This is the first Sunday of the great satellite TV blackout and football fans who subscribe to DIRECTV and Dish are rip-roaring angry that they can’t watch some of today’s NFL games.
DIRECTV this week lost 60 Tegna-owned local TV stations due to a carriage dispute while Dish lost 164 Nexstar-owned locals in a separate fee fight. The Tegna and Nexstar station list includes Fox and CBS stations which carry the NFL’s Sunday afternoon games.
While some satellite subscribers may have been irked that they couldn’t watch their local news programs, or Blue Bloods, today’s loss of the NFL contests has them spitting blood. They are taking to social media sites, such as Twitter, to express their outrage.
“Dear Dish, Just wanted to let you know that here l sit, not being able to watch any football games because you all cut off my local channels. Signed, Pissed Off Customer,” writes ‘Bill Nickey.’
“My local Fox channel is NOT working due to your dispute with TEGNA. Will I be able to watch Rams vs Cardinals on NFL Sunday ticket or will I be subject to blackout rules. This is ridiculous!” laments ‘F11TZ on Twitter.
Sunday Ticket subscribers are particularly incensed because DIRECTV also must black out a game on the pay package if it’s airing locally on a Tegna station.
So @DIRECTV let me get this straight. I pay for DirectTV, I pay extra for NFL Sunday ticket but I still cannot watch the game of my choice because it’s on a station you don’t carry? You dropped the local station so why can’t I watch the game with the Sunday Ticket?” tweets ‘Greg.’
“DIRECTV is engaging in a pissing match during a raging pandemic,” tweets Tom Reed, a sports writer for the DK Pittsburgh Sports. “Will they risk their health to go to a bar to watch it? BTW, we have Sunday Ticket and are still blacked out.”
— Bill Bride (@DMVSportsShots) December 6, 2020
Some fans are blaming either the satcaster or broadcaster in each dispute, but most seem to be calling for a pox on both their houses.
To all #Chargers and #Bolt fans who have @ItsOnATT or @DIRECTV & as such can't watch today's game, you can always go to a sports bar…oh wait…you can't because of COVID-19! #GreedyTegna reneged on the tweet below. Remember to thank @TEGNA & @DTLougee for their #CorporateGreed. https://t.co/FE0BwI5PBt
— Gil Sery (@gilsery) December 6, 2020
— Brandon Rowe 🤙🏻🐔 (@BRowe2001) December 6, 2020
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