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MLB Extra Innings:

Why You Should Choose DIRECTV Over Comcast
By Phillip Swann

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2015) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. I noticed that Comcast is offering the MLB Extra Innings package for less money than DIRECTV. I have both services -- is there any reason why I shouldn't order the less expensive Comcast version of Extra Innings? -- David, Deale, Maryland.

David, actually, there are a few reasons.

But before I explain what they are, a little background on the MLB Extra Innings package. The plan allows you to watch almost all 'out-of-market' regular season games, most of which, depending upon the carrier, are in High-Definition.

This is a cool service, particularly for fans who now live away from their original home. For instance, if you're a New York Yankees fans who now lives in, let's say, Deale, Maryland, you can watch almost all the Yankee games on the Extra Innings package, both home and away contests. (Some games will not be available, such as those that air on the national Fox network.)

DIRECTV is now selling the 2015 Extra Innings package for $197.94, which can be paid in six installments. Comcast, however, is charging just $189 if you order by April 12; the cable operator calls the price an "early bird special."

So the difference now between the two carriers is roughly $9, which isn't much, but nine bucks is nine bucks, right?

Well, before you call Comcast, take these two facts into account.

1. As a bonus, DIRECTV is including MLB.TV with your Extra Innings plan. This allows you to watch every out-of-market game online on more than 400 devices such as Roku, Bu-ray players and Smart TVs. The MLB.TV subscription is a free add-on. (If you ordered the online plan separately from MLB, it would cost $109.99.)

Comcast does not offer MLB.TV with its Extra Innings plan, as a free add-on or for an extra price.

2. DIRECTV's MLB Extra Innings package offers up to 100 regular season games each week, compared to Comcast's plan which offers up to 80. It's different because DIRECTV devotes more channels to the Extra Innings service than Comcast. And speaking of channels, DIRECTV offers more games in high-def as well, again because it's dedicated more HD channels to the plan than the cable operator.

By the way, Time Warner Cable's web site is now selling the Extra Innings plan for $195 and it does include a free subscription to MLB.TV. Verizon's FiOS site says its Extra Innings package is now available for an 'Early Bird' price of $195 -- and it also includes a free subscription to MLB.TV.

Comcast also did not include the online plan as part of the Extra Innings package last year; Time Warner Cable and Verizon did -- and do now.

So when you're ordering the Extra Innings package, David, remember what you're getting -- and what you're not getting.

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Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com. He has been quoted in dozens of publications and broadcast outlets, including CNN, Fox News, Inside Edition, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Financial Times, The Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter. He can be reached at
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