Game blacked out on a DIRECTV channel

Get info about game blackouts for TV and mobile devices.


Blacked out sporting events

Our agreements with sports leagues and associations restrict us from showing events near where a game is played or broadcast locally. In other situations, national networks like ESPN and TNT have exclusive distribution rights to some events.

Sports blackouts are controlled by the leagues, associations, and networks that purchase the rights to broadcast individual games. To protect their rights, DIRECTV must enforce their restrictions and air a blackout message.

If a game is blacked out from certain DIRECTV channels or sports subscriptions, you may be able to see it on another DIRECTV channel or on one of your local broadcast channels.

Blacked out games on NFL SUNDAY TICKET
In general, you receive all games outside your local market unless your local FOX or CBS station shows the game. A regular season Sunday afternoon home game could also be blacked out in the home team's territory if the game fails to sell out 72 hours before kickoff. In special situations, a local station may decide at the last minute to show a different game, in which case we will change the NFL SUNDAY TICKET blackouts when permitted by the NFL. If a local station switches coverage due to a one sided or extra-long game, we will lift the blackouts (when permitted by the NFL) so that you will get the game.

NFL rules require that locally televised Sunday afternoon games on CBS/FOX are blocked from watching on mobile devices based on your device’s location. If the app cannot determine your device’s location, your account information will be used. Only out-of-market Sunday afternoon games (1 p.m. ET and 4 p.m. ET) can be watched on your mobile device.