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Washington Capitals in HD???
Enthusiast - Level 1

Why is the NHL Network blacked out for the Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs game?  I pay extra for HD channels but I have to watch the game on the FIOS 1 channel - this is ridiculous!

I would understand if the game was broadcast locally in HD, but forcing people to watch the local standard definition broadcast is in no means any equivalent to watching in HD.

Re: Washington Capitals in HD???
Enthusiast - Level 1

Okay - I can't even get the game on channel 1.  Why do they do this? 

National channel (NHL Network) - blacked out

Local channel (CSN+) - not available in my lineup

Fios local channel (1) - nothing show up

Why o why??

Re: Washington Capitals in HD???
Specialist - Level 2

The reason that NHL Network was blacked out is because Comcast Sportsnet has paid for exclusive rights to show the games in our region, whether it's on CSN or CSN+. If you have an issue with the game not being shown in HD, contact CSN. NHL Network must black out games for each team's areas beacuse of the regional rights-holders.

A lot of us here have a hard time feeling bad for you being forced to watch the game in SD when we can't see the game at all, since Verizon does not carry CSN+ throughout most of the CSN footprint. I did watch the game at Halligan Bar in Richmond (shameless plug) because they have Comcast and showed CSN+.