So this problem is affecting Carson City, Reno, Nevada? It probably has more to do with ratings in that population? You should try to get the numbers to find out the breakdown of Households that watch the Sharks games and that will tell you why they aren't servicing that area....if it's less that what is appealing to the advertisers, then there is your problem and why they can insert the regional clause of the delivery of the game.
It wouldn't be a Sharks issue at all.
No it also includes several other communities that are served by Charter.
Charter Communications primarily serves fans in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, Capitola, Turlock, King City, Reno and other markets.
Some of these communities have exclusive cable agreements with Charter making them the only game in town outside of DTv. In the end Charter is a horrible provider.
I see. Thanks, Frankie. We have this problem with Comcast here. It's the only cable company - No Vios and we'd have to go with DTv or Dish if we wanted another service. It's only with our County as well. If you go to the county to West, East, South or North, you can get Verizon or another Cable company (Cox). Now, our reason is because they cannot give rights to the current cable lines to Verizon to allow them to offer the service. We also are a small market.
Going back to this problem, I can see where there is an issue with the cable company but not with the Sharks or their broadcasting team or any affiliation with the NHL...this is simply a problem with the rights to the broadcast and that is with the NHL and their contract with Comcast and their outlets. They do restrict broadcast based on local availability, however, because they offer other means to get the broadcast - such as radio, they are not limiting these areas to not receive the game at all, they are simply not giving them access to the video broadcast via Charter at this point. It seems to be this would be the customer onus to find a means to get the game in another format at this point until there is something worked out to at that NHL level with their contracts. Does that make sense?