I decided I better answer some of my readers questions about the MLB – DirecTV deal that seems to be upsetting a lot of folks.
How do I feel about it?
I use MLB.tv exclusively so it doesn’t affect me. I simply pump the video feed out of my home computer into my flat screen and I can watch the spin of the ball in slow motion with all the new gadgets my Sony TV has.
Besides, I never could stand DirecTV shutting off and rebooting at any random moment to try and fry outlaw access cards.
Am I concerned about cable TV losing out to DirecTV?
No. I wasn’t worried about the local stations losing out to cable TV years ago either.. or radio losing out to local TV before that. But I have to admit I do miss turning on an AM radio and hearing a game for free.
Am I concerned that the prices may eventually go up since the output is being even more restricted?
No. I’ll let Congress worry about that.
Plus, if you buy an MLB.tv subscription you can actually see every game despite the local blackouts, even though you may have to wait until the morning to see the game. On Extra Innings, it was either on or not and there were many times I wasn’t able to see a game I wanted to see.
Will a lot of fans be rightfully upset over this deal?
Absolutely. But they have options. And, no, I don’t believe MLB.tv (the option) will ever go away.
Look at this another way – Extra Innings had about 300,000 subscribers in 2005 across both cable and satellite platforms, where MLB.tv already had 1.3 million (Kagan Associates estimate).
The bottom line is, I expect to see a lot more folks signing up for MLB.tv’s service now and in return we should start seeing some additional services to compliment that package, as has been MLB’s trademark in recent years past.
Throw the dish away if you can – you really will love the ball games on your home TV.
Besides, in a few years that home computer will be running almost everything in your house. You will be connected to a fiber optic cable instead of copper and you’ll be doing things like visiting your doctor for minor issues, shopping at Publix, and having the KitchenAid repair man automatically showing up to change the water filter in your $1,500 KitchenAid refrigerator.
But that’s my take —