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I believe the first year of the OLN/Versus contract did not call for exclusive television windows, but future years (starting with this season) did. This was because the entire schedule was released before the TV contract was finalized, and I think they were afraid of pissing off fans even more than we already were after missing a season.
So unless I'm mistaken, the only games available to Center Ice subscribers in the USA(regardless of provider) will be the national game on Versus. It'll be much like the exclusive window that MLB has when Fox games are on nationally - no games are on Extra Innings.
I could be wrong, but I'm about 80% sure I read this when the contract with OLN was signed last summer. This is not a good thing for die-hard hockey fans, IMO, unless the nationally televised game is the only game in the league during those windows. But I really doubt this is the case.
And, for the conflict with NBATV games in HD, InHD started the season by tape-delaying the NHL game until after the NBA game. But they finally came to their senses and gave the NBA priority, put the NHL games on InHD2 live, then were replayed them after the NBA game on InHD. I'd expect it to be the same this season, but I thought I read something about the potential demise of InHD2, so it'll be interesting if that happens.