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#1 apikefish

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 02:29 PM

I Live in Rochester and does anybody know the Closest/ Best Bar to watch a Bills game is at? Pref. east of Rochester...

#2 section122

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:50 PM

You gotta go a long way... Syracuse is part of the black out zone and I think you'd have to go to Utica!

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:58 PM

View Postsection122, on 09 September 2013 - 03:50 PM, said:

You gotta go a long way... Syracuse is part of the black out zone and I think you'd have to go to Utica!

Elmira / Corning is outside the blackout zone.  Not always televised there, though, especially when the NJ teams are on.  If the game is on Fox, Bath might get the Corning Fox feed, I think that's only a little over an hour from Rochester.

Edited by Captain Caveman, 09 September 2013 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 04:27 PM

BUY A TICKET

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:27 PM

when did the line extend past Rochester?   I thought it was 75 mile limit and I know Syracuse is more than 75 miles.  

any broadcaster that has a signal that hits any area within a 75  ...  per wikki

when I lived up there I would go out to macedon

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:34 PM

IIRC Utica is outside the blackout zone. I think my brother got to watch a few blacked out games when he attended college out there

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:54 PM

View PostBillsFan-4-Ever, on 09 September 2013 - 07:27 PM, said:

when did the line extend past Rochester?   I thought it was 75 mile limit and I know Syracuse is more than 75 miles.  

any broadcaster that has a signal that hits any area within a 75  ...  per wikki

when I lived up there I would go out to macedon

View PostJM57, on 09 September 2013 - 07:34 PM, said:

IIRC Utica is outside the blackout zone. I think my brother got to watch a few blacked out games when he attended college out there
Utica is in the blackout zone for CBS. I whine about this at least twice each season on TBD.  If the game is on FOX (which I think happens if the Bills host an NFC team) Utica will get it because the local FOX channel is based in Rome, and Rome is clearly out of the blackout zone.  If the Bills host an AFC team, then the game is on CBS (I think).  The CBS channel on Utica Time Warner Cable is from Syracuse, and Syracuse is in the blackout zone.  Theoretically the Syracuse over-the-air broadcast can reach into the blackout zone.  That is no longer the case ever since the transition to the digital broadcat format. However, somebody at OBD decided not to redraw the blackout zone boundary in order to entice people in the Syracuse area to go to the game.
I believe that strategy backfires somewhat, because there are far more Jets fans in Utica than there are Bills fans.  The Jets fans are glad when the Bills game is blacked out since the local broadcast will show the Jets game when that happens.

Edited by Graybeard, 09 September 2013 - 07:56 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:25 PM

View Postsection122, on 09 September 2013 - 03:50 PM, said:

You gotta go a long way... Syracuse is part of the black out zone and I think you'd have to go to Utica!

No CBS affiliate in Utica.  Albany, Watertown or Binghamton, assuming those affiliates carry the the Bills instead of the Jets.  But here's a novel idea: buy a ticket to the game and go.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:33 PM

View Postmead107, on 09 September 2013 - 04:27 PM, said:

BUY A TICKET

:excl: This makes no sense.  If this is the last ticket sold, then the game won't be blacked out.  And then buying the ticket isn't needed.  It's circular logic.  

I say move to the Carolinas!  Game won't be blacked out there and that's probably cheaper than buying an NFL ticket.  Also, probably get to hang out with some Duck Dynasty kinda peeps.  Huge bonus that.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:40 PM

View PostPromoTheRobot, on 09 September 2013 - 09:25 PM, said:



No CBS affiliate in Utica.  Albany, Watertown or Binghamton, assuming those affiliates carry the the Bills instead of the Jets.  But here's a novel idea: buy a ticket to the game and go.

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Nah much better to watch at home I'll be pissed if this game is blacked out

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:42 PM

View PostPromoTheRobot, on 09 September 2013 - 09:25 PM, said:

No CBS affiliate in Utica.  Albany, Watertown or Binghamton, assuming those affiliates carry the the Bills instead of the Jets.  But here's a novel idea: buy a ticket to the game and go.

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They would be traveling farther to find the game on TV in a bar, than it is from Rochester to Buffalo.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:48 AM

Oh yeah, !@#$ buy a ticket. Unless you're on the no watch list. What'd you do to get on there?

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:07 PM

I don't think you will have to worry this weekend anyway.  According to the Bills they are down to 2500 tickets left which I believe is in the area where the TV station will buy them out in order to televise the game.

For future games we Rochestarians will need to find alternatives.  I'm not about to shell out the money to pay for 5 tickets (or spend an afternoon there), and I won't watch online either due to poor quality.  So if we get blacked out I generally either setup my dish and pull the game in directly or just wait for the rebroadcast.

Edited by CodeMonkey, 10 September 2013 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

View Postsection122, on 09 September 2013 - 03:50 PM, said:

You gotta go a long way... Syracuse is part of the black out zone and I think you'd have to go to Utica!

Corning/Elmira  is not part of the blackout zone so going down 390 you will find it on TV.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

View PostCodeMonkey, on 10 September 2013 - 12:07 PM, said:

I don't think you will have to worry this weekend anyway.  According to the Bills they are down to 2500 tickets left which I believe is in the area where the TV station will buy them out in order to televise the game.

For future games we Rochestarians will need to find alternatives.  I'm not about to shell out the money to pay for 5 tickets (or spend an afternoon there), and I won't watch online either due to poor quality.  So if we get blacked out I generally either setup my dish and pull the game in directly or just wait for the rebroadcast.
What is this rebroadcast you keep referring to? NFL Rewind? Okay. But games are not all replayed on NFL network (the Pats game is but not each week.)

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:16 PM

View PostGraybeard, on 09 September 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:

Utica is in the blackout zone for CBS. I whine about this at least twice each season on TBD.  If the game is on FOX (which I think happens if the Bills host an NFC team) Utica will get it because the local FOX channel is based in Rome, and Rome is clearly out of the blackout zone.  If the Bills host an AFC team, then the game is on CBS (I think).  The CBS channel on Utica Time Warner Cable is from Syracuse, and Syracuse is in the blackout zone.  Theoretically the Syracuse over-the-air broadcast can reach into the blackout zone.  That is no longer the case ever since the transition to the digital broadcat format. However, somebody at OBD decided not to redraw the blackout zone boundary in order to entice people in the Syracuse area to go to the game.
I believe that strategy backfires somewhat, because there are far more Jets fans in Utica than there are Bills fans.  The Jets fans are glad when the Bills game is blacked out since the local broadcast will show the Jets game when that happens.

Utica just has a FOX affiliate and CBS is from Syracuse.  

the road team decides the network.   NFC (FOX), AFC (CBS)

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:16 PM

View PostPromoTheRobot, on 10 September 2013 - 12:14 PM, said:

What is this rebroadcast you keep referring to? NFL Rewind? Okay. But games are not all replayed on NFL network (the Pats game is but not each week.)

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In Rochester, and I assume Buffalo, the local CBS affiliate rebroadcasts blacked out games at least one time during the following week, and the time warner cable sports channel usually does as well, even more times.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:22 PM

View PostPromoTheRobot, on 09 September 2013 - 09:25 PM, said:

No CBS affiliate in Utica.  Albany, Watertown or Binghamton, assuming those affiliates carry the the Bills instead of the Jets.  But here's a novel idea: buy a ticket to the game and go.

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Actually with this game on FOX---fortunately the Giants are on CBS this week.   If the Giants were on FOX then Syracuse, Utica, albany, Binghamton would have likely aired the Giants.  

In syracuse if there is only one game and both the bills and giants ae on FOX---Giants game is aired.

View PostJust Jack, on 09 September 2013 - 09:42 PM, said:

They would be traveling farther to find the game on TV in a bar, than it is from Rochester to Buffalo.

they could travel down to Corning....

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:26 PM

View Postdjp14150, on 10 September 2013 - 12:22 PM, said:

Actually with this game on FOX---fortunately the Giants are on CBS this week.   If the Giants were on FOX then Syracuse, Utica, albany, Binghamton would have likely aired the Giants.  

In syracuse if there is only one game and both the bills and giants ae on FOX---Giants game is aired.



they could travel down to Corning....
Stop trying to make it happen.  Corning is not going to happen.

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 12:54 PM

View Postdjp14150, on 10 September 2013 - 12:22 PM, said:

they could travel down to Corning....

The station there currently lists Chargers at Eagles for their broadcast.