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Red Leader
04-04-2007, 09:56 PM
Baseball strikes deal to keep `Extra Inning's package on cable

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer
April 4, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball struck a deal to keep its "Extra Innings" package of out-of-market games on cable television, an agreement that likely will allow the sport's new TV network to be available in at least 40 million homes when it launches in 2009.

Baseball announced an exclusive $700 million, seven-year agreement with DirecTV on March 8, but during a hearing last week in Washington, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., pressed baseball to resume talks with iN Demand, which is owned by affiliates of Time Warner, Comcast and Cox. While baseball had set a March 31 deadline, the sides kept negotiating and announced an agreement Wednesday night.

"Our chief goal throughout the process was to ensure that fans would have access to as many baseball games and as much baseball coverage as possible," baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said. "With this agreement, the MLB Channel will launch with an unprecedented platform."

As part of the agreement, iN Demand will make the "Extra Innings" package available to other cable companies, which also would be required to carry the MLB channel.

Baseball will continue to negotiate with Echostar's Dish Network, baseball spokesman Rich Levin said.

The dispute was largely over baseball's desire to have its network on a basic cable tier.

edabbs44
04-04-2007, 09:59 PM
DuPuy is full of it.

Razor Shines
04-04-2007, 09:59 PM
I think the MLB got what they wanted. They wanted cable to commit to carrying their channel and now they are. I think the cable companies caved not the MLB.

Red Leader
04-04-2007, 10:03 PM
At this point I'm not really concerned about who caved and who did not. Who is right and who is wrong. All I care about is watching baseball. I didn't want to switch to Direct TV because my wife's company pays our cable bill. I know not many people are in that situation, but I am, and I greatly miss the EI package. I have had it for 4 years in a row and I can't imagine life without it. The last 3 days for me have been frustrating and boring. I haven't been able to watch games that I am very much interested in. I'm not just a Reds fan, I'm a baseball fan, and I love watching games involving any teams.

Razor Shines
04-04-2007, 10:09 PM
At this point I'm not really concerned about who caved and who did not. Who is right and who is wrong. All I care about is watching baseball. I didn't want to switch to Direct TV because my wife's company pays our cable bill. I know not many people are in that situation, but I am, and I greatly miss the EI package. I have had it for 4 years in a row and I can't imagine life without it. The last 3 days for me have been frustrating and boring. I haven't been able to watch games that I am very much interested in. I'm not just a Reds fan, I'm a baseball fan, and I love watching games involving any teams.

Oh I agree. And I don't care one way or the other either, I've never had EI and probably won't unless I move out of the Reds market.

Reds Fanatic
04-04-2007, 10:15 PM
If you are like me and signed up for MLB.TV because you missed Extra Innings you are supposed to be able to cancel MLB.TV within 5 days and not be charged.

Reds Fanatic
04-04-2007, 10:17 PM
It will be interesting to see how quickly they can get this up and running. This is usually the free preview week so usually the games are on all week for free and usually you get a discount for subscribing this week. So far I see nothing on Time Warner I have read where Comcast is already showing games.

TeamDunn
04-04-2007, 10:37 PM
For those in Northern Kentucky that have Insight Cable...Please start complaining to them about them not carrying the EI package.

:)

:help:

Sea Ray
04-04-2007, 10:41 PM
It will be interesting to see how quickly they can get this up and running. This is usually the free preview week so usually the games are on all week for free and usually you get a discount for subscribing this week. So far I see nothing on Time Warner I have read where Comcast is already showing games.

Supposedly they can get this up in hours. It's already up and running on Comcast Cable in Michigan. I have not heard of any Time Warner customers getting it yet. Nor I have I heard a price. I wouldn't be surprised to see an increase after all of this. Cable did say a few days ago that once the agreement was signed that they could get it on TV "within an hour". So keep checking :)

Reds Fanatic
04-04-2007, 10:43 PM
Supposedly they can get this up in hours. It's already up and running on Comcast Cable in Michigan. I have not heard of any Time Warner customers getting it yet. Nor I have I heard a price. I wouldn't be surprised to see an increase after all of this. Cable did say a few days ago that once the agreement was signed that they could get it on TV "within an hour". So keep checking :)
According to the ESPN article the package is supposed to be $159 if you order in the free preview period. They are supposed to start running a free preview through at least part of next week.

Sea Ray
04-04-2007, 10:46 PM
According to the ESPN article the package is supposed to be $159 if you order in the free preview period. They are supposed to start running a free preview through at least part of next week.

That's cool. That's what it was last year

Red Leader
04-04-2007, 11:07 PM
I usually order early, like beginning of March when they first offer it early, and get EI for the discounted $129 rate. I'm guessing that rate won't be available this year since they are so late in providing it. I'm fine with paying the $159 for it. I'm going to call Time Warner now (I think customer service is 24hr) and see when they plan on offering it and at what price.

Sea Ray
04-04-2007, 11:14 PM
I didn't know you could ever order it for $129???:confused:

remdog
04-04-2007, 11:50 PM
For dumping on the customers (doesn't matter to me if you lay the blame on MLB or the cable companies) they ought to offer it at $129.00 as a peace offering.

Rem

919191
04-05-2007, 12:42 AM
When it looked as though DT would have this exclusively, I wasn't happy, but I was thinking about passing on it this year. i didn't watch it that much the last 2 years, but I had it on in the background alot. However, I have realized I really want this product- I am obligated to Echostar until August. Charlie better get this done!

Jpup
04-05-2007, 05:44 AM
Any ideas on getting my cable company to offer EI and FSN Cincinnati? I think I'm going to write another letter than will never get answered in any way.

Red Leader
04-05-2007, 10:47 AM
I called Time Warner last night around 11:30pm EST. They said that they hadn't received any communications about the deal, or offering the service as of that time. The lady I talked to was really friendly. I told her how I always purchased it early at the discounted rate and she said that I should call back today to see if they have the "product code" available to order the product. She said that they didn't have the product codes yet, so there was no way to order the product. She said not to quote her, but if they started offering the package now, they'd have to offer it at the discounted $129 early bird price because that rate wasn't available this year. She said that even if they don't offer that, she remembers there being a discount product code for those that had purchased the package the year before. She was fairly certain that I'd be able to get it for $129 this year, but couldn't confirm until she actually saw the product codes. She suggested I call back every day (at lunch, and then again at night if they didn't have the codes when I called at lunch) to make sure I get it as soon as it comes out. She didn't have any information on when the free preview week would start (or end), but said that they couldn't add it until the product codes came out.

I'll update with any information I find out when I call around 2pm today.

Reds Fanatic
04-05-2007, 11:03 AM
I called Time Warner last night around 11:30pm EST. They said that they hadn't received any communications about the deal, or offering the service as of that time. The lady I talked to was really friendly. I told her how I always purchased it early at the discounted rate and she said that I should call back today to see if they have the "product code" available to order the product. She said that they didn't have the product codes yet, so there was no way to order the product. She said not to quote her, but if they started offering the package now, they'd have to offer it at the discounted $129 early bird price because that rate wasn't available this year. She said that even if they don't offer that, she remembers there being a discount product code for those that had purchased the package the year before. She was fairly certain that I'd be able to get it for $129 this year, but couldn't confirm until she actually saw the product codes. She suggested I call back every day (at lunch, and then again at night if they didn't have the codes when I called at lunch) to make sure I get it as soon as it comes out. She didn't have any information on when the free preview week would start (or end), but said that they couldn't add it until the product codes came out.

I'll update with any information I find out when I call around 2pm today.

The bizofbaseball.com site is doing a great job with updates on this. I have noticed several people on there saying that they are being told the codes will be in to place orders starting Friday. So if you can't get it ordered today hopefully by tomorrow we will be able to place orders.

Johnny Footstool
04-05-2007, 11:08 AM
This is really great news! I just hope our Comcast provider offers the package soon.

Red Leader
04-05-2007, 11:08 AM
The bizofbaseball.com site is doing a great job with updates on this. I have noticed several people on there saying that they are being told the codes will be in to place orders starting Friday. So if you can't get it ordered today hopefully by tomorrow we will be able to place orders.

Hey, thanks a lot. I had no idea anyone was providing updates on this.

My wife will be sooo happy. :evil: :laugh:

Chip R
04-05-2007, 11:24 AM
As part of the agreement, iN Demand will make the "Extra Innings" package available to other cable companies, which also would be required to carry the MLB channel.



This may be the fly in the ointment. Not every cable carrier may want to carry the package because they have to offer the MLB channel or because they don't feel there is enough of a demand for it.

Red Leader
04-05-2007, 06:25 PM
I called Time Warner on my way home from work tonight and asked them if the MLB EI package was available. She said that it was. Told me the price was $159.96 and that could be broken down over 4 monthly payments. I gave her the story about how I've had this package for 4-5 years or whatever and that I paid a $129 "early bird" price each year. She told me that the $159.96 price is the early bird price. She said that the regular rates will go in effect on April 15th and the regular rate for this season is $199.96. Woh! I ordered the package at the $159.96 rate. I came home, turned on the TV and the cable digital tier menu still only gives me the option for NHL Center Ice. It does show as if I have purchased the NHL Center Ice package whereas yesterday (when I was looking for the MLB Free Preview) it gave me a message that this was a subscription service yada yada yada...Today, it shows me the screen, but doesn't give me the option to watch any baseball games, only Center Ice games. I'm assuming that Time Warner is going to get the package loaded in at some time, but not exactly sure when that will be. For now, I'll just watch some hockey games and be happy that I will get out of market baseball games at some point this year. :D :beerme:

Just wanted to pass that info on to everyone. If you are expecting to get the $129 rate as in years past, it ain't gonna happen. $159.96 is the cheapest rate you'll get, and you'll only get it until April 15th, so buy now, if you want to and can.

Reds Fanatic
04-05-2007, 06:47 PM
Here is a link to the In Demand Extra Innings schedule for April:

http://www.indemand.com/sports/mlb/schedule/mlbSchedule.pdf

The reason we are not seeing baseball games here on our local Time Warner tonight is they only go up to Game 10. Some cable systems are set to go up to 14 games and tonight with all the hockey the baseball is scheduled from game 12 to 14.

fearofpopvol1
04-05-2007, 07:27 PM
This is really great news! I just hope our Comcast provider offers the package soon.

Comcast will be getting it. I called and talked to someone today. Free previews are already running on 770-780. Apparently though, it's not ready to order yet though the cust serv rep said that it will be in the next few days...

Sea Ray
04-05-2007, 11:20 PM
Here is a link to the In Demand Extra Innings schedule for April:

http://www.indemand.com/sports/mlb/schedule/mlbSchedule.pdf

The reason we are not seeing baseball games here on our local Time Warner tonight is they only go up to Game 10. Some cable systems are set to go up to 14 games and tonight with all the hockey the baseball is scheduled from game 12 to 14.

My Time Warner showed a few games tonight on channels 351, 352, 353. I will say the picture quality is horrible. Very rough edges like they have either overcompressed the signal or are lacking the bandwidth. Let's hope this improves as well. I bet the MLB.TV is better.

redsfaninbsg
04-05-2007, 11:31 PM
I have comcast and dont get 770-780???? I pay something like 15 extra dollars a month for this box so I can order movies/ppv's. We just switched from Adelphia.

nate
04-06-2007, 08:19 AM
Howdy

I received the following email from Comcast last night:


Thank you for contacting Comcast via e-mail.

The MLB Extra Innings package will be available for order effective immediately.

To place an order, please contact our sales department at 1-800-266-2278. We look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for choosing Comcast.

Sincerely,

Jason
Comcast Customer Care Specialist

As Charlie Wilson once wrote, Outstanding!

westofyou
05-04-2007, 11:33 AM
http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1084&Itemid=52


Today is the deadline for any carrier that did not already ink a deal for MLB Extra Innings to get an agreement signed, or they will be unable to negotiate for the package until 2013 when DirecTV and iN Demand's deal with MLB expires.

Reds Fanatic
05-04-2007, 02:55 PM
Cablevision signed a deal to carry Extra Innings today. That leave Charter and Dish networks as the only major cable/satellite providers not signed up for the package.

hebroncougar
05-04-2007, 03:21 PM
Can Insight carry it? That's nky's cable provider, and the last couple of years they haven't offered it. I switched from dish to direct to keep my EI, but was wondering about Insight.

Reds Fanatic
05-04-2007, 03:37 PM
Can Insight carry it? That's nky's cable provider, and the last couple of years they haven't offered it. I switched from dish to direct to keep my EI, but was wondering about Insight.
I don't Insight has a deal has a deal to carry it yet. It is unlikely if they did not carry it before they would agree to now because they have to agree to carry both Extra Innings and the new MLB channel.

TeamDunn
05-04-2007, 08:49 PM
Insight has not carried any of the sports packages the last few years, I think 2003 was the last year for EI.

They say there is not enough demand for it. When my cousin worked there she said that there were only 5 subscribers in 2003...I was one of them. :thumbdown

KronoRed
05-04-2007, 11:09 PM
Every time Insight calls to bash DirecTV I plan to mention EI, that should shut them up fast :D