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#21 devlman

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

I don't know about all of you but that embarrassing broadcast of the opening game of the NJ season on FIOS was something else. The screen was cut off so we couldn't see the time. The broadcast was obviously the HD feed cut off to fit the SD feed dimensions. I seriously hope this isn't something we have to look forward to of more of the Dolan spite.

Why did the Rangers get the privilege of two HD channels showing the exact same broadcast, and for that matter why did the Islanders even get a Feed down here in Central Jersey?


Agreed. The sound production has been pretty bad too in that the crowds have been barely audible
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

Agreed. The sound production has been pretty bad too in that the crowds have been barely audible


Well that's nothing new, the most enlightening thing over just how bad it was is when the MSG feed of Sykora's 5-on-1 goal last year got posted side-by-side with the CBC feed, it literally sounded like two different arenas :lol:

The only good thing this year is at least MSG+2 is right after MSG and MSG+ on the cable box, no more searching around for C-Span or the Cablevision channel which I'd never look for otherwise.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

I have directv and the isles game I had on HD on MSG+ and MSG+2 and the score was not cut off.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

I hate the Isles announcers, but nevertheless if the choice is between home team feed and HD picture, HD wins out in our house every time.


This. It was no big deal. But I did LOL at the play-by-play guy doing his "Eli-ash" call
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

The FIRST game back it was no big deal? After nine months, I wanted to listen to Chico and Steve. If this was a random game in March that'd be something else.

DM84, the problem wasn't with HDTV's it was if you had SDTV. The HD feed got screwed up on SD, causing the score not to show up.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

Although TG seemed insistent on Twitter that everyone would be getting the MSG+2 feed in HD, in my area they only even listed an SD channel online, with the left side cut off and an embarrassing aspect ratio issue. Ended up watching the Islanders feed, which despite the announcers was honestly fine. I don't know why they bothered with the awful Devils broadcast.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:13 PM

I had the same issue with Time Warner in NYC. The Devils feed was zoomed in psuedo-HD and the Isles feed was perfect. Like many others, I have a hard time listening to the opposing announcers, so I always take the Devils feed, even with all the issues. With the schedule so compressed and the Devils likely to spend some time on MSG+2, I hope this isn't the norm for this season.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

I have directv and the isles game I had on HD on MSG+ and MSG+2 and the score was not cut off.


i'm so happy msg+2 is in hd. it was nice listening to the devils announcers this past game instead of having to make the choice between devs announcers or hd.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

No HD on Dish either. I'm also watching through the center ice. I asked a Dish rep and got no answer whether they provide the MSG channels in HD or not.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

Yeah that was awful. Was on channel like...723 or something (Comcast, central Jersey)


I feel bad for Steve and the Devils crew honestly. If they're delegated to non-HD all year their viewership is going to suffer big time.
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I have Comcast and MSG+2 HD is now on channel 842 for anyone interested. I watched the game with steve and chico annoucning without any picture issues and perfect sound, i live in central jersey
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:04 PM

Because 94!
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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

I have directv and had the clock cut off, though the picture was HD, which is an upgrade over past years where that was standard and fuzzy looking as all hell.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

I feel bad for Steve and the Devils crew honestly. If they're delegated to non-HD all year their viewership is going to suffer big time.


According to MSG's broadcast schedule (PDF), the Devils will get the +2 treatment four more times this year. However, two of those are home games against the Rangers.

Hey, at least you guys got the Devils feed. When you get north of the NYC metro area, carriage of the overflow stations is basically up to the cable companies. Here in Albany, Time Warner declined to carry the Devils feed even though one of the usual channels they use for overflow was available, and on top of that, apparently no one told them that Center Ice had a free preview, so I was stuck with the Isles announcers. However, I didn't notice any problems with the broadcast. (I don't have HD, and the HD-on-SD looked fine to me.)

Also, is the clock/scorebox new this year? I like it, it's a lot more subtle than the bar they had been using.
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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

I have Comcast and MSG+2 HD is now on channel 842 for anyone interested. I watched the game with steve and chico annoucning without any picture issues and perfect sound, i live in central jersey


Me too. This is new for me this season however. They added MSG+2 and MSG2 in HD recently when they rearranged all the HD channels into the 800s, which makes more sense than before where they were all kinds of mixed in the 100s and 200s, the premium(hbo/sho) HD is in 300s, then they're all repeated in the 800s. I however didn't get to watch MSG+2 in HD for the opening game, so I don't know if it works. I have POS Comcast too. I live in NW NJ, some might call it Central if Central NJ existed.
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