Question about DirecTV Sunday Ticket

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by pendragn, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. pendragn

    pendragn Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Ames Iowa


    I'm considering getting the Sunday Ticket and Superfan, but I'm worried about the blackouts. I live in Ames Iowa and I want to know 100% that I'll be able to watch 100% of the Kansas City Chiefs games. How can I be sure I won't miss them to a blackout restriction?

    Also, I need SuperFan on top of Sunday Ticket to get them all in HD don't I?

  2. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    Bay Area
    The only Chief blackouts on ST you'll get are when the Chiefs are televised locally, you won't miss the game though since it will be on locally.
  3. pendragn

    pendragn Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Ames Iowa
    So they won't block it out if the game isn't sold out or something? If it's on a network station I'm good with that. I can get them in HD, so I'm still covered.

  4. bigpuma

    bigpuma Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Morgan Hill, CA
    Do you get Kansas City locals? That is the only way they would black out the game is if your locals are from KC and they don't sell out the game.
  5. pendragn

    pendragn Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Ames Iowa


    My locals are from Des Moines. I seem to remember hearing horror stories about NFL blackouts outside of the city the team is from. Before I plunk down nearly $400 I want to make sure I can get everything I want from it. Looks like I can. Thanks.

  6. Drewster

    Drewster Connoisseur

    Oct 26, 2000
    no hablo football
  7. footballdude

    footballdude New Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    Arnold, MO
    The Chiefs always sell out home games. There won't be any blackouts. Go to their website and try to buy a ticket for one of their games this year. I'd be surprised if there's any left at this point.

    For the HD you will definitely have to purchase the superfan option. Unless you don't mind waiting. The NFL network will show three or four games on replay throughout the week in HD, complete with cameras and mics on the sidelines.
  8. Steeler Mike

    Steeler Mike New Member

    May 5, 2005
    I sometime do miss portions of the Steelers games because the game is supposed to be on the local OTA station, & therefore is blacked out on the satelite NFL channel (700-725). However, sometimes the early game on the OTA channel, or the local Jacksonville Jaguars game runs late, leaving me nowhere to watch my Steelers. So the satelite channel does black out all games that you should be able to watch on the local channels. Why I do not know. :thumbsdown:
  9. pendragn

    pendragn Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Ames Iowa
    Because of commercials. If you can get the game via OTA then you have to watch their commercials. If you watch it via DirecTV you're getting different commercials. Your local station certainly isn't going to give up those eyeballs to DirecTV.

  10. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Cypress, TX
    I stopped subscribing to NFLST in Los Angeles because The NFL and their broadcast partners decided that LA was in the San Diego Market.

    Being in a city without an NFL Team, should almost guarantee you ZERO blackouts.

    Living in the Houston market, I realize that as the season progresses and WHEN the Texans don't do so well, games not sold out will create OTA double-header issues. IMNSHO, buying the NFLST should offset the empty stadium issue for the local team. they are still getting revenue!!
  11. TheMerk

    TheMerk Always Bid First

    Feb 26, 2001
    Salt Lake...
    What's your zip code? I'll look up the blackouts in your area for you.
  12. jeff125va

    jeff125va New Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    Ashburn, VA USA
    I live in Northern VA and we're subject to blackouts for both the Redskins and Ravens. Blackouts due to non-sellouts, I mean. It's only really affected me once but I was pretty upset because I hadn't known about it before then. It was an Eagles-Ravens game back in like 1997 when both teams sucked. It ended in a tie. I can get Baltimore channels with the right antenna and amplifier so I think it's pretty ridiculous that our zip code is (or was at least) included in their home market. But given that they sell out most games now and it would be quite rare that I'd really care about it if they didn't, it doesn't really bother me all that much.
  13. f0gax

    f0gax Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    As I understand it...
    The blackout radius is about 75 miles from the stadium. I presume Ames is more than 75 miles from Arrowhead?

    Additionally, if a game is being broadcast by your local station, then it will be blacked out on ST. But, of course, you can just watch it on your local station. So, no loss.

    But I do remember there being some kind of funkiness if the game runs over and how that affects the games on Sunday Ticket. Something like you can miss the first part of a game on ST because the early game ran over and they're both on your local. Someone can probably explain that much better.
  14. dmaneyapanda

    dmaneyapanda Member

    Jan 16, 2000
    it's straightforward. say you have a doubleheader on one of your local stations, and you are interested in the late game.

    if the early game runs long, CBS/Fox may decide to cover the exciting finish of the first game rather than switch over to the late game for the start time. so you can't watch the late game on your local until they decide to cut over to it.

    DTV, on the other hand, thinks that the late game is being broadcast by the local, so it blacks the game out from sunday ticket.

    long story short, you miss the beginning of the game you care about.
  15. HoldenBanky

    HoldenBanky Insert witty remark

    Oct 25, 2006
    If you have Superfan, there were no blackouts on the HD feeds last year. For example here in NYC the Giants would be on Fox 5 but I could watch them on the appropriate Directv HD channel 7**.
  16. jeff125va

    jeff125va New Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    Ashburn, VA USA
    Or, worse, you're watching the early game which has an exciting finish but Fox does switch over because the late game is your home team's game. However, IIRC I do think that DirecTV (or the league) has remedied this in recent years and will allow the game to be on the ST channel after it has switched over locally. But it seems to me that that's subject to human intervention and might not always happen.
  17. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Fine for real TCF Club

    May 1, 2005
    I agree with your sentiment, but I think that is an extreme reation! :)

    I think I've only missed one Charger game in the past 4-5 years. Usually, if it's blacked out, it's on channel 2 (CBS). I do remember being extremely pissed one time when the CBS affiliate decided to show the Raider game when the Charger game was blacked out on DTV.

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