I don’t know whose bright idea it was to have “blackouts” of sports events in certain markets, but it sucks. Hard.
I live in Dallas, and I’ve been trying to watch the first round of the NHL playoffs. I caught the first game on a local channel (27) and the next couple on ESPN2. With the series tied up at two games apiece, I settled in for a not-very-relaxing evening to watch game five on Thursday night. Then, at 6:30pm Central time, the channel went black. It was replaced by a pop-up box courtesy of Dish Network explaining that the channel had been blocked out.
I suppose theoretically I should pay the extra $whatever each month to get the upgrade dish package that includes Fox Sports Southwest. That’s all I can think that they might have blocked the game for. Every Stars game for the last five or more years has been sold out, and that’s the main reason I’ve heard in the past for regional blackouts, so it must have been a contract with FSSW. Right?
Either that, or they’re conspiring to make my life miserable. I’m glad we won the game. Of course, now I have no idea whether I’ll be able to watch game six tonight.