For the last couple of weeks and months ive been watching dodger games on internet feeds since I dont have cable or satellite. Yesterday i finally got tired of searching for feeds on the internet many of which are slow or lag and I decided to buy a monthly subscription to MLB.TV for my computer. I was about to pay for the service when i took a quick look at the blackouts/restrictions section. It said games in your area are subject to blackout.
I entered my zip code in the box and it determined my address would block me from dodgers/angel games. I did some research on this i learned that blackout zones can be more widespread. Like for instance Las Vegas is blacked out from watching the dodgers, angels, padres, giants, A's, and Dbacks in the MLB.TV service....none of these teams are even in the state. And even when these teams are on the road MLB.TV would still blackout the games.
What I dont understand is why cant they just let me watch my local team. Most people dont care about out of market games. Plus what if they want to watch their team on the go with a laptop away from their TV or what if they arent willing to shell out hundreds more for expensive cable/satellite programming like me. They would actually generate more revenue if they cancel blackouts and allow people to watch teams in their areas plus its not like it would completely stop people from going to ballgames to see their teams. Nothing beats watching your team in person.
I considered ways around the blackout restrictions like entering a different address and zip code but people have said that they track your location based on your IP address and would still blackout games in your area. And the slogan used to promote the MLB.TV service is "Dont miss a pitch." what lies... imagine if your phone company blacks out calling people in your area like family and friends, but they let you call people in Pittsburgh or Miami. Thats how stupid blackouts are and it can turn people away from the sport.