Sporting event blackouts

Learn why a nationally televised game or local sporting event is unavailable on DIRECTV STREAM.

Nationally televised, or local, game isn't available

Sometimes a local game or nationally televised event isn't available for viewing on DIRECTV STREAM. Learn about the restrictions and rights that cause blackouts and which channels are available in your package and area.

Game broadcast restrictions
Sports leagues and associations can restrict a sporting event from view. When a sporting event broadcasts from your area, it may be blacked out. National networks like ESPN and TNT have exclusive distribution rights to some games and restrict availability on these games.

Broadcasting rights
Sports blackouts and game availability aren't controlled by DIRECTV. The leagues, associations, and networks buy rights to broadcast certain games and control the broadcast availability. The restrictions they mandate are enforced by DIRECTV.

Packages and local channels
Your DIRECTV STREAM package impacts the sporting events you can view. Check your channel lineup.

Depending on your market, you might find the game on one of your local or other channels.

Learn more about how to watch regional sports networks with DIRECTV STREAM.

Good to know: You can’t use smartphones to stream NFL games. An error message will display if you try. But, you can use tablets and other devices.

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