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Let me start out by saying that you might think this issue is in the wrong forum, but I don't think it is because this is one of the main reasons I rushed out to get 2 HR20 boxes to replace old MPEG 2 equipment.

Lately, I have been having so much problems trying to figure out the NBA in HD which has been so inconsistent this year. Some games show up in the guide, and I cannot view them because I am blacked out, and then there are some then I can see here in Los Angeles.

For example, I was able to see the both the Lakers/Bulls and the Lakers/Clippers game in HD this week on 96. My brother, who lives about 300 miles away from me was only able to see the Chicago Bulls game on Channel 95. We both subscribe to NBA League pass, and we both have Fox Sports West as our local RSN. And again, we both upgraded to MPEG 4 equipment to see NBA games in HD. But I am starting to think the only time you will get to see an HD game on the local RSN (FOX SPORTS WEST), is when the same game airs on a competitor Channel in HD.

For instance, the Chicago game this Sunday was also shown in HD on ESPN. Fox Sports West has figured they might loose viewers to ESPN, because the game is on ESPN HD. And they are correct with this assumption, because I would definitely tune in to ESPN HD rather then watch the game on a Standard Def FSW. So naturally they choose to have an HD feed as well, which was available on both channel 95 and 96 this weekend.

Tuesday's game against the Clippers, was available on both Fox Sports West and KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The Lakers home station for home games is FSN, and the Clipper games are shown of KTLA Channel 5, and KTLA is available in HD. Again, I believe FSN shows these games in HD, because they don't want to loose viewers to KTLA. However, unlike Sunday's game, my brother was not able to watch the HD feed from Fox. I am assuming that FOX has very strict controls on this, since my brother does not get KTLA channel 5 where he lives so FSN is not really concerned of loosing him. Plus most League pass games always use the Home team broadcast so he was going to watch the same FSN feed regardless.

Well, I hope I did not lose you with my observation above. Nonetheless, I am disappointed with both Direct TV and FSN. I went out and bought 2 HR20's to watch the Lakers in HD this season, hoping I would get all of the home games. Sad to see that FSN chooses to broadcast games in HD, only when they have competition from other local or national stations. And shame on Direct TV for advertising that local RNS's are available, when it's only partly true and it's really up to FSN and other RSN's when it allows them to protect there bottom line, rather then giving the customer the best possible viewing experience. I am sure other's have experienced the same in other areas with their RSN's. :mad:
 
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