Network Wants Dish Network, AT&T
Washington, D.C. (December 6,
2010) -- Baseball's MLB Network
says it's now available in 56 million U.S, homes and it hopes to
soon reach 70 million by signing up Dish Network and AT&T.
The channel made the disclosure at an investors conference last
Reuters reports that officials at the baseball channel did not
offer any specific dates for when they would reach agreements
with Dish and AT&T. But they did say they hoped the deals would
come before the start of the 2011 baseball season.
Dish's 14 million plus subscribers and AT&T's 2.7 million
customers would put the network over the 70 million mark.
"There's two major players that don't have the network," said
Tony Petitti, MLB's top executive. "If one of those players came
in, we'd be right on top of the 70 (million) number, and if both
come in we'd probably exceed it."
Petitti said his network will no longer offer an equity stake to
persuade a TV provider to carry the channel, a practice the
network followed in signing up DIRECTV, Comcast, Time Warner and
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