2007-03-18, 04:03 PM
Are you sure last night's game wasn't on HD. Granted the quality wasn't nearly as good as the earlier leafs game but when I switched between CBC's HD feed and their SD channel there was a noticeable difference in quality (I'm on BEV).
2007-03-18, 04:30 PM
I'm on BEV too and the game was SD widescreen. The quality all depends on what CBC channel you are comparing with. To me, CBC-T(210) and CBCHD had a very little difference in quality. There would be some difference because of one being a SD channel and the other being HD, just like watching a SD show on an american network and watching the same show on the HD network. Also, if it was HD, CBC would have been running the "this game is available in HD" plug at the start of the periods and the online schedule would have it listed as HD not widescreen. If it was HD, it would have looked alot better than what it did.
2007-03-18, 05:24 PM
IMO markb, the Sportsnet excuse that it is a national channel is just that, and excuse for not investing money in HD.
There is nothing stopping Sportsnet from switching the BC feed of Sportsnet HD for a Canucks game. Likewise in Alberta for an Oilers game. They would not have to "black out" the rest of Canada, just provide their usual programming of Sportsnet Ontario (which is really all that the HD channel is for the most part). TSN is a national channel and has no problem switching feeds for regional NHL telecasts or for CFL blackouts.
Sportsnet is just feeding us an excuse they feel they can sell rather than put any money into HD.
2007-03-18, 05:30 PM
There's nothing stopping them (except money) from converting the 4 regional channels to HD and showing regional HD sports. This includes hockey, Mariners HD on SNET Pac, other baseball on the other regional channels...you name it...NLL...whatever.
2007-03-18, 06:24 PM
Ya I noticed the picture in the game last night (Detroit Canucks) was not as nice but compared to Sports Net, it's a relief. Games in SDef but on the HD channels look a lot better than games on SN. If I bypass the box (6200) and I get a better picture. The games on Sports Net are the almost the only sport I watch in SD. It just baffles me how they can't make it work whether it means SN national blacking the games outside the region or 4 SNHD channels. Even if they could get half of the Canucks games that SN shows in HD on the national channel (blacked out for non BC'ers) would be better than none.
During the CFL season, I realised how crazy it is that more CFL games are shown in HD than Canucks considering their respective fan bases and income generating ability.
(Thanks JC for moving my post to the right thread) ... I will not post drunk anymore. :D
2007-03-22, 01:54 PM
TSN is a national channel and has no problem switching feeds for regional NHL telecasts or for CFL blackouts.
Only for SD though. CFL HD games weren't blacked out on TSN last year (because TSN has one HD feed). To carry it HD anywhere, it had to be national, so no blackouts in local markets.
Similar situation for NHL games. Any truly regional TSN NHL game (e.g. available in "Leaf region only") is broadcast in SD. Any NHL game on TSN HD is a national game. TSN has both regional and national rights, so the line is blurred somewhat as they can "flip" a game from regional to national. Not sure how many times they're allowed to make that flip, but they've done it a few times this year. Sportsnet has no such option, given that they're restricted to regional broadcast rights.
My point is that TSN and Sportsnet are in the same boat on this. Until a technical solution is found, or paid for, we're stuck with zero regional HD for Canucks, Oilers, Flames, and Sens (regional rights belong to Sportsnet). Same thing for Leafs and Habs (regional rights with TSN). Or the NHL rights agreements have to change. In any case, SD only for regional games won't be changing soon. Unfortunately.
2007-03-23, 03:28 PM
LEAFTV has regional rights to 12 or 13 Leaf games and airs them in HD, otherwise, you are correct.