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Friday, July 25, 2014

Re/code: Major League Baseball Cries Foul on Net Neutrality Proposal

‘Flixing it the other way.

Last week, the sports league’s digital media arm told the FCC that the controversial fast-lane net neutrality proposal was a bad idea for several reasons, one being that the added costs to content companies to use those fast lanes would likely ultimately be passed along to consumers.

“Fast lanes would serve only one purpose: for Broadband ISPs to receive an economic windfall,” MLB’s Advanced Media unit wrote in a filing. “American consumers would be worse off as the costs of fast lanes are passed along to them in new fees or charges where there were none, or higher fees or charges where they existed.”

Greg Franklin Posted: July 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: internet, mlbam, streaming, technology

Monday, July 07, 2014

Maury Brown: The Biggest Media Company You’ve Never Heard Of

YR is not amused.

But what if I told you there was a company nestled in New York’s Chelsea Market near the Apple Store and across the street from Google’s offices that will see revenues of $800 million in 2014; with targeted revenues of $1 billion by 2016. That this company engaged in streaming live video of 18,000 hours in 2009 and is expected to hit 400,000 this year. That not only are they providing that, they’re a key company for online ticket sales, but isn’t StubHub. That key brands in corporate America hire them for content infrastructure, and not content with that, are a data analytics firm that rivals Bloomberg . The company has mobile technology that makes them one of Apple’s key partners and has been used at keynotes for their product launches.

This company is one that you know, right? It’s got to be someone whose logo is plastered across tech publications and a place in the forefront of the business section.

Think again.

The reason you may never have heard of this company is because when you think of it, you think baseball. Yes, that game that your dad or grandfather likes, the sport whose commissioner doesn’t even use a computer at the office, is the place where the biggest media company you’ve never heard of was started.

 

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: July 07, 2014 at 09:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, business, mlbam

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fangraphs: MLB Releases More Tracking Data, Names Product

We welcome our new StatCast overlords.  Here are the two new plays with StatCast data that have been released.

Yasiel Puig‘s insane catch.

Andrew McCutchen‘s only-slightly-less insane catch.

bobm Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:55 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, video

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Apple pulls independent baseball podcasts from iTunes at MLB’s request

In one of the more disappointing things we’ve seen out of them lately, MLB is reportedly requesting that iTunes pull several team-related podcasts from their service. Among the affected podcasts are Twins podcast Gleeman and the Geek (hosted by Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports), Pirates podcast Pirates Prospects, a second Twins podcast in Talk to Contact, Mets podcast Mets Musings, Cubs podcast Bleacher Nation, and Yankees podcast It’s About the Yankees, Stupid, among many others.

First they came for the podcasts, but I said nothing, for I was not a podcast.

 

Scott Lange Posted: May 07, 2014 at 02:26 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbam, podcasts

Awful Announcing: Lucia: MLB is Urging iTunes to Pull Team-Related Podcasts (UPDATE)

In one of the more disappointing things we’ve seen out of them lately, MLB is reportedly requesting that iTunes pull several team-related podcasts from their service. Among the affected podcasts are Twins podcast Gleeman and the Geek (hosted by Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports), Pirates podcast Pirates Prospects, a second Twins podcast in Talk to Contact, Mets podcast Mets Musings, Cubs podcast Bleacher Nation, and Yankees podcast It’s About the Yankees, Stupid, among many others.

Tweets from Aaron Gleeman:

- “Gleeman and The Geek” was removed from iTunes after 144 episodes because we’re told MLB requested several team-related podcasts be removed
- Hopefully it’ll get resolved, but it’s scary that MLB can just tell iTunes to remove a three-year-old show with 15,000 listeners an episode.
- OK, so MLB won’t get back to us and iTunes won’t get back to us. Not sure what to do other than make a big stink about it. So let’s do that.

DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: May 07, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: clownshoes, mindblowingidiocy, mlb, mlbam

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MLB takes a swing at the video game business

MLB Advanced Media, the league’s digital arm, has released a baseball video game for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Apple mobile devices. The game itself, RBI Baseball ‘14, is fairly conventional, but its release is not: It marks the first time a major professional sports league has developed its own console game.

“MLBAM has done some games before, but online mobile games,” said Samit Sarkar, reporter for the video game news site Polygon. “It’s something new for a league to do a bigger console title like this.”

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb, mlbam, video games

 

 

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