We all can agree that the lockout sucks. I miss watching the Blues and I'm unhappy that two roadtrips to Nashville to see them play the Preds are shot. But hey, at least I can watch St. Louis' prospects and Ian Cole play! Kind of.
Tonight I watched the Peoria Rivermen take on the Chicago Wolves. This is the quality I was looking at:
It's hard to tell, but that's completely not HD. I think that SD might be stretching it. And yes, that is the exact same image on my Macbook. No, I'm not going to mention the source I was using, but I will say this: the AHL's live package is overpriced. No, that's not right. It's INSANELY overpriced. For a full league pass it's $399. That's more than twice what GameCenter Live costs to see the NHL play. The quality of broadcast is much, much less, as is the quality of the feed. If I just wanted to watch the Rivs (which I don't only want to watch one team), it's $199. Heck, it's $6.99 to watch just one game.
Who developed this pricing plan? Was it their intent to not make an extra dime during the NHL Lockout? I would be more than willing to plunk down money for this product, but for the cost? No way. Absolutely no way. Sure, having to watch hockey on crappy feeds is something that I don't condone and I do NOT enjoy, and yes, this is less annoying than having to find a feed so I can watch the Blues play either the Predators or the Hurricanes since I live in both teams' markets (yay, Atlanta).
But come on, AHL. I implore you. Fix your business model. There are a lot of fans who'd love to watch their teams' prospects and young AHLers play, and you're making it hard for that to happen while shooting yourself in the foot.