ESPN Blackout Cardinals vs Reds

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  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    Did you get it last night on that channel live? Is it your local RSN? Do you have ei?
     
  2. tonyd79

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    Are you out of market? MLB replays are usually blacked out on EI.
     
  3. Birdieman30

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    I am ok with that too, understand that, and prefer the local announcing crew, but in my case there was no local broadcast of the game.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    Wait you had no local broadcast and espn was blacked out? This makes zero sense. Did you check the espn alt channels maybe?
     
  5. Birdieman30

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    I know it makes no sense. None of the local OTA channels carried the game. The paper said the game would be on ESPN or Comcast
    (cable provider in Little Rock). I was watching the Cubs/Pirates on ESPN which went into extra innings, when they shifted to the
    Cards/Reds I had the game for about 3 seconds. The screen went black and I got a "This game is blacked out in this area" message.
    ESPN was dark until Sports Center came on after the game. I'll admit I did not check the ESPN alt. channels. As I mentioned our RSN is FSSW which gives us the Dallas/Houston games. I searched all of the EI listings (don't subscribe but this week is a free preview).
    I checked in on a number of other games on EI with no problem.
     
  6. mhayes70

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    I don't know about last night. My local RSN is FSN Midwest based out of St. Louis

    I am out of market for KC. Because I am in the St. Louis area. But, isn't EI free this week? My beef/question if they are blocking these game. They should be showing the FSN Midwest Alt channel instead of leaving us with nothing.
     
  7. sigma1914

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    You need Sports Pack.
     
  8. joshjr

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    We have yet to confirm but I suspect he is claimed by the Cards even in Little Rock. Per the tool on DirecTV's page, a zip for Little Rock I used showed that with the sports pack added they get access to the Cardinals and Royals games. They should not see a cardinals game on a local channel other than FOX on Saturdays most likely.
     
  9. Birdieman30

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    Question, if I subscribe to Sports Pack in order to get all of the RSN's, if a game is on an out of market RSN and is also on a sports package (Center Ice, EI, etc.), is that game blacked out on the out of market RSN? That was the case when I first subscribed to D*. I had the Sport Pack, and determined it was worthless to me as I could not watch any games on the RSN's if they were also broadcast on
    a subscription sports package (which is basically all games), except for my assigned RSN games.
     
  10. Birdieman30

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    I think you my be on to something. I checked the MLB web site and used their app to check for blackout policy. My zip code is claimed by 4 teams as home territory: Texas, Houston, St. Louis, and Kansas City. Since we get Houston and Texas games on our RSN, no apparent blackout issues, but St. Louis and Kansas City are on FSMidwest, an out of market RSN to us. The problem is I have no access to a local broadcast of the Cards, even though we are in "home" territory.
     
  11. sigma1914

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    It's because you need the Sports Pack for KC and StL.
     
  12. joshjr

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    You shouldnt have access to local broadcasts of the Rangers or Astros either. Those would also be on the RSN. If you add the sports pack, you will got most if not all Cards and Royals games. I know in past years there were a small amount (very few) games that were not televised. Other then those, you should be good to go (exception also being ESPN games that are not also aired on RSN and Saturday FOX games).
     
  13. Birdieman30

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    I dropped the Sports Pack about 14 years ago because I could not get any out of market RSN games if they were also on a subscription sports package (Center Ice, EI, etc.). They were blacked out on the out of market RSN. Would that still be the case? See my ? at post #29.
     
  14. joshjr

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    The way the sports packages work is, NFL Sunday Ticket blocks games that are on the local channels, MLB EI blocks games on ESPN, game on your local FOX on Saturday and any games on your local RSN's. Does that clear it up for you? If you want to watch teams that are considered local, add the sports pack. If you want to watch teams that are not considered your local teams, add an out of market sports package such as MLB Extra Innings, NFL Sunday Ticket or NHL Center Ice.
     
  15. Rob37

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    I just don’t understand the blackout situation anymore. To me it makes no sense to black out a game this day in time. I posted an article that clearly states the New MLB TV deal was to allow for Co-Existence of BOTH ESPN & RSN coverage starting this year in 2014. Apparantly they still will black ESPN out. Either way the fan loses out from having the choice of which broadcast they want to view.


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  16. tonyd79

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    Check the directv website. If you are in a fringe area you may need sports pack to extend the rsn reach to your home. There are core areas that get the local rsn with most packages and then there if often a fringe area that needs to get the sports pack to get close but further away rsns.
     
  17. James Long

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    "No local TV blackouts for ESPN Monday and Wednesday prime-time games."

    Is an RSN local TV? I do not see a mention of regional sports networks in the article you linked.
     
  18. Rob37

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    An RSN would be considered a teams “Local Broadcast” Come On no teams broadcast over the air much anymore.


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  19. inkahauts

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    I'm. It sure how accurate that is. Shoot until this year te Dodgers where on over the air a lot about 1/3 or more of their games.

    And before last year the Lakers had half their games on over the air. Many sports teams still have some over the air I think but it is slowly dwindling unfortunately.
     
  20. tonyd79

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    No. It is very accurate. Look through the Baseball America Directory for TV affiliates. Many (most?) teams have no OTA anymore and many (like the Orioles) only simulcast maybe one game a week on OTA.
     

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