Since the lockout I've purchased NHL Center Ice every year on Direct TV. The coverage has been mostly good, with most of the games appearing in high definition. My only major complaint has been the lack of HD broadcasts for Hockey Night in Canada. Last season The NHL Network usually carried the early game in HD, but the late game (probably featuring a certain unnamed club from British Columbia) was only available via a standard definition feed. Watching hockey in SD is akin to eating chicken wings without any buffalo sauce. I also then had to watch "Afterhours" in that same poor quality.
I am considering switching to NHL Gamecenter Live this season and watch most of the season on my iPad or laptop. From what I've read, the picture quality is very similar to HDTV and it has DVR-like controls. The only setback being I'd have problems falling asleep on the couch to the sounds of Canadian TV analysts trying to explain why Luongo let another one through his leg pads; it's hard to drift off while holding onto a computer.
Does anyone have advice for me on this? I believe the prices for each are similar...somewhere in the $170.00 range. Also, if anybody out there is willing to sponsor me for this and pay for both, I'd be willing to right a detailed review after the regular season concludes.