last Pittsburgh game NHLN carried used the Root Sports feed that had a problem with their HD feed that night.
  6. tjguitar

    tjguitar Mentor

    Aug 23, 2006
    ESPN does not squish games, they put the bottom line over the bottom of the picture.
  7. richard1428

    richard1428 Cool Member

    May 6, 2010
    they do squish the picture a little bit, you can see it when they change from commercials to transmissions, the image shrinks
  8. charlie460

    charlie460 Godfather

    Sep 12, 2009
    While the content does look slightly overcompressed -- NHL Network is really an utterly useless channel, and that's from a huge hockey fan.

    The production is awful, the ticker during live games is annoying, and their original programming sucks.

    For some reason, they only vertically compress the feeds for CBC broadcasts from what I've seen. All of the other broadcasts just cut off the bottom (not that that's any better)
  9. ejbvt

    ejbvt AllStar

    Aug 14, 2011
    They shrink it in proper ratio, though. You'll notice thin black bars on the sides of the image when they do that.

    Not all live games on ESPN have the crawler during them, although it's becoming more frequent.
  10. Grafixguy

    Grafixguy Godfather

    Mar 15, 2008
    New Jersey
    +1 to just about everything said here. The NHL Network was a great idea gone horribly wrong.
  11. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Have you noticed that NHL Network also "blacks out" the local graphics and discussions. For example, if the Blackhawks are on, and they're showing a local graphic of leading Blackhawk scorers, NHL Network will show some slide about upcoming schedules.

    NHL Network looks like it's put on by high school students. Simply horrible.
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  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Yeah, the RSN will show someone in the crowd and say something about it, but NHL Network tries to cover that up with some graphic. Kinda weird.
  13. purtman

    purtman Hall Of Fame

    Sep 19, 2006
    Try having cable and not having NHL Network. I miss all of the Saturday night games.
  14. JoeTheDragon

    JoeTheDragon Hall Of Fame

    Jul 21, 2008
    They seem to be useing raw feeds and you can hear background noise if they goto to a off site studio for some update.

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