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#1 SouthernWingsFan

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:18 AM

I'm thinking about possibly going with hockeystreams.com instead of NHL Center Ice. I thankfully have flexibility in viewing - use 2 laptops, 1 personal/1 work-provided - so that watching games might not be an inconvenience if I want to get work done and the like, and I'm typically all over the place during weekends so if I'm out I know some places here/there that have Internet that I can watch.

Is it worth it? I've had NHL Center Ice the past few years. I've had issues of a few games being down over the years but overall, nothing too horrible to complain about. I don't have HD or anything on my TV, not really worried about that so much, can still see the games well and stuff.

I know there are usually complimentary online streams and stuff but I always worry about the risk of those being taken down and the like.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:35 AM


I used hockeystreams last year for the last half of the season. I bought it primarily for watching at work, but also because it can't get NBC. In my opinion, it is a poor substitute for a big screen in stunning High Definition, but it gets the job done. The streams were pretty reliable, although there were some techinical issues at times. I'll buy it again, but it is a secondary source for me.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:39 AM

I've been using it for the preseason and used it last year for the playoffs for games I didn't get.. Stream through my HTPC to my 52" tv and it looked OK.. (this is hd plus).. but in terms of streaming quality you wont find better and it has yet to let me down..
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:46 AM

Works great for me. There's the occasional problems with the site but 95% of the time it works flawlessly. As far as stream quality goes you won't find any better.
The HD streams are of course far from real HD quality, but more than good enough for me atleast.

Archived games is a great feature too.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:54 AM

This is my 2nd year with HockeyStreams and I love it. They are constantly making improvements. I'm an architecture student so I spend the majority of my time on campus in studio and HS is a god-send. Quality is good, game chat can be stimulating, archived streams are great if you miss a game, no blackouts. Usually they put up the FSN Detroit feed if there is one, so its Ken and Mick 90% of the time which is great. When I'm home I simply hook up my computer to the living room TV with an S-Video cable and while its not HD, after a minute or so of watching the game, I can't notice I'm not watching it on cable back home in Michigan.

I had Center Ice Online 2 years ago, very unreliable, subpar quality both video and audio, blackouts, usually took a week or so to archive games, and very over priced ($170 I believe). For almost half the price you get a better service with HockeyStreams for a calendar year, that means playoffs, draft, free agent frenzy, etc. If its hockey related, they usually try to stream it. I definitely would suggest it, especially if you're away from home as much as I am.

And hell, if you're going to sign up, use my referral page to do so please biggrin.gif: http://www.hockeystr...gister/blomquik

Either way, hope it works out for you.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:26 AM

It's a ripoff, especially when you can watch games free on sopcast, atdhe, justintv and ect. Their quality isn't any better, in fact, I found it to be worse because it's choppy and unreliable.

I wouldn't wish hockeystream to my worse enemy. Why pay the money to an illegal feed trying to get rich when you can get it for free?
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:28 AM

espn360 is the way to go

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:34 AM

QUOTE (mindfly @ September 22, 2009 - 12:28PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
espn360 is the way to go


That might be a good option and I'm sure their quality is much better -- if they play NHL, not sure they updated their schedule yet?. hockeystream has horrible quality if you can get it to work properly. http://ohmyshit.com/...ipoff-be-warned

Edited by Snazzy, 22 September 2009 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:37 AM

I only used it during the Wings/Ducks series last playoffs and it worked sufficiently. Although I did pay for the HD feed but could never get it to stream without constantly having to buffer. The normal quality worked just fine though and I was able to see the games that would've normally been blacked out in my area so it was worth it. Heads up though, make sure you turn off the automatic payment when you're done, I was unaware that I paid for an extra month until I saw it on my credit card!

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:55 AM

hockeystreams is great and this is my second year, i do not have problems and the HD is great. I hook up a HDMI from my computer to my HDTV to watch the games

you will be happy with the feed

plus this year on hockeystreams will have all the winter olympic hockey games,UFC,

Feel Free to use this link to sign up http://www.hockeystr...ster/tinyhockey

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:41 PM

People who are trying to earn affiliate cash from trying to get people to sign up under your name should be banned and definitely should not be trusted. It's really classless that people are on LGW's trying to shake down extra cash from an illegal website stealing feeds. Shameful.

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Edited by Snazzy, 22 September 2009 - 12:42 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:47 PM

QUOTE (Snazzy @ September 22, 2009 - 12:41PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
People who are trying to earn affiliate cash from trying to get people to sign up under your name should be banned and definitely should not be trusted. It's really classless that people are on LGW's trying to shake down extra cash from an illegal website stealing feeds. Shameful.

/rant

But these "free" sites that essentially do the same thing are okay because they are free? huh.gif
Kinda some faulty logic there...

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm gonna try to get working on this tonight.

I just hope that if I ultimately do not purchase NHL Center Ice through my cable provider, they still bill me (Charter Communications). That happened from 2 seasons ago to the last season through I different cable provider where I used to live (Cox Communications).

I don't have any TV/Computer hookups or fancy shamncy stuff, but as long as I can just see the game in color in halfway decent quality, I'm good. My laptop is pretty good looking for running media and I'm on the go a good bit, so it'd be pretty cool if I decide to go out to watch games here/there with places with Internet hotspots, if I do go this route.

I just wish I could afford an iPhone for this stuff. tongue.gif

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:03 PM

QUOTE (SouthernWingsFan @ September 22, 2009 - 01:47PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But these "free" sites that essentially do the same thing are okay because they are free? huh.gif
Kinda some faulty logic there...

Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm gonna try to get working on this tonight.

I just hope that if I ultimately do not purchase NHL Center Ice through my cable provider, they still bill me (Charter Communications). That happened from 2 seasons ago to the last season through I different cable provider where I used to live (Cox Communications).

I don't have any TV/Computer hookups or fancy shamncy stuff, but as long as I can just see the game in color in halfway decent quality, I'm good. My laptop is pretty good looking for running media and I'm on the go a good bit, so it'd be pretty cool if I decide to go out to watch games here/there with places with Internet hotspots, if I do go this route.

I just wish I could afford an iPhone for this stuff. tongue.gif


It's not okay. When did I say it's okay? But according to you it's faulty logic that webmasters (and LGW posters) should try to earn as much cash from people around the world from something that is stolen? That's really your "logic"? And you wish to call my logic "faulty"!? Lol.

I don't condone piracy, nor will I ever create a website that supports piracy.... And I certainly won't ever sell or try to profit from stolen property. Just my "faulty logic", I guess.

In your theory, it's okay for people to download a movie (or burn a million copies of it) to sell it to the public for profits? Guess mama didn't teach you right from wrong. But hey, if you wanna make money from stolen property, go for it. This is America, land of opportunity.... right?


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (Snazzy @ September 22, 2009 - 01:03PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's not okay. When did I say it's okay? But according to you it's faulty logic that webmasters (and LGW posters) should try to earn as much cash from people around the world from something that is stolen? That's really your "logic"? And you wish to call my logic "faulty"!? Lol.

I don't condone piracy, nor will I ever create a website that supports piracy.... And I certainly won't ever sell or try to profit from stolen property. Just my "faulty logic", I guess.

In your theory, it's okay for people to download a movie (or burn a million copies of it) to sell it to the public for profits? Guess mama didn't teach you right from wrong. But hey, if you wanna make money from stolen property, go for it. This is America, land of opportunity.... right?

Look at your first post.

How does my mom have anything to do with this?

Yep, we're in America.

Edited by SouthernWingsFan, 22 September 2009 - 01:10 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:29 PM

QUOTE (Snazzy @ September 22, 2009 - 01:03PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's not okay. When did I say it's okay? But according to you it's faulty logic that webmasters (and LGW posters) should try to earn as much cash from people around the world from something that is stolen? That's really your "logic"? And you wish to call my logic "faulty"!? Lol.

I don't condone piracy, nor will I ever create a website that supports piracy.... And I certainly won't ever sell or try to profit from stolen property. Just my "faulty logic", I guess.

In your theory, it's okay for people to download a movie (or burn a million copies of it) to sell it to the public for profits? Guess mama didn't teach you right from wrong. But hey, if you wanna make money from stolen property, go for it. This is America, land of opportunity.... right?

How are LGW posters earning cash? Its fine that you hate HockeyStreams for whatever reasons, but your posts earlier about the supposedly horrendous quality and poor usability are baseless. Is it as legitimate a business as GameCenter? No. But its a service and we have the right to pay for it if we like.

Also, its quality and reliability are light years above SopCast. What someone does with their dollars is their business. And I definitely suggest HS over GameCenter and SopCast for quality and reliability.

Edited by b.shanafan14, 22 September 2009 - 01:30 PM.


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:58 PM

QUOTE (Snazzy @ September 22, 2009 - 02:03PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
.... And I certainly won't ever sell or try to profit from stolen property.



Watching a game through a free illegal stream is profitting from it genius.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:21 PM

QUOTE (Swayze @ September 22, 2009 - 02:58PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Watching a game through a free illegal stream is profitting from it genius.


Well dayum, guess I should burn all my CDs and DVDs and sell them on eBay then. Oh wait, here is a better idea... lets forge Lidstrom's, Zetterberg's, Yzerman's and Howes signature on hockey gear and pawn if off on eBay. Seems to be the "right thing to do" according some of you posters. Profiting off stolen stuff is okay.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:26 PM

So you agree you're hypocritical?

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:53 PM

I used hockeystreams for the playoffs last year and it worked pretty well. No complaints...it was well worth the money.





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