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I am in the process of relocating from Dallas to San Antonio. From what i've been told in the chats it seems like the Astros take precedence over the Rangers in San Antonio, with Fox Sports in San Antonio typically only showing one to two Rangers games every other week or so.
That being said, I was looking into MLB.tv or MLB Extra Innings, but now it appears that regardless, these games may be blacked out via this venue. Can anybody give me any additional information regarding if ALL games are blacked out, or only ones showing at that time locally? Is there an alternative way to watch Rangers games other than MLB.tv or MLB Extra innings?
Or should I just curl into a fetal position now...
I live in Austin and we fall under the same blackout rules as you described for San Antonio. I, too, relocated from Dallas and found that the easiest way to watch the Rangers was to get the sports package through my cable provider (AT&T). It's not all that expensive and I get 6 or 7 different Fox Sports channels. Virtually the only games I don't get are the Friday night games, which are on KTXA 21 (a local Dallas channel, as I'm sure you know). I didn't bother messing with the MLB.tv stuff, as I didn't want to jack with the blackout junk.
The Ranger games are on KBVO in Austin on Friday.
I wonder if they are on a local channel in Houston on Friday? I have the comcast sports package so I get all the games except Fridays. I do have the MLB radio feed to listen to the Friday games, it's only $20 bucks. But it sure would be nice to watch those Friday games?
I'm an mlb.tv subscriber in NC. The only games that are blacked out for me are against the Os and the Nats. Kind of Ridiculous if you ask me... Balitmore/DC are 7 hours away.
So, you wouldn't be blacked out for any of the away games.
You could always move to Melbourne....
I'm also in NC. It's not only Washington and Baltimore, but Cincinatti and Atlanta as well. So I'm somehow in four different team's "market" but only one (Atlanta) has games available locally. Ridiculous Luckily, most of those are NL teams so it doesn't come into play much. But I would like to be able to watch the Nats this year as they're an entertaining team.
Does anyone know how MLB determines these "markets" because, as someone who works in marketing I can tell you MLB's have no relationship with reality.
Hey, it's bad down in the Rio Grande Valley too. Kind of ridiculous I live eight hours away from Dallas and have the same blackout restrictions on the Rangers. Fortunately, most of the games are available, as my cable company carries two Fox Sports Southwest channels. The only time now I don't get Rangers games is Friday night when it's only on local TV and the odd night like Monday when the 'Stros were on one of the channels and the Spurs playoff game on the other.
I live in Houston and I have Directv. I opted for the sports package and I receive every Rangers game on Fox Sports Southwest. If there is a conflict with the Astros, the Rangers game is shown on an alternate Fox Sports Southwest channel. Haven't missed a game in several years.
@Husmalicious You just made my life complete. It's beyond me how I did not know that by now.
This blackout shit is one of the things I hate most about baseball. I have DirecTV now, so I'm pretty sure I could get every televised game if I wanted to subscribe to a more extensive sports package, but I get the Rangers, Astros, and whatever is shown nationally on ESPN, MLB, etc....which is good enough for me.
I love DirecTV, but I shouldn't have had to get it to see the Rangers, and I should have been able to get the Rangers on MLB.TV, which my wife wanted to get me for Christmas. Unfortunately, living 3 hours away from Arlington isn't good enough, though, so I couldn't get those. Stupid blackout rules. Welcome to the 21st century, you dolts.
Thanks all! I called Time Warner this morning, and confirmed that I will get the Rangers games on one of their two Fox Sports channels except on Fridays and games that are on Fox Saturday, ESPN Monday, or ESPN Sunday night. However, if possible, i'm definately looking into sattelite... its typically cheaper anyways
BTW my understanding is that the blackout rules also apply to the streaming video broadcasts via mlb.com
I know someone, who knows this guy, who has to use a proxy server to hide his real whereabouts in order to get the stream... That process is not seamless because when traffic is high on mlb, proxy, OR local ISP the stream lags - BADLY!
Just spent the week right outside of San Diego, and none of the LAAAaSszaSA Or Doggers games were blacked out.
It's a..... Mad world.
And we wonder why teams are getting outrageous TV deals... WE are paying the subscriptions for so many alternative options that the TV companies can afford the huge contracts. It's all a big circle...
I couldn't tell you if they are blacked out or not but with AT&T Uverse, which is available in San Antonio, on the top channel package you get the Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio feeds of FSSW. I know here in Arlington I've been able to see Rangers and Astros games at the same time on Uverse.
I pay for the mlb at bat subscription. I get every team's radio broadcast, with no blackouts on the radio. I think it's a good investment cause Nadel is the King of all Media. I, too, would pay for the MLB.tv premium but apparently being six hours from the metroplex in Amarillo is too close to watch the Rangers.
Worst case, I think we're all pretty blessed to have Eric Nadel as our radio play by play guy. The MLB app has been gold when I have to stay late at the office.
Well... My solution has been to watch the home games the next day since I do not have cable.
I second Marktown's take on MLB at Bat as a good radio feed. I normally use the TuneIn radio app, but all the baseball transmissions are blocked. The only downside to MLB for me is the timing difference between it and TV broadcasts, so it is hard to listen to Rangers radio while watching on TV.
You will be able to get the Ranger games on DirectTV but MLB.tv will black them out. I live in Arlington and they blackout the Astro games on MLB.tv so I would assume they do the same for Ranger games in San Antonio. DirectTV does not black out the Astro games up here so likewise I'd assume they don't do it down there.
Get yourself a Slingbox. If you know anyone in the Metroplex that loves the Rangers and watches their games, you can watch with them on your computer, laptop, smart phone or other mobile device. Other than that, you are hosed.
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