Got a question, but the answer seems to be vague when I contact DirecTV.
What's the best way to get the most NHL games in HD?
Taking this thread and info into consideration: DirecTV Confirms 2007 HD channel additions.
What are my options?
This is what I did last year. I subscribed to Center Ice
, and the expanded HD package from DirecTV
. I get NESN and Versus also as part of my basic subscription.HDNET was described this way: A 24-hour network featuring live sports like NHL® and MLS® games, boxing, drama series, concerts and original news and documentary programming including HDNet World Report and Across America.
The problem I found was that many (I'd say half) of the games that I could have seen in HD on HDNET were blacked out. I couldn't get a straight answer from DirecTV as to why which one's were and weren't blacked out. Sometimes I got games on both C.I and HDNET, sometimes just HDNET (rarely), sometimes they were even both feeds, one away and one home. But for my money many times the HDNET feeds were blacked out and I had to watch the game in standard Definition on Versus or C.I. Sort of frustrating since the game, my new Plasma, Sat.Dish and HD-DVR were meant for that feed and yet it was blocked.
Not to mention I paid for both subscriptions, it's not like C.I and HDNET weren't getting my cash. I could see if HDNET blacked out some games if I wasn't paying for C.I , but I was shelling out cash to both.
Ok, so two years ago before I had the new plasma, dish, and HD-DVR I subscribed to this package: DirecTV- Sports Pack
. Lots of NHL games but the live broadcasts were blacked out, and I had to watch later at night , or record on my DVR the replays. Now that I've had both C.I and this SportsPack I realize that this is the case a lot , even when the games are broadcast live by C.I, many times last year when I had C.I I had to record the game anyway and watch it later (Dual HDDVR allows recording of one live broadcast while watching another).
So the question remains, what choice will give me access to more NHL games in HD? Since last year on Center Ice, even if a local provider (NESN type station for that area), had games in HD, C.I didn't broad cast it that way.
Is C.I going to have more games in HD?
With this as the new HD line up for DirecTV:
Regional Sports Networks (Available nationally, but local blackout rules still apply.
2. Comcast SportsNet Chicago
3. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
4. FSN Arizona
5. FSN Bay Area
6. FSN Detroit
7. FSN Florida
8. FSN New England
9. FSN North
10. FSN Northwest
11. FSN Ohio
12. FSN Prime Ticket
13. FSN Rocky Mountain
14. FSN South
15. FSN Southwest
16. FSN West
17. New England Sports Network
18. SportsNet New York
20. Sun Sports
Should I just subscribe to the SPorts Pack, and record the replays that will be in HD, and not get C.I?
Of course loading up on all three, HDNET, C.I, and SPorts Pack would be the solution, but I don't think there's enough time in the day, and I'll have a lot of redundant programming with SPortsPack and C.I.
Any help on this is greatly appreciated.