TV Coverage Change – DirecTV Subscribers Adversely Affected

On Friday the Washington Capitals announced the TV broadcast changes of nine games. Those of us who are DirecTV subscribers lose out as the January 9th game against the lowly Flyers has been moved from NewsChannel8 to ComcastSportsNet. Our reward for being able to see that game is not getting to see the November 28th Lightning and January 30th Senators games, as they have been moved to NewsChannel8.
DirecTV subscribers do not get NewsChannel8, and games on that station are blacked out on NHL Centre Ice. I understand the blackout rule, but if I can not physically receive NewsChannel8, why should it be blacked out?
I have to keep reminding myself that we are fortunate that Ted Leonsis has been able to get all 82 games on TV, which few teams can claim. Small comfort when I miss the Caps/Sens game.
Here are the TV broadcast changes:

Date Opponent Time Old Channel New Channel
Tues., Nov. 28 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 p.m.
CSN
NC8
Sat., Dec. 23 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 p.m.
CW
CSN
Tues., Jan. 9 Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 p.m.
NC8
CSN
Sat., Jan. 20 Florida Panthers 1:00 p.m.
CW
CSN
Tues., Jan. 30 at Ottawa Senators 7:30 p.m.
CSN
NC8
Sat., Feb. 3 at Pittsburgh Penguins 1:00 p.m.
CW
CSN
Sun., Feb. 4 New York Islanders 1:00 p.m.
CW
CSN
Sat., Feb. 24 at New Jersey Devils 1:00 p.m.
CW
CSN
Sun., Feb. 25 New Jersey Devils 1:00 p.m.
CW
CSN

Click here for the official news release.

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3 Responses to TV Coverage Change – DirecTV Subscribers Adversely Affected

  1. Chris says:

    Just go to the game. I’m sure tickets will be available.

  2. pepper says:

    Actually, getting a decent ticket to a Sens game is tougher these days. Plus flights are more expensive. And you’ll have to get out to Kanata, which is not close to downtown Ottawa 🙂

  3. bonzilla says:

    Since both of those games are away, we out of the area DirecTV folks should get the home team (Lightning and Sens) feed for both of those games.
    Hopefully Comcast will re-broadcast those two games in their 1:00-2:00am slot…

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