Saturday, April 01, 2006

RUMORAMA: And DirecTV With SportsTime Ohio, Too?

This one's only at the unconfirmed rumor stage right now, but read along with this thread on an Indians fan board - where folks are reporting SportsTime Ohio listings on DirecTV channel 657:

STO AVAILABLE ON DIRECTV 4/4 (message thread on

At least one of the users on that board says he was told by a customer service representative that DirecTV would carry the Indians' new network by the April 4th opening regular season broadcast, though others got the usual conflicting stories from other CSRs.

If you have DirecTV, please respond in our comments if you see any sign of SportsTime Ohio in the program guide on channel 657, or any other channels. We're told you should see the phrase "STO Programming Block", and if you go far enough ahead, you should eventually run into Indians games in the program guide.

We don't want to wake up anyone in our family to find out ourselves, like a certain DirecTV subscriber/Indians fan...though we're sure he'd like the good news.

Oh, and despite the day, this is NOT an "April Fool's Day" joke, unless we're getting fooled ourselves!


Anonymous said...

The channel is named "RSN Alt." but the guide as far as what program is on says "Upcoming: STO programming block". It's done! Wahoo!

Anonymous said...

Another Directv subscriber here confirming that Channel 657 has "STO programming block in the channel guide. They also have the 4/9 Indians vs. Twins game listed, but nothing before that. Looks encouraging!

Anonymous said...

I'm also a DIRECTV subscriber and on each of my three receivers I don't see the words "STO Programming Block", but I DO see the Twins-Indians game for Sunday, April 9 (which is supposed to be a STO's 4th Tribe reg. season broadcast) in the programming guide. If nothing else, it would appear it will be available. DIRECTV has overhauled its abbreviations for the many RSNs and the alternates for them, so it appears to be a work in progress.

Anonymous said...

I also have channel 657 on the guide. I've got the STO Programming Bock as well as a listing for the 2:00 game against the White Sox on 4/5 and the Twins game on 4/9.

Anonymous said...

Update to the 3rd response above (which is what I sent after looking at my TiVo DirecTV receivers). There are continuously updating and now they also say the same thing about the White Sox game on the 5th. Just wanted to update my previous response.

thankful said...

I bet all Cleveland Indians employees are happy they dont have to hear people calling anymore.