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Was just flipping threw the channels waiting for 24 to come on and TBS had the test pattern up with a message saying that the FCC had blacked them out. Any one know anything about this? Is it only in the Philly area?
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I dunno. We've got the Braves/Mets game on here at the moment.




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Must be in your area. TBS is up for me.

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I also have Braves/Mets. So its working fine in my area.



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Someone else can explain it better than I, but the same sports game can't be shown on two different stations at the same time. In the NY area, the Braves-Mets game was on MSG, the channel I'm supposing gets precedence in this situation. So, I'm guessing you get MSG in Philly.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.25
    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    Someone else can explain it better than I, but the same sports game can't be shown on two different stations at the same time. In the NY area, the Braves-Mets game was on MSG, the channel I'm supposing gets precedence in this situation. So, I'm guessing you get MSG in Philly.


Really? So a home broadcaster (say TBS) and an away broadcaster (say WPIX) can't show the same game? I had no idea...



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In previous seasons at least, it has been if the Braves are playing a team on the road within a 35-50 mile radius (somewhere in there), the game is blacked out locally in order to protect the local market. Same thing used to occur when the Yankees played on WPIX. A Red Sox-Yankees or Red Sox-Braves game from Fenway would be blacked out on TBS or PIX, but should those teams play in New York or Atlanta the broadcast would be sent into the market. Whether a new rule has been establised to cause the market to be protected even when the team is on the road is possible, or someone hit the wrong switch at the cable company. Considering Philly wouldn't qualify as the New York market, my guess is on someone hitting the wrong button.

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For 'Skins games that are on Sunday Night on ESPN, it's also on our locak ABC station.

They are in the same family, so it may only apply to different owners.




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It'd be funny (as in strange, not funny “ha ha”) if TBS did get blacked out, permanently, by the FCC. Ever tried watching a PG-13 or R-rated comedy on TBS? I watched Robin Hood: Men in Tights on TBS once, and it was censored to such a degree that it wasn't remotely funny.

Of course, whether or not the movie is funny in its original version depends upon your taste in movies. I happen to enjoy the movie when I can watch, y'know, the whole thing.



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No TBS!? But where will I catch Thunder...eh, nevermind.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.65
    Originally posted by rikidozan
    For 'Skins games that are on Sunday Night on ESPN, it's also on our locak ABC station.

    They are in the same family, so it may only apply to different owners.


The NFL has a different TV deal than the other sports. They have always made the Cable (ESPN & once upon a time TNT) games available to the local teams markets on an over the air channel since not everyone in America has cable TV. They use the same feed so the only difference are the local commercials. In NYC the games are usually shown on Channel 11 which most definitely is not the local ABC affiliate.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    Someone else can explain it better than I, but the same sports game can't be shown on two different stations at the same time. In the NY area, the Braves-Mets game was on MSG, the channel I'm supposing gets precedence in this situation. So, I'm guessing you get MSG in Philly.

No, we don't get MSG.

Wish I could help you out, but I wasn't channel surfing last night, so I didn't run across the problem.



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There's also a problem based on where the cable signal that you are receiving has its origins. If it's close enough to another market (I've been quoted 80 miles), the "local" team can force a blackout of any broadcast of their games.

Case in point - my cable signal originates in Rockford IL, which is within 80 miles of Wrigley Field. Any time that the Cubs are broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, as well as by a local Chicago channel, I get a different game on ESPN or ESPN2. Forget the fact that I don't get the local channel that carries the Cubs on my cable system, my signal is still within the Cubs "local area".

Keep in mind, this is just what my cable provider has told me.



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