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Posted on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 1:34 p.m.

Big Ten Network: Michigan football telecast is unavailable for some DirecTV customers with old receivers

By James Briggs

The Big Ten Network today said some DirecTV customers might be unable to watch the broadcast of the Michigan-Delaware State football game because of aging DirecTV receivers.

The problem seems to be occurring for "isolated customers" whose DirecTV receivers are two years old or older, said Janel Blanchard, BTN's coordinator for communications and university relations.

In some instances, aging receivers have been unable to pick up channels 609, 611 and 612, Blanchard said. Today's Michigan game is on channel 611.

DirecTV customers who are having problems with those channels should call DirectTV customer service at 800.531.5000 and ask for a new receiver, Blanchard said.

"We were able to talk to DirecTV about it, and DirecTV will replace equipment free of charge," Blanchard said. "DirecTV customers with new equipment have not had a problem with it."

That might not be terrible news, depending on whether or not you like to watch blowouts. Michigan leads Delaware State, 49-3, at halftime.