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Blackout my Behind!!!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by grover517, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. nickg2

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    funny thing is i NEVER had ESPN blackouts UNTIL this season.....EVER!!!
     
  2. Supervolcano

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    Think you missed what I meant.

    ABC listed title as "Iowa @ Illinois" and in the description listed college football and repeated the teams playing.

    ESPN listed title as "College Football" and in the description listed Iowa @ Illinois and repeated College Football.

    The guide data was "complete" for both.

    It's the titles they gave which didn't "match" each other, which forces GameSearch to not see it as the "same game".

    You'd think since both stations are owned by the same company, that they'd use "one standard" for how to name their programs across all of their networks ... so this confusion within the DVR wouldn't have to happen ... so their customers wanting to see the game after they get the blackout nag can notice it's playing on their other network.

    ESPN/ABC is mainly hurting THEMSELVES!!!
    ...AND US as a result.
     
  3. grover517

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    I went back and checked, and my local ABC "WAS" carrying the Iowa/Illinois game, so I "guess" that explains what happened, but it is troubling to think that ESPN is leaving this blackout decision up to the service providers.

    Live games go into extra innings, OT, and just run over quite often, and just because the "scheduled" time has expired, doesn't always mean the event has ended. It's live TV for cripes sake! Even the Weather Channel with Local on the 8's is doing it.

    Wouldn't you think that in this day and age of technology, that the providers (in this case, ESPN) would be the one's controlling what gets blacked out and what doesn't, and at what time?

    They should be able to send a signal to the broadcasters who would have the equipment to detect such signal, and automatically cut off the feed at the proper time.

    If I were a broadcaster, I wouldn't leave my reputation with DirecTV, or any other provider entity. This current scenerio not only ticks off the viewers, but you lose advertising revenue as well when customers are not watching your commercials.

    They (ESPN), are ultimately responsible for their broadcast.

    Just my 2 cents!
     
  4. Ken S

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    And you think the distributors are going to allow the providers to shut down their signal when they want? I think ESPN, etc can send a signal but the actual shutdown is going to be controlled by by DirecTV. Whether DirecTV is going to have the resources available to make sure it is done correctly is up to them.

    DirecTV should know the rules and have people monitoring those games to make sure the blackouts don't happen incorrectly. They have the same issue with sporting events getting cut off early because we're not supposed to see the post-game show on MLB EI.
     
  5. bonscott87

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    ESPN/ABC, etc. just give DirecTV, Dish, cable a list of zip codes to black out certain games. DirecTV then loads that up in their zip code database for blackouts and the system takes care of it. So ESPN certainly isn't leaving the blackout decision up to the providers, they specifically tell DirecTV and others what to blackout. Sure there can be mistakes here and there. But DirecTV wouldn't have any blackouts anywhere if they had a choice. It's a major pain in the arss for them (and us!)
     
  6. boelters

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    Directv customer support always blames the network provider and say they have nothing to do with the blackout. I specifically ask it Directv does the switching and they said no. I am getting sick of them not being truthful about their part in these problems.
     
  7. Jeremy W

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    Newsflash: many CSRs have no idea what they're talking about.
     
  8. boelters

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    And why should we have to put up with it!
     
  9. Jeremy W

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    Well, you can always go to a TV provider that doesn't have crappy CSRs. The only one that I'm aware of is OTA, and the only reason they don't have crappy CSRs is because they don't have CSRs.
     
  10. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    LOL, ain't that the truth. You have so many crappy CSRs because the pay is minimal, barely more then what you'd make at Walmart (or offshored for waaaaaay less) and they burn them out in 3 months. It's the case everywhere. Not making excuses, it sucks and it shouldn't be that way. Just stating the facts.
     
  11. mystic7

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    When that happens you have to assume a technical glitch. Here in Charlotte N.C. we get Fox Sports South and SportsSouth, the two Braves HD RSN's, and many is the time the game will be "blacked out in my area". But not on the SD channel. After calling a few times I just stopped bothering, it takes forever to convince them these are my regional RSN's, there are no other channels broadcasting the game, etc. One time I had the HD version of Braves-Reds blacked out because for some reason Directv decided to turn on Fox Sports Ohio in my area. Even though it's an HD channel, it was transmitted in SD.

    Ah, the wonders of modern, digital satellite tv.
     
  12. nickg2

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    unfortunately, because we have no choice.
     

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