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WTF ROOT?

Postby mike1104 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:54 pm

I Live in freaking Indianapolis, IN with Direct TV paid for ROOT sports and can't get the Pens pregame on ROOT. Says, "program not available in your area" Really? That's BS.. because I flip it over to MSG and guess what? I sure can get the Rangers pregame.. :thumbdown: :thumbdown:
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby eww7633 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:56 pm

Same here in Fayetteville, NC. That's BS.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby Ad@m on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:01 pm

Did you try NHL network?
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby Sieve70 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:03 pm

I called DirectTV and they said ROOT was blocking... WTF?

And, no - NHL Network was not showing ROOT pre-game...
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby mike1104 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:04 pm

I sent a nasty tweet to ROOT.. why in the world would they blackout people that live no where near Pittsburgh? You would think they would want us to watch..
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby MRandall25 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:08 pm

If you aren't in Pitt, it's on NHL Network.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby nocera on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:08 pm

I called directv and they said it was the NHL blacking it out. I'm in the viewing area and have the sports pack. Last year they blacked out NHLN. Maybe this is the new policy this year? Either way, it sucks.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby Sieve70 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:11 pm

MRandall25 wrote:If you aren't in Pitt, it's on NHL Network.


They (previously - been subscriber since '90's) only black out the game, not the pre or post game shows.

More info from DirectTV - ROOT is blocking all content related to Pens and non-national games will only be on the Center Ice channels... major change, as I always record pre-game, game, and post-game on ROOT... not happy and hope they clean this up...
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby mike1104 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:16 pm

I just sent ROOT an email and plan on calling them tomorrow. This just really makes me not happy on my birthday!!!! I have the NHL network so, that's not an issue. I'm watching the game.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby nocera on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:19 pm

Sieve70 wrote:
MRandall25 wrote:If you aren't in Pitt, it's on NHL Network.


They (previously - been subscriber since '90's) only black out the game, not the pre or post game shows.

More info from DirectTV - ROOT is blocking all content related to Pens and non-national games will only be on the Center Ice channels... major change, as I always record pre-game, game, and post-game on ROOT... not happy and hope they clean this up...


I don't understand why I'm getting blacked out considering I'm part of the "regional viewing area" and get Root in the sports pack on Directv. In the past, they always blacked out the NHLN feed. Ugh.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby Sieve70 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:20 pm

Agreed!!

And the broadcast may explain some of the FUBAR - I'm getting MSG broadcast on NHL Network...
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby nocera on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:21 pm

Same
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:47 pm

Root is not able to broadcast Pens games outside of the Pittsburgh area if the game is being shown nationally. Since the game is on NHLN tonight it's blacked out outside of Pittsburgh.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby nocera on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:02 pm

Sam's Drunk Dog wrote:Root is not able to broadcast Pens games outside of the Pittsburgh area if the game is being shown nationally. Since the game is on NHLN tonight it's blacked out outside of Pittsburgh.


Right. I just don't get that since I'm considered the "Pittsburgh area" and got the games on Root all last year (through DirecTV's sports pack) that I would be blacked out now.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby MRandall25 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:07 pm

You guys could just switch off of DirecTV...
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby nocera on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:08 pm

MRandall25 wrote:You guys could just switch off of DirecTV...


DirecTV is the ONLY way I could get Pens games. Considered in the viewing area but don't natively get Root. The games therefore would be blacked out on Center Ice.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby ivand87 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:12 pm

I don't have DirecTV but the fact that the PREGAME is blacked out is beyond ridiculous... All these restrictions and blackouts are so insane.

I'm forced to watch tonight's game on NHL Network who plaster their ridiculous graphics with news and scores from other game's at the bottom of the screen, taking up a good 5% or more of the actual broadcast. I guess the geniuses at NHL Network haven't figured out that following the puck and the play during a hockey game is kind of important. The NHL Network is such a joke. And while I'm at it, I'm so sick of Kathryn Tappen's voice.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby MRandall25 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:13 pm

Could be worse. You could be watching it on a 17 in. laptop screen.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby hoser66 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:25 pm

The blackout of the game was expected because it is on the NHL Network. What is new this year is the Black out of pre/post games shows.... Supposedly their is a new contract with RSP and DIRECTV which own RSP that these will be blacked-out unless you are in the Pittsburgh RSP viewing area. I will be cancelling my Sports package with DIRECTV and save some money unless they fix this stuff now... but I doubt they will unless everyone calls and complains non stop.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby hoser66 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:51 pm

The post game show is on for now in Virginia on Directv... maybe all of the post/tweets/emails to the world has worked for now.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby KBone on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:31 pm

hoser66 wrote:The post game show is on for now in Virginia on Directv... maybe all of the post/tweets/emails to the world has worked for now.
hoser66 wrote:The blackout of the game was expected because it is on the NHL Network. What is new this year is the Black out of pre/post games shows.... Supposedly their is a new contract with RSP and DIRECTV which own RSP that these will be blacked-out unless you are in the Pittsburgh RSP viewing area. I will be cancelling my Sports package with DIRECTV and save some money unless they fix this stuff now... but I doubt they will unless everyone calls and complains non stop.


I called and got upset with the first rep. He told me that I would only have access to the region in which I lived. I proved him wrong by flipping around to FS Detroit, SUN Sports, etc...

I asked to be escalated to a supervisor.

I talked to a lady and said that if the pregame blackouts continue I would first call to voice my displeasure, then cancel my regional sports subscription because it would literally be worthless to me.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby hoser66 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:40 pm

Kovy27 wrote:
mike1104 wrote:I Live in freaking Indianapolis, IN with Direct TV paid for ROOT sports and can't get the Pens pregame on ROOT. Says, "program not available in your area" Really? That's BS.. because I flip it over to MSG and guess what? I sure can get the Rangers pregame.. :thumbdown: :thumbdown:



Do you guys just freak out over everything without researching it?


What are you talking about researching what? the Pregrame was blacked-out... the Post-Game probably would have too if people weren't beating the crap out of DIRECTV, ROOTSPORTSPIT and PENGUINS contacts they had.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby thepittman on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:43 pm

The Root pregame sucks
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby KBone on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:48 pm

thepittman wrote:The Root pregame sucks


Sucks or not, its Penguins content. Not generic NHL Network content.

I will be pretty upset if Root blacks it out the entire season. Like I said, DirecTV will lose some of my money because of Root's policy.

I don't get why they wouldn't want MORE people to see their broadcast. More viewers = more $ from ads.
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Re: WTF ROOT?

Postby mac5155 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:56 pm

It was probably blaclednout so you watch nhl network. You do understand that it's not blacked out so you can't watch period, it's so you watch the network they want you to watch...
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