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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

MLB settles lawsuit, enables fans to stream games of just one team

MLB.TV streaming package for $84.99 per year, for the next five years.

Additionally, the full league-wide package will be offered for $109.99, a 15% reduction from the $129.99 cost in 2015. That package enables fans to view any game on any mobile device.
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MLB has also agreed to lift streaming blackouts of in-market games by the start of the 2017 season, albeit with a couple caveats.

It only applies to networks owned by DirecTV (Root Sports), Comcast (CSN) and 21st Century Fox (Fox Sports regionals), a total of 25 regional sports networks that broadcast MLB games. That leaves out MASN ( Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals), YES (New York Yankees), SNY (Mets) and Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA (Los Angeles Dodgers), among others.

Users of MLB. TV must subscribe to their regional sports networks to watch in-market feeds. If every club doesn’t have in-market streaming for all clubs by the 2017 season, MLB would be prohibited from raising MLB.TV rates.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2016 at 05:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb.tv, streaming, television

Friday, January 08, 2016

Crooked Scoreboard: Humor and Culture In Sports | Don’t Root For The Home Team: How Major League Baseball Pushes Away Local Fans

Yes, the 15 MLB teams with Fox TV deals were reportedly in talks to lift blackout restrictions for the upcoming season, so the Padres may soon be back on my list of viewing options. But even if reports are true, a mere half of the league is not good enough. If the powers-that-be want fans to support local teams, they must make it easier to do so. Otherwise, said fans and local teams don’t win, and that’s a shame.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MLB to Offer Single-Team MLB.TV Purchase Option for 2016

It just so happens I enjoy watching a single team!

Specifically, in a recent court-filing in the Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball lawsuit – in which the plaintiffs are challenging various MLB broadcasting practices under federal antitrust law – MLB’s lawyers have indicated that changes are in store for MLB.TV in the coming year. As the league’s attorneys explain on Page 9 of the document available here:

“beginning next season MLB will make single-team, out-of-market streams available for purchase (alongside the out-of-market package) on MLB.TV.”

It’s not immediately clear if this means that fans will be able to purchase a season-long subscription giving them access to all of a single team’s games, or if MLB will instead be reintroducing a single-game purchase option for fans (MLB.TV allowed you to purchase single game plans when the service originally debuted more than a decade ago). However, considering that both the NBA and NHL have recently created season-long, single-team streaming packages for their fans, it would seem likely that MLB intends to do the same in 2016.

Of course, it remains to be seen just how much MLB plans to charge for a single-team streaming service. In the NHL’s case, a single-team package costs only about $25 less than the league-wide package.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 29, 2015 at 10:04 AM | 8 comment(s)
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