All Your Games Are Belong To Us

It’s official.  But take heart:

MLB also said it will allow "Extra Innings" to be offered to other existing carriers like iN DEMAND Networks and Dish at consistent rates and carriage requirements, with deals to be concluded this month,
before the baseball season begins.
   

If they do not match DirecTV’s terms, the "Extra Innings" package will be exclusive to DirecTV, the company and MLB said in a statement.

Whatever that means.

Update: Pricing for Extra Innings (base package) has been announced: $200 per year.  It’s discounted to $160 if you sign up by tax day.  If you spend another forty bucks, you get to call yourself a "SuperFan," which gives you: 1) some games in HD, 2) that impossible-to-watch, eight-games-on-one-screen thing for the stimulus overload junkies, 3) a channel that changes channels for you, and  4) a limited edition set of SuperFan™ underoos.

I’m not sure if I recall correctly, but I think DirecTV charged $179 ($139 if you signed up early) last year.  Thanks, MLB/DirecTV/FCC.  It’s good to see competition in action.  I’m glad to pay twenty bucks extra for nothing.

At least there won’t be anymore blackouts on Saturdays, the one day a week when I really would love to have access to a full slate of games.  Oh, wait.

18 comments… add one
  • Bud Selig is evil but brilliant, great PR move, makes it look like MLB is trying while forcing other providers to pony up or face the wrath of their customers.
    As a fan, I hate him, as a business man, he’s my idol.

    LocklandSF March 8, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Ok, so I’m talking to my self now…
    People don’t think like is like classic comics, not so fast…
    Selig and Rove are two examples of classic comic villans, brilliantly seeking world domination, with glaring flaws, attacking the masses from the underworld of humanity.
    You can’t write stufff like this in non-fiction.

    LocklandSF March 8, 2007, 6:46 pm
  • Hmph, so…probably not? For the cable customers, I mean. Frick. I’d just like to know in a final way so I can deal with it and move on (LOVED having it last year).

    Devine March 8, 2007, 7:02 pm
  • I think that the problem In Demand and Dish people are going to find is that Direct TV is going to offer Extra Innings as a part of their basic package. The only way for Cable and Dish to “match their terms” is to eat the cost of “consistent rates and carriage requirements” and then provide it to their own subscription basis for no extra charge–which they probably won’t do.
    It is a “win win” for money-making-who-really-cares-about-the-fans Selig and crew in that they get the money, push the blame onto the cable providers, and if the providers actually pony up, MLB gets to add the # of households their product is in.
    MLB TV™…here we come.

    walein March 8, 2007, 8:18 pm
  • I think that there are alot of people complicit in Bud Selig’s “genius.” Being able to work a corrupt system isn’t genius–it’s just corrupt.

    walein March 8, 2007, 8:31 pm
  • The big thing is the level of programming on which they would carry the baseball channel being launched in 2009, Direct TV will own part of the channel. Others would have to carry the Baseball Channel on an equivilent level to where Direct TV places it as part of the deal, meaning if Direct TV has it on its second level thats say equivilent to a cables Family Package while possibly paying a lower fee since they own part of the channel the others would have to carry it while possibly paying a larger fee then Direct TV.
    Basically we the fans get screwed over.

    Anonymous March 8, 2007, 8:59 pm
  • “All Your Games Are Belong To Us”?
    We had enough of that six years ago, gerbil.

    Kazz March 8, 2007, 9:46 pm
  • Not me, I love that old chestnut and many of its variations. “All Your Cookie Are Belong To Me” (Cookie Monster/David Ortiz–Joy of Sox)
    Well, shame I got this nice TV half to watch baseball on it, and now it’s gonna be grainy computer nonsense. Except when it’s on YES or FOX and in both cases, the audio makes me want to kill myself.
    It goes without saying and it’s meaningless…but eff you, MLB. Way to look out for the fans.

    Devine March 9, 2007, 12:04 am
  • while a good business move in one sense: “short term revenue” for the poor financially strapped owners to use for over-paying borderline major leaguers, old bud may be missing the big picture…sure many fans will just pony up like we have for tickets, beer, hot dogs, and what amounts to pay per view for out of market games [you can expect the price to go up], but all this stuff has a ceiling…i don’t go to as many games as i used to because i just can’t afford it…some folks won’t be able to make the switch to directtv partly because of availability, and others because they can’t afford to…as much as i love baseball, even i’m going to have to think twice about switching my sat. service…this is becoming a game for the elite, like polo [i guess]…yep, bud’s a big hero for making a big business deal [which personally, i think a monkey could have made] for his greedy constituency, but if the trend continues, it’ll begin to erode the fanbase of those who are less fortunate financially and don’t happen to live within the market of their beloved franchise…here’s hoping he gets a resounding thumbs down when his name comes up down the road for hall of fame consideration…maybe i’m being overly dramatic, so i’d understand if one of you attempted to peel me off the ceiling…i’m just not happy with my favorite sport right now…

    dc March 9, 2007, 8:37 am
  • My buddy seems to think that you can set up a slingbox in boston or nyc for example and use it to beam the NESN or YES broadcasts to you over the interweb. Not an issue for me, as i have directv already, but maybe worth investigating?

    T-sf March 9, 2007, 10:21 am
  • Thats actually a great idea, I think I might do that, buy a slingbox, make a trip to my parents house in New Hampshire set it up, and then access NESN here in NYC over the internet from the box back in New Hampshire.
    Too bad only one connection can be made to each channel at a time.

    Anonymous March 9, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • Oldy but a goody, Kazz.
    On second thought, yeah alright, lame. Anyway, updated top post with price hike goodness.

    attackgerbil March 9, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • i hope John Kerry takes it to MLB BAD!

    Anonymous March 9, 2007, 3:39 pm
  • Maybe it would have been a less sucky title if I said “All Your Games Are Belong To Bud.” Maybe not. Gerbil has been exceedingly uncreative lately. That’s the price you pay when you are on an all-pellet (meaning plain rice and water) diet; I wrote the original post when in the throes of food poisoning, most likely self-inflicted, unfortunately.
    Now that I have returned from the valley of the shadow of the porcelain god, I’ve got a month to guff and growl about this fleecing of the fan, but most likely I’ll pony up come tax time and be in an ass-backwards way, thankful for the “discount”. I enjoyed having the package too much last year. And most likely people who have the means will pay as well. And to people that can’t afford/can’t get the package? Bud has a parting gift for you in the form of a solitary digit, extended and upright.

    attackgerbil March 9, 2007, 4:37 pm
  • I’m wondering how the new AT&T cable into the home will play into this. It could be a solid selling point to get customers to bundle the phone/internet/cable/MLB since it seams the other cable providers are not willing to budge on this.

    nate March 9, 2007, 6:14 pm
  • well gerb, despite my earlier threats, i may have to give in to bpud’s greed as well…it’ll mean a sacrifice somewhere else for me i suppose…i am one of the more fortunate ones in that direct.tv is available to me…the alternative is to give up the game for most of the season only tuning in when my local channels decide to carry the local team in the games involving the yanks or sox…ugh…if that winds up being the case, then i would rely on my friends, sf as well as yf, on this site to keep me informed and provide the kind of analysis only you guys are capable of…i don’t trust most other outlets frankly…damn i’m pissed at bpud…here’s hoping that congress finally takes away that antitrust exemption the sport has so unfairly enjoyed over the years…

    dc March 10, 2007, 8:13 am
  • Has anyone actually used a Slingbox? If I put a Slingbox on a friend’s Time Warner service, would I be using all their bandwidth while watching a YES broadcast?

    john March 10, 2007, 10:14 am
  • Is anyone out there broadcasting via slingbox todays red sox game??
    I live in nyc and i’m dyin with these f*cking asinine blackout rules – way to go mlb…

    stevekx July 21, 2007, 4:42 pm

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