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FOX Just Issued an Official Statement on The NFL Blackout For PlayStation Vue Subscribers


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Yesterday was a tough day for NFL fans who use PlayStation Vue because Sony’s live TV streaming service blacked out NFL games on FOX and we even had a few reports of CBS NFL games being blacked out. What was even stranger about that was how some markets were blacked out while others streamed the game.

Now Fox has issued a statement on the issue. Here is that statement from Fox 29 in Philidelphia that was forwarded to Cord Cutters News:

There was some confusion as to whether our game should have been blacked out on the Sony side. This was due to the pre-season games being blacked out. We have corrected the problem and all NFL games will not be blacked out going forward.

There is still no official statement from Sony on what happened but it looks like Fox is at least trying to push the blame on them. The good news is at least in Philidelphia Fox NFL games will be streamed on PlayStation Vue.

Hopefully, the handful of other markets that saw a blackout of NFL yesterday will also have a similar resolution. For now, though we will have to wait and see what happens come next Sunday.

Cord Cutters News did reach out to Sony for comment and they declined to comment on what caused the blackout.

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  • risingtide

    The statement from Fox is very clear that they were only blacked out because of a confusion and that going forward, the NFL games won’t be blacked out. Fox is admitting that they’re the ones who blacked out the games on Sony’s side and they have fixed the issue, going forward.

    It’s the same issue with other markets.

  • Michael Smith

    Sony should have been on top of this the week the before the season officially started. Hmmm, interesting that no other streaming services had this issue. Sony is really leaving a lot to be desired lately since some channels have been removed and the monthly price increase for local channels that have not been added.

    • Vegas Steve

      It is Sony, after all. They are horrible at anything customer service related.

  • Greg Williams

    Philadelphia.

  • David Brown

    Didn’t see a blackout in the Norfolk, VA area… Cause we STILL HAVE 0 LOCALS!

    • Chris

      Same here in central
      Illinois. I had to watch on the fox soprts go and nbc sports apps

  • Diane U

    Just curious. When I call in a complaint to Amazon, they always credit me a free month of Prime without me asking or getting cranky. What does Sony do to make it up to you?

    • Jack Astor

      Just curious what are you complaining to Amazon about? I have been a Prime member from Day One and have never felt the need to complain.

      • Shmoe

        They’ve been missing the one-day shipping commitment a lot lately on my end. This usually earns your shipping cost back and a free month.

        • Vegas Steve

          Amazon’s been missing delivery dates for me as well. Mostly when they ship via Amazon carrier.

  • AИ₮$

    why were preseason Eagles games blacked out in Philly?

    • Vegas Steve

      Goofy NFL rules/deals/exclusives.

  • Elijah Mikaelson

    Thank goodness for Fox Sports Go. The Eagles game PQ was better than I thought it would be on it

  • Joshua Bailey

    PhilAdelphia

  • Lance Lanier

    I think it’s ridiculous either way. If you’re not going to block the local digital channel available with a digital antenna, why even consider blocking a streaming service for any reason.

  • Joseph Calamita

    Last night, couldn’t watch any of the games on Direct TV now (games on ESPN). I hate that they block all NFL games on mobile. They should at least allow it on WiFi. What if I want to watch the game on my phone while my wife is watching something on tv?

    • Robert Schwartz

      Its all about the NFL chasing the almighty dollar,they don’t want to lose any money!

  • Robert Schwartz

    Going back to cable! Cost of internet, vue,sling and netflix the same as internet and cable.This includes cables “extra” charges.All stuff in one place with cable,no jumping around from app to app,service to service.Streaming TV is a great idea but still has a long way to go!

    • dman

      Why do you need both Vue and Sling together, that seems redundant and is most likely the reason you’re paying the same amount you would for cable?

  • mikem132

    Sony was hacked by North Korea again? (or was that disgruntled former IT employees like before?).
    I’m glad this was apparently a one-time thing, but sorry I missed 3 quarters waiting for tech chat (who was very nice when eventually came online) and got the tip for FoxSports Go app (worked fine for 4th quarter). I do note the game is on-demand (I have NFL Football set to “record”) I guess if I really want to see the game after-the-fact.
    In the future, stuff with the enormous viewership of NFL football should probably be tested ahead of time to avoid all the bad press.

  • Soyntgo4it

    Yup just chatted with VUE myself also they are not giving credits.