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  • nathanKent
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    I'm loving it because I won't be home from work until 8:30.

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  • Bob Sacamento
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    Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
    Scheduling playoff games at 10 pm EST isn't exactly the way to build a young fan base--how many pre-teens are going to be up at 1 am to finish the game? Heck, I'm closer to 40 than 30, so that's starting to become late for me as well.

    I understand the desire to have the games during primetime in the home markets, but they should start the games at 9 pm EST at the latest, and the game will still be on during prime time.
    Sorry to all EastCoast and Midwest Cubby fans but I'm overjoyed with the start time for Wed game. I'll be able to watch the game and go to bed at a decent hour! BTW primetime out here on WestCoast is 8pm PT (11pm ET), you can't find anything but reruns on before then. But the balance act is we get Monday Night Football games starting at 5 or 6 pm PT which pisses alot of bigtime football fans off because their still working.

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  • Scartissue
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    Originally posted by vptpt View Post
    It almost seems like MLB doesn't want to have fans anymore.
    Scheduling playoff games at 10 pm EST isn't exactly the way to build a young fan base--how many pre-teens are going to be up at 1 am to finish the game? Heck, I'm closer to 40 than 30, so that's starting to become late for me as well.

    I understand the desire to have the games during primetime in the home markets, but they should start the games at 9 pm EST at the latest, and the game will still be on during prime time.

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  • Rennie Stennett
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    Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
    Same here! When living in Chicago or for that matter downstate IL, rarely was I ever effected by the blackout policy due to the availability of CLTV, FSN Chicago, Fox, FSN Midwest, and WGN. Now that I'm out here in the NW boonies it's WGN, MLB.tv, or bust. If there was one rule I wish I could change about baseball, it would be the blackout rule.

    One idea I've had to get around this, is attaching a slingbox to family/friend's TV in Chicago.
    I understand you can only get WGN if your in Tacoma or Spokane in the state of Washington. I'm in neither.

    I have the baseball package through comcast cable out here in the PNW. I used to have direct tv. The prices were about the same, except with direct tv I got the Yes Network and WGN, with comcast I don't. I get YES NET only for the Yankee games, but none of the other programs with comcast.. Anyway,with the baseball package, they guarantee about 40 out of market games per week. Some times FOX or ESPN would buy up some games and show you highlights or at bats only. It would be blacked out on the normal spots. What sucks also is if the Mariners are in say on the road or at home and the local comcast crew decides not to work the game, I can't go on the baseball package and watch the visiting Fox crew do the game. It's blacked out.

    Also, a complaint of many on the Western side of the cascade mountains was KOMO TV, which is the ABC station. For Decades they decided to tape delay MNF games one hour so they could broadcast the local news. This finally changed just a few years ago. The only place in the country where this was done.
    Last edited by Rennie Stennett; 10-02-2007, 09:34 AM.

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    Originally posted by Williamsburg2599 View Post
    There is also some "Illegal" sites that allow you to watch the games for free online, but I don't think I can mention them here.
    I know what you mean. They're great.

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  • vptpt
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    It almost seems like MLB doesn't want to have fans anymore.

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  • Scartissue
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    Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
    From what I just read on the slingbox website, only one person can access it one time. As for the other question, In most situations, both of you will be watching and controlling the same device. However, the Slingbox™ PRO, TUNER and CLASSIC have an internal tuner, so for standard cable (coaxial) inputs, you can set-up your Slingbox™ to watch either your TV, DVR, etc. while the remote user watches standard cable (or vice versa). In addition, many customers connect the Slingbox to a secondary TV or a secondary TV source in another room to avoid remote conflicts
    Thanks for the helpful info. Now I just have to find someone that will let me take over their TV once or twice a weekend for a couple of hours.

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  • Williamsburg2599
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    There is also some "Illegal" sites that allow you to watch the games for free online, but I don't think I can mention them here.

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  • Bob Sacamento
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    Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
    If you attach a slingbox, do you know if the person's TV would be tied up, or can that person watch something else, so that it doesn't get in the way? Also, can more than one person watch remotely at the same time?
    I'm not quite sure how it works exactly, the people I've encountered who've used were on vacation (in Mexico) and watching the Cubs game via CLTV and FSN Chicago, who also had a laptop/tv converter to watch the game on a bigger screen. But from what I understand, you hook the slingbox up to your tv cable cord (like you would with a vcr) as well as an internet outlet (dsl/cable/etc).

    From what I just read on the slingbox website, only one person can access it one time. As for the other question, In most situations, both of you will be watching and controlling the same device. However, the Slingbox™ PRO, TUNER and CLASSIC have an internal tuner, so for standard cable (coaxial) inputs, you can set-up your Slingbox™ to watch either your TV, DVR, etc. while the remote user watches standard cable (or vice versa). In addition, many customers connect the Slingbox to a secondary TV or a secondary TV source in another room to avoid remote conflicts

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  • Scartissue
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    Originally posted by Bob Sacamento View Post
    One idea I've had to get around this, is attaching a slingbox to family/friend's TV in Chicago.
    If you attach a slingbox, do you know if the person's TV would be tied up, or can that person watch something else, so that it doesn't get in the way? Also, can more than one person watch remotely at the same time?

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  • Jeff Pico
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    Move to the Everglades, it appears nothing is blacked out there

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  • Williamsburg2599
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    Here's the blackout map:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...kout_Areas.png

    Some of them are pretty stupid if you ask me. People in southern Idaho can't watch the Mariners?

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  • cpomeroy
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    How about this for a kicker. I live in Peoria, Il about 2 1/5 hours south of Chicago. And every Cubs Game on MLB.tv is blacked out. Fortunately, I get WGN and FSN which covers most games, but those games that are scheduled on WCIU... Nope. Can't watch em even if they are on ESPN. WCIU isn't even available on service provider in the area.

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  • Bob Sacamento
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    Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
    I subscribe to the MLB website, and it kills me that I can't see many of the games on the weekends, when I actually have more time, because of Fox's deal with MLB.
    Same here! When living in Chicago or for that matter downstate IL, rarely was I ever effected by the blackout policy due to the availability of CLTV, FSN Chicago, Fox, FSN Midwest, and WGN. Now that I'm out here in the NW boonies it's WGN, MLB.tv, or bust. If there was one rule I wish I could change about baseball, it would be the blackout rule.

    One idea I've had to get around this, is attaching a slingbox to family/friend's TV in Chicago.
    Last edited by Bob Sacamento; 09-20-2007, 09:21 AM.

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  • Scartissue
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    Originally posted by Lipsander View Post
    I went home last night, got ready for the Reds and Cubs, turned on the Dish and low and behold, I was blacked out for the game on ESPN HD. Now that may not sound so out of the ordinary, but I live 4 and a half hours from Cincinnati and like 13 hours from Chicago. That is some bs. I get blacked out when the Cubs play the Pirates also and I'm 4 hours away from there. What gives? Is there anything a person can do to help that? Just curious. :crossfingers:
    I subscribe to the MLB website, and it kills me that I can't see many of the games on the weekends, when I actually have more time, because of Fox's deal with MLB.

    Don't get me started about MLB's blackout policy--I would start frothing at the mouth, and soon men in white overcoats would come for me with an uncomfortable jacket featuring very long sleeves.

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