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    IceNetwork Query

    I have a 2014-15 subscription to IceNetwork and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely want to renew it next year, but I don't know when it expires. Anyone know? I got my current one the day it came out in August, so I'd guess late summer, but I'm not sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layback11 View Post
    I have a 2014-15 subscription to IceNetwork and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely want to renew it next year, but I don't know when it expires. Anyone know? I got my current one the day it came out in August, so I'd guess late summer, but I'm not sure...
    It's usually around August.

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    http://ww2.icenetwork.com/subscribe/

    "All 2014-15 Season Pass subscriptions are valid until Aug. 30, 2015."

    Why August 30th, though? Is there some event happening on August 31st?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sabinfire View Post
    http://ww2.icenetwork.com/subscribe/

    "All 2014-15 Season Pass subscriptions are valid until Aug. 30, 2015."

    Why August 30th, though? Is there some event happening on August 31st?
    Thanks! IDK, but some of the 2015-16 events (Glacier Falls, etc.) that they stream are before August 30th. I guess that's when the first JGP starts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabinfire View Post
    http://ww2.icenetwork.com/subscribe/

    "All 2014-15 Season Pass subscriptions are valid until Aug. 30, 2015."

    Why August 30th, though? Is there some event happening on August 31st?
    The first JGP? Or perhaps the SLC Senior B is early this year?

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    np

    I was just reading over their Terms of Service and came across this:

    http://ww2.icenetwork.com/help/terms

    "E. Billing, Automatic Renewal and Refund Policies for Certain Services
    For Services billed on a yearly basis (e.g., the Icenetwork.com Season Pass), the term begins when you purchase your subscription and ends on or about August 30 of the next year, with one-time billing immediately following your purchase. Full-price subscriptions will automatically renew annually approximately on or after August 18 each year at the previous year's regular full yearly price, unless (1) you signified otherwise in accordance with the applicable instructions; or (2) Ice Network discontinues or significantly alters the Service prior to the start of the applicable subscription Service renewal period."

    For anyone who isn't planning to renew for 2015-2016, you will need to cancel your subscription prior to August 18th, otherwise they will charge you $50 for another Season Pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layback11 View Post
    Thanks! IDK, but some of the 2015-16 events (Glacier Falls, etc.) that they stream are before August 30th. I guess that's when the first JGP starts.
    Long story short, all the comps included in the 2014-15 Season Pass already have taken place.

    I already have been a broken record re Glacier Falls in its own thread, but again:
    An IN subscription was NOT needed to view last year's Glacier Falls on-demand video.
    This year, IN once again will provide on-demand video of GF. Not live streaming. Source: Sylvia's post in the GF thread on behalf of crzesk8dad.

    The events belonging to the 2015-16 season that IN covers with live streaming do not start until after Aug 30.

    IN's only 2015 JGP live streaming will be for JGP Colorado Springs -- which begins on September 2.
    (Presumably JGP Colorado Springs is being treated as a special case b/c it is in the U.S.)
    Last year, the ISU channel provided free live streaming of all JGPs (as well as archived video).
    (iirc, IN usually has no live streaming of any JGPs. Again, Colorado Springs is an exception to the rule.)

    The 2015 SLC Classic begins on September 16.

    (The 2015 U.S. Collegiate Championships, which are in August, are included in the 2014-15 Season Pass. But if you read the fine print on IN, it does not provide video coverage anyway -- although Collegiates are on the IN calendar.)
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    BTW, if anyone is wondering about Windows 10 vis-a-vis IN:

    As of Jul 15, Windows 10 compatibility is/was TBD:

    In that Twitter conversation, IN also refers to its Systems Requirements page:
    Last edited by golden411; 07-18-2015 at 08:28 PM.

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    Adobe Flash is outdated, insecure, and on its deathbed -- most websites have discontinued using it, I wish IN would follow suit...

    Windows 10 is a free upgrade that Microsoft is pushing to users (release date is only days away)... I am astounded that IN's position on their compatibility with the next major Windows release this month is "TBD"?? I imagine this is just business-speak for, 'We haven't bothered to test functionality on Windows 10 so we are just hoping it works when the full release is rolled out.'

    Does IN have a single person working in development on-staff there? Or did they just hire a third-party group 5 years ago to do the back-end design of their streaming platform and are just running on archaic software until most of their subscribers can't even use the site anymore without running an ancient OS/browser?

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    IN is run by Major League Baseball, and not well.

    They were on Microsoft Silverlight, and had reasonable to use, but kind of clunky, old school looking pages.

    They did a redesign that was not compatible with their old content, and which was based on Adobe (expletive deleted) Flash, and had and still has, an inexcusably bad search function. How they staffed for that redesign is anyone's guess. It feels like they outsourced the job to Elbonians from the Dilbert comics.
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 07-18-2015 at 09:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    IN is run by Major League Baseball, and not well.

    They were on Microsoft Silverlight, and had reasonable to use, but kind of clunky, old school looking pages.

    They did a redesign that was not compatible with their old content, and which was based on Adobe (expletive deleted) Flash, and had and still has, an inexcusably bad search function. How they staffed for that redesign is anyone's guess. It feels like they outsourced the job to Elbonians from the Dilbert comics.
    Um...I thought IN was run by the USFSA...

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    Nope. USFSA owns it, but they outsourced the running of it to MLB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Nope. USFSA owns it, but they outsourced the running of it to MLB.
    Whoa...

    My existence is a lie

    I am so shocked that I am neglecting to use punctuation

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    Microsoft officially rolled out Windows 10 to all users today, July 29th. I am currently running the new OS.

    Since IceNetwork was being coy about their support for Windows 10, I did some quick functionality testing of their website while on the new operating system (loaded multiple pages, navigated around the site, accessed subscriber-only on-demand videos, maximized them full-screen and back to small window, jumped forward & backward in the video, etc.) Here are my observations:


    (all web browsers are updated to the most current version as of today, and I'm running a high-end desktop PC)

    Google Chrome: I was able to navigate the website and play videos as fluidly as before upgrading. I did not encounter any noticeable changes to the way IN functions due to the upgrade.

    Internet Explorer: Ran a bit more sluggish than Chrome, but did not encounter any major issues.

    Microsoft Edge (new web browser for Windows 10, replacement for IE): Ran the website very sluggishly, took several seconds to load pages at times, but overall no roadblocks with IN functionality.

    Mozilla Firefox: Similar to above... ran sluggishly, pages took a little longer to load than I'm used to, but did not encounter any functionality issues with IN.


    Btw, IN runs non-skippable 30-second pre-roll ads for subscriber-only content?!! (I normally use Chrome with an adblocker tool, so I never see them...)

    I was not able to test live-streaming content yet... but since IN utilizes the same video player technology as the rest of the site, I would assume live events will continue to work just the same.

    FYI: For users of Windows 7 and Windows 8, the upgrade to Windows 10 is free for the time being (but will eventually come with a price-tag to those that haven't upgraded early).

    You can upgrade using this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

    This link also allows you to burn the OS installation files to a DVD or USB drive, for installing later.

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    Thanks for the update! I'm using a MacBook for IN and sometimes my iPad (running a flash-enabled web browser app called Photon), so this doesn't affect my computer, but it's good to know.

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