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Baseball blackout rules?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by transfan, Mar 31, 2008.

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  1. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

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    Definitely...and it works out OK so long as a "local" team of interest doesn't show a lot of their games via OTA (as you note).
     
  2. dstorm

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    Be careful with the D* zip code database. It is not always accurate. I actually think the MLB.com website is more accurate than the D* database.

    My understanding is the free preview period does not lift any blackout restrictions, so what you can and can't see during the free preview period should reflect what you'll get during the regular season.

    I know this is the case for me in my area.
     
  3. scott72

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    No you can't. I went through this all day yesterday. Six teams claim Iowa as their home territory. Brewers, Cubs, Cards, Royals, Sox, Twins. Even with the Sports Pack I can only get Twins, Cubs, Sox, and Cardinals content because according to SatRacer MLB sends a list of zip codes that D* is allowed to broadcast certain RSN's to certain areas whether your in their MLB market or not. It's messed up. It should work where you get all your local MLB market games, but it doesn't.
     
  4. garn9173

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    I recall seeing a couple of blackouts on EI yesterday (Colorado feed of the Rockies/Cardnails game????). I was too hammered to really pay that much attention to which game it was.
     
  5. ggmorton

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    Yep, this was my situation yesterday. The Astros Padres game was on ESPN2 in HiDef, but it was blacked out in Houston. I had to watch the SD version on Fox Sports Houston.
     
  6. dstorm

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    so are you saying there are certain MLB games broadcast on FSN that are blacked out on both the Sports Pack and Extra Innings? This seems like a mess up that Direct TV should be able to fix.

    I understand how OTA broadcasts get screwed, but you should be able to see the games via SportsPack or Extra Innings
     
  7. Kdiddy

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    ESPN2 was blacked out in San Diego too. Sports teams really need to move this blackout crap into the 2000's. This stuff might have made sense 20 years ago, but pure garbage now.

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  8. Brentorious

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    Yeah, I saw that too. I live in DFW so I had to watch on 639. Tonight, since My20 has the game, I am blacked out completely, even though I have EI.

    Why can't they map ch20 to an EI channel and show it? And who does it hurt if I watch the SD local feed? I'm not in the target market for Houston ch20 advertisers anyway.
     
  9. sdk009

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    I thought this issue was addressed by the Comish during the winter meetings. Obviously, nothing has changed. The LA-SF game was blacked out on ESPN yesterday, as was FSNPT here in Nor-Cal. We did get the game on CSNBA-HD, though, and it was amazingly sharp.
     
  10. Bugs Bunny

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    Fox has been televising saturday afternoon games starting the first week of the season the last couple of years. Also the start time has changed to 3:55 EST. But the games before that (1:00 PM start) will not be available on EI (at least it wasn't last year).
     
  11. scott72

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    That's exactly what I'm saying. I saw someone post yesterday somewhere that it happened in the Cleveland market last year too. Indian viewers were blacked out close to Cleveland, but also couldn't get the game on EI or MLB TV because they were obviously in the Cle market. Like I said it's a mess and there are a handful of markets that get the hose job all the way around.
     
  12. xzi

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    Ya that's right, I remember now ESPN will usually show ESPNEWS during that game.
     
  13. xzi

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    Yup I just saw something mentioning they have the window from 1-7PM, no matter wether you get the 1PM or the 4PM game. Pain in the ass actually. Guess that's what XM Radio is for... never any blackouts!
     
  14. DCSholtis

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball#MLB_blackout_policy

     
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