Just Say YES
April 27, 2010 9:34 AM   Subscribe

Can I *Gift* a friend in Portland, OR with several months of the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network?

I have a friend in Portland who did me a huge favor. He's a big Yankee fan, even though he grew up on Long Island. He also gets Comcast, and I can't see any option for that on the Comcast site but it seems like there would be a way to get it.

Does anyone else from the non-NY hinterlands have any experience getting the YES network?
posted by Danf to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
 
As far as I know, YES is only available in the NY Area (I've seen it on Cablevision and Time Warner systems). You may be better off giving him a subscription to MLB.tv, which does online streaming of all MLB games.
posted by Oktober at 9:39 AM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


MLB.tv is what you want.

Either that or set up a slingbox with an acct in ny that gets YES. Maybe YES has online streaming.
posted by dfriedman at 9:41 AM on April 27, 2010


You could buy him a Roku box, which would let him watch streaming Netflix, Amazon Video and MLB.tv (with a subscription). You're looking at ~$100 for the Roku box and $100 for the MLB.tv subscription.
posted by null terminated at 9:45 AM on April 27, 2010


Even if he could get YES, like through Direct TV or something, Yankees games would be blacked out because of his location. MLB.tv really is the only way to go.
posted by JanetLand at 9:45 AM on April 27, 2010


MLB.tv really is the only way to go.

Sort of - We subscribe to ExtraInnings via DirecTV to watch the Yankees on TV in Boston, though it has fewer games (about 80 a week) and costs more than MLB.tv - On top of that, Comcast prevents ExtraInnings sunscribers from watching games in HD, which strikes me as pretty lame when you've chosen to pay extra for something. I'd recommend MLB.tv as well, but it's not the *only* way to go.
posted by jalexei at 11:10 AM on April 27, 2010


Well they ARE on Comcast, and I do not want to restructure their whole media consumption, just give them access to their beloved (pauses, at a loss for proper snark) Yankees.

So MLB.tv looks like the way to go.
posted by Danf at 11:24 AM on April 27, 2010


Actually, no, Yankees games wouldn't be blacked out in Portland. Mariners games would be, but not Yankees games, due to MLB's blackout rules.

The issue with Comcast only showing in SD comes into play, but so long as the Yankees aren't playing in Seattle you should be able to see all games that aren't blacked out because of the national TV deal (e.g. Fox Saturday and ESPN Sunday night).
posted by dw at 1:27 PM on April 27, 2010


Actually, no, Yankees games wouldn't be blacked out in Portland. Mariners games would be, but not Yankees games, due to MLB's blackout rules.

We've probably answered the question, but to elaborate on this a bit; you can (at least with DirecTV) get the YES channel without getting the Extra Innings package through what DirectTV calls a "sports" pack that (for me in Boston) adds YES, MSG, SportsNet, ESPN college sports, extra soccer channels, and what seems like the 8,000 or so regional Fox Sports affiliates.

But if you're out-of-market, they still black out just about any sporting event that you can pay extra for. You can watch CenterStage with Michael Kay, as many "Yankee Classics" as you want (look honey, it's the July 4th 1983 game where Righetti no-hits the Red Sox!), but Yankee games (other than national broacasts on Fox and ESPN) will be blacked out. MLB.tv or Extra Innings are the only two options for seeing the Yankees in Portland outside of games on Fox or ESPN.
posted by jalexei at 5:46 PM on April 27, 2010


But if you're out-of-market, they still black out just about any sporting event that you can pay extra for.

Okay, right. I didn't know that little wrinkle. The blackout rules are only for MLB TV packages.

Odd that YES will pre-empt outside of the Northeast, but WGN will show the Cubs and Sox without pre-emption.
posted by dw at 4:01 PM on April 29, 2010


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