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Sport Pack Blackout Talk Shows!

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by skaman74, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. skaman74

    skaman74 AllStar

    Feb 17, 2012
    Why the heck is the tigers talk show blacked out even though I have the sports pack and EI. Also can I watch replays of games if I have the sports pack, say CSN California is replaying the royals @ As why is it blackout.


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  2. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    FS Detroit blacks out Tigers Weekly and Tigers Live for out of market viewers. There was a long thread about this last year too.

    They put Tigers Live and Tigers Weekly clips on their website though.

  3. skaman74

    skaman74 AllStar

    Feb 17, 2012
    Can you send me a link of that thread.

  4. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    FYI this is becoming very common. Many regional sports networks (under instruction from the teams) black out much of the programming related to the local professional teams. MLB seems to be the worst. With EI you get the games, but everything else is at the whim of the team.
  5. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    I've seen several MLB,NHL & NFL sports magazine shows blacked out.Pees me off to no end.
  6. DawgLink

    DawgLink Woof Woof Woof

    Nov 5, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Just another reason why most if not all sports blackout rules are without doubt the most idiotic, ignorant, and most ill-uninformed TV rules on this earth.
  7. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    +1. Sports Pack is total ripoff unless you're a soccer fanatic who's fluent in Spanish.
  8. Boston_bill

    Boston_bill Icon

    Jul 23, 2009
    It depends what you want the sports pack for. I dont need 12+ FOX regional channels all showing the same thing.
    I'm an Arizona State fan and FS Arizona does a good job showing their games..in the long run Im glad I have it.
  9. Jive Turkey

    Jive Turkey Legend

    Sep 5, 2011
    I can't figure out why teams (and networks) want to do this. What makes this a good idea for the decision makers? Even if all the advertising in a show is local, what the benefit of excluding millions of potential viewers? It would be great to build brand presence if nothing else.

    Baseball is by far the worst. The fact that they blackout games that were played 4 years ago 3000 miles away from me makes me want to throw remotes all around the rec room. :lol:
  10. milton

    milton Cool Member

    Mar 12, 2011
    The most egregious example I ever saw was that the funeral of Harmon Killebrew last year was blacked out on Fox Sports North.

    I e-mailed some folks at MLB about it, but not surprisingly, I never received a reply and it apparently accomplished nothing.
  11. AlanSaysYo

    AlanSaysYo Legend

    Aug 22, 2007
    The only logical reason I can think of is that the stations selling the ad time don't want the advertisers paying a local rate and then giving them the potential for many more eyeballs. As to why they wouldn't just charge more for the ads, I have no idea... maybe the contracts are already set, or maybe they're just too lazy to calculate a realistic number of viewers without a blackout.

    OK, maybe that's not as logical as I originally thought.
  12. prushing

    prushing Active Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    It about ads. Even if one FOX Sports channel is able to charge more because they will broadcast to more eyes, the other local FOX Sports will not and the ad buyers will want to pay less. It just protects each channels market from one another.
  13. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    Me wanting to watch Tigers Weekly because I'm a Tigers fan but being blacked out is not going to lead to me watching Cardinals Weekly because I live in Cardinals territory. Same principle for Fox Saturday Baseball. Whoever is paying more money for regional exclusivity is just screwing themselves over.
  14. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Copyright issues. MLB owns the copyright to all baseball game films and videotapes. They charge by the audience size for usage. Most RSNs do not want to pay the charge for a national feed of MLB-copyrighted content. If the MLB-copyrighted content rises above a certain percentage of show content, they either have to pay or black it out in the non-home area.
  15. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    Thanks for the clarification. It's very clear MLB wants it's audience, future pool of potential players, and the sport in general to fade away.
  16. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Faded away for me 2 years ago. I just got tired of blackouts and quit subscribing.
  17. HGuardian

    HGuardian Godfather

    Aug 9, 2010
    MLB is the worst online at removing content also. It's not just about this.

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