Okay here’s the deal. Back when MSG HD first launched on Time Warner in 2008, Sabres games were on channel 1043. Channel 1043 was the main NYC feed of MSG HD, and the Sabres games were ‘injected’ onto that channel. If you tuned in prior to the start of the game you’d actually see the feed switching over seconds before the Sabres intro started. As you probably noticed over the years, the picture quality on Sabres games has quite frankly sucked. MSG suggested to Time Warner in order to solve this problem that the Sabres games were put on their own separate channel. If you haven’t noticed, when the Sabres and Rangers didn’t play on the same night at the same time, the Rangers games used to be in the clear on 1043 and whenever the Sabres were on, we got the blue screen telling us to tune to channel 1092. The programming we got on MSG SD and MSG HD wasn’t always in sync with each other as the SD feed was the Buffalo feed and the HD feed was the NYC feed.
The picture got slightly better over time, and the audio break up issues were solved, but the PQ still sucked in comparison. Not sure what happened, but ever since the Avalanche/Sabres game last month, the picture quality of the HD Sabres games has been pristine, and now we even get the Dolby 5.1 audio feed. It looks like whatever problems have been plaguing TW and MSG over the past 3 or 4 years now are finally solved. And now, if you tune to MSG on 206 and MSG HD on 1043 the schedules are perfectly aligned, the transition between regular MSG programming and Sabres Hockey on MSG HD is now seamless. This leads me to the conclusion that the Buffalo feed of MSG, I believe the Buffalo/Rochester Zone is dubbed Zone #3, is now in HD where as before like I said it was the NYC feed with the Sabres slapped in there. Channels 1092 and 1043 are now simulcasts of each other, 1092 has the full MSG line up, and for the last handful of games, the Sabres could be seen on 1043 as well as 1092. The two channels aren’t mirrors of each other, as one channel is a second or two a head of the other, so each channel is using bandwidth. Unlike HBO HD on channels 1060 and 1100, that’s just one channel mapped and mirrored to two different channel numbers.
Now that everything is hunky dory in the land of MSG HD Zone 3 on Time Warner, there is no more need for channel 1092.