I switched to Dish at the end of September 2017. Directv had become too expensive.
I ordered the NHL Center Ice package and found to my disgust that Dish carried standard definition ONLY for 13 of the 31 teams and no broadcasts at all for Vegas Nights games -- neither their broadcasts nor the opposing teams broadcasts (unless the opposing team was in my regional sports network). Directv has had HD broadcasts forALL teams for several years. This diluted, watered-down package was not offered at a discount -- in fact it was $1 and change more than Directv! I could not cancel after subscription but I watched fewer games because of the poor picture quality.
I complained to Dish and got a "sorry you are unhappy -- we will look into it as we know hockey is important to many people". Of course, nothing was done because Dish is too cheap to make the expenditure to bring the package to an acceptable level. I strongly urge viewers to stay away from NHL Center Ice at Dish because it is almost impossible to follow the puck in poor quality SD and close to half of all games are in SD on Dish. I don't think I would pay even half-price for this inferior product in the future.
Now on cutting off broadcasts -- on 4/15 I was watching a playoff game between Columbus and Washington on NBC Sports (channel 159).
The broadcast started at 4:30 p.m. (PST) and was scheduled through 7:30 p.m. However, the game was tied and had 1:52 left in the third period. If the game was tied after 3 periods, overtime would take place after intermission for ice resurfacing.
At precisely 7:30 the broadcast stopped and a message on the screen said I was not authorized to see this broadcast! Another game (LA Kings and Vegas Nights) was scheduled for that time and in California we had to see that game on our regional sports channel so Dish immediately blacked out the NBC Sports broadcast even though that channel continued to broadcast the remainder of the 4:30 game. So the rest of the country could continue to watch the continuation of the 4:30 game and we were blacked out in California! I called Dish and waited 20 minutes to get a technician and was given ridiculous reasons for the blackout (broadcasters decision, etc.) and was told Dish had no control over this.
I told him that Directv always corrected an erroneous blackout when a game lasted longer than expected and Dish could do the same and his response was to have me shut down the receiver to reboot and of course this did nothing because the problem was at Dish.
On April 17 I had exactly the same issue! So in 2 days I watched 6 hours of 2 hockey broadcasts and was shut out of the overtime for each game because Dish does not care enough about their customers to make sure that they get the programming they pay for.
Actually I like most everything else about Dish but their programming snafus and the watered down Center Ice package are deal breakers for continuation with them after my contract expires.
Product or Service Mentioned: Dish Network Nhl Center Ice Tv Package.
Reason of review: hopper and joies are good.
I liked: Hopper and joeys.
I didn't like: Poor quality ctr ice pkg and blackouts of programs in progress.