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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jw_rally, Jan 23, 2017.
Yes, mlb.tv started working for EI subscribers the middle of March.
Maybe someone here can give me some information. I live in Chicago and we also have a house in Indiana (South Bend market). Both houses have DirecTV. I'll be selling the Chicago house in the next few months and moving to Indiana.
I can get Cubs games at either place on Comcast Sports Net Chicago, but the Indiana house can't get games on local stations. There are four Chicago stations that can carry the games.
Will Extra Innings let me see all the games, preferably with the Chicago announcers? I couldn't find anything on the DirecTV web site yet.
It looks like we can get Blackhawks games on Center Ice for $50/season, but that's another topic.
What's the zip code of the Indiana house? Depending on where you are in the market, the Blackhawks should also be available on CSN Chicago too without Center Ice.
They didn't post the 2017 broadcast affiliates list yet, but last year the South Bend market had local TV stations that picked up the games that aired on WLS, WGN and WPWR. So those games would be blacked out of Extra Innings there too.
The zip is 46534. If games are available on a South Bend channel, that's fine, but most of them are not. I can also get OTA from South Bend through an AM-21N.
We get a lot of Blackhawks games on CSN Chicago, but again, not all of them. My wife is the big Hawks fan, but we both are big Cubs fans, so I need to find a way to get as many of the games as possible.
Luckily, we don't follow basketball and the Bears weren't worth watching this season, but when they improve, we'll have to see what we want to do.
The listing on the Cubs site is still from last season:
Cubs TV and Radio Affiliates
I don't know how many of the games they aired, but they list WMYS, South Bend's MyNetwork TV station for the games. Most stations post a schedule of what games they will air on their website when the season is closer to starting. I would wait until they announce the broadcast affiliates for 2017 and see how many of the games they pickup to see if it's worth it to get Extra Innings for whatever games they don't pickup. Even then though, there's no guarantee that DirecTV would pickup the Cubs feed for all of those games since the OTA games have a low priority on the list of bonus feeds they carry and are one of the first things to get bumped on busy nights.
For Blackhawks, those other games should be available on Center Ice.
The Bears will probably be hit and miss depending on who gets priority locally in South Bend. (I'm just guessing right now, since I don't have the past season's maps in front of me, but I think the Colts would get priority over the Bears whenever there's a schedule conflict) The problem though is with the way NFL games are scheduled on outer market stations, especially when Flex scheduling kicks in, there might be times where you have less than a week's notice before you find out which games the South Bend stations are carrying.
Bakers12: Having an OTA antenna is a good idea. You should be able to see most of the games. Looks like you might be a bit too far out to get Chicago stations from an antenna, unfortunately, and it also looks like your zip code borders the Chicago DMA.
You'd be blacked out of Cubs games on EI in South Bend, other than the CSN feed when it is remapped. You might gain a few extra games when they play the Reds and a South Bend channel isn't showing the WGN or ABC7 feeds. South Bend, as odd as it might sound, is within the Reds' claimed territory. Just barely, but it is.
This is a classic situation where WGN America dropping the Cubs, not to mention WLS picking up some games, really has the potential to screw fans over inside the team's territory.
As far as the Bears in South Bend, unless they are really bad, they will always get priority over the Colts.
Thanks, KyL416 and schmave1, for the information. I can see how I missed WMYS where the WGN and WPWR games are also broadcast. My antenna picks up the channel just fine, but the AM-21 (and DirecTV's goofy OTA database) won't pick it up.
I'll find a secondary OTA market that has channel 69 subchannels.
We've picked up some of the games on the ABC and Fox affiliates in South Bend, too.
Head's up: I was able to link my account Friday and start watching spring training games on MLB.TV on all devices (iOS, Roku, etc.).
Good for you. I'm not as lucky. I just tried and authentication failed.
Mine failed as well.
Anyone get any good discounts on MLB Extra Innings for 2017? Are you a previous subscriber?
Is it even being offered yet? Says "Out of Season" with no option to subscribe on the website.
I have been with Direct for more than 20 years, and have received several discounts through the years. Last year they matched the MLBTV price of around $113. I have called twice so far and so far no deals. Last person I talked to suggested I call closer to opening day.
At least the pre-season games are available with the Sports Pack.
Ok, pretty sure this will be the first time we've had the World Baseball Classic since DirecTV EI started including MLB.TV access. So if they don't activate that until mid-March that's an issue. They should be stepping up their game and making all pre-season access a perk for auto-renewing.
Mine seems to be working....BTW it wasn't Friday at game time
so it was working yesterday and now today not working again....insane!
Last years mlb.tv subscription runs until 3/1. So if you had it last year it will run till at least then
I've had it every year since 1996 and it's not working for me.
worked today just fine LOL ... no telling how long it will work this time!