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Rangers-Flyers Blacked Out on Both MSG and NHLN

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by mulliniks, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. mulliniks

    mulliniks Cool Member

    Nov 19, 2009
    This is what happens to me. The different blackout maps mean I can't watch a Rangers game if it's on NHLN, even though I pay for CI.
  2. Chuck W

    Chuck W Icon

    Mar 26, 2002
    It's not the blackout maps for us in CT, its Directv saving a penny at our expense by not paying for certain zip codes in CT to be included in their contract with MSG.

    So even tho we ARE in the extended MSG territory, Directv chose not to spend the extra money and pay to include our zip codes in the contract, thus we are blacked out on MSG no matter what, unless you get Center Ice AND the MSG feed is used as part of CI.

    The problem arises when the NHL Network covers the Rangers games. These NHL Network games are NOT included in CI. So we get blacked out on the NHL network because we are in the MSG territory and are SUPPOSED to receive the game on MSG, but Directv chose to save a penny at our expense and not pay for the rights to show the game on MSG in our zip codes. So we get blacked out there too.

    Because of this penny pinching by Directv, I decided to pinch a few pennies of my own and drop CI(and some other packages) through Directv and bought NHL GameCenter instead.

    If Directv wants to save a buck at my expense, then I'll pay them less of "my" bucks.
  3. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    You should blame the RSNs for charging more for outer ring viewers and still refusing anything but placement on one of the main tiers for those areas. Root does it right, here in NEPA we're in the outer ring for Pittsburgh and we can get their teams with Sports Pack.

    Then of course you got the blackout rules that just exist to protect the RSN's local rights and prevent the cable and satellite providers from offering those games in that area via a professional sports package. If they could they would offer the games to you via the pro sports packages since the provider would make more money from you subscribing to that package than they would from paying the RSN for the local rights.

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