Entries with the tag: center ice
Pretty much everyone knows that the NHL has suggested that DirecTV subscribers call DirecTV and bug them about Versus. As a longtime DirecTV subscriber, I decided to do just that to see what they’d say. After doing a little research, I saw that some people were getting free stuff for complaining.
I’m not necessarily advocating that you do this, but it never hurts to try. Here’s what happened and what I got:
(Apologies for being MIA over the last little while. We’ve had a family medical situation, which causes priorities to shift quite a bit. Fortunately, things look much better this week. Don’t worry, I won’t go all Dwayne on you with soap-operaish details about my life other than that things are probably gonna be ok.)
The NHL season is two weeks away. I still don’t have Versus on my DirecTV, and it looks like I probably won’t have it anytime soon.
According to Puck Daddy, folks with Time Warner Cable may not be able to enjoy Center Ice at the season’s start.
Great time to be a hockey fan with all this technology, right? Fortunately, there are other options, such as online streaming (both the official Center Ice Online and…uh…other not-so-official means, but you didn’t hear that from me).
Still, this whole mess just seems to be a game of chicken that doesn’t really need to be happening. While the collateral damage here is a bunch of big companies pissing off fans, Versus has the most to lose here. Sorry guys, but you’re just not important enough to most people to cause a seismic shift in how a broadcast provider measures its performers.
Some months ago, the Center Ice package opened up the Holy Grail of out-of-market hockey games. Previously, if your home team’s broadcast network wasn’t showing a game, the away team’s feed would still be blacked out. Why? Because even though there wasn’t a game to be shown on the local network, they still technically owned the rights to the game, and giving those away to the other network would be, in theory, bad for business.
Well, those hurdles were cleared and now fans could watch their home teams even if the game wasn’t scheduled to be televised on their local broadcaster. For example, the Sharks/Coyotes game over the weekend wasn’t broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area but it was on FSN Arizona. In years past, Sharks fans couldn’t have seen the game at all, but thanks to the lift on blackouts, they could watch the game on Center Ice. Sharks broadcasts and advertising even mention this now when talking about game availability.
Sounds great, right? Well, sure, if you’re on DirecTV or Dish Network. But it turns out that some folks in California simply aren’t getting what they’re paying for with their Comcast cable subscription. Are you only getting half of the Center Ice channels you paid for? Then you’re not the only one.