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Please ATT Uverse add NHL Center Ice this season... I know there are a lot of hockey fans that would love to purchase an NHL Hockey package... Please!!!

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Guru

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Remember, as well, that it's not necessarily limited to what the NHL says. The OOM sports packages are distributed by inDemand, which is ... a consortium of sorts run by Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, et al -- all the competitors which AT&T is going up against in their (previously monopolistic, most likely) stomping grounds. We had this sort of problem back when Ameritech came to most Detroit suburbs with their Americast cable alternative, competing directly with Comcast (mostly), in their previous monopoly areas. Comcast went to Viacom and other programmers and signed exclusive deals, because they were forced to basically upgrade via competition, and Ameritech was "locked out" so as to look somehow inferior in what they were offering.

AT&T is stealing their customers, so any monkey wrench the MSOs can throw into the mix is possible, and could be attempted. After all, who'd the NHL prefer for a customer base? AT&T with 3M subscribers total, or an MSO like Comcast with (allegedly) 23M?

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Scholar

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Since it does not look like uverse will be offering center ice this year, Nhl gamecenter is your only choice to watch out of market hockey games. The price is $169 for the year but if you order by 10-30 they will knock 10 bucks off the price bringing it to 159. Nhl gamecenter is also supported by ps3, boxee, roku etc. the web site is https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/gclsignup

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Contributor

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I phoned ATT Customer Support and their business center and they informed that they would NOT be carrying the NHL Center Ice package this year, and it was not on their radar for the future. This at least gives me confirmation and I will not be wasting my time phoning them any more. I'm extremely disappointed because for the most part, I like the ATT Uverse pacakage: Center Ice would have been the final piece of the pie but it seems this will never happen. I'm thinking of switching to DirectTV through ATT so I can get the package, but I hate the idea of a dish on my roof and potential drops in service. I loathe ComCast and have no desire to go back to them.....they provided me the crappiest service which is why I switched to ATT in the first place. I guess the only solution is GameCenter and watching the games through the internet. Not the preferred solution. I find it amazing that ATT (based in Texas) can find it in their business plan to have subscriptions to umpteen Spanish-language stations which is focussed on a small minority of the population, but they can't think about the transient folk from cold-weather climates who want to watch their hockey......interesting.

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Mentor

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So At&T nothing on google about the contract dispute between At&T and NHL NETWORK

??

 

so AT&T .. ARE YOU GOING TO FILL US IN OR WHAT???????

 

 

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Expert

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heyyofan wrote:

 

So At&T nothing on google about the contract dispute between At&T and NHL NETWORK

??

 

so AT&T .. ARE YOU GOING TO FILL US IN OR WHAT??????? 


Who said there was a contract dispute?  The current carriage agreement is expiring and will need to be renewed just as it was last year.

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Professor

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thomasdd wrote:

I phoned ATT Customer Support and their business center and they informed that they would NOT be carrying the NHL Center Ice package this year, and it was not on their radar for the future. This at least gives me confirmation and I will not be wasting my time phoning them any more. I'm extremely disappointed because for the most part, I like the ATT Uverse pacakage: Center Ice would have been the final piece of the pie but it seems this will never happen. I'm thinking of switching to DirectTV through ATT so I can get the package, but I hate the idea of a dish on my roof and potential drops in service. I loathe ComCast and have no desire to go back to them.....they provided me the crappiest service which is why I switched to ATT in the first place. I guess the only solution is GameCenter and watching the games through the internet. Not the preferred solution. I find it amazing that ATT (based in Texas) can find it in their business plan to have subscriptions to umpteen Spanish-language stations which is focussed on a small minority of the population, but they can't think about the transient folk from cold-weather climates who want to watch their hockey......interesting.


 

 

Hmmm... we have a "one-post wonder" who posted that AT&T said they wouldn't be adding the NHL package. Usually, don't AT&T reps try to add people to the "sports pack" or the "HD Premium Tier" under the belief that those packages offer a ton of sports, or NHL programming, or whatever the case may be?

 

 

I also highly doubt that AT&T's location has anything to do with their offerings. The Latino/Hispanic population is growing in extremely rapid numbers, so it only makes sense to add those channels. Besides, they're not "on the hook" for selling those channels to a certain number of subscribers. They can put them in either the U-100, U-200, or Spanish tiers and either sell them to everybody, or sell them to only those who want them.

 

If AT&T signs up with Center Ice, they must sell a specific number of packages. If they don't, they still have to buy them and eat the (very expensive) costs. If someone wants ESPN Deportes, but has no interest in TV Colombia, they'll still be buying that subscription to TV Colombia.

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FWIW, those who want to catch the action on TV via GameCenter, it might be a good solution to get yourself a PlayStation 3, which has that possibility. If you don't have a BluRay player, it'll solve that problem as well. People looking for cash these days in this economy (imagine that) have been cashing-in their systems, and you could possibly go that route for less than full retail. Of course you do have other options in this internet age, but I can't go into those as they're of the "sneaky" backdoor variety. Smiley Wink

 

And as to the contract business, what used to burn my cork with Comcast was their insistence/prodding for customers to add the "Sports Pack", but all of these US sport cabals (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) put their channels on the digital-tier at almost the most basic level. But, should you want to watch college sports or soccer, you're forced into paying an additional $7.95 a month. What's their reasoning? Well, more customers wouldn't want to pay for a sports package, so to get the most viewers, we'll put it out for everyone. OK ... so the people who wouldn't be watching it anyways somehow would be? IMHO, basic old ESPN and the regional sports channel should be on "expanded basic" for everyone, and all others in a specific, extra-charge sports package. Maybe then, ESPN/Disney wouldn't be forcing anyone to pay the almost $4.00 per month for their services that aren't being watched, and it could be something more in line with the others like Discovery, USA, or FX. I'm not a real fan of "a la carte" blocks, but I think I'd have plenty of people agreeing with this line of thinking.

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Please add Center Ice or I will be forced to switch back to Time Warner Cable!!!!

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ajacokes wrote:

Please add Center Ice or I will be forced to switch back to Time Warner Cable!


Until AT&T comes to a new carriage agreement with the National Hockey League to carry the NHL Network again, there will not be any chance of U-Verse carrying NHL Center Ice. The NHL Network is a must carry prerequesite for any provider to carry NHL Center Ice.

 


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ajacokes wrote:

Please add Center Ice or I will be forced to switch back to Time Warner Cable!!!!


As was stated, until the NHL and AT&T can come to agreement Center Ice will not be available.  You can always get a ROKU and order NHL Game Center.

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Scholar

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Understood but some of us would like it on the service we already have instead of buying an extra piece of equipment and using a service that is not HD quality. Ever try switching back and forth between games? Painful at best.

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Re: NHL Center Ice

Sorry guys. U- verse is pretty strong in its stance against Center Ice and NHL Network. They don 't want to give the NHL the same treatment as the NBA. Game Center on your computer or Roku is your only CARE ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY!choice unless you switch providers.
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How did that CARE ABOUT YOUR PRIVACY get in my post ?!
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ACE - Professor

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In addition to Roku, there's a newer device made by Google called ChromeCast that puts Google Chrome right on your TV. It's like using your TV as a computer monitor. I have one and after install, I don't even notice it's there...plugs in right in the side.
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.
Message 29 of 37
Contributor

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The problem for folks like me (outside of my favorite team's market) is that sure.. you can buy Gamecenter.. but you're still blacked out on all the NHL Network broadcasts. I'm paying to get maybe 3/4ths of my games this year, which could all be avoided if they'd just come to an agreement already. I could handle them not carrying NHL Center Ice - I actually prefer Gamecenter because I can opt to always watch my team's broadcast, which wasn't always the case with Center Ice. I just get frustrated when I'm paying the NHL to watch games, and they're blacking me out of their own channel because my cable provider can't get along with them.

 

Not to mention, when I signed up with AT&T I specifically asked the tech I was online with if NHL Network was carried and they assured me that it was (hint: it wasn't). I ordered the Sports Package tier to at least get pre and post-game for my team, but they love blacking out the post-game shows too.

 

And don't get me started on last year's playoffs. The fact they blacked me out on NBC Sports Network for Formula-1 racing and Poker about gave me a brain tumor. I'm still angry at their responses to my two support calls during that game.

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