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Why is my game or event blacked out?

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Last Published Date4/24/2018 10:20 PM
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Select channels may occasionally blackout certain games, events, TV shows, and movies. Blackout rules are determined by the leagues, sports associations, content owners, and networks that purchase the rights to the broadcasts. Our agreements sometimes require us to blackout content for various reasons. Some of the reasons include sports blackouts based on eligible viewing areas, content blackouts based on streaming rights, and device specific blackouts, such as content on mobile phones.

Additionally, sometimes you can't stream an event because someone else has exclusive rights to it. For example, mobile coverage for NFL games on FOX and NBC are only available through the Yahoo! Sports app on your Android or iOS device. You can still enjoy the game by casting from your Google Cast device, or by using your other Sling TV-compatible devices, including tablets, computers, streaming media players, and game consoles.


Double check to make sure your game isn't on another channel. Sometimes games are blacked out on a local channel or regional sports network, but not the national broadcast. If you see a blackout message when trying to view an NBA, NHL, or MLB game, be sure to check all available channels for your game. National broadcasts for each league are typically available on the following channels:
 
LeagueChannel
NHLNBC
NBCSN
USA
CNBC
Golf Channel
NHL Network
MLBESPN
FS1
FOX
NBATNT
TBS
ESPN
ABC
NBA TV


If you're still unable to see your game, click here to look up your IP address. Make sure you're using a non-mobile device connected to your home network. Enter the ZIP code that's displayed in to the NBA, NHL, or MLB blackout tools.
  • If your team or game shows as blacked out, enter your Sling TV billing ZIP code
  • If your team or game then shows as available, please use the link at the bottom of this page to chat with us

 
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