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I live in NC, and I understand why the games in my area are blacked out (although Cincinnati is in "my area" - really?).  But, I specifically signed up for the HD Premium package so I could get FSNP and FSNW so I could watch the LA Dodger games. Last time I checked, LA is about 3000 miles away from North Carolina, and yet each time I have tried to watch a pre-season game, it has been blacked out. Ugh! Help!

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MLB sets the "blackout" rules, not AT&T. You live in the Cincinnati Reds team territory, not the Dodgers. (I know, hard to believe their territory is that large).  You can not see the Dodges unless you "pay for the rights" from MLB via MLB Extra Innings.  UV doesn't offer Professional sports subscriptions at this time. So, you'll be stuck with those teams where you are "eligible" to see the games.  You might be able to see the Orioles and perhaps the Braves (on TBS or Peachtree).. but the Dodgers isn't happening.

 

On all of the "out of market" regional sports networks, all you will see is the "talking heads" shows, college sports (which some- very few- have blackout rules too) and other generic shows. Once professional sports (any league), you will see the "Game is blacked out out in your area" or whatever it says.

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Dead_Terrorist wrote:

MLB sets the "blackout" rules, not AT&T. You live in the Cincinnati Reds team territory, not the Dodgers. (I know, hard to believe their territory is that large).  You can not see the Dodges unless you "pay for the rights" from MLB via MLB Extra Innings.  UV doesn't offer Professional sports subscriptions at this time. So, you'll be stuck with those teams where you are "eligible" to see the games.  You might be able to see the Orioles and perhaps the Braves (on TBS or Peachtree).. but the Dodgers isn't happening.

 

On all of the "out of market" regional sports networks, all you will see is the "talking heads" shows, college sports (which some- very few- have blackout rules too) and other generic shows. Once professional sports (any league), you will see the "Game is blacked out out in your area" or whatever it says.


 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/59/MLB_Blackout_Areas.png/776px-MLB_Blackout_A...

 

That map shows the various regions.  EVERY part of the country is "some team's" region.  In many cases, it could be a 4-5 hour drive, if not more, to the stadium of the "local" team.  (There is a SMALL, I mean SMALL, portion of the country that is the territory for no team.)

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NCDodgerGirl wrote:

I live in NC, and I understand why the games in my area are blacked out (although Cincinnati is in "my area" - really?).  But, I specifically signed up for the HD Premium package so I could get FSNP and FSNW so I could watch the LA Dodger games. Last time I checked, LA is about 3000 miles away from North Carolina, and yet each time I have tried to watch a pre-season game, it has been blacked out. Ugh! Help!


You understand why the games are blacked out, yet don't understand why a game from 3,000 miles away isn't available?  That's the prime definition of blackout.

 

 

As already said, games not in your area are blacked out.  You may want to consider a subscription to MLB.tv, a Roku device, or the MLB At Bat app for iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.  There are other ways to watch it as well.

 

There are ways to watch TV programming that don't tie you to your couch.  You can actually watch the game on the bus, in a hotel room far away, or even at the beach.

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I've read the MLB blackout policy on thier web site.  It never mentions anything about being blacked out of games for out of market teams except on weekends.  So, I'm not sure where you are getting your information.  I just got off the phone with MLB and they did not mention it.  So, ATT needs to explain why those who pay for the Premium HD package are getting blacked out.  My general option is that ATT customer support has no idea.  They have these canned responses about MLB blackouts and don't even try to understand the issue is.  ATT customer support told me to call FOX Sports!  Everybody is passing the buck!

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Can you post the link to this policy that you read?

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dsharp63 wrote:

I've read the MLB blackout policy on thier web site.  It never mentions anything about being blacked out of games for out of market teams except on weekends.  So, I'm not sure where you are getting your information.  I just got off the phone with MLB and they did not mention it.  So, ATT needs to explain why those who pay for the Premium HD package are getting blacked out.  My general option is that ATT customer support has no idea.  They have these canned responses about MLB blackouts and don't even try to understand the issue is.  ATT customer support told me to call FOX Sports!  Everybody is passing the buck!


Not sure what you were reading, but unless you are in a home teams territory, the games will be blacked out.  It's been like this for many, many years.  The only league that has a different blackout rules is the NFL, and that is based on home team attendance. If a game is not sold out in the NFL, the game is blacked out locally, but not nationally.

 

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dsharp63 wrote:

I've read the MLB blackout policy on thier web site.  It never mentions anything about being blacked out of games for out of market teams except on weekends.  So, I'm not sure where you are getting your information.  I just got off the phone with MLB and they did not mention it.  So, ATT needs to explain why those who pay for the Premium HD package are getting blacked out.  My general option is that ATT customer support has no idea.  They have these canned responses about MLB blackouts and don't even try to understand the issue is.  ATT customer support told me to call FOX Sports!  Everybody is passing the buck!


On MLB website they mean nationally televised games on saturday on FOX from 4:05 to 7:05 , and Sunday evening game on Espn will be blacked  out to Mlb tv  or mlb extra innings subscribers. Your Only option right now on uverse since uverse does not carry mlb extra innings is to subscribe to MLB TV if you want to watch out of market games. If you have any more black out questions feel free to ask as a lot of us have purchased Mlb tv and can tell you how blackouts work. 

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Go to the link you posted (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/faq_subscriptions.jsp#q10).  In regard to regular season games, it only talks about local (in market) games being blacked out on MLB TV and MLB.com.  It doesn't even mention out of market games broadcast on channels like FOX Sports.  I have a number of friends who get the different FOX sports channel via direct TV and they can can watch any out of market game they want.  There are no blackouts.

 

I also called the MLB 866-800-1275 and was told that out of market games on the FOX sports channels (and others) should not be blacked out.

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dsharp63 wrote:

 

Go to the link you posted (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/faq_subscriptions.jsp#q10).  In regard to regular season games, it only talks about local (in market) games being blacked out on MLB TV and MLB.com.  It doesn't even mention out of market games broadcast on channels like FOX Sports.  I have a number of friends who get the different FOX sports channel via direct TV and they can can watch any out of market game they want.  There are no blackouts.

 

I also called the MLB 866-800-1275 and was told that out of market games on the FOX sports channels (and others) should not be blacked out.


How does that comment reconcile with the fact that the purchase of the MLB Extra Innings package is required in order to watch out of market games?

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dsharp63 wrote:

Go to the link you posted (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/help/faq_subscriptions.jsp#q10).  In regard to regular season games, it only talks about local (in market) games being blacked out on MLB TV and MLB.com.  It doesn't even mention out of market games broadcast on channels like FOX Sports.  I have a number of friends who get the different FOX sports channel via direct TV and they can can watch any out of market game they want.  There are no blackouts.

 

I also called the MLB 866-800-1275 and was told that out of market games on the FOX sports channels (and others) should not be blacked out.


 

 

I'm not 100% sure on this, but it is QUITE possible that IF someone has DirecTV and MLB Extra Innings, that the game would be on the Extra Innings channel as well as NOT blacked out on the regional channel.

 

For example, I live in Ohio. If I had DirecTV with MLB Extra Innings AND the Sports Pack, and wanted to watch the Seattle @ LA game, i could watch the pregame show on either Root Sports Northwest or FS PrimeTicket (or FS West), whichever one had the pregame show.

 

Once the game started, Extra Innings would be active.  I could switch to the MLB EI channel -OR- quite possibly, keep it on Root Sports.

 

However, that's only if my assumption is true.  I would need the following setup:

1) A pay-TV provider with access to out-of-market regional channels AND MLB Extra Innings

2) MLB Extra Innings to give me live access to the other games

3) The package with the out-of-market regional channels

 

 

DirecTV is not giving them the live games without them subscribing to Extra Innings.

 

For now, U-Verse subscribers must subscribe to something like Roku or MLB.TV if they want to see live games that are not available in their region (as defined by MLB) or on ESPN, MLB Network, or broadcast over-the-air.

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Nothing in the MLB blackout rules,  that I have read, says you have to subscribe to MLB TV to be able to see out of market ballgames.  I guess if you keep saying it you'll make it so.

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dsharp63 wrote:

 

Nothing in the MLB blackout rules,  that I have read, says you have to subscribe to MLB TV to be able to see out of market ballgames.  I guess if you keep saying it you'll make it so.


Without continuing to say it, it is so.  You will only receive the out of market games that are broadcast on local or regional TV by purchasing MLB Extra Innings, which U-verse does not offer, or subscribing to the MLB.TV online service.  Otherwise, why would there be a need for those packages to even exist?

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From "InDemand"'s web site:

 

Q: WHAT ARE BLACKOUTS?
A: Blackouts are regional television restrictions distributed in order to protect the local television rights' holder broadcasting the game. Blackout restrictions are based on the home team's television territory as defined by Major League Baseball.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE LOCAL BROADCAST RIGHTS/RESTRICTIONS?
A: If you live in a zip code area that falls within an MLB team's home television territory, that team's games will be blacked-out from MLB EXTRA INNINGS. These games will generally be available on that team's RSN or team affiliated OTA station. Blackouts protect the local rights-holders who arrange separate distribution agreements for their exclusive territories.

 

"InDemand/MLB Extra Innings" is the carrier of MLB out-of-market games on MOST cable systems.  Simply put, if you live "OUT OF MARKET" i.e., not in that team's local area, the game is NOT available to you unless you pay a PREMIUM for a service such as "MLB Extra Innings".  I challenge you to find me a non-local game being shown in an out of market environment.  In other words, show me a cable or satellite provider that is showing a game that does not involve a LOCAL AREA team, other than ESPN or FOX on designated days/Times.  It's not there, because it does not exist.  That is the reason for MLB Extra Innings package (and it's associated cost) and MLB.TV (and IT'S associated cost).  That, my friend, is just the way it is, no matter how much you/we may not like it.  It's all about the "Benjamins"!

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Some of the issues with baseball games not being covered in your area are not 100% related to major league baseball (MLB), but 100% related to AT&T. While I have been an AT&T Uverse subscriber for over two years, and very happy with all of their services compared to Charter, this year has been extremely frustrating as a St. Louis Cardinal's fan.  Last year every game was broadcast, and if you live anywhere around the area you know that St. Louis is a baseball town. But when Fox Sports Midwest or other Fox Sports affiliates raise the rates to charge the Internet service providers and cable providers to broadcast the games, AT&T balked at the prices. For the last four weeks we've had no games on Sunday!!

We also missed two out of three from the Philly series, and there is no explanation except for the fact that AT&T was trying to cut costs. I've enclosed a link that you might find useful, because besides St. Louis it may apply to where you live. I'm already paying roughly $260 a month on cable/Internet/phone but do not have at least 40 games covered is ridiculous! Here is the link:

http://thecardinalnationblog.com/2011/05/03/some-seeking-relief-from-att-u-verse-on-missing-cardinal...

 

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