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Old 12-19-2007, 04:46 PM   #1
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Default Steelers/Rams Game Blacked Out In Some Areas

Just giving a heads-up.


Some areas face blackout of Steelers game
KDKA carrying NFL Network feed only in Pittsburgh-area market
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

By Robert Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers-Rams game at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow will be televised on the NFL Network and on KDKA in the Pittsburgh Dedicated Market Area, but it might not be available in Somerset and Bedford counties and some areas of West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

Cable viewers who don't have the NFL Network can still pick up the game on KDKA in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties, along with Monongalia and Preston counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland.

Comcast will carry the game to all of its customers who receive KDKA-TV as part of their channel lineup, a Comcast spokesman said yesterday. Customers who don't get KDKA-TV as part of their channel lineup can view the game on NFL Network by subscribing to Comcast's Sports Entertainment Package.

KDKA is carried on other cable companies outside of those areas, but those outlets are required to black out the game under the NFL's TV policy. Those who can get KDKA's signal via antenna will not be affected, regardless of market area.

Somerset and Bedford counties are in the Johnstown-Altoona Designated Market Area, where cable providers will carry regular CBS programming while the Steelers game is in progress. Areas of northwestern Pennsylvania, northwestern West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Maryland also might be blacked out.

KDKA and the Steelers say the decisions are not theirs but are NFL policy.

The game is available to subscribers of DirecTV and the Dish Network, which carry the NFL Network as part of their service.

The NFL Network has an eight-game, end-of-season package of Thursday and Saturday night games, and about 40 percent of the nation's TV viewers can see the games. There is a dispute, however, involving money. The NFL wants cable companies to carry the package as part of the basic service for a payment of about 80 cents per month for every subscriber to be paid to the NFL, but cable companies such as Comcast have argued successfully in court that the NFL Network should be on a premium tier so that only subscribers who want the programming would pay extra to receive it. A resolution might hinge on congressional action.

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Old 12-19-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers/Rams Game Blacked Out In Some Areas

Looks like Comcast expanded the area where the game can be accessed by KDKA - Comcast & NFL Network both should burn for these tricks

More cable customers can view Steelers game
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tomorrow night's Steelers game against the St. Louis Rams will be available on television to all Comcast customers who get KDKA as part of their channel lineup.

That includes the Johnstown and Altoona markets as well as Bedford and Somerset counties, areas that previously had been scheduled to be blacked out.

Additionally, it is available to Comcast customers who don't get KDKA if they are subscribers to the NFL Network through the Sports Entertainment Package. It also is available to subscribers of DirectTV and the Dish Network.


But the NFL may be heading for trouble on this - probably not a good idea to be blacking out late season Steelers and Patriots games when the majority and minority chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee can sponsor legislation to yank your anti-trust exemption and represent lots of Pats and Steelers fans (Specter also is bought & paid for by Comcast, which is headquartered in Philadelphia)

WASHINGTON - Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the NFL on Wednesday threatening to reconsider the league’s antitrust exemption if it doesn’t make games on the NFL Network available to more viewers.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., expressed concern that many fans in their home states will not be able to see games on the channel involving the New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers

“Now that the NFL is adopting strategies to limit distribution of game programming to their own networks,” they wrote, “Congress may need to reexamine the need and desirability of their continued exemption from the Nation’s antitrust laws.”


Wonder if that letter "helped" expand the viewing area tomorrow night?

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Old 12-19-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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ATTENTION ATLANTIC BROADBAND CUSTOMERS: In case you haven't noticed, Atlantic BB is going to start carrying the NFL Network. Those who have this in the CENTRAL PA AREA(around where I live) should use Channel 66(Can be used on Extended Basic) or 311(Digital Packages) on their TVs

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if your blacked out watch it here for free

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