Time Warner’s state football playoff coverage: A direct miss on DirecTV

For those DirecTV customers who’ve already tried to watch or DVR the CIF state football championship games from Home Depot Center in Carson, you’ve already gone through the frustating of finding out it’s not meant to be.

The DirecTV menu on Comcast SportsNet California’s channel 698 may have the games listed, but you find out later the message says they are blacked out in this area. For no apparent reason.

While the three games tonight — including the Open Division title contest between Westlake and Concord de la Salle at 8 p.m. — are videostreamed on www.socal101tv.com/prepsports, it’s not the same as watching it on the high-def big screen.

One Westlake varsity coach who found out he couldn’t see the games on his DirecTV system on Friday passed along this email:

“I decided that I was going to take every step possible to get this game. I contacted DirectTV, to see if I needed to add the expanded sports tier. DirectTV advised me that there is no expanded sports tier” they are offering, and that this game would not be available to me, unless it is offered by my local channels.

“From here, I followed the advise and went on to contact Time Warner. I advised the representative that I was a Time Warner customer a couple of years ago, and that I would like to sign up with them again, so that I could get this game. I was advised, however, that after a couple of months, a filter is placed on prior customers lines, and that a tech would need to come out to remove this NEXT WEEK.

“The statement from your article that a “TWC spokesperson said that about 90 percent of all cable customers will have access to the two bowl games tonight and the three on Saturday”, is absolutely false.”

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  • para’s

    I too was blocked from these games being shown on Comcast Sports in the Bay area by Dish Network. I live in Arizona and I can watch all the high school playoff games out of Texas and Florida — but not California this year. Previously I’ve watched all the games on the Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket throughout the years with zero problems.

    I just KNEW the CIF and Time Warner would screw this up. It’s just another “sign-of-the-times,” customer service mistake. UNREAL how this wasn’t squared away beforehand.