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NHLCI: Best/Worst opposing teams feed

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by buffalofrenchy, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. canesice

    canesice AllStar

    Jul 10, 2009
    I really like John Forslund.. Though I'm biased, as he is the TV voice of the Hurricanes..

    Lets Go Canes!!!
  2. GlennDio

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    Jan 19, 2007
    first off my choices are as follows -- Pens Game - Pens announcers on FSN Pittsburgh always in HD and I like the homers for my pens ...

    games not involving the Penguins --
    1)Any Canadian HD feed available
    2)Any 1080i feed available (they seem to me to be the best) particularly the Comcast feeds MSG and NESN
    3)Any other HD feed
    4)poking myself in the eye with a sharp stick
    5)watching an SD feed
  3. islesfan

    islesfan Hall Of Fame

    Oct 18, 2006
    For picture and sound quality, NESN is #1 with the MSG nets as #2. Worst? I'd have to pick Atlanta. Every game I've had to sit through on that channel has been poorly upconverted SD.

    For best announcers, you can't beat Howie Rose for play by play for the Isles. Billy Jaffe was great too on color, but he's been replaced by Butch Goring now (great player, so so coach, not enough data on broadcasting), so we'll see on that front. As for the Rangers, you have color by Joe Micheletti, who is one of the best in the biz, paired with Sam Rosen, one of the worst. Doc and Chico on the Devils broadcasts are middle of the road. Doc often mispronounces or misnames the opposing players beyond the top line and top two D-men. Chico is just there. At least they aren't annoying like the guy they used to have in Buffalo. You know, the one who only had one pitch all game? "He passes to Connoly! Connoly shoots!! He misses!!! rebound!!! Save!!!!! Pass my Pepsi!!!!! I have to go to the bathroom!!!!!!!" It got pretty monotonous. For really bad homers, you can't beat Pittsburgh, though even they have gotten better in the past year or so. nevertheless, as any person with above a 70 IQ knows, a team with Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, and Gonchar simply cannot lose a game ever. If they do, it has to be a result of bad calls from the blind and deaf referees! I mean, seriously, how can you call a minor penalty on Sidney Crosby? Didn't you get the memo?!?
  4. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    My best (free of bias since I am a Devils fan):

    1. Buffalo
    2. SJ
    3. Chicago
    Honorable Mentions: Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles
    All of these are free of homerism for the most part, especially the top 2.

    1. Anaheim
    2. Colorado
    3. Pittsburgh
    Dishonorable mentions: NY Rangers, Minnesota, Carolina

    These have horrible instances of homerism and also many misannounced players.
  5. buffalofrenchy

    buffalofrenchy Legend

    Aug 29, 2010
    Any Canadiens fans could tell me how many games in HD they got in the past with NHLCI (USA edition) with directv? I am not expecting you to have counted them but a rough idea based on your opinion. I am sure any Canadiens who purchased the package should know roughly ??? ;-)
  6. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas

    Looking at this year's schedule, and using last year as an HD guide, here's my best guess of Habs games in HD on both CI and NHLN's HNIC coverage:


    October: 8
    November: 10
    December: 12 ( including a 7 game road trip. How often does that happen? )
    January: 7
    February: 10
    March: All 15 ( They play no other Canadian teams in March! )
    April: 3

    That's 65 games. Again, I'm guessing based on past HD performance, so that number could go up or down.

    One caveat. There may be a few games not available to CI due to VS / NBC blackout restrictions.

    This is why I believe NHL CI to be such an amazing deal. Forgetting every other team available, you can watch your Habs in HD all year for less than $3 per game.

    As a former Rangers and Kings season ticket holder, it is a no brainer.

    Don't hold me to exact totals above, but I hope this helps with your decision.
  7. buffalofrenchy

    buffalofrenchy Legend

    Aug 29, 2010
    Wow this analysis is more in depth than I was expecting.
    That would be 80% of the games, probably more than I would really watch in one season.
    Seems very worth it to me!
  8. Maleman

    Maleman Icon

    Apr 17, 2007
    When HD feeds aren't in play for Ottawa/Edm/Calgary/Vancouver games---absolutely horrible SD feeds-unwatchable.

    Best announcer= Buffalo :)
    Best HD feeds=as much as I hate NY teams, MSG is prob the best then NESN (horrible announcers-bias!)

    I like this topic :) and getting a bit excited for hockey season.
  9. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I'm not a fan of a Canadian team, but can tell you what to expect. If your a Toronto fan, we did get some Rodgers SNET-O feeds last year, maybe a half dozen or so. Any other Canadian team, I don't recall any HD Canadian feeds. If a Canadian team is playing a US team, then you'll probably get the opposing teams HD feed about 75% of the time this year. Last year less, because the MSG feed for 4 teams were not in HD until late in the season. Maleman might be able to give you an even more accurate count
  10. Maleman

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    Apr 17, 2007
    Hmmm near the end of the season all MSG feeds were available in HD if the team was broadcasting it in HD. I watched almost all TO games (don't ask me why) and were in HD via CI. SportsnetHD feeds. CBCHD feeds were quite available as well on Sat nights. All in all I got most, if not all TO games in HD.
  11. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Yes, on the Canadian feeds, I forgot to mention that you do get the first game of Hockey Night in Canada in HD on Saturday night on NHLN US. Also, when a Canadian Team is on VS [link], it will be in HD.
  12. Baldmaga

    Baldmaga Godfather

    Sep 1, 2007
    Dave Strader/Tyson Nash combo in Phoenix was really good IMO last year. Wasn't expecting anything from Nash filling in for Darren Pang, but he turned out to be pretty darn good.
  13. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Yes, I was talking about the RDS (SD) feed we see via NHL CI in the USA. It is blur-o-vision.
  14. Avder

    Avder Hall Of Fame

    Feb 6, 2010
    Last year the out of town feeds I liked watching the most were probably the Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Nashville feeds. Pittsburgh and San Jose because they seemed very quality, and Nashville because they seem to have some interesting and somewhat entertaining quirks. Too bad Nashville doesnt get many HD broadcasts.

    The Wild's announcers are a mixed bag. I like our color-commentary guy, Greenlay. The play by play guy is a few cents short of exact-change bus-far as far as overall acceptability goes tho. I like the guy who was thre before him better. Wish I could remember his name.
  15. AMike

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005
    Looks like I am wrong. Thrashers will televise 65 games and they will be in HD. http://thrashers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539714

    It still will remain the weakest presentation compared to other markets.
  16. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Best: Any in HD w/ 5.1 audio
    Good: Any in HD on Versus, but with fake 5.1 audio.
    Bad: Any in HD w/o 5.1 audio
    Worst: Any in SD w/o 5.1 audio.
  17. Xsabresx

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    Oct 8, 2007
    I totally agree with the first part.

    The funny thing about Doc mispronouncing names is that he literally created the book on player pronunciations that is passed around the league to announcers.

    The Buffalo announcer you are describing sounds like RJ but he is still doing the games. You either love him or hate him. There was John Gurtler who took over after Ted Darling left and he was totally monotone.

    The Pens announcer (still Mike Lange?) can jump off a cliff after he scratches his back with a buzzsaw.
  18. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Best - Boston
    Worst - Atlanta (by far)
  19. cmasia

    cmasia Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Tonight, the Ducks play by play guy sounds like he's 13 years old and attending his first ever NHL game.

    And Brian Heyward gets worse every year, which is amazing as he was horrible in his first year.
  20. Boston_bill

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    Jul 23, 2009
    NESN does a great job with the Bruins but I hate Jack Edwards play-by-play. Talk about homerism.

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