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.