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Changes For The Upcoming BCHL Season

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Mr Ricochet

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Also, BCHL clubs will be pursuing upgrades to their broadcast systems to get high-definition video for pay-per-view customers on HockeyTV. Several BCHL teams had HD in place last season and the goal is to have ALL arenas with upgraded cameras for 2017-18.

 

 

Nice, very nice for their fans and for players being viewed by scouts. And their parents and their friends and their girlfriends and their old teammates and coaches and colleges, and on and on and on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr Ricochet

Don't forget pets.

 

Yea, you get the idea. Intruders, pictures on the wall, plants, aquarium fish, Peeping Toms, the undead, whatever else is in the PIP, my 7 other personalities, the fly on the tv, his buddy........... All tuned into the BCHL cuz you can see what the hell and who the hell and why the hell and where the hell. .....I only have 3 followers on Twitter and the Bucs fan gave my tweet a like. :d5:

 

This should catch the eye of other leagues' officials AS WELL. Don't know what the Ultimate Toolkit Program is though.

 

 

 

Additional resources have been committed to the Ultimate Toolkit program for fan engagement and ticket sales. The initial phase of the program, in place for the 2017 BCHL playoffs, saw an increase in attendance of close to 24 per cent over the 2016 playoffs.

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I doubt there was a team in the league that didn't have a camera with HD capabilities last season. Any camera that costs in the $200's is going to have HD capabilities, and that's not that expensive at all. You start getting some prosumer cameras above $500 and at about $2,000 you start getting something bordering on professional. You can spend all the money you want on cameras, though, and still not have HD broadcasts. You can buy some converters, such as a Black Magic, that will take an HDMI output and convert it to USB into your computer; but, truly, you're going to want a $3,000 computer (tower, not laptop) that has an HDMI input. Then, to truly stream in HD, you have to have the internet connection to pull it off (and a stable internet connection...I've broadcast from arenas that have uploads of 80 Mbps but the network is fragile and the stream drops (exasperating). Then, your consumer has to have the internet connection to live stream an HD broadcast.

 

A lot goes into it and, generally, you're spending money for the sake of spending money. Most online hockey streams at the junior hockey level only have dozens of subscribers watching (mostly parents of both teams, ultra die-hard fans, and other teams doing advance scouting). Plus, to really increase interest, you have to put production value into the broadcast; but, it takes a number of people to pull that off. If your arena has a video board and you're able to have your broadcast and gameday presentation share a lot of resources, that's optimal. But, with junior hockey at this level...it's just not worth it. To make it worth it you're going to have to add a lot of viewers each game and, in reality, it doesn't go up much unless you make it free. From there, you're having to hope you're selling advertisements to offset. Well, if you only average 100 "viewers" per game even when it's free...

 

There's nothing wrong with trying to improve your stream; but, don't look at it as an investment that's going to make you more money. You're improving it for the sake of improving it. (That's not to say you want it to be garbage. By no means.) But, to actually improve it significantly, you're spending thousands more (tens of thousands more). You generally aren't going to make that back through increased viewers. It's not like the BCHL is having battle for kids with the AJHL or SJHL because those leagues have better broadcasts...

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minor life

These improvements are not being done based on any model that shows it will increase business dramatically over time. This is putting a finger in the hole of the dam that is leaking. HD has been available from other providers for a few years now. This is nothing more than trying to keep the business you have at the hockeytech level.

 

The teams are in great shape though, once they own their equipment, and the hockeytech contract expires, they can go to a provider with better profit sharing. The market for pay per view is parents, a few scouts who usually get it for free anyway, and a few other hockey insiders. This isn't a tremendous growth industry.

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Mr Ricochet

These improvements are not being done based on any model that shows it will increase business dramatically over time. This is putting a finger in the hole of the dam that is leaking. HD has been available from other providers for a few years now. This is nothing more than trying to keep the business you have at the hockeytech level.

 

The teams are in great shape though, once they own their equipment, and the hockeytech contract expires, they can go to a provider with better profit sharing. The market for pay per view is parents, a few scouts who usually get it for free anyway, and a few other hockey insiders. This isn't a tremendous growth industry.

 

Thanks for taking the time ML, but respectfully, other than the technology you mention I disagree. You look at a league like I do, one that is as good as it can be for players while allowing its teams to stay solvent. Management and labor working together to make their product competitive, profitable and solvent. I see HD feeds in that light both short and long term.

 

Firstly there is no online technology that isn't a huge growth industry. And yes as I understand it you can buy a $200.00 dollar camera and go home and watch it in HD but that's not a live feed. Arenas need to upgrade hardware as I understand it.

 

I watch the BCHL, only ones who have a HD feed though, but if they MANDATE, yes that filthy word, regulate, their members to provide a HD feed I'll be watching the whole league. Now you have another customer on site to profit from. They now have another customer on their car lot, now profit from it. The more customers there the better the chance for profit.

 

As far as the USHL goes we're talking about the #1, the top of the pyramid, league in the USA. The elimination game 5 was won in OT and that OT goal was shown to the world in standard def!! The largest audience they had that year in the whole of the hockey universe saw, and "saw" is a subjective term, the game winning clip in standard def. That is the perception those unfamiliar with the USHL were left with, a SD operation.

 

A league mandates certain parameters for it's members in many ways, travel, accommodations, education, stipends, arena specs as a way to make the members conform in a way that's best for all, ie the product. I guess we could argue point by point the cost-benefit angle but if we did I'd point to the most important one and that is perception, cup winning goal was shown to the hockey world in SD, followed by an increase in viewership.

 

A sports league is a socialist endeavor. What's good for SC is good for DM is good for CHI in most cases. A Tolvanen or Svechnikov is good for the league no matter what team they are on, it makes the overall product better. I feel the overall cost benefit, especially long term, of every USHL team having a HD feed is good for every team in this league because it makes the league better. Same as Svechnikov being a Jack even though I'm a Steel fan and Herby is a Riders fan and 47 is a Fargo fan.

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minor life

I should have been more clear, pay per view junior hockey isn't a big growth industry. Splintering is already taking place. This is why hockeytech has entered the website hosting and statistics business with their acquisitions of smaller companies.

 

This is further exemplified with Jerry Jones backed Blue Star Sports acquiring statistics companies as well. With Periscope, Facebook live and other broadcast environments, this really is about keeping market share. I am sure there are hopes to increase it as well, but if you ever read one of these partnership agreements you will see these teams and leagues seeking better agreements for themselves.

 

The numbers of on line viewers of the events are not staggering. How many years did people complain about the broadcast quality? It took at least five years for them to respond.

 

We cant look at "our" viewing habits. Hockey junkies are not the norm, we are the exception. Team staff, scouts, and most others in the business do not pay to watch any games. So the market is limited to parents and relatives really. Parents might watch games within the league when their child isn't playing, but its not a lot and they are paying for bulk access, so it doesn't increase sales volume. Grandparents and other family aren't watching other games for the most part either.

 

HD broadcast technology has been available for years. This isn't something new. Bandwidth has been limited in some arenas which has limited the expansion of HD availability.

 

Most teams use their money from these sales to pay their on broadcast team and that's all it really covers. There are simply not a lot of people watching.

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Mr Ricochet

Don't care that not many are watching and would also ask why is Hockey TV in business if there isn't a market? Why does team A have HD and team B doesn't and they're in same league? Don't care the what reason the guy who runs in SD has. IMO the league(s) should mandate HD in every arena cuz it makes the league a better one same as arena requirements do.................What's HockeyTech?

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Mr Ricochet

I'd also point out the ECHL and OHL have their own network. This allows some flexibility for the fan. The ECHL offers all the way down to single games and both offer away game packages for 70 to 90 bucks...........No such thing for a USHL fan, it's 30 a month MINIMUM or 17 a month over a whole 12 months but you get all access. TWO options for a USHL fan.

 

OHL 15/16 season: http://ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-live-early-bird-pricing-now-available/

 

ECHL 15/16 season: http://www.echl.com/echl-tv-early-bird-pricing-now-available

 

Seems to me the OHL and ECHL takes selling their product a priority and the USHL it's an after thought or necessary evil at best.

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minor life

I never said there wasn't a market. There is a small market. That market also now has competition. The service is reacting to competition in the marketplace not anticipating.

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Mr Ricochet

I never said there wasn't a market. There is a small market. That market also now has competition. The service is reacting to competition in the marketplace not anticipating.

 

Market no market, cost benefit no cost benefit, improve the league not improve the league , competition no competition a lower league than the USHL is trying to go HD throughout their league. The ECHL and CHL have their own networks offering their fans options and a much cheaper way to follow their league/team.

 

Again the reasons don't matter a USHL fan will be made to watch an inferior product, for more money, and less options and to this date exposing the USHL to a viewer is of very little priority. Other leagues have found a way and explaining away why the USHL hasn't is a tough sell.

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