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TuneIn Doesn't Provide Sports Games in Local Bay Area

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Elmo Deek, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. Elmo Deek

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    I'm presenting trying to get Tesla to give me an AM radio tuner in my new (and 2nd) Model S I picked up on 8/15.

    First the inside sales consultant never told me about the lack of an AM tuner. Had I known I would have seriously considered not leasing a 2nd Model S from Tesla. It's hard for me to envision buying an $85K car and having no access to my favorite sports teams (SF Giants and SF 49ers). Games are transmitted on KNBR 680 and KGO 810.

    A hopeful solution appeared to be downloading the TuneIn app to my iPhone and listening through the Phone connection in the car. According to TuneIn, I can get these SF AM stations if I'm in the SF area. However, Los Gatos is not considered the local area! When a Giants game comes on the air, TuneIn switches the game on 680 with the talking heads on KNBR 1050. So to work around that you have to spend $99 for an annual subscription to the premium service. But if you get out of the local area they still block the game. Here is what TuneIn told me:

    "TuneIn on Tesla has all the free offering that Free TuneIn carries, including KNBR. On TuneIn you can play KNBR in Australia if you want cause it's internet, not AF/AM. However, the GAMES of SF teams are restricted to the SF area on KNBR. So, you were listening to KNBR and driving along, then it was game time, but drove out of range, so KNBR served you other content reserved for non-local listeners. When game is over, no matter where you are, KNBR resumes with its normal programming. Only its SF team games follow this regional/local logic."

    BTW, KNBR 680 has one of the strongest AM signals around. You can get games in Sacramento which is 90 miles from SF. This means that if I have an AM radio I can get the game in Sacramento, but if I'm a premium subscriber to TuneIn. I'm out of territory.

    With an AM tuner I can usually find an SF Giants affiliate which transmits the game on another frequency in another area; like Central California (San Luis Obispo). In this way I can still hear the game.

    The only way I see out of this is to insist that Tesla provide me with an older module that contains the AM radio tuner. If anyone out there has another solution, I'd love to hear it.
     
  2. cleesmith2

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    I'd rather Tesla let us listen to TuneIn Premium stations if we've paid TuneIn for the access.
     
  3. X Fan

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    MLB package and Bluetooth it...that's my solution.
     
  4. Elmo Deek

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    Hmm. That sounds promising. I'll give it a try. Thanks
     
  5. bob_p

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    We have XM radio on both our S 100D and X 100D - which provides live sports broadcasts, even when on road trips. And if XM satellite is carrying the opposing team's broadcast, then we use the XM smartphone app to stream our local team's broadcast.

    While you may be able to pick up some of the AM sports broadcasts using HD radio on FM sub-channels, FM signals don't go as far, while you can get the XM broadcasts anywhere, including away from home.
     
  6. Elmo Deek

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    Unfortunately they've also eliminate XM satellite!
     
  7. Elmo Deek

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    Unless I downloaded the wrong app. After a 1 week free trial, they want 24.99/Month. Are you paying that or did I screw up. Thanks
     
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    Well, I pay about $180 or so to watch video too on my roku (video and audio).

    However, they have a radio only package for $19.99 annually. If that’s all you need it’s a great deal: Gameday Audio | Live Stream MLB Games
     
  9. Elmo Deek

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    It appears that the radio only package at 19.99/yr is not available on a mobile device. Here's what it says:

    • Listen LIVE online or on supported mobile devices with At Bat Premium
    Well At Bat Premium is 24.99/month. Am I still missing something. I have no interest in listening via the web connect at my desktop.
    I need a mobile version. Thanks again
     
  10. thecloud

    thecloud As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive

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    What about just buying a small portable AM radio with a 3.5mm headphone jack, then plug a bluetooth transmitter into it and stream it to the car? It's unbelievable that you can't get a basic AM tuner in the car anymore, but these are bold new times.
     
  11. Elmo Deek

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    Interesting option and if I have to resort to that you can be certain that CNBC and others will hear about it. Let's not forget that this is an $85K luxury car. I drove a 2015 Model S 70 for 3 years and although AM wasn't the greatest I could still get the ball games.
     

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