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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by BrooklynRedz View Post
    Yep. Although, it's not as short-sighted as it might seem. Due to the CBA, all revenues from such digital sources as MLB.TV is split evenly among the 30 teams. And with cutting out the cable providers, there's more of the pie to spread among the teams.

    Also, the blackout rules are in the process of being redetermined. There's still much hope it can get through legal before opening day.
    any idea what could be changing?
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    I have heard baseball wants to do this because they are not happy with the number of people that have signed up for the package through the cable companies and they want the guaranteed money Directv would pay for exclusive rights. What baseball doesn't get is if they just got rid of the stupid blackout rules they would get the subscribers they want. There are a lot of people that won't sign up because they are blacked out of the team they want to see or several different teams. I do subscribe to EI through cable but I still hate the blackout rules. I am blacked on 3 different teams. 2 of which we don't get their games on TV and we live several hours away from.

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Fanatic View Post
    I have heard baseball wants to do this because they are not happy with the number of people that have signed up for the package through the cable companies and they want the guaranteed money Directv would pay for exclusive rights. What baseball doesn't get is if they just got rid of the stupid blackout rules they would get the subscribers they want. There are a lot of people that won't sign up because they are blacked out of the team they want to see or several different teams. I do subscribe to EI through cable but I still hate the blackout rules. I am blacked on 3 different teams. 2 of which we don't get their games on TV and we live several hours away from.
    I always thought they should let fans buy a subscription to watch the games of their favorite team, but then I realized that there would be a lot of squabbling if the Yankees were getting a ton of subscribers and still had to split the EI revenue evenly. I would agree that the blackout rules probably hinder the marketability of the EI package.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    OK this would royally suck for me. I just got Dish HD and had to sign an 18 month contract. The only reason I even have Dish to begin with was it was cheaper and I wanted Extra Innings.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    This would royally piss me off and you can bet I won't switch to Direct TV to get it. F them.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    Major League Baseball is not your friend.

    And one more thing. I discourage everyone from purchasing MLB TV or conducting any business whatsoever with MLB Advanced Media. As I've discussed on this board before, once they get your credit card number they'll autorenew you 'till the cows come home.

    And when they do, good luck getting a human being on the telephone.
    In the interest of fairness, I've subscribed and cancelled twice with no trouble. Although I have heard of stories like CC's in addition of his own.

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    There is a large tree in our backyard that prohibits us from getting Direct TV--and I know for a fact that we are far from alone in this predicament. So, if MLB did this, I'd be S.O.L. out here.

    But it wouldn't surprise me at all. MLB has become remarkably adept at putting forth idea after idea to alienate fans.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by registerthis View Post
    There is a large tree in our backyard that prohibits us from getting Direct TV--and I know for a fact that we are far from alone in this predicament. So, if MLB did this, I'd be S.O.L. out here.

    What, you can't cut down your tree?

    But it wouldn't surprise me at all. MLB has become remarkably adept at putting forth idea after idea to alienate fans.

    Just part of their anti-marketing program.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc. Scott View Post
    In the interest of fairness, I've subscribed and cancelled twice with no trouble. Although I have heard of stories like CC's in addition of his own.
    It was a widespread problem about a year ago. I posted links to various discussion forums and blogs about it last summer.

    However, a member of this board who works for MLB assured me that they've really cleaned things up since then. Maybe they have.

    To clarify, they autorenewed my credit card in '06. When I realized that they had done so, I called and asked for a refund (after spending hours and hours and hours on hold).

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    If you were a MLB.tv subscriber prior to this year and you did not renewal. You may be able to sign up for MLB.tv for 56.99 today:

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili View Post
    Major League Baseball is not your friend.

    And one more thing. I discourage everyone from purchasing MLB TV or conducting any business whatsoever with MLB Advanced Media. As I've discussed on this board before, once they get your credit card number they'll autorenew you 'till the cows come home.

    And when they do, good luck getting a human being on the telephone.

    Sorry to hear that. I had a different experience though. After the season ended (2 years ago) I cancelled my mlb audio account. Went through, no muss, no fuss.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Chalk another one up for cancelling cable across the board.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Sorry to hear that. I had a different experience though. After the season ended (2 years ago) I cancelled my mlb audio account. Went through, no muss, no fuss.
    I canceled my audio version one year via the phone without a problem either. I think they are better than they used to be to find someone to actually talk to.
    They do say in their terms and conditions that it will auto renew unless you tell them not to that.
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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    Sorry to hear that. I had a different experience though. After the season ended (2 years ago) I cancelled my mlb audio account. Went through, no muss, no fuss.
    All but the most recent three posts are from 6 years ago....

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    Re: The Monopolizing of MLB's Extra Innings Package

    Quote Originally Posted by TSJ55 View Post
    Chalk another one up for cancelling cable across the board.
    I'm coming closer and closer to pulling the plug on satellite. Me or my wife don't watch that much TV anymore. In fact I just downgraded my package the other night. It's probably the first step towards no satellite or cable.
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