Thursday, April 14, 2016
Sling adds Fox networks, including regional Fox Sports networks, to their service offerings. They are part of a new “beta multi-stream” service that appears to be available separately from their base plan for $20 per month. Probably the cheapest way to (legally) get in-market baseball?
Hat tip to RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) from today’s Omnichatter.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
T-Mobile customers can sign up this week, April 3-10, for a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium.
Posted: April 03, 2016 at 03:03 PM | 13 comment(s)
Friday, February 19, 2016
“Eventually we’ll get there when we have the hardware to be able to distribute 10 million concurrent streams in high quality fractured all over these devices,” said Bowman. “But you can’t sustain it [right now].” According to Bowman, MLBAM has peaked at two million concurrent streams.
Posted: February 19, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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.
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.
Posted: January 19, 2016 at 05:50 PM | 16 comment(s)
Friday, January 08, 2016
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.
Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 36 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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.
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