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Major League Baseball In Talks To Remove Regional Blackouts From MLB.tv


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Red Sox COO, Sam Kennedy, announced today in an interview on Boston’s Zolak & Bertrand show, that MLB are in talks to remove regional blackouts from their MLB.TV service. This would be the first major sport in America to make all of their games available online without regional blackouts.

In the interview Sam Kennedy said, “this is something that needs to happen”. Pointing out that most millennials today get their content on laptops, tablets, and phones, he stated that MLB needs to be where the next generation of fans are.

 currently offers full games live, and on demand replays, with two different subscription packages. First, they have a premium package that allows you to stream it to your phone or TV through devices like game systems for @24.99 a month, or $129.99 a year. They also have a laptop and other device plan for $19.99 a month, or $109.99 a year.

Sam Kennedy did not give an exact date that blackouts will end. In fact, he said they are only in talks right now, but he hopes that blackouts will end later this season or before the 2016 season. Currently, all Spring Training games on MLB.TV are free of any blackout restrictions.

Only time will tell; but if HBO Now has shown us anything it is that once one network jumps on the cord cutting bandwagon many more join in. Hopefully, the same thing happens with other major sports like the NFL.

You can find the full interview here: http://cbsloc.al/1BPWjzu

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2 Responses to Major League Baseball In Talks To Remove Regional Blackouts From MLB.tv

  1. limboaz March 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    Well, the millennials are finally good for something! They are breaking up the ugly cable bundle because they just won’t pay for it.

  2. Matt in Spfd Mo April 20, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Here is how you temporarily solve this issue:

    MLB.tv sets up 2 cameras. One in center field looking at home plate and one at home plate looking toward center field. Sell it for $100 bucks a year – all access to any team and any time. No blackout rules of any kind.

    Advantage to fans -> You essentially are buying a season ticket online. The only thing you hear are the sounds of the game. No announcers, no replays, nothing but a seat to watch the game. You could switch between the cameras for the preferred view. The experience is gimped but you can watch the game.

    Advantage to MLB/Teams -> Extra revenue source that doesn’t tick off the Regional Sports networks, ESPN, Fox, etc. Lucrative deals are still in place.

    Advantage to Regional Sports networks, etc -> They can easily advertise that their baseball experience is far better with replays, stat updates, color commentary, interviews, slow mo cameras, etc etc etc. They can even make fun of the horribly inferior mlb.tv offering.

    I would easily pay the $100 a year to get a ‘virtual seat’ at every game.