XM always has to use the home team broadcast if one is available in the spring. So, yeah, the Phils signal was picked up.
But if a visiting team's announcers are doing a game in the spring, and the home team is not broadcasting it, XM will pick up the away announcers.
Point being, last year, as long as at least one broadcast was coming from a facility, XM would pick it up and assign it to a channel.
I have no idea why XM isn't carrying the full slate of available games on those channels.
Well, actually I do. A part of me wonders if MLB isn't trying to ensure that XM users also pony up for audio to get it through the mlb.com website since it isn't on XM...
XM has updated their schedule through mid-March. These 2 games will be on XM in the next few weeks:
3/9/2008 Reds @ Rays 1:05PMET XM 178
3/15/2008 Reds @ Red Sox 1:05PMET XM 176
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Well, this is par for the course. I have the Cavaliers on FSN Ohio right now!
Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.
". . . acquiring J. Blanton from Oakland for, apparently, Bailey/Cueto, Votto and a lesser prospect. I do it in a second . . . The Reds' equation this year is simple: Make Matt Belisle your #3 starter . . . trade for Blanton, win 85 or more, be in the mix all summer." - Paul Daugherty, Feb. 8, 2008
Btw, Cueto's next outing may be on Monday, if they keep to the same schedule. A televised game. That would be fun.
And...FRUSTRATING. Part of the reason I have XM is so that I can listen to the game in the car, the house, wherever, and not have to be tied to a computer. Ironically enough, I purchase MLB audio anyway. This way, they just piss me off.
I hate Bud Selig.
DirecTV Program Guide shows today's (3/22) game, Reds vs. Astros being
TV'ed on FSH (Fox Sports Houston?) Channel 639.
Sweet! Thanks for the heads up.