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#21 OFFLINE   KyL416

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

On Saturday the Toledo-Ohio game was on Sportsime Ohio, with Full Court picking up that feed. For some reason the game is blacked out on the Sportstime Ohio channel, so I had to watch the absolutely terrible, fuzzy Sportstime Ohio SD feed on the FC channel.

Jeez...


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SportsTime Ohio only has the local rights. If Full Court has a game, no RSN can offer it outside of their local area. Blame ESPN for the lack of HD, they distribute Full Court and only offer it in SD. It's not like Center Ice, Extra Innings or League Pass where it's a remap of the RSNs, Full Court and Game Plan use feeds that come directly from ESPN PPV.

Edited by KyL416, 21 January 2013 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

SportsTime Ohio only has the local rights. If Full Court has a game, no RSN can offer it outside of their local area. Blame ESPN for the lack of HD, they distribute Full Court and only offer it in SD. It's not like Center Ice, Extra Innings or League Pass where it's a remap of the RSNs, Full Court and Game Plan use feeds that come directly from ESPN PPV.


It was a remap of the RSN...Full Court showed the Sportstime Ohio feed in SD. In the past when that's happened, the RSN was opened up to Full Court subscribers. The same happens in ESPN Game Plan.


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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

It was a remap of the RSN...Full Court showed the Sportstime Ohio feed in SD. In the past when that's happened, the RSN was opened up to Full Court subscribers. The same happens in ESPN Game Plan.

It wasn't a remap, what you saw was the ESPN PPV channel simulcasting Sports Time Ohio's coverage. Full Court and Game Plan originate from ESPN PPV's 6 channels which ESPN only provides in SD. It's also why you occasionally see games joined in progress in the 700s while the RSN or local station has the game in full. I'm looking at the master grid from ESPN right now, in addition to games produced by ESPN Plus, Full Court also includes games produced by STO, various local CSN, FSN and Root stations, MASN, Raycom, CSS, some regional cable only channels from Brighthouse, Cox and Time Warner, as well as some campus networks.

If Full Court has any of these games, the RSNs and local channels that pick them up can only offer them to their local viewing area.

There are also many cases where the game could be on a local channel not carried by DirecTV like a local cable only sports channel or a digital subchannel and Full Court has to black it out for those areas. Especially when it comes to Full Court where games are on all week long and major network affiliates cannot pre-empt programming as easily as they could with Game Plan which is usually only on Saturday afternoons (With a few exceptions like a CBS affiliate in Raleigh who constantly pre-empts network programming for Raycom games, pissing off viewers of CBS programming)

The tricky situation is for the non-Full Court games where depending on the league or how much the individual local station paid the league for the rights the blackouts vary.

Edited by KyL416, 21 January 2013 - 01:46 PM.
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