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DIRECTV Lowers Price For 2016 MLB Extra Innings
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2016) DIRECTV has just revealed the price for its 2016 Major League Baseball Extra Innings package and, believe it or not, it's been reduced by 12 percent from last season.
The satcaster is charging $173.94 for this year's package of out-of-market MLB games, according to a DIRECTV web page just posted. DIRECTV charged $197.94 for the 2015 and 2014 seasons.
So, what's different this year?
MLB, and some pay TV partners, including DIRECTV and Comcast, just settled a lawsuit from fans claiming that the league's MLB.TV online package was both too pricey and too restrictive in regards to blackouts. While attorneys for the fans have revealed that the settlement will include lower prices for MLB.TV, and more subscription options, they did not say it would address the price of the pay TV version. However, it's possible that the providers have agreed to lower their prices this season as well as part of the overall settlement.
Update: DIRECTV and Comcast did agree in the settlement to offer the 2016 and 2017 editions of Extra Innings at the lower price.
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As it did in 2015, DIRECTV is including a free subscription to MLB.TV with the Extra Innings package. MLB.TV, which is expected to start at $109 this season, allows subscribers to watch the games over the Internet on connected devices.
The satellite edition of the Extra Innings package offers up to 100 regular season games with most of them available in High-Definition.
The DIRECTV plan also includes the MLB Strike Zone Channel, a highlights feed, and the Game Mix channel, which can display up to eight games on screen at the same time.
Several other TV providers, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cox, have offered MLB Extra Innings in the past. But they have yet to reveal details for their 2016 plans. Usually, the difference (if any) in the Extra Innings price among the providers is only a few dollars.
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