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by Paul on 03/30/06 at 09:25 PM ET
I have been in correspondence with someone with inside information regarding OLN. This person has been correct on everything so far during the season, therefore I have no reason to doubt. By the way, I tried to contact OLN and have yet to hear from them and after three phone calls and four emails, well, enough is enough.
Regarding the first round of the playoffs, any game OLN picks up, the OLN feed will be blacked out in the local markets of the teams participating in the game. The game therefore will be shown on the local station, just like a regular season game. So that is good news for fans who don't get OLN and were worried about not getting the broadcast.
In round 2 of the SC playoffs, OLN can air two games in the series of your local or favorite team and those games will be blacked out on your local carrier. If they show more than two games of the series, then your local can also broadcast the games. For example, OLN wants to show games 1,5 and 7 of the Detroit/Calgary series. Games 1 and 5 would only be available on OLN, game 7 would be available on your local carrier and OLN.
Remember, CI will be available for the first two rounds and as I stated a few days ago, the price for CI is dropping to $49 beginning April 5th.
If anything changes, I will let you know.
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