What are you smoking??? That doesn't sound right... just because the NHL game is not in HD doesn't mean that there would be a black screen -- Tuning to an RSN HD channel at any time should show you a picture whether it is HD or not...
FSNBA is not a "unique" channel that I am aware of -- in such that it "blacks out" any programming that is not in HD.
FSN Bay Area isn't "blacking" anything out. They do not broadcast 24 hours a day in HD at this point in time. They are, as are many RSNs at this point, a "game only" RSN - meaning there is no programming EXCEPT for when a game is on.
We'll all get a black screen until Friday, when the Warriors game is on. It'll go dark after the game. It will go live again Saturday morning for K-State/Mizzou @ 9:30, Oklahoma/Baylor @ 4:00, and the SHarks @ 7:30.
Note this thread started by Satellite Racer:http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=106788
It explains that the RSNs that just went live are Game Only RSNs... And he's "in the know".