The recent baseball postseason has sparked my interest in the game, after not paying much attention for 30 years. (I'm 45.) I'm looking to up my access to games next spring and see if my interest takes hold. I live in Iowa, one of the few places in the country claimed by six (!) Major League Baseball teams as their home territory: Royals, Cardinals, Twins, Brewers, Cubs, White Sox. With that, of course, comes all the ridiculous blackout restrictions that exist in baseball. Let me see if I'm understanding this correctly. Purchasing the MLB Extra Innings package will not allow me to see any of these teams due to the blackout restrictions. Instead, one is required to view them on the appropriate RSN (regional sports network), which one may or may not have available to them from their television provider and/or in their current package. In my case, DIRECTV's RSN search tool indicates my RSNs are Comcast SportsNet Chicago (Cubs, White Sox), Fox Sports Midwest (Royals, Cardinals), and Fox Sports North (Twins, Brewers). My package doesn't inclue FS North. It is available in the Premier package, or as part of the SportsPack add-on. 1. Royals games on Fox Sports Kansas City would be provided to me on a 671-x alternate channel as part of FS Midwest, right? Something similar for Cardinals? 2. Cubs/White Sox would be on CSNC or alternate versions thereof? 3. If I added the Sports Pack, I would then get Twins and Brewers via FS North? 4. At first glance, it seems like the Sports Pack adds many out-of-my-area RSNs and thus many out-of-market MLB games, but as I understand it, those games would be blacked out to me on an individual basis unless I'm in the designated home area of one of the teams. Again, in my case, that only seems to apply to gaining FS North in the SportsPack, and thus Twins/Brewers. To see the rest of the games not involving the six teams, I'd need MLBEI because I'm not entitled to see those out-of-market games even if I have these more distant RSNs in my package. 6. MLB.tv alone would be kinda lame because I'd be blacked out on tablets/phones, but with no means to tune the RSN as one would do with their television. Apparently MLB.tv is now included with MLBEI, but I only see it as a bonus/novelty item for me, not the main means of viewing games. 7. Some games would still be subject to additional blackout intricacies, such as being on a national Fox or ESPN broadcast, local broadcast, etc. But then I'd have access to Fox and ESPN via my normal DIRECTV package. Am I missing anything? I'd love to hear comments from baseball-loving DIRECTV subscribers in Iowa (or southeast Nevada, or Hawaii) regarding how all these restrictions play out in terms of real-life, day-to-day viewing availability. If I have MLBEI and the three RSNs, would I be fully good? If I'm missing FS North, would I still be good for all non-Twins/Brewers games? This all seems pretty ridiculous. Way to bring in a new viewer to your sport, MLB.