I've never heard of "blackouts" in MLB coverage. There used to be blackouts in the NFL but they are gone. If you if in the Pirates market you should be able to see Pirates games. The MLB views that as your home market. It would make sense that if you want to see Phillies games you would have to buy an extra package.
I live in the Twin Cities and I get Twins games. If I wanted to watch Milwaukee or Chicago games I would need an extra package.
I was just on the Comcast website and it looks like you need to buy the MLB Extra Innings package.
FYI, MLB controls this stuff not Comcast.
I can not watch the Phillies because it is blackout. The problem I have I live the Pirates area 17224. So MLB said I should be blackout from the pirates not the Phillies . Call Comcast 3 times had agents really had no clue what they are talking about. Actually kind of humorous with stupid explanations I received. I just want to watch the Phillies and there is no stations that covering them and I can’t buy a pkg to watch them and I live in the pirates territory. Comcast let me down. Any suggestions?
OK I was just on MLB.TV web site. I have a better idea of what you are talking about.
You are right in the middle of Philly and Pittsburgh. According to MLB the Pirates should be your blackout (I thought blackouts were a thing of the past). However I suspect you are attached to Comcast's Pittsburgh's market area and that system and that is the reason you see the Pirates and not the Phillies.
Unless you move closer to the Philly market I don't see a fix for this. I HIGHLY doubt Comcast could change this just for you. They would have to move your entire market to the Philly system.
How do you know that for sure? When you watch the news where is it coming from? Philly or Pittsburgh?
lol I don’t get Philly Comcast here. Who knows. MLB has a problem promoting their product if a customer has no way of seeing one game of his favorite team. Goodness I’m will to pay for the service.
I am a Colorado Rockies fan living in Tucson, Arizona. For most purposes, Extra Innings or MLB.TV is great because I can follow a team that would have no hometown coverage here. I expect to be blacked out from Arizona Diamondbacks games because I'm clearly in their market area, and I can watch the Colorado-Arizona games on Fox Sports Arizona. But absurdly, MLB also includes me in the San Diego Padres market. San Diego is just under 500 miles from where I live, and I guess 500 miles is the limit. This means I will miss live coverage of almost 20 games. Weirdly, Dish includes Fox Sports San Diego here in Tucson, but Comcast doesn't. Go figure.
beefbag, The only games in the MLB EXTRA INNINGS package that are subject to blackout are those also carried by your local station/regional cable network. It sounds like while you are living in a Pirates locale, the actual local station considers your zip code to be a part of the Phillies territory. I looked up your zip code via the MLB website and it says that zip code is partitioned for the Pirates Blackout as you stated.
On the same website is the following:
If you think we have inaccurately determined your blackout restrictions, you may call Customer Service at 866.800.1275 (US) or 412.714.0999 (International).
Thank you for looking into this.
I live in the Tucson, AZ area. Obviously the Diamondbacks games are blacked out on MLB.TV and I suppose on Extra Innings; they're the only MLB team in Arizona and only 120 miles from here. No problem; Comcast and other services carry the cable telecasts.
The puzzler here is the policy for San Diego Padres games. San Diego is obviously not part of the Tucson market. It's about 400 miles from here and I gather the arbitrary limit is 500 miles. But Dish carries the Padres games here on Fox Sports San Diego. Comcast does not. The Padres are in the same conference as the D-backs (NL West) so all those San Diego games matter to Arizona fans.
Either MLB has some weird discriminatory policy, or Dish has friends in high places, or Comcast is just dropping the ball. I understand the business imperative of protecting the local carriers, but this one is utterly irrational.
Jim-in-Tucson, yeah that is pretty odd to me as well but I won't speculate how that is being done.
beefbag, based on what I saw on the MLB website, you are within the Pirates territory.