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Status of MSG HD?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by wilbur_the_goose, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Feb 3, 2010 #1301 of 1758
    islesfan

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    I've been worring about this ever since it started to look like the Isles might actually make the playoffs this year!
     
  2. Feb 3, 2010 #1302 of 1758
    paakoridge

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    If anyone would like to call in to the NHL hour this week, go for it. After he said that the issue was not money or personal, plus the fact that there are no technical issues, there would seem to be no remaining logical reasons not to have MSG HD on CI. I don't wish to explore illogical reasons, so someone else give it a try. I'm going to start asking about Canadian HD (other than the occasional Leafs broadcast).
     
  3. Feb 4, 2010 #1303 of 1758
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    Yeah, if the issue is not money, personal, or technology, I am not sure what else could be keeping MSG HD off NHL CI. If I can, I will try calling today. Can we get some others to volunteer to call as well?
     
  4. Feb 4, 2010 #1304 of 1758
    wallybarthman

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    It's my understanding that the lack of canadian HD feeds has to do with DirecTV more than the NHL. It sounds as though they don't have to pay extra for Canadien SD feeds, but do for HD feeds.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2290354#post2290354
     
  5. Feb 4, 2010 #1305 of 1758
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    After reading all week about how Gary was heavily involved with the deal to sell the Lightning ,I doubt he spent any time or even thought about MSG HD .

    Now with the next NHL team looking like it's headed for financial problems ( ATL ) and also the latest set back in PHX , I doubt we will ever see any help from the NHL for those MSG HD telecasts.

    But a good question for Gary is why the NHL can spend 100's million of dollars to keep hockey in PHX but refuse to spend pennies for the receivers and HD rights for those Canadian telecasts that the loyal hockey fans with NHLCI want ?
     
  6. Feb 4, 2010 #1306 of 1758
    islesfan

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    Because we in the group of people who are being shafted by the Dolans are small. On top of that, there is a news black out on what we are going through. The main source to print something about this issue would be the local paper Newsday, but that paper is owned by the culprits in this case, so any news on this is shoved down the memory hole.

    Now, if the Coyotes packed up and moved to Hamilton, that would be big news, and Bettman would actually look worse than he normally does. That's the last thing he wants. So, that's where his priorities are.
     
  7. Feb 4, 2010 #1307 of 1758
    n3ntj

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    Did anyone call in to NHL Hour regarding MSG HD? I don't like the new time as I always forget when it's on until 7pm.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2010 #1308 of 1758
    paakoridge

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    I did call in, but did not ask about MSG HD directly, rather indicating that if it's not personal, money, or technical, then the pursuit of the soluion seems pointless. I did ask about Canadian HD and whether a premium plan, ala NFL Superfan, would help defray cost of acquisition. Gary indicated that it was not money but other issues, like capacity, yada, yada was at work (perhaps it's wee fairies wreaking havoc with his brainwaves).
    In any case, another week and another rear mount without a courtesy reacharound.
     
  9. Feb 4, 2010 #1309 of 1758
    n3ntj

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    I assume Bettman knows that D* carries MSG HD 24/7 so the issue has nothing to do with capacity for HD feeds as part of NHL CI. Guess we just gotta keep pressing him weekly until this thing gets ironed out. I think it is totally stupid that this thing has gone on this long.. just like the Versus issue.
     
  10. Feb 5, 2010 #1310 of 1758
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    Bettman is also devoting way too much energy to keeping the Ice-landers on Long Island. Let them go to KC (or Hamilton, or wherever), and deal with this HD issue instead!!! ;)
     
  11. Feb 5, 2010 #1311 of 1758
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    That explains alot about the way Bettman is thinking. He has tunnel vision.

    He knows that cable has limited bandwidth and doesn't use all the HD feeds they have now for NHLCI. So he thinks there is no need to add anymore until cable is ready to use them.
     
  12. Feb 5, 2010 #1312 of 1758
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    a majority of calls on the show were about this issue, I almost spit out my dinner when I heard him go on his rant about capacity. As it has been said before the HD feed is on D* already as part of the MSG RSN for the metro NY area.

    THIS IS NOT GETTING DONE THIS SEASON, game over.....
     
  13. Feb 5, 2010 #1313 of 1758
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    I almost cried tonight. I was watching a part of the intermission of the Leafs/Devils game from Toronto (thanks, D* for that HD feed!).

    They were showing highlights of the Sabres/Canes game - IN HD! From MSG-HD!

    Somebody should call the Dolans and tell them! They're due for another hissy fit, no?
     
  14. Feb 5, 2010 #1314 of 1758
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    Especially after looking at the SD channel. PQ is really poor tonight.
     
  15. Feb 8, 2010 #1315 of 1758
    paakoridge

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    I won't be available to call in this week. If someone can call, try to feel him out on the real reason that MSG HD is not available. We have eliminated personal and money as reasons, and presumably technical, although when I said this last week, he wandered off into areas about which he has little knowledge, like capacity, etc. Perhaps a caller can get him recentered so that he acknowledges that it is not at all a technical/capacity reason, particularly with DirecTV, and maybe he will have to state the real reason, and a timetable for resolution, which would be nice coming out of the Olympic break.
     
  16. Feb 8, 2010 #1316 of 1758
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    I continue to look at this thread hoping someone will post saying it is resolved. I have no idea why any of us believe that Bettman cares or would try to do anything. Ultimately this is the end result of either the website idiocy or something similar and neither Bettman not the Dolans have shown the slightest interest in the fans. At the end of the day does it make much difference to a fan if the website is truly unique for each team as long as links to all other teams and league wide things are there? really???
     
  17. Feb 8, 2010 #1317 of 1758
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    Ohhhhh, that's what he's been doing? It would explain why the negotiations between Lighthouse and Kate Murray are going soooo well?
     
  18. Feb 8, 2010 #1318 of 1758
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    Has anyone noticed that talking to Gary Betman is like talking to a DirecTV CSR? The responses come from a script that is completely unrelated to whatever you say on the phone.
     
  19. Feb 8, 2010 #1319 of 1758
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    if Dolan doesnt want to give the out of towners the feed, period, end of story.

    Specualtion is that he doesnt want to give directtv an edge over the cable systems around the country, who dont have the bandwidth to cover every game in hd.

    There isnt anything that can be done either. Bettman can't force him to give it to the out of towners.

    Wirtz didnt show home games in Chicago for 80 plus years and bettman was powerless to do anything. Games were not shown on centre ice. That is why there are a ton of canadian dishes in the chicagoland area.

    Some of you guys think that you have a right to get every game in Hd. be thankful that you get to see them at all.
     
  20. Feb 8, 2010 #1320 of 1758
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    Honestly, I don't have any confidence that this will be resolved NEXT season:mad:
     

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