I'm a transplanted NJ Devils fan and so far all the games I've watched have been the "away" feed in Standad Definition!! What an absolute joke!! Makes me miss Direct TV in a big way. I'm sure there is some off the wall reason for this but it won't help the dissapointment my son and I experience when we tune in each game. Is there any hope on the horizon for better programming???
The MSG channels will not allow iNDemand to carry their HD feeds for NHL Center Ice. Even though Verizon carries MSG HD and MSG+ HD in its market, they are stuck with iNDemand for these games outside of the NY sports region. DirecTV is the only place to get these games in HD outside of the NY region because so far, they are the only company who will pay MSG more money for HD. By the way, no other regional sports network in the US or Canada demands more money for out of market HD feeds.
Breaking news! The MSG feeds now appear to be available on NHL Center Ice starting today. The schedule now lists the MSG channels with the HD feeds, saying "HD availability change". Here's this month's upadated schedule-
03-09-2013 04:53 PM
Not only is there a lack of HD feeds, most nights the HD feeds suffer from severe pixelation. The audio is fine, but the video is unwatchable.
The other night there was just a single early game and just two late games. My Montreal Canadiens game was the early game, from TSN, available in HD, but for some reason only available in low-def on NHL Center Ice on FiOS. **bleep**!!!
Most importantly, how to fix the pixelation???
I would prefer to sign up again for CI - I had it last year and for a week at the start of the current season - but the lack of HD feeds really is unsatisfactory. SD looks terrible after you've had HD! So I switched to NHL Gamecenter Live fed through a Roku device to my tv. I love that all the broadcasts are in HD, and you can choose between the Home and Away feeds for every game I have not yet missed a Red Wings game in HD this year, and I always get the fan friendly Red Wings announcers. But if CI offers a similar service next year, then I would likely go back to the FIOS offering. In the meanwhile, I will stay with the HD feeds on Gamecenter. I will check in with this forum periodocall to see if FIOS becomes willing to upgrade the CI package, or not.