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Canes on TV

Since some Carolina Hurricanes fans have had difficulty finding the live games, here's the deal for the Canes' game against Toronto at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Fox Sports Carolinas:

Time Warner Cable: Channel 50

Dish Network: Channel 444

DirecTV: Channel 645

Dish HD Turbo subscribers should be able to get the game now.


Dish relief for Canes fans

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Hats off to Jeff Williams, a Carolina Hurricanes fan and Dish Network HD Turbo subscriber who recently signed up for the satellite service and was disappointed that he couldn't get the Fox Sports Carolinas telecasts of live Canes games.

Williams called the Canes, Fox Sports Carolinas and Dish to ask why he wasn't getting the live games, and to make a long story shorter, he got a call back from a Dish information technology guy last night letting him know the game was on alternate channel 445.  Williams was told that after further research, Dish determined that it was able to feed the alternate sports channels that the satellite company sets aside for such telecasts to all Dish HD Turbo subscribers, meaning that more than 200,000 people who weren't getting the Canes and the Charlotte Bobcats can now watch them.

Likely, Dish will continue to use the 444-450 channels for those sports telecasts.

Something about the squeaky wheel comes to mind. 

Finding Canes on satellite TV ...

Carolina Hurricanes fans who subscribe to a satellite TV service have to get used to the idea that they won't find live game coverage on the FOX Sports South channel. DirecTV and Dish kick FS Carolinas coverage of the Canes and Bobcats to an alternate channel.

Finding Canes on Dish ...

... is not exactly easy for subscribers of that satellite service. I've had a hard time finding out for sure which channel Dish uses for the live hockey games televised by FOX Sports Carolinas. A FOX rep told me that the Carolina Hurricanes' game tonight at 7:30 at Florida can be found by Dish subscribers on channel 444.

It's not even clear when you check Dish's web site for the channel listings, because FOX Sports Carolinas is not listed separately. A Raleigh subscriber tells me he just got off the phone following about a one-hour conversation with Dish customer service and found out that: a. you have to subscribe to the America's Top 100 Plus package or above from Dish to see the live Canes telecasts, and b. the Turbo HD package isn't enough.

Hello, Dish and Fox Sports Carolinas, how about getting together to make this a little more user-friendly?

If anyone knows more, please weigh in. 

Saturday, Sunday Canes games

Fox Sports Carolinas will televise the Carolina Hurricanes' game 1 p.m. Saturday at Boston, which will be on Time Warner Cable channel 50, Dish Network channel 444-452 and DirecTV channel 647.

On Sunday, fans can watch the Canes' 7 p.m. game at Montreal on the NHL Network, which is available in Raleigh as a part of TWC's sports tier on channel 330, and on Dish channel 403 and DirecTV channel 215.

Dec. 16, 2008: Canes 3, Canadiens 2

The Canes defeat Montreal behind two Staal goals.

RBC to try new traffic pattern

The RBC Center and Carolina Hurricanes will test a new traffic pattern for vehicles entering from Edwards Mill Road prior to Canes games. The new ingress, or entrance, pattern will begin Saturday, Dec. 27.
“On Saturday, December 27, we will set up and implement three ingress lanes around the RBC Center loop road to the West 5000 Lot at approximately 6:00 p.m., until the West Lot fills,” Mike Alexander, the team's parking and traffic manager, said in a prepared statement.  “We have worked hard this year to improve the traffic flow for our games, including the addition of a second left-turn lane from the intersection of Edwards Mill Road onto Trinity Road.”
The experiment will continue at the Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 hockey games.  The plan will then be re-evaluated.

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