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Friday, March 20, 2015

MLB In-Market Streaming Without Blackouts By Opening Day? Not So Fast

A report by the New York Post has fans thinking they may get an Opening Day gift of blackouts lifted for games streamed in-market saying, “Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days a deal with a national distributor, like a wireless provider, to stream local games of every MLB team, a source close to the situation said Thursday.”

While nothing could likely make fans happier, the fact is as of today, that is simply not the case.

As we reported last week, in-market streaming of games is being thwarted by an inability of networks and/or distributors not wishing to allow MLB Advanced Media to also streaming games with them. The league’s media company wishes all three legs of be allowed to stream games, not just two. That would mean fans would be able to see their home teams streamed to mobile and internet devices through MLB.TV Premium, as well as an offering such as FOX Sports Go.

As we reported last week, the top executive for MLB on such matters highlights the position.

“Simply put, we believe in serving our fans with TV ‘everywhere’ and not TV ‘somewhere’,” said Bob Bowman, MLB’s president for business and media who formerly served as president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media in regards to having MLB.TV in the mix.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, cable, fox, mlbtv

Friday, February 06, 2015

FOX And MLB In Talks That Could See Nearly 40% Of All Streamed Game Broadcasts Blackout Free

In a move that could affect nearly 40 percent of all broadcasts during the regular season, Major League Baseball and FOX have been in discussions that would see streamed games from FOX regional sports networks without any blackouts. Currently games played in a team’s television territory are subject to blackouts to those within the territory. For those watching games on television via MLB Extra Innings, the league’s out-of-market package, most can switch to the RSN where the game is originating. For those that stream games via MLB.TV to internet-enabled devices, there is no such recourse as the originating networks do not currently offer streaming options.

According to sources, the economics of the deal between MLB and FOX are in place, but challenges remain.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: blackout rules, fox, maury brown, streaming

 

 

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