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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey audiences won’t challenge the numbers produced by football, baseball and basketball any time soon, but the bleeding caused by the cancelled 2004-05 season has stopped.
At the midway point of this season, national audiences on Versus are up 32 per cent from this time last year.
Versus is drawing numbers comparable with ESPN2’s viewership in 2003-04, which was the last year of its deal with the NHL.
from Allison Moore at TVPredictions,
Every day here at TVPredictions.com, I scan the HD programming aisles and serve up 10 programs so good—so hot!—that you can’t miss them.
We call this list, “The Hottest Shows in HDTV!” And here they are for Thursday, January 10, 2008: (All times Eastern; smart remarks are the opinion of the author alone.)
1. NHL Hockey
Buffalo takes on Ottawa.
HDNet, 7:30 p.m.
more (but no more hockey) and great to see a NHL hockey game is listed as the hottest show in HD!
from Pete Maher at the Calgary Sun,
The best broadcast location I ever worked in was in the old Olympia in Detroit, but for only two seasons before it was replaced by the Joe Louis Arena.
The Saddledome now has the best broadcasting seat.
Our location is suspended from the roof just over the final row of seats in the lower bowl on the penalty-box side.
Broadcasters are also additionally stimulated by crowd response—when the Sea of Red is in prime form, nothing rivals the Saddledome.
The new location in San Jose is just below the roof.
more of the best and worst broadcast locations…
from Peter King at Sports Illustrated,
I did, however, care about the New Year’s Day hockey game in Buffalo. Fantastic visuals, fun event, tremendous game capped by the best player in hockey scoring the winning goal in the last round of a shootout, with 71,000 riveted fans in the stadium. This was the best new sports-event idea I’ve seen in years, and I don’t say that because I draw a paycheck from NBC.
a little more from Peter and thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
Those of us with a HDTV may be interested in this…
Of interest to DTV viewers in Canadian border areas (Detroit, Seattle, Buffalo, etc.), here is recent info from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) regarding their future plans for OTA (over the air) Digital TV.
My question: When will (CBC Affilate) CBET begin Digital TV over-the-air in Windsor (ONT)?
CBC Answer: We appreciate your interest in CBC Television. CBC is currently broadcasting in over the air high definition in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Beyond that, no further decisions have been made regarding further expansion as yet, since funding for such projects is not currently in place.
read on and I still don’t understand why CI doesn’t or can’t pick-up the HD feed of HNIC or TSN NHL games.
26 teams in actions beginning at 12:30pm ET today.
I have posted the early games and to see the rest of the schedule, check out NHL.com
The Winter Classic was a hit in Canada as well.
A day after NBC reported the largest hockey viewing audience in more than a decade watched the outdoor game south of the border, CBC announced Thursday it drew its second-largest audience ever for an afternoon NHL game.
from the National Post,
Canadians may not know his name, but they know his voice. They have been listening to it for decades accompanying highlights of the Pittsburgh Penguins, describing the action on the ice with non-sequiturs such as “scratch my back with a hacksaw,” and “buy Sam a drink - and get his dog one, too.”
Mike Lange does not always make sense. And it has taken years of practice.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
But for television, the outdoor game is a tough sell unless it’s framed brilliantly within the context of its surroundings.
In that respect, the CBC and NBC did fine jobs of bringing the enormousness of the spectacle into our homes.
Both networks conveyed the larger-than-life aspect of the game by giving us high overhead shots from an aircraft above the stadium as well as scenes in and around the game.
But the CBC should have given us more crowd shots. The mood and reaction of the spectators, after all, is a large part of the show.
The NHL action starts early today, with a 1:00pm ET game between the Flyers and Lightning. Then at 3:00pm ET, the Kings take on the Avalanche.
Games resume at 7:00pm ET… Check out the NHL schedule for more information including all the regional carriers.
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