NHL Fans Will Experience A Whole New Game On OLN

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  1. Montrealer

    Montrealer What, me worry?

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    http://www.olntv.com/nw/article/view/1215/?tf=OLNPressCenter_articles.tpl&UserDef=true

    Front page of www.olntv.com has changed as well.
     
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    And HDTV is apparantly part of the agreement, among other new promotions (such as online streaming) of the game. From the article:

    The partnership between OLN, Comcast and the NHL will redefine the sport for hockey viewers. More action on video on demand (VOD), in HDTV and online will create an experience like never before, including:
    • VOD game highlights and library footage of hockey’s greatest moments with full fast-forward, rewind and replay capability;
    • HDTV game coverage in a crisper, faster-moving, more exciting game for hockey fans every week;
    • Online streaming of two live games per night (subject to local blackout), broadband highlights, commentary, and library footage;
    • Round-the-clock coverage on the NHL Network, to be launched in the US in the future; and
    • Comcast will have the ability to carry and/or syndicate additional games on Comcast’s regional sports networks where it has the consent of the local team and team’s rights holder.
     
  4. KariyaIsGod*

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    This blows for us Canadians...
     
  5. Montrealer

    Montrealer What, me worry?

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    Why?
     
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    that said, what's getting televised nationally on opening night?

    rangers v. philly

    :shakehead
     
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    Wow, that sounds great to me. I'd assume that would be one east and one west conference game a night. So, assuming that the eastern game starts at the earliest possible time with regards to timezones, that would be a 7pm ET start, which would be midnight over here. allow three hours for game and highlights, west conference game would start at 10pm ET or 3am here. Allow 3 hours for this game and highlights and an extra quarter of an hour to fall asleep, which leaves 1 1/2 hours sleep a night before having to get up for work.

    I shall now predict that from October onwards, my boss will notice a decrease in the quality of my work :teach:
     
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    Its just a shame I wont get to see it, Im sure Ill get the feed for HNIC if they are going to do that.

    Can any Candians confirm if theres going to be a HNIC on the 1st day of the season?
     
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    Here's Hoping

    All I want out of this contract is that Bettman took something from his NBA days:

    WAY back in 8th Grade -- when I played basketball, I actually watched the NBA (and haven't since). Anyway, the TV contract with TNT stipulated that EVERY team had to televised at least twice a year (Home & Away).

    Yeah, a couple Carolina @ Columbus games might not be the best marquee game out there, bu the league needs to show all 30 teams. Heck, the NBC contract looks like it's just a rehash of the Fox-ESPN-ABC Good Ol' Boys Club.

    We'll see how it goes. Monday Night Hockey and a Tuesday Double Header. I hope they go wall-to-wall, double header nightly for the playoffs, too.
     
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    I know I'm a Flyers fan, but that is probably the most intreguing matchup on opening night. I know Crosby's first game is too, but it isn't at home, its in New Jersey, the NHL goofed on that one.


    OLN has to make sure their best matchup is put on because this is the one that will bring in the most ratings. The Rangers and Flyers will bring in more national viewers than the Canucks and Coyotes.
     
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    HNIC is showing Ottawa-Toronto followed by a west coast game.
     
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    I think sportsnet is showing the first game of the season. I've seen that Ad that says "Hockey that matters is returning this fall" Followed by OCT 5th Leafs vs Sens.
     
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    Ottawa - Toronto is the best matchup of the night, not Flyers - Rangers. Not that I would expect OLN to show a game between 2 Canadian teams though, that just wouldn't be right (though what a refreshing change it would be).
     
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    Leafs and Sens is way more interesting than Rangers and Flyers!
     
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    When was the schedule released?
     
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    As a Flyers fan, I dont want OLN showing Flyers games. Why would you want the National broadcast to be your home team when you can get those games on your local sports network? If I get Center Ice it will all be moot though.

    And getting national viewership should be about watching the most exciting hockey, which is exactly what you would be getting from teams like Vancouver and Pittsburgh. I really couldnt care less about watching the Rangers, and probably a large majority of hockey fans who will be tuning in from places other than NYC will agree.
     
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    Bottom line the Pens opening night game would draw the most viewers. Wake up OLN.
     
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    Totally agree.
     
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    I can't experience it because I don't get the channel. I guess I'll have to go with this online streaming thing.
     
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    Not surprisingly, they picked teams from two of the largest US hockey markets. I wish they had chosen Pitt's game too, but realistically, I will have to Tivo it anyway since I will be at Stars/Kings.
     
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    That's part of it, but I'm willing to bet that this was one of the few games that they knew they could guarantee HD coverage for. Getting the first game of the year out in 'national' HD coverage would strike me as an important goal from a marketing standpoint.
     
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    Yet.
     
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    I have a feeling its either because comcast loves the flyers or comcast is excited about forsberg, or rangers still draw a big national audience
     
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    You'd be right if the Rangers didn't suck so bad.
     
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