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MLB Network launch date?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by PaulieORF, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. sdk009

    sdk009 Icon

    Jan 19, 2007
    Kihei, Maui, HI
    From the AP:
    Former major leaguers Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds were hired as studio analysts for the MLB Network, which launches Jan. 1.
  2. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Maybe COX will just have a channel allotted to MLB and have a static slide of their logo on? It goes live 1 Jan.
  3. up north trip

    up north trip Cool Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    Well, for starters, on January 1, the launch date, at 8 pm, it is going to show Don Larsen's perfect game in its entirety. Chris "Mad Dog" Russo mentioned it on his radio show this week.
  4. jwt0001

    jwt0001 Godfather

    May 21, 2005
    Ashland, KY
  5. chris83

    chris83 Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    Will this channel be part of a regular package, the sports package or will you have to be a subscriber to MLBEI to view?
  6. bwaldron

    bwaldron Impossible Dreamer

    Oct 24, 2005
    Really? EI was going to be exclusive to DirecTV, but at no point do I recall MLB wanting their baseball channel to be limited to one provider. (Like the NFL package, EI could be exclusive without the MLB Network being so.)
  7. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    It's true. Back when D* was going to be the only provider MLB Channel would have only been on D*. Then when the various political scumbags got involved, MLB backed off and not only offered EI but also a piece of the network to the cable pigs....errrr companies.
  8. teebeebee1

    teebeebee1 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    The reason they pulled EI from cable was because cable wouldn't include the MLB Channel in the basics, they said if you won't include it in basic cable then no EI or MLB channel.

    John Kerry had tall trees in his yard and wasn't able to get a dish hooked up so he went to bat for cable and got it worked out temporarily.

    Expect another discussion next season though, i think it was only a 2 or 3 year agreement for EI on cable before D* is exclusive again
  9. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    Incorrect. InDemand agreed to the same deal as DirecTV, seven years. It's not up for debate again until 2014.

    BTW - Thank the cable pigs for getting involved. In another 2 or 3 years EI could have been $300-$400 just like the precious Sunday Ticket, since the beloved DirecTV could have charged whatever they wanted since there would be no competition.
  10. barnabas

    barnabas Cool Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    i just hope direct tv is working to get ota games in mlb ei next year kcal9 dodgers feed would be nice
  11. teebeebee1

    teebeebee1 Godfather

    Dec 11, 2006
    That's good to hear they reupped, must have been part of the deal for them as well
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    As long as D* can get the OK from the individual stations and MLB, and as long as D* also carries the local feed (LIL into that specific market), they should be able to show the local feed as part of MLB EI. Obviously, bandwidth can be an issue at times.
  13. dally7777

    dally7777 Mentor

    Nov 19, 2008

    JAYPB- I have been trying to find the answer to this question for the last week. I can record all the non-Encore games but it states that GameSearch could not find the game and it stops recording.

    These games are from 1 to 20 years ago. Specifically I am referring to Tampa Bay Rays Encore, Orioles Classics, Twins Classics, and Red Sox Classics.

    I also am able to recorde the Yankees Classics from the YESHD channel.

    Can anyone help me understand what I am doing wrong to record these classic games!!!

  14. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    You're not doing a thing wrong. Seems as though only YES can show "classic" games in the clear, no other RSN can outside their local area.
  15. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD

    The price is not set by DirecTV alone. The price is set by DirecTV and the league involved.

    If it were pure competition, then the prices for different providers where the programming is available from different providers would not be so much the same (and yet when the price is the same, as in MLB, DirecTV provides so many more games).

    If you really think the NFL package price is set by DirecTV all by its lonesome, I have a few bridges I want to sell you.
  16. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007
    btw, nbatv shows 4 hd games a week on the nights when espn or tnt aren't showing their games!

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