MLB EXTRA INNINGS PACKAGE
2009 MLB Extra Innings subscription sports package info is as follows:
Season package available to digital customers
Up to 80 out-of-market regular season MLB games per week, including many in HDTV
Includes MLB games played outside a subscriber’s local viewing area
MLB Regular season is April 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009
$169 Early Bird Offer - March 2 through April 12
$199 Regular Season Offer - April 13 through July 12
$139 Half Season Offer - July 13 through September 6
Games will be shown on Verizon FiOS Channels:1474 - HD (STB & TV required) and 1475 to 1488 - SD
No obligation to customer. No need to order. Digital customers just need to tune in.
Early Bird: April 6 - 12, 2009
Half Season: July 16 - 22, 2009
Customers will be blacked out of their home team(s) games.. If a subscriber wants to watch ONLY their home team(s), then package should not be sold.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS does not include games on Saturday afternoons – FOX Sports has exclusive rights to all baseball games played on Saturday afternoons and will provide regional coverage of many of the day’s games.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS does not include games on Sunday nights – ESPN has national exclusive rights to all baseball games played on Sunday nights and will typically provide coverage of one game only.
All-Star events and playoffs are not included.
Blackouts will occur with games scheduled to begin before 7PM.
ESPN & FOX Sports Exclusivity Deal: ESPN has exclusive rights to broadcast MLB on Sunday nights. Blackouts occur in the evening after 5:00 PMeach Sunday night. · Fox Sports has exclusive rights to broadcast MLB on Saturdays.
Such limited HD is a deal-breaker for me. I understand it's part of the terms with OnDemand but if I'm going to pay that much money, all of the available HD games ought to be broadcast through ExIn in HD.
Unfortunately for Verizon, it makes more sense to subscribe to mlb.tv instead to get the games in HD. It's also month to month which makes it much easier to justify rather than paying $199 in one shot.
I'd be all over it if Verizon had more games in HD. As a fan of small market teams, I would expect the big markets would be the games generally in HD. No sale for me.