It was blacked out, but someone said on here the MLBN-Alt broadcast was only for those in the Pittsburgh area...I ask why?
If a game isn't listed on 721-749 it isn't part of extra innings. Root Pittsburgh doesn't have an overflow channel so in market they got it on the MLB Network, it wasn't a national game. They did it for 2 other games this season too, however in those cases they were facing a team who's RSN was carried by DirecTV.http://pittsburgh.ro...TCLID=205123491
And again, tonight NONE of the Extra Innings providers are carrying the game. You know that thing that happened last week in Boston that was all over the news? It created a domino effect where Friday's Bruins/Penguins game was moved to Saturday and Saturday's Sabres/Penguins game was moved to tonight head to head with a Pirates game. Root dropped TV coverage of the Pirates game entirely because they couldn't rely on MLB Network since they have the national rights to Tuesday night games. A late season NHL game gets priority over an early season MLB game.
As for why DirecTV didn't use the MLB Network alternate for Extra Innings that could be any number of reasons from something contractual (i.e. MLB Network could have only gave DirecTV the local rights and they couldn't use it for E/I if they wanted to, which places the blame on MLB Network and/or MLB), as you seem to think a mistake by DirecTV (i.e. since this was a unique situation where the MLB Network alternate was only available locally as opposed to what it usually is, a game only available to viewers in the markets of the teams playing on the main feed and didn't think of using it, then of course it would be DirecTV's fault), or any other behind the scenes reason. That's all just speculation though, only someone in the know at DirecTV like SatelliteRacer could give a definitive answer to why they didn't use the feed.
And to anyone questioning the bandwidth crunch, press the guide button and browse channels 70-99 and notice how many infomercial channels that are off air (the channels that pay DirecTV to be on the lineup), then browse all the RSN alternates that currently have games on or had games on earlier tonight. If you look at gct's transponder map and compare the transponders and VPIDs to the ones currently used by the alternates using the SHEF IP commands, you would see where they're in use. The amount of HD space available doesn't matter, if you haven't noticed by now DirecTV doesn't have games as HD exclusives, just Strike Zone and the Game Mix. RSN alternates get priority first, then the rest go to RSNs not carried by DirecTV, regional OTA network feeds and Canadian feeds if any space is available. In times like this where nearly every RSN alternate is active since both NHL and MLB are in regular season along with local post season NBA coverage, feeds of late season NHL games with playoff births on the line get priority over early season MLB. Looking at the schedule though there weren't any extra NHL games either, which also points to the bandwidth crunch as the reason for the lack of those extra feeds the past few nights.
Sadly the SD bandwidth crunch will probably get worse if DirecTV comes to a deal with Pac 12 (who insists on having multiple channels), Longhorn Network and the other missing RSNs since there is no way they will agree to HD only distribution. Not to mention the future TWC Dodgers channel and the SEC Network who will probably want SD distribution too. It will make the extra feeds even rarer.