No, this wouldn't be for those who live outside of the Cubs television market area. Those fans would need to subscribe to the MLB's out-of-market package (MLB.tv on streaming or MLB Extra Innings on cable).Hmmmm...I would need to know more about this as Marquee/Cubs original launch was a disaster so I'm skeptical with anything these two outfits can dream up. Would this $18 per month get you full access to Marquee no matter where you live? Could you decline this offer and still get the Cubs games on MLB EI and/or MLB TV? As a lifelong Cubs fan I would not consider this $18 per month offer if I could still get the Cubs on MLB EI and/or MLB TV. If it was the only way to get Cubs games I'd probably pay the $18 per month but just during the regular season. Content of Marquee outside of Cubs games has been pretty dismal. And last year the Cubs games were pretty dismal as well. I think it will be a hard sell for them.
Out of market vs IN MARKET that the team has rights to.At first glance, it does feel/seem pricey. Comparing it to a single-team plan on MLB.tv, the two services would be similarly priced:
The key assumption is that you could purchase this streaming service in-market, which would be the true game changer.
- $18 x 6 months (April-September) = $108
- MLB.tv 2021 single-team plan = $110
well that may be some thing for the courts to rule on.No, this wouldn't be for those who live outside of the Cubs television market area. Those fans would need to subscribe to the MLB's out-of-market package (MLB.tv on streaming or MLB Extra Innings on cable).
This proposed streaming service would just be a way to get the existing Marquee channel as a standalone streaming service inside that local area, as opposed to having it as part of a larger cable channel package.
I will be shocked if MLB allows any team to be in market streaming....Thats is a huge can of worms MLB never addresses!...Look at those crazy territorial restrictions all over, and strange borders on the high density east coast.The “superstation” loophole has, finally and thankfully, been closed.
This is about buying Marquee IN MARKET as a stand alone product. It has nothing to do with OUT OF MARKET issues, as out of market rights are shared communally.
No court rulings needed. Well settled.
Yep. I saw a report from one of those industry analytics groups yesterday predicting that pay TV penetration in the US will drop from the current level, about 60%, to under 50% in 2026. Which sounds kinda bad but would actually mean the drop-off rate would be less steep in the next few years than it's been in the past few years. I think that's because they believe that we're getting closer and closer to a floor of households who value sports, news and locals enough that they just won't walk away from some form of channel-based pay TV, regardless of ongoing price hikes.For years RSNs fought to be part of a basic cable tier. Now they are content on offering their own tier. Why, because there's a lot of money to be made. I fully expect, in the next 10 year, regional sports, like baseball, to be streaming only. RSNs will transition into that. They have gotten too expensive for cable systems. But sadly, they may be the last reason why people stick to cable/sat altogether because in a lot of areas, they aren't available on streaming services. I still think in 10 years, the TV landscape that we know will be on it's deathbed.
I can see a market for an RSN outside of their market. Fans that can only get the games on MLB could pay something to get the other content not part of the MLB coverage.Back when Marquee launched they expressed their interest in making Marquee available outside of the Cubs market eventually like other teams RSN so I don't think it is out of the question that the streaming service could be offered outside of their territory too although I'm sure the Cubs game would be blacked out for everyone outside of their market territory (also like other RSN's are outside of their teams market).
But for the MLB to do there own and cut the teams out of the local rights they own may end up in court.I will be shocked if MLB allows any team to be in market streaming....Thats is a huge can of worms MLB never addresses!...Look at those crazy territorial restrictions all over, and strange borders on the high density east coast.
In 2019 the MLB owners voted to return in market streaming rights to the teams effective with the 2020 season. Teams are expected to respect their RSN contracts, but this gave the teams the right to sell streaming of the games in market.I will be shocked if MLB allows any team to be in market streaming....Thats is a huge can of worms MLB never addresses!