Hey all. This is my first post here, but I've been lurking since the beginning of the season. I'm a CBJ fan in Cleveland that's trying to follow along and watch as many games as I can up here. Now that Cavs season has started, however, that's getting harder and harder.
I'm a DirecTV subscriber who gets FSN/FSNHD and, naturally, Cavs games supercede Jackets games on the schedule here. I can't seem to watch the Jackets on any "Regional Sports Alternate" channels. One time early in the season, the game was aired on FSN Cincinnati (Channel 661 on DTV) and I was able to watch it, however, that must have been during a preview week or something because it hasn't happened since. I've looked over the options and it seems I'm kind of stuck. According to the regional sports checker on the DTV website, I'm in the region for FSN OH (Cleveland Cavaliers and Columbus Blue Jackets), STO (Cleveland Indians) and whatever channel carries the Pens. My understanding, then, is that if I were to order NHL Center Ice (probably not an option because of the price, anyway), I would not be able to view Blue Jackets games with that service. The other option with DirecTV is to order the "extended sports package" which gives you all the regional sports networks like the FSNs, YES, etc., but none of the out of market games since they are licensed separately with the leagues. To me, that would indicate that if I ordered the extended sports package, I still couldn't view the Jackets on FSN Cincinnati even though the team is in my region. Since this problem isn't that simple, I hesitate calling DirecTV as my luck with their customer service is up and down to say the least.
Is there anyone here with this issue? Am I missing something? How do the Clevelanders here get their hockey fix?