No More Pirates

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by hazard, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. Bic2448

    Bic2448 New Member

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    This whole situation sucks, the best season the Bucs have had in over 20 years and I am being punished just for living in zip code 25425. I have Extra Innings and Root Sports Pittsburgh and the Bucs are blacked out on each. Directv has lost a customer for life because I know that they are not blacked out on Dish Network. As soon as my 2 year contract ends in May, 2014 I am switching to Dish so I can actually watch the Pirates. Directv can kiss it!
     
  2. Rob37

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    Let’s just hope that the MLB Blackout Lawsuit that is pending the court helps the fans for once and strikes down all blackouts. The Blackout Zones that are currently in place were created back in the 1950’s and 1960’s when tv’s used Rabbit Ears & there was no such thing as Cable or Satellite Television in every home. The Boundaries created alot of them were for that time period i read somewhere. Now a days nobody uses Rabbit Ears anymore on their television sets. Next year some blackouts are going away entirely anyway specifically FOX Saturday Games will be allowed on Extra Innings.
     
  3. Cyber36

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    I still use "rabbit ears" on my set for locals. Works fine. Why would I pay extra for something I can get for free? My Mama didn't raise no fool.....
     
  4. ejbvt

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    Many people use rabbit ears and antennas.
     
  5. tonyd79

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    Hard to get cable channels on them, though.
     
  6. schmave1

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    Reynoldsburg...
    Today began the sixth season in which the channel now known as AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh is continuing these blackouts for outer portions of the Pirates' claimed market. I'm in suburban Columbus, Ohio.
    That said, I'm able to stream the games via MLB.TV. I just have to go the Pirates' website, click video, click "watch live in-market" and authenticate through DirecTV. I'm shocked AT&T and/or DTV don't block this method of watching, but maybe whatever impasse applies to the (inane) in-market blackout does not apply to the streaming of games.
     
  7. boukengreen

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    Sounds to me the Reds now claim that area.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2018 #108 of 113
    schmave1

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    Reynoldsburg...
    That's an apples-and-oranges comparison. Columbus has always been Reds and Indians country, and they show all their games here and actively market in the area. Pirates are a complete afterthought around here. Even with the number of vocal Steelers fans here, very few people outside of transplants from far eastern Ohio or Pa. itself care about the Pirates. (Insert bandwagon comment here.)
    I've talked with a few people on Twitter who think the Pirates' claim of central Ohio is part of some long-ago deal that allows the Reds to claim the vast majority of West Virginia. I personally do not believe that, and it also avoids the obvious explanation that former Pirates owner John Galbraith was from here. Doesn't change the fact that the Pirates haven't acknowledged any of Ohio beyond the Wheeling area in terms marketing, TV coverage, etc. in most or all of my 40 years on the planet.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2018 #109 of 113
    ejbvt

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    Do you get the Pirates with the Sports Pack on Directv? In some places on the edge of territories, the Sports Pack is required to watch all of the "local" teams. Things may have changed in regard to that in the past 6 years, and if it was a "no" then, it might be better now.
     
  10. Apr 1, 2018 #110 of 113
    makaiguy

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    I suspect the Pirates' claim to the Columbus market probably goes back to the days when Columbus was the Pirates' AAA farm club.
     
  11. Apr 1, 2018 #111 of 113
    schmave1

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    Reynoldsburg...
    No, and that is the root of the complaint. The Sports Pack gets me AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, but all Pirates games - live or replay - are blacked out in this area (the only ones cleared here are the live spring training games, and that's only because none of them are blacked out for any team). We do not get the Penguins, of course, because of the Blue Jackets. I can watch their Pirates broadcasts online via MLB.com because I am in market, but not on 659 itself.
    Dish subscribers in this area do get Pirates games on AT&T SportsNet.
    This is all on DirecTV and has been since the start of the 2013 season, until which time Pirates games were in the clear.
    The most absurd part of all of this, outside the fact that Columbus should not be in-market for the Pirates, is that DirecTV itself owns AT&T SportsNet.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2018 #112 of 113
    boukengreen

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    Here is the blackout map I found on Wikipedia [​IMG]
     
  13. Apr 2, 2018 #113 of 113
    schmave1

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    Reynoldsburg...
    Yes, the Pirates claim extends all the way west through Madison County. It ends at the border of the Columbus and Dayton DMAs, although some southern areas of the Columbus DMA (such as around Chillicothe) are not in the Pirates blackout area because some of those zip codes begin with "45" rather than "43."
    The only areas of Ohio to which they have a legitimate claim are the border counties from Youngstown south. At worst, none of their territory should extend any farther west than I-77.
     

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