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Monday, June 27, 2022

Peacock to stream Royals-Tigers game without announcers

NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood realizes that game telecasts without announcers have been attempted a couple times, mostly without success. He is hoping the July 3 game between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers on Peacock will reverse that trend.

Peacock will not have any announcers in the booth for its streaming coverage of the AL Central matchup from Detroit’s Comerica Park. Instead, reporters will take fans around the ballpark and view the game from different vantage points.

“The whole idea of this is treating a game completely different. We’re going to take you out to the ballpark,” said Flood, who is also the network’s president of production. “We just want to be the ultimate fan’s experience and spend it like anyone else. It’s an American holiday celebration weekend. We’re going to lean in and treat baseball like fans do.”

MLB Sunday Leadoff host and in-game reporter Ahmed Fareed — who grew up in Michigan — will be joined by Bally Sports Detroit analyst Craig Monroe and NBC Sports’ Britney Eurton.

Besides featuring fans in the stands, the broadcast could also include a conversation with a scout about what they are looking for during games. There will also be a focus on youth baseball and softball, including a Little League player announcing the lineups.

“One of our goals for the Peacock game has been to celebrate the game and the players and everything that makes the sport special. So for this game that kind of gives us an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes baseball special off the field,” Fareed said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2022 at 10:15 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasts, streaming

Monday, June 20, 2022

Batter Up: Sinclair’s Bally Sports Plus Streaming App To Launch June 23

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s long-awaited direct-to-consumer regional sports streaming service will emerge from the dugout on June 23.

Bally Sports Plus will initially be available in five markets where the company’s Diamond Sports Group’s regional Bally Sports networks carry Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.

The app will cost $19.99 a month, or $189.99 a year, and enable fans to watch games without subscribing to a multichannel pay TV cable, satellite or streaming service.

Rob Weisbord, Sinclair’s COO and president of broadcast, told Broadcasting+Cable that Bally Sports Plus would have a soft roll out at first, with additional marketing support coming after baseball’s All Star Break.

The direct-to-consumer service will be introduced in the other markets where the company has RSNs during the third quarter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2022 at 12:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Red Sox broadcaster becomes first regional sports network to offer standalone streaming service for games

The local cable network that airs Boston’s Major League Baseball and National Hockey League games is launching a standalone streaming subscription, marking a first for regional sports networks.

The option from NESN will be available starting Wednesday and lets people sign up to watch live games without paying for a cable subscription. It comes as millions of Americans are canceling traditional pay TV subscriptions each year as streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max become more popular.

Starting Wednesday, NESN will charge $29.99 a month for streaming access to its network’s programming, which includes live Red Sox and Boston Bruins games. The first month will cost $1 as a promotional price. An annual subscription costs $329.99 and comes with eight tickets to any Red Sox game in 2022.

The service, NESN 360, will only be available to people in the New England area. MLB owns out-of-market streaming rights for its MLB TV, a streaming service that’s available nationally.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2022 at 11:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, streaming

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Yankees will have 21 games only available on Amazon Prime

If you are a Yankees fan, you will need Amazon Prime Video to see all your team’s games.

This season, 21 Yankees games can only be viewed on the gigantic e-commerce company’s streaming service. The games, according to sources, will be primarily on Friday nights.

The first game will be Friday, April 22, when the Yankees host Cleveland, The Post has learned.

Amazon and YES declined comment.

To be as clear as possible, these games will not be on YES or any other service. Only Amazon Prime. They will be only available in the Yankees’ local footmark, which is primarily in the New York tri-state region. These are the games that used to be on Ch. 11.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 31, 2022 at 12:32 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television, yankees

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Chicago Cubs in talks to launch streaming service amid resistance from MLB: sources

The Chicago Cubs are in talks with media giant Sinclair Broadcasting to launch a streaming service for customers without a cable or satellite-TV subscription — despite pushback from Major League Baseball on the idea, The Post has learned.

In a deal that insiders say could have league-wide implications, the Cubs and Sinclair are angling to launch the new service following a tough round of negotiations with cable-TV giant Comcast more than a year ago, which resulted in capping monthly fees for the Marquee Sports Network, the broadcaster of local Cubs games, according to sources close to the situation.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is concerned that Sinclair, loaded down with debt after a series of big acquisitions, doesn’t have the cash needed to produce high-quality broadcasts, sources said. As exclusively reported by The Post, Manfred also has been angling to launch a league-wide streaming service as soon as next year….

One key point of concern for MLB, according to insiders, is the $18-a-month price tag that’s being floated for the new Cubs streaming service — a tab that’s higher than what users pay for streaming services like Netflix, HBO Max or Disney+ and which league officials fear will be too high for the average fan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2022 at 04:51 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming

Friday, March 11, 2022

NBC’s Peacock Is Finalizing Deal to Stream MLB Games in New Sunday Time Slot

NBCUniversal’s Peacock is finalizing a deal with Major League Baseball for exclusive rights to stream games in a new Sunday time slot, according to people familiar with the discussions, as the league looks to increase digital partnerships.

The deal with NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp. , would involve a package of 18 games, some beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET and others just after noon, the people said. That would limit the conflict with Sunday games that typically start at 1 p.m., making the telecasts more valuable for Peacock. The games would primarily be played on the East Coast, given the early timing, the people said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2022 at 05:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television

Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Apple TV Plus announces Friday Night Baseball

Apple announced today it’s bringing weekly baseball games to subscribers of Apple TV Plus.

During the company’s Peek Performance event on Tuesday, Apple boss Tim Cook announced that Apple’s streaming service will feature two Major League Baseball games on Friday nights during the regular season. Kicking off when the season begins, Friday Night Baseball will feature pregame and postgame programming.

Apple TV Plus subscribers in the US and Canada will additionally have access to a new 24/7 livestream with Major League Baseball replays, news, highlights, and analysis, as well as what Apple described as “a full complement of on-demand programming, including highlights and MLB-themed original content.” In addition, a new live show titled MLB Big Inning will air highlights on weeknights during the regular season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2022 at 01:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: streaming, television rights

Monday, February 28, 2022

MLB in serious talks with NBC Sports about broadcasting games

MLB and NBC Sports have had serious talks about the network broadcasting games this season, The Post has learned.

If a deal comes to fruition, most of the games are expected to be on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock.

The Post has previously reported that Apple and MLB had held serious talks. While no deals are yet official, the expectation is that Apple and NBC would both be involved this year.

MLB has been looking for a $100 million-$150 million total payout for these games, according to sources. The amount NBC and Apple could pay is not yet known, but Apple is expected to pay the majority of it.

One drawback so far: there needs to be actual games to telecast. The owners and players are trying to negotiate a new labor contract, and the owners have locked out the players.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 28, 2022 at 03:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball on television, streaming



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