NBC Sports Blackout Schedule In AC Event

June 9, 2017

[Updated] One Communications is advising the public that NBC Sports will be “implementing a blackout schedule on Saturday [June 10] and Sunday [June 11] from 2:00 to 4:00pm and continue during the same time period on June 12, 26 and 27 in the event America’s Cup racing is scheduled, however “viewers may continue to follow all the AC35 action on Bermuda Broadcasting.”

A spokesperson said, “One Communications would like to advise the viewing public of the following broadcast changes for the 35thAmerica’s Cup.

“Due to the unavailability of broadcasting rights for the America’s Cup in Bermuda, NBC Sports will be implementing a blackout schedule on Saturday, June 10th and Sunday, June 11th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM ADT.

“This blackout will continue during the same time period on June 12, 26, and 27 in the event America’s Cup racing is scheduled.

“Viewers may continue to follow all the AC35 action on Bermuda Broadcasting’s Channel 9 and now on Channel 401 in HD.”

Update 2.50pm: Bermuda Broadcasting Company said they welcome the  ”announcement of a TV blackout for channels that do not have local rights to air America’s Cup racing.”

Ian Rawlins, Programme Manager and Special Projects for Bermuda Broadcasting, explained that local cable companies do not have the rights to broadcast the 35th America’s Cup via the NBC Sports Network.

Therefore, he said, NBC Sports will blackout its signal during the racing on cable channels. Bermuda Broadcasting Company, Mr. Rawlins added, will continue to provide coverage of the 35th America’s Cup on ZBM TV 9. Both Cable Vision and WOW now have High Definition channels for ZBM TV 9 and ZFB TV 7.

Patrick Singleton, CEO of Bermuda Broadcasting, welcomed the announcement by One Communications and thanked its CEO Frank Amaral for ensuring that Bermuda Broadcasting’s “local rights as a partner of the 35th America’s Cup are being respected.”

He added: “We have invested a lot of time and resources into providing live TV, radio and social media coverage of the America’s Cup, and it’s important that the rules are followed. This is the greatest sporting event ever hosted in Bermuda and we are delighted to be bringing it into people’s homes across the island.”

Bermuda Broadcasting has a remote broadcasting facility in the heart of the America’s Cup Village, providing live TV and radio coverage – and Mr. Singleton welcomes visitors. The temporary studio is located close to the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s facility, on the left as you first enter the Village.

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  1. LaRoot says:

    No broadcast rights in the country the event is being held. hmmmmmm Maybe someone can help me understand.

    • Jim Taylor says:

      NBC doesnt have the rights. Bda Broadcasting and ESPN do and that’s where you watch it. That simple.

      • Say So Say Right says:

        The rights in Bda belong to Bda Broadcasting.

  2. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Even though we’re hosting the cup smfh!

    • aceboy says:

      OMG! We need the PLP to sort this out and fight for NBC’s right to broadcast the AC!

      Bermudians First!


  3. Toodle-oo says:

    I’m presuming that this means that only those who like to brag that they’ve cut off all local TV access , ie; no Cablevision/no WOW and no over the air antenna but stream all their programming over the internet will be the only ones affected ?

    • What?? says:

      Only those watching the AC on the Cablevision or WoW NBC channel will be affected. And they can just changed to the local channels.

  4. Micro says:

    Bermuda Broadcasting has the rights in Bermuda.

  5. PBanks says:

    Kind of surprised that NBCSN was able to air the races in the first round, considering. The good news is that NBCSN was on a 10 minute (or so) tape delay anyway, Bermuda Broadcasting was airing it live.

    Meanwhile, BBC needs to cut out their annoying station identifications on the half hour/hour mark and put them at the appropriate times (ie not during live sports).

  6. Say So Say Right says:

    Stop, read try to comprehend and think for a minute before you start texting . The answer is in the story not the F’N headline.

    • So says:

      Well said. No one on these threads appear to comprehend the content of what they are reading. Just jump in with two left feet to see who is quickest off the mark to make the smartest remarks. (Which are usually not smart at all).

  7. ImJustSayin says:

    I watch it online on NBC, BT, ESPN.