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04-21-2009 08:46 PM
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04-23-2009 03:06 PM
I am also a victim of the Padres blackout in the Temecula Valley. The core problem is that VZ treats the entire state of California as one MLB territory. So when Channel 4 SD tells VZ to block Extra Innings in SD County, VZ has no way to block only SD County. Their single hub serves all of Southern California. So to comply with the blackout, VZ blacks out the Padres in all of California.
This is especially ironic, since, as far as I know, VZ has no FiOS footprint in SD County. Even if the the Padres games were not blacked out, it would not hurt the feelings of Channel 4 SD, as there are no FiOS TV customers there.
If VZ were more proactive, they would listen to their customer's complaints and try to negotiate something with Channel 4, and, if necessay,with MLB HQ in NYC.
The Padre problem with VZ does not occur with cable and satellite providers. The cable and sat providers divide the service area in smaller chunks, so they can comply with the MLB rules by blacking out Extra Innings Padre games in SD zip codes, while allowing Extra Inning Padre games to be seen in Riverside County zip codes. Fact is, VZ should not be even offering Extra Innings until they come up with a way to deliver EI games on a zip code basis. Storing the zip in the Set top box would do the trick.
The real villain here is of course the antiquated and arbitrary rules established by millionaire MLB owners 40 years ago. They are out to protect every penny of advertising revenue at the expense of the very people who make the sport viable -- the fans. These rules are driving away the very fans they should be courting. To remedy this situation, I suggest that everyone write postal letters (not email) of compaint to all the MLB execs you can find on the MLB website and also write your Senators and Congressmen. There's nothing like a Congressional hearing for MLB execs to see the light. We should take advantage of a reform-minded Congress to light a big fire under Bud and his buddies. If we can't eliminate blackouts, we can at least reform the rules in a big way.
04-23-2009 03:13 PM
If you keep both a landline and internet connection, VZ will not charge the early termination fee should you cancel the TV service.
Also, if you talk to support one more time, futile though is may be, and get repair ticket number from the tech,
you can probably get credit for unused 5 months on extra innings.
Hope this helps.
04-23-2009 08:31 PM