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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get NESN?

If you live in NESN's broadcast territory (New England with the exception of Fairfield County, Connecticut) you can get NESN from your local cable provider or through DirecTV and Dish Network. If you live outside of NESN's broadcast territory you can only get NESN's Red Sox or Bruins broadcasts via DirecTV by ordering the MLB Extra Innings package or the NHL Center Ice package.

What is the Boston DMA?

The Boston/Manchester (NH) DMA, or Designated Market Area, is the area considered to be part of the Boston television viewing market. The following map highlights the counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont that are part of the Boston DMA.

Why are there blackouts of Red Sox/Bruins games on satellite?

NESN does not control the distribution of Red Sox/Bruins games outside of NESN's broadcast territory. The only way to see NESN's Red Sox/Bruins broadcasts outside of NESN's broadcast territory is through DirecTV. DirecTV offers special out-of-market packages (MLB Extra Innings and NHL Center Ice) that include most of the games broadcast on NESN. Please note, some games may still be subject to blackouts. For more information go to DirecTV's website at www.directv.com and go to the Sports Blackouts Information section or call 1-800-DIRECTV (1-800-347-3288).

I watch NESN on satellite. Why do I experience blackouts of NESN's ESPN college basketball games?

NESN only has the rights to broadcast ESPN's college basketball games via satellite in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In Connecticut, NESN's satellite distribution of ESPN's college basketball coverage is limited to areas with zip codes that begin with either 060, 061, 062 or 067. If you live outside of these areas, you must order ESPN Full Court from your satellite provider to see the games that are scheduled to be televised on NESN. This package allows satellite viewers to watch out-of-market college basketball games televised by ESPN.

To send feedback about NESN programming, please send an email to sports@nesn.com.


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