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Tampa ABC Affiliate NBA Blackout?

05-07-2006, 02:23 PM
This is odd. I'm in the Tampa Bay market and receive HD locals through the an H20 (not over the air). I am unable to watch the Cavs/Pistons game on our ABC affiliate. I am getting a message that says "Program Not Available in Your Area". When I click the More Info button, the message reads "If you are trying to view a sporting event, check other channels (local or regional) to view the game". Isn't this a national game? There shouldn't be any local blackout. Besides, I am getting the game on my ABC affiliate's standard definition channel, just the HD channel is getting blacked out. All other local HD channels are working fine.

I called D* (you know what's coming...) and the rep I talked to didn't have a clue. She tried to tell me that ABC has the HD rights and can black me out. What?!?!? :mad: These people will say anything to get you to hang up the phone. Rather than call back and get another clueless rep, I thought I post here and see if anyone else is having the same problem.


05-08-2006, 05:24 AM
Interesting. I agree you should not have been blacked out. Follow what she said and call your local ABC and ask them about it just for the heck of it.