NHL return to ESPN

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by la24philly, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. loveshockey

    loveshockey Godfather

    Feb 24, 2008
    Lancaster, NY
    Gary Thorne is the worst announcer EVAH!!!!

    I'd take Bob Cole over him...
  2. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    What about RJ? ;)
  3. Red Dog

    Red Dog Godfather

    Aug 3, 2008
    I prefer the current setup (I don't want ESPN anywhere near it), but the NHL needs to be able to air playoff games (when there are 2 going on at the same time in early rounds) on NHLN while a game is on VS.
  4. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    Devils advocate here.I think Gary Thorne is a great announcer.And I'd love to see the NHL back on ESPN.And NO,zero (playoff) games on the NHLN because of their extended blackout radiius.Too many people get blacked out of their games on the NHLN who normally wouldn't if the game was ESPN,VS or CI.
  5. rkunces

    rkunces Legend

    Jun 17, 2007
    ESPN's bottomline is obnoxious but dear lord Versus constant in game ad popups and score updates sure don't make watching their games any easier.
  6. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    Obnoxious, yes, but not nearly as unwatchable as the bottom line. The constant motion of it keeps dragging the eyes back to it, while the ads on versus only get attention for a fraction of a second before and after they appear.

    ESPN is becoming more and more irrelevant every year. With the proliferation of specialty networks catering to what people actually want to watch (as far as whats on those channels), a one-size-fits-all sports channel is becoming less and less useful. If I want NHL Highlights, I watch NHL Network. If I want baseball highlights, I watch MLB Network. If I want NFL News, I watch NFL Network. If I want to watch racing, theres plenty of racing channels. If I want to watch college sports, theres a couple of those too. Even Golf has its own channel now. A game on ESPN just isnt as impressive as it used to be. You don't have to be on ESPN anymore to be on national TV.

    I cant wait until ESPN and ESPN2 are nothing but sports based reality shows (much like MTV's decline) and the only sports news it airs is on ESPNEws. Might even save us a few bucks on our bills, as they wont be able to demand 5 bucks a head for a channel that is no longer THE must have sports channel. I hate ESPN. My Twins are playing tonight on ESPN, and I'm half thinking of not watching because of that fact. The Vikings play at about the same time, and I wanna see how Farve is getting along.
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Instead of 3D, Tv manufacturers need to start incorporating some nice user features, like a circuit that automatically detects a scrolling bar on the bottom, and masks it with a screen saver...and a bug remover that detects a static bug, and covers it with a box matching the background. How about a detector circuit that reads the closed captioning in commercials, and automatically hits 30 skip on your dvr for you when certain user keywords are detected...or when the audio volume jumps 10db. An easy one would be a circuit that detected 4:3 pillarboxes on 16:9 channels, which are always commercials, and activate a 30 skip. They could just call it "Annoyance detection".

    I actually remove channels with those animated promos that pop up during the show from my custom guide. I have a setting to zoom the ESPN scroll off the screen already, its just not automatic.
  8. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    No problems at my end with any other channels. Our local (Reno) NBC affiliate has improved quite a bit over the past several years, but it still doesn't compare to CBS, ABC, or FOX. One major improvement, however, has been remembering to switch on the HD feeds over the weekends! Two years ago I was going nuts with the playoffs there. The channel would be HD all week, then go pillarboxed SD all weekend. They finally realized that one of their weekend techs was doing something wrong, and now we have HD (such as it is) on NBC on weekends. The blocking has gotten better over the years too. At first, any action scene (like in Heroes) got to look like a cheap mosaic. Now, it only seems to have problems with action in short blocks. Don't get me started on the brrrip problems there. One major annoyance is the way the announcers during games sound so distant, like they are mixed down in favor of crowd noise. Never happens on Vs., but chronic on NBC. I think NBC just compresses their signal way too much.
  9. flogduh

    flogduh Legend

    Nov 3, 2005
    Actually, for the regular season, I couldn't give a hoot. Why, I'm a Sharks fan and I had to put up with the pathetich announces on VS/NBC for only two, maybe three games. What a bunch of Eastern Conference homers...If you're in the West and not Chicago or Detroit, you're team might as well be horse meat on a plate at Morton's. I'll take Randy Hawn and our own homer Drew Ramenda any day of the week....

    And it only gets worse in the playoffs...
  10. flogduh

    flogduh Legend

    Nov 3, 2005
    Crap - looks like there are 8 games on VS/NBC this season, up from 4 last season for my Sharks. Five of these games are exclusive broadcasts - crap...

    Here are the team-by-team totals for the VERSUS schedule next season, including exclusive games and bonus coverage, with last season's totals from the initial schedule release in parentheses:

    Boston Bruins: 11 (7)

    Chicago Blackhawks: 11 (9)

    Detroit Red Wings: 11 (9)

    New York Rangers: 11 (8)

    Pittsburgh Penguins: 11 (8)

    Washington Capitals: 11 (7)

    Buffalo Sabres: 9 (7)

    Minnesota Wild: 9 (7)

    Philadelphia Flyers: 9 (8)

    San Jose Sharks: 8 (4)

    Montreal Canadiens: 6 (2)

    Tampa Bay Lightning: 6 (2)

    Colorado Avalanche: 5 (3)

    Los Angeles Kings: 5 (1)

    New Jersey Devils: 5 (6)

    Phoenix Coyotes: 5 (1)

    St. Louis Blues: 5 (5)

    Carolina Hurricanes: 4 (Zero)

    Columbus Blue Jackets: 3 (2)

    Dallas Stars: 3 (5)

    New York Islanders: 2 (2)

    Anaheim Ducks: 1 (Zero)

    Atlanta Thrashers: 1 (Zero)

    Calgary Flames: 1 - Heritage Classic (1)

    Nashville Predators: 1 (1)

    Toronto Maple Leafs: 1 (2)

    Vancouver Canucks: 1 (Zero)

    Edmonton Oilers: Zero (Zero)

    Florida Panthers: Zero (1)

    Ottawa Senators: Zero (Zero)
  11. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    I think the announcers for your Sharks called the Versus game between the Sharks and Wild last season. I wouldnt mind if those guys called more games. That guy who calls Capitals games tho...ugh, I cant stand that guy.

    Also, that list looks like a breakdown of places in the US that hockey has influence. I'm surprised the Wild get on there for 9 games. Is Versus increasing their total number of games this season?
  12. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
  13. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    yeah i wondered why isles always play flyers on vs.

    Anyway flyers have a record 9 vs games and

    potential 5 on nbc.

    not sure if the stanley cup finals trip helped give the flyers a few extra national games but we usually get 6 tops 8 from versus and nbc but this year it could be 9-14

    but i would like to see isles more on national tv.

    I have the NHL CI so i do catch FSN NY aka msg + tell howie rose and billy jaffe i said wat up
  14. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    joel bettinoti caps play by play and versus aka backup to mike emrick.

    personally i would like Jim Jackson of the flyers, i wish many had CSN philly to hear that guy call a game.

    but yes Sharks man is great
  15. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I think Versus may have more games this year. My Sabres are on 9 times this season as well. I think they were on 7 times last year. And every time they weren't on DIRECTV in HD last year and I could only watch SD on cable, I was pissed.
  16. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010

    VERSUS will televise 78 games during the 2010-11 regular season, 13 more than last season, including 53 exclusive regular season games and 25 bonus games. In addition to live coverage of the All-Star weekend and the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic, VERSUS will cap off the final week of regular season action with a game each night (Monday-Friday) leading into the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. During the postseason, VERSUS will once again air wall-to-wall action throughout each round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, culminating with Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    versus has expanded its coverage and added more games.

    After NBC Sports launches its NHL coverage Jan. 1 with the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the NBC NHL "Game of the Week" drops the puck on Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The NHL and NBC will again collaborate on flexible scheduling for NBC's regular-season dates, providing fans the most exciting match-up available. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled date, a game will be selected to broadcast on NBC. All NBC "Game of the Week" games will be broadcast on Sundays and presented in High Definition. NBC will again broadcast games in the postseason, including Games 1, 2 and 5 through 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in primetime.

    so looks like nbc will be picking sundays atleast 2 weeks in advance

    This year's combined 124-game NHL on TSN national broadcast package is part of TSN and TSN2's multi-year broadcast and digital rights agreement with the NHL. A total of 76 regular season games will air on TSN, with 70 games featuring at least one Canadian team. TSN retains exclusivity of Wednesday Night Hockey, during which there are no other national or local NHL telecasts. TSN2's regular season schedule features 48 live NHL games.

    these games should be on NHL CI and NHL N for us viewers

    NHL Network™ this season will televise up to 75 live games for its American audience and 31 live NHL games for its Canadian viewers. For Canadian viewers, NHL Network drops the puck on the live 2010-11 NHL regular-season schedule Oct. 10 when the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes go head-to-head in Prague, CZE as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere in a special 10 a.m. ET matinee. The action continues the next day when captain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins visit the New Jersey Devils at 1 p.m. ET. The next night, the Atlanta Thrashers travel to the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Kings for a 10:30 p.m. ET start. In addition, NHL Network's signature show, NHL On The Fly™, returns across North America nightly providing highlights and analysis of every NHL game.

    75 for NHL N is most I think since the network started for us viewers.

    so I think the NHL will do better, they are offering more games.
  17. Maruuk

    Maruuk Hall Of Fame

    Dec 4, 2007
    Hockey in ESPN's lousy 720p blur-o-vision would be hideous. Hockey demands the full-HD resolution of 1080i (since we can't get hockey in 1080p!). The details and puck clarity, intricate little elements like sticks working the puck and crowd detail would all get shmushed over in 720p, the same ones that come across crystal-clear at 1080i. ESPN/ABC would be a disaster for hockey on TV. Hockey demands full-HD, not fake HD.

    Our Drew Remenda and Randy Hahn here in the SJ market are some of the best in the league. They actually pronounce players' names correctly.
  18. gator5000e

    gator5000e Godfather

    Aug 29, 2006
    Has anyone heard if the NHL Network will broadcast On The Fly in HD this year and move out of the broom closet they broadcast from? The NHL Networks' studio stuff looks totally amateurish compared to the other major sports networks like MLB, NBA and NFL.
  19. canesice

    canesice AllStar

    Jul 10, 2009
    just say no to espn... Im fine with the current setup...
    ESPN... Poker is entertainment!
  20. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    I don't have a link but heard in a couple of places that On the Fly will be in HD this year. About time, I was sick and watching MLB Network last night and that is a first class operation with the way they integrate live lookins and game highlights, all in HD to boot.

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