Crew TV and Streaming Blackouts

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  1. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Ok, so I posted this previously in the LA match thread, but I don't think everyone saw it, so I'll start this thread since it affects so many people.

    Did some googling, found this on reddit.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/MLS/comments/8wxjqm/i_thought_switching_over_to_the_espn_app_was/

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    This is a link to an 11 page PDF detailing blackouts league wide: http://www.tsq.com/alerts/MLSDK Blackouts 2018.pdf

    • Blackouts are now a mandatory requirement from MLS (and I'm assuming ESPN) for ALL TEAMS
    • This covers MLS Direct Kick TV package, ESPN+ (formerly MLS Live), and all streaming options (i.e. YouTube TV).
    • OTA channels are blacked out for 75 miles around the stadium
    • Regional Channels (Fox Ohio, Fox Southeast, Fox Midwest, etc) are blacked out for 150 miles from the stadium

    • For Crew fans specifically, if you live within 75 miles of MAPFRE, you either need to watch the games through cable, of use a VPN to mask your location on ESPN+

    TL;DR - ESPN is LYING to you when they say blackouts are a glitch, we'll never be able to watch live via ESPN+ (without a VPN). Thanks for the heads up MLS and ESPN!!
     
  2. puttputtfc

    puttputtfc Member+

    Sep 7, 1999
    If you jump on the Hull City bandwagon, you'll realize MLS sucks. Make the leap, Kyle.
     
  3. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    NEVER!! You people ruined Jozy Altidore :p
     
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  4. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    Funny the way you used ruined and Jozy Altidore in the same sentence.
     
  5. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yep. I get all OTA channels great.... except one. Guess which one that is.... I can get it to come in, but it's a very fragile signal that is constantly interrupted, but such large blockages as a cat walking in front of the antennae, the wind blowing hard, or me crossing my legs across the room. Not ideal.
     
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  6. DrunkandDisorderly

    Mar 17, 2008
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Well, ain't this a kick to the sack. Unfortunately, 53's tower is something like 20 miles south of downtown. I have no hope of receiving it in Westerville unless I do some sort of attic or roof mounted antenna, and even then it isn't a sure thing.

    Edited for the map. Guess which one is WWHO(53)....
     

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  7. DAK77

    DAK77 Member+

    Nov 10, 2008
    Grandview Heights, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't get it in Grandview and I have a 30 mile indoor antenna.
     
  8. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    Check with your internet provider... They typically offer a "lifeline" TV package that contains just the local broadcast stations and a handful of religious/home shopping channels that pay for carriage.

    This package may even be bundled at little/no net cost with your internet service. I think I pay the same for internet, land line, and the basic TV as I do for just internet and land line.

    I can't imagine that there are no good options.

    ESPN+ is an out of market package, like NFL Sunday Ticket, that allows you to watch games that aren't shown locally. The blackout policies look identical.
     
  9. DrunkandDisorderly

    Mar 17, 2008
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Hmm, I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to either rewire the run that goes to the living room or just watch games in the office where the cable modem is. That will also require disconnecting the main TV's antenna each time I want to hook up the cable line, so I might just stick to finding a pirate feed and casting it to the TV using Chromecast. Decisions, decisions.
     
  10. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I live off of morse and hamilton, right between gahanna and new albany. I can get 53 with a decent indoor antenna, but its spotty.
     
  11. TheRealBilbo

    TheRealBilbo Member+

    Apr 5, 2016
    Our phone company's TV box actually takes ethernet cat5 cable from the router. HDMI to the TV.

    The company may even do free install (wire run).
     
  12. Minnman

    Minnman Member+

    Feb 11, 2000
    Columbus, OH, USA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Just to state what may be obvious (it wasn't to me, though), CW is a UHF HD channel. Back when the switch was made to over-the-air HD, I bought a well-reviewed, small HD antenna which I installed in my attic. When the Crew announced its deal with CW for local over-the-air broadcasts, I tried - and failed - to get it to pull in Crew matches. The problem was that it was a VHF-only HD antenna; it wasn't physically capable of tuning into a UHF signal. I swapped it out for a VHF/UHF model and, voila!, I now pull in 53, and a shit-ton of other channels I'll never watch, plus all the local VHF channels I used to get on my old HD antenna, no problem. I realize CW broadcasts from a ways away (I live in Clintonville), but I wouldn't assume you can't get it until you first confirm that you're using the right kind of antenna.
     
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  13. crew2112

    crew2112 Member+

    Jan 25, 2008
    Dayton, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Even with a large antenna, 75 miles is along way away. I live in Dayton, and I’m at 64 miles from MAPFRE. Too far for antennas. Yet I’m blacked out.
    Why 75 miles?
    Anyone recommend a good VPN app?
     
  14. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Yes. I have had to inform people on the whole broadcast waves mumbo jumbo. Unfortunately I did not learn about the differences until after we were stuck watching a piss poor New Year’s Eve countdown on.. I forget which “main” channel.
     
  15. POdinCowtown

    POdinCowtown Moderator
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    Jan 15, 2002
    Columbus
    I used to use TunnelBear when I had MLSLive. It worked pretty well.
     
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  16. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    IP Vanish works great if you need it on a Fire Stick.
     
  17. Coupe

    Coupe Member+

    Mar 3, 2007
    Tunnel Bear works.
     
  18. hardhead

    hardhead Moderator
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    Aug 19, 2008
    NEO
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Lately ipvanish hasn't been working for me on espn+ or mlb tv. I think it has gotten big enough that they've blocked it. I'm bummed. Fortunately, I'm not in a Crew blackout.
     
  19. Tobias C

    Tobias C Member

    Columbus Crew
    Mar 6, 2014
    Toledo, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It looks like I'm good now up here in Toledo with ESPN+. I've been able to watch the past 3 games.
     
  20. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I used it this weekend just fine. Make sure your not using a server in either team's market.
     
  21. 110toyourleft

    110toyourleft Member+

    Jan 27, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Parts of the game (including the Crew's 1st goal) failed to air on 53 (blank screen, sometimes with Crew logo) on my tv via directv. So not only are they blacking out the ESPN+, they're also blacking out cable subscribers.
     
  22. Kyle Crew

    Kyle Crew Moderator
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    Feb 23, 2013
    Columbus, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I watched the game live and had zero issues on E+
     
  23. POdinCowtown

    POdinCowtown Moderator
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    Jan 15, 2002
    Columbus
    Channel 53 was out for about 4 minutes in the 2nd half, including during Zardes' first goal. They didn't acknowledge the outage though and show a replay of the goal when they came back so I had to wait until after the match to see it in the highlights.
     
  24. zman31

    zman31 Member+

    May 5, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There hasn't been a broadcast this season without technical issues of some kind. Audio sync, lost picture, 1 or more on-screen personalities with mic issues, on and on and on.
     

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