Posted at 4:41 PM on January 26, 2007
by Ben Tesch
There are two real outstanding issues here with MLB's decision. First, they've instituted a stranglehold on the viewer, the baseball fan -- remember them? -- on what kind of format they must have in order to enjoy the product. If you don't want to sacrifice the quality of cable for the dish, then hey, tough luck. Unless you want to sign up for MLB.com's exclusive MLB.tv action and watch on your laptop. Great. Like you don't spend long enough on that thing. AppleTV, to the rescue? Only if MLB were to add an additional streaming format, and that has yet to happen. Don't hold your breath.
Second, what about the thousands of fans who enjoyed Extra Innings in their city dwelling apartments? Unless you want to try and convince your landlord exactly why you need to pop a satellite dish on top of their roof, you're flat out of luck.
Bottom line, the package might get fewer viewers, but the league gets more money.