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Blackout and Technical Information

Blackout Notices

Click below to download MLB Network blackout notices. If you have a question about blackout restrictions, email mlbnaffiliate@mlb.com.


Network Scrambling System and Approved IRDs

Motorola DigiCipher II. Only the listed IRDs will be approved for authorization as they support auto re-tune for alternate feeds and blackouts. No others will be authorized.

  • DSR-4410 (ASI, Analog)
  • DSR-4530 (ASI, Analog)
  • DSR-4550 (ASI, SDI, Analog, GigE)
  • DSR-6050 (ASI, GigE)

Hi-Definition Network Feed

  • Satellite: Galaxy XVII
  • Transponder:4C
  • Polarization: Vertical
  • Orbital Location: 91° W
  • Symbol Rate: 29.27 MSym/s
  • Mod Type/FEC: OQPSK ¾
  • L Band Frequency: 1370 MHz
  • VCT #: 834
  • Channel#: 201
  • MPEG Channel: 1
  • Audio: HD main audio is 2.0 (1: Left ; 2: Right) and SAP is 2.0. Future Dolby 5.1 date TBA.
  • Scrambling System: Motorola IRD from the approved list with ASI output
  • Aliased PIDs: Video PID (decimal) -7680; Primary audio PID (decimal) -4128; Secondary audio PID (decimal) -4129
  • Closed Captions Line 9

Standard-Definition Network Feed

  • Satellite: Galaxy XVII
  • Transponder:4C
  • Polarization: Vertical
  • Orbital Location: 91° W
  • Symbol Rate: 29.27 MSym/s
  • Mod Type/FEC: OQSPK ¾
  • L- Band Frequency: 1370 MHz
  • VCT#: 834
  • Channel#: 101
  • MPEG Channel: 2
  • Audio: SD main audio and SAP are both 2.0
  • Scrambling System: Motorola IRD from the approved list with ASI output
  • Aliased PIDs: Video PID (decimal) -7680; Primary audio PID (decimal) -4128; Secondary audio PID (decimal) -4129
  • Closed Captions Line 21

Contact Phone Numbers

Technical Hotline (24 hours): (877) 652-6380

Affiliate Sales Questions: (201) 520-6410


Local Ad Avails (SD & HD feeds)

  • 2 minutes per hour 1 minute each break
  • Floating breaks between One minute in each 30 minutes
  • Cue Tones:
    • SD Start of break "101*"
    • SD End of break "101#"
    • HD Start of break "201*"
    • HD End of break "201#"
  • DTMF Tones: * (initiate break) # (return to network)
  • Pre-roll: :04
  • Digital Insertion: SCTE 35/DVS 253 compliant
  • PID: SCTE-35 PID (decimal) -4288

Launch Forms

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Technical Information

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