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Does anybody have any real insight to MLB television blackout restrictions? I pay for satelite TV, I buy the sports package to have FSSW and MLB network, I buy MLB's TV package on top of that and still get blacked out living in NM-- a state with one minor league team and no other professional sports whatsoever. Decades ago (before cable) and living in Dallas I sort of understood-- the Cowboys would announce that there were still 500 tickets remaining on Thursday and if the game didn't sell out you couldn't get the game on your rabbit ears. Some car dealership would buy up the last few hundred tickets on Saturday and save public TV for the whole metroplex. That almost made sense. Now, I pay extra three times over to try and see the Rangers, but SOMEBODY has decided that people in NM (and who knows where else?) shouldn't get to follow the Rangers on TV. What kind of marketing strategy refuses customers? What revenue stream are they protecting against "New Mexico?" Joey, it's another 'Unsolved Mystery!!!!"
apparently the mlb agreement w/fox and others is different than the NFL. The games this Saturday night will be blacked out because Fox is showing the national game at night. The only MLB baseball available Saturday night will be on your local Fox station. The announcers on MLB radio are complaining about it because they can't watch the games either & it is their job.
I feel your pain. All teams are assigned "territories" where blackout restrictions apply. Near as I can tell, you live in an area where The Rangers, D-Backs and Rockies all have territorial rights, so if one of those team's games is on MLB Network, it'll be blacked out, regardless of attendance. I live in the Rio Grande Valley, a full eight hours from the Metroplex and run into the same thing. It's especially frustrating on Friday nights when the Rangers TV broadcast is ONLY in the Metroplex on local TV, but I still can't watch the game on MLB-TV. It would be nice if the powers that be could figure out how to help those of us who live out in the fringes of a club's "territory".
Also from NM, and have a similar package from DirecTV and MLB.TV as you and I was surprised we didnt even get the Diamondbacks feed. It's supposed to be our RSN, but it was blacked out as well. Strange thing is, if I was still a Comcast customer, I think I would have been able to see it.
I've developed a 100% working workaround on the MLB.tv blackout thing, but it requires a willingness to drop another $1.50 per month on a private proxy, and a working knowledge of browser plugins.
Basically, screw every party responsible for forcing people to resort to measures like this to circumvent the blackouts.
Joey can you divulge this info and will it only work on computers? Like I can't use a proxy with my xbox can i?
My workaround is that, while I live in Fort Smith, AR, and get blacked out on my computer and apple devices, it doesn't know where I am on my apple TV, Playstation 3 or my kindle fire. I just use those devices to watch. I don't know why, and I don't care.
I couldn't get a proxy to work on my PS3, so I assume it would be difficult to get it to work on an XBOX as well. However, I'm not the most technically savvy dude in the world. But I got it to work on my computer, and I just hook an HDMI cable up to my tv and the MLB package looks pretty close to HD to me.
I won't divulge it publicly, but I can e-mail the instructions to those who shoot me an e-mail. And, no, it doesn't work over an XBox/PS3 (to my knowledge), although as Jimmy said, the easiest solution is probably just running an HDMI cable from your computer to your TV if you're really dead set on watching it on your set.
Who's making these "Restrictions" anyway? Is it MLB? Is it Fox and ESPN and other TV outlets? More to the point, who do we complain to?
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