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2012-08-28 03:07:10 PM  
For the record, as a Red Sox fan, I hate that every series seems to be on a weekend, and then we get stuck with the Fox team farking up the Saturday game and a game that ends after midnight on Sunday. Can't we let teams that know how to get game done in under three hours take the Sunday Night slots??
 
2012-08-28 04:15:21 PM  

FriarReb98: Can't we let teams that know how to get game done in under three hours take the Sunday Night slots??


National League games are routinely under three hours.

Also, how is this possible:

i392.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 04:24:30 PM  
A perfect match made in hell.
 
2012-08-28 04:25:14 PM  
How are the Red Sox doing, by the way? I don't really follow baseball...

*snicker*
 
2012-08-28 04:27:14 PM  
With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.
 
2012-08-28 04:33:19 PM  

Al_Ed: How are the Red Sox doing, by the way? I don't really follow baseball...


To be honest, a lot more wrists would be slashed in response had you asked this just a couple days ago.
 
2012-08-28 04:35:27 PM  

WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.


Indeed. Do you watch through a browser, the app or Roku?
 
2012-08-28 04:36:36 PM  

FriarReb98: For the record, as a Red Sox fan, I hate that every series seems to be on a weekend, and then we get stuck with the Fox team farking up the Saturday game and a game that ends after midnight on Sunday. Can't we let teams that know how to get game done in under three hours take the Sunday Night slots??


Alex Gonzalez! What are you doing on Fark?

Incidentally, I happened across a pretty good Rays/Rangers game yesterday. ESPN shows a lot of baseball games. Just no one seems to care unless it's Yanks/Sox - whether they're watching or whining about it...subby.
 
2012-08-28 04:41:14 PM  

Killer Cars: Al_Ed: How are the Red Sox doing, by the way? I don't really follow baseball...

To be honest, a lot more wrists would be slashed in response had you asked this just a couple days ago.


I've watched plenty this year, but I've actually made it a point to watch the past few games, seeing as the management did seem to reach out and listen to the fans (it's merely coincidence that they can still lose 85 or 90 games with half the payroll...and nearly impossible to win 90-95 with that $150 mil roster without adding 2 big arms and 2 big bats for another $50 mil per year)
 
2012-08-28 04:52:30 PM  
This is actually very bad news for baseball.

I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.

But, now that the Yankees/Red Sox/Go SEC!!! channel has extended their right to broadcast Yankees/Red Sox, there's no chance that MLB will go back to a schedule that has less of the important (i.e., Yankees/Red Sox) games.
 
2012-08-28 04:56:43 PM  

FriarReb98: For the record, as a Red Sox fan, I hate that every series seems to be on a weekend, and then we get stuck with the Fox team farking up the Saturday game and a game that ends after midnight on Sunday. Can't we let teams that know how to get game done in under three hours take the Sunday Night slots??


I hate to agree with a Red Sox fan, but THIS.

As long as this doesn't affect the radio broadcasts of games, I can deal - the silver lining of the Fox/ESPN broadcasts is that I can mute the TV and listen to the radio.

/likes Sterling & Waldman
//shut up I know
 
2012-08-28 04:57:20 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: I've watched plenty this year, but I've actually made it a point to watch the past few games, seeing as the management did seem to reach out and listen to the fans


Certainly; "Red Sox Nation" should be writing thank you letters to the Dodgers until season's end.

Now, whether or not you trust Cherington, Lucchino, and etc to act prudently with all this newly freed up money is a different discussion.
 
2012-08-28 05:06:20 PM  

generalDisdain: WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.

Indeed. Do you watch through a browser, the app or Roku?


I watch through PS3 mostly, but will use the browser at work. Also if the game is nationally televised it is blacked out of MLB.TV which suck since I don't have cable
 
2012-08-28 05:08:59 PM  

WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.


I'm right there with you. MLB TV is one of the greatest things ever. For a small nominal fee you can see any game you want, have a choice of boradcast crews doing the games, it's a great alternative to the humongous bucket of suck that is ESPNY's boradcast crews and there's the added bonus of all the different options you have for viewing (online, app, etc.).
 
2012-08-28 05:12:31 PM  

satanorsanta: generalDisdain: WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.

Indeed. Do you watch through a browser, the app or Roku?

I watch through PS3 mostly, but will use the browser at work. Also if the game is nationally televised it is blacked out of MLB.TV which suck since I don't have cable


Nods. Saturday afternoon games belong to FOX, and Sunday night to ESPN. Blackout rules are total bullsh*t given current technology.
Do you get much buffering through the PS3?
 
2012-08-28 05:14:07 PM  

4NTLRZ: I'm right there with you. MLB TV is one of the greatest things ever.


And the MLB Network has long rendered ESPN's Baseball Tonight horribly redundant and unnecessary. The only thing you really have to really put up with on the MLB Network is when Mitch Williams does that thing when his lips move and words come out, which sometimes is truly unfortunate to the viewing public.
 
2012-08-28 05:15:06 PM  
Really? Really.

/Really
 
2012-08-28 05:16:36 PM  

Killer Cars: Nana's Vibrator: I've watched plenty this year, but I've actually made it a point to watch the past few games, seeing as the management did seem to reach out and listen to the fans

Certainly; "Red Sox Nation" should be writing thank you letters to the Dodgers until season's end.

Now, whether or not you trust Cherington, Lucchino, and etc to act prudently with all this newly freed up money is a different discussion.


I don't know if there's a human in the world who trusts Lucchino. The big sports talk subject around here, besides getting in some parting shots on Beckett, is wondering what they can do with the freed up money. They name off free agents to be - ie Hamilton, Peavy, I think Greinke - and say there's no way in hell any of those guys would come to Boston.
Hamilton will stay in Texas/couldn't handle Boston, Greinke has that anxiety thing, and Peavy, who knows.

Then when they look through the farm system, there's not many assets to trade for a big name player, since they gave up their bigger prospects just to get Gonalez here. (someone's always calling in to see what it would take to pry big players like Felix or Morneau from a smaller market team that might not be able to retain their talent.

I personally think Cherrington will try to fill the voids with statistically sound free agents and the modest talent in the farm system.
Lucchino may have saved his job with this move but is on a short leash with Henry, so I don't plan on seeing any $15-$20 million dollar per year players anytime soon.
Overall, though, thanks goes to the Dodgers. They are a better team with Gonzalez and next year with Crawford - as long as they don't mind the money. Those guys are just very good players with superstar contracts. If their contracts handcuff management, they'll end up in the same situation as Boston did this year.
 
2012-08-28 05:21:10 PM  

satanorsanta: I watch through PS3 mostly, but will use the browser at work. Also if the game is nationally televised it is blacked out of MLB.TV which suck since I don't have cable


It's a great service, but has a few little nits that keep it highly irritating at times. (And I'm not sure it's that helpful if the team you follow broadcasts a lot of their games locally, unless you're willing to time-shift -everything-.)

Biggest gripe: Blackouts of "nationally televised" games that AREN'T. I get that it's the fault of a poorly executed or lazily conceived contract or something, but why the hell can't I watch a game that isn't broadcast by anything in my area? Happens frequently when, say, the Giants are a "national" game for Fox, but my affiliates broadcast [NY | Bos, say] and/or a local game. Can't blame them for the decision, but at whom do I grind my teeth and mumble obscenities that I can't get the Giants over the air *or* on MLB.tv? MLB? Fox? Both?

Annoying!

Also annoying: With the national (re-)broadcast, you can only get the home-team radio signal (at least on PS3, and iirc). Leaving you with the choice of Joe Buck (or Buck clone) on national or the other team's home guys. Doesn't seem like it'd be that hard to have both radio feeds. But maybe I am wrong.

Still gonna give 'em my money, though. But if they ad unskippable ads to the PS3 stream, I may be looking for *cough* alternative *cough* sources.
 
2012-08-28 05:24:36 PM  

SFSailor: satanorsanta: I watch through PS3 mostly, but will use the browser at work. Also if the game is nationally televised it is blacked out of MLB.TV which suck since I don't have cable

It's a great service, but has a few little nits that keep it highly irritating at times. (And I'm not sure it's that helpful if the team you follow broadcasts a lot of their games locally, unless you're willing to time-shift -everything-.)

Biggest gripe: Blackouts of "nationally televised" games that AREN'T. I get that it's the fault of a poorly executed or lazily conceived contract or something, but why the hell can't I watch a game that isn't broadcast by anything in my area? Happens frequently when, say, the Giants are a "national" game for Fox, but my affiliates broadcast [NY | Bos, say] and/or a local game. Can't blame them for the decision, but at whom do I grind my teeth and mumble obscenities that I can't get the Giants over the air *or* on MLB.tv? MLB? Fox? Both?


You don't understand the blackout rules.
Example: FOX owns the rights to all games broadcast on Saturday at either the 1PM Eastern or 4PM Eastern slot.
Due to that contractual agreement, no games during that time slot will be available through MLB.tv.
Blackout rules related to location are determined by your IP secondary to any TV contracts.
 
2012-08-28 05:34:16 PM  
No more Yanks vs Sox on ESPN, please!

/Yankees fan.
 
2012-08-28 05:35:59 PM  

Killer Cars: Al_Ed: How are the Red Sox doing, by the way? I don't really follow baseball...

To be honest, a lot more wrists would be slashed in response had you asked this just a couple days ago.


Beating the Royals 3 out of 4 really shouldn't matter that much...
 
2012-08-28 05:49:15 PM  

generalDisdain: You don't understand the blackout rules.
Example: FOX owns the rights to all games broadcast on Saturday at either the 1PM Eastern or 4PM Eastern slot.
Due to that contractual agreement, no games during that time slot will be available through MLB.tv.
Blackout rules related to location are determined by your IP secondary to any TV contracts.


Oh, I understand the blackout rules, thank you very much.

The blackout rules are simply stupid -- completely nonsensical, even.

Fox owns the rights to *multiple*games* at 1pm and 4pm.

Each local market will broadcast only a portion of those games (one, probably; two if you're lucky enough to receive broadcasts from two adjacent markets).

By definition, the rest of those games aren't "national broadcasts." There is no way for me to get them (legally / easily). Why should I have to wait for the game I am interested in to be over (+ ~90 minutes!) to watch it on MLB.tv, if I have no other way to watch it? It's not like I'm going to *have* to watch it OTA and see the ads otherwise.

All the blackout rules do, in these cases, really, is incent me to look into other ways of getting games. Seems both Fox and MLB are risking shooting themselves in the foot, to me. I know there are ways around it, but if I'm going to cheat, I might as well save the MLB.tv $$, too. And I don't want to cheat, anyway... and the PS3 interface is (reasonably) easy....

Somewhere, someone didn't think their cunning plan through all the way when they said, "yeah, here's a good idea - let's give national rights and protections to broadcasts that aren't shown nationally!" Stupid, and infuriating, and every time it happens (like the starting busy-indicator bases running *backwards*), I think to myself, "ya' know, there's probably a way to save the subscription costs and be less annoyed by myriad little and big things while doing so."
 
2012-08-28 06:19:17 PM  
Friday night, an MLB Network special! The Sox travel to Yankee Stadium!
This Saturday on Fox, Sox@Yanks!
Sunday night on ESPN, the greatest rivalry in baseball!

I remember at least a couple of occasions where it went down like that.

Thank God for Tuvalu. I hardly ever miss a Reds or Giants game.
 
2012-08-28 06:31:17 PM  

Zombie Hitler: No more Yanks vs Sox on ESPN, please!

/Yankees fan.


But it's the greatest rivalry on sports, because it's on tv all the time! As announced by the people putting it on tv all the time.
 
2012-08-28 07:11:59 PM  

TheLopper: Zombie Hitler: No more Yanks vs Sox on ESPN, please!

/Yankees fan.

But it's the greatest rivalry on sports, because it's on tv all the time! As announced by the people putting it on tv all the time.


I'm at the point where I don't even watch the ESPN game. I'd rater listen to it on the radio.
 
2012-08-28 07:42:44 PM  

SFSailor: Biggest gripe: Blackouts of "nationally televised" games that AREN'T. I get that it's the fault of a poorly executed or lazily conceived contract or something, but why the hell can't I watch a game that isn't broadcast by anything in my area? Happens frequently when, say, the Giants are a "national" game for Fox, but my affiliates broadcast [NY | Bos, say] and/or a local game. Can't blame them for the decision, but at whom do I grind my teeth and mumble obscenities that I can't get the Giants over the air *or* on MLB.tv? MLB? Fox? Both?


Just get yourself a proxy IP from another country, and reload your MLBtv and your'e good to go. At least, that's what I did from 2005-2007 when I was out of my home market. I'm assuming that still works because MLB ain't exactly on the cutting edge when it comes to their IT department.

But yeah, the blackout rules are complete and utter bullshiat, and it has led to most teams just playing night games on saturday night to avoid the blackout. It's completely destroyed weekend day-baseball, and that is a bad thing. Fark FOX, and fark MLB for selling us out. I want to watch my favorite team on saturday afternoons, not Joe Buck calling a Cardinals-Cubs game.
 
2012-08-28 07:48:45 PM  

generalDisdain: SFSailor:

Biggest gripe: Blackouts of "nationally televised" games that AREN'T. I get that it's the fault of a poorly executed or lazily conceived contract or something, but why the hell can't I watch a game that isn't broadcast by anything in my area? Happens frequently when, say, the Giants are a "national" game for Fox, but my affiliates broadcast [NY | Bos, say] and/or a local game. Can't blame them for the decision, but at whom do I grind my teeth and mumble obscenities that I can't get the Giants over the air *or* on MLB.tv? MLB? Fox? Both?

You don't understand the blackout rules.
Example: FOX owns the rights to all games broadcast on Saturday at either the 1PM Eastern or 4PM Eastern slot.
Due to that contractual agreement, no games during that time slot will be available through MLB.tv.
Blackout rules related to location are determined by your IP secondary to any TV contracts.


How do you explain this one. A couple of years ago the Twins were playing the Royals on the last weekend of the season with a playoff spot on the line (for the Twins obviously). I'm a Twins fan living in Kansas and, for some reason FSN decided not to air one of the Royals' last regular season games (I can't remember if it was the Saturday or Sunday game). So the game wasn't being shown anywhere in Kansas and yet I was still blacked out of MLB.tv.

/Thankfully the PSN network outage happened right when I discovered how terrible the Twins were going to be last year and I was able to get my annual subscription canceled and refunded in May.
 
2012-08-28 07:56:03 PM  
Actually, subby, one of the new contract stipulations is that ESPN has to show each team on television at least once per year. Granted, that probably means we're going to get Yankees/Royals, Red Sox/Orioles, and Dodgers/Rockies, but it's better than before.
 
2012-08-28 08:52:07 PM  

TheLopper: Zombie Hitler: No more Yanks vs Sox on ESPN, please!

/Yankees fan.

But it's the greatest rivalry on sports, because it's on tv all the time! As announced by the people putting it on tv all the time.


I understand the sentiment, but as a Yankees fan that -doesn't- live in Metro NY, I'm not complaining that I actually get to see my team play.
 
2012-08-28 09:28:56 PM  
people still watch baseball on TV? Isn't that just precious? I like watching it live, especially since my local minor league team has a couple of vendors serving good beer comparatively cheaply.
 
2012-08-28 10:01:10 PM  

The_Great_Hambino: This is actually very bad news for baseball.

I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.


LOLWUT?
 
2012-08-28 10:24:55 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: FriarReb98: For the record, as a Red Sox fan, I hate that every series seems to be on a weekend, and then we get stuck with the Fox team farking up the Saturday game and a game that ends after midnight on Sunday. Can't we let teams that know how to get game done in under three hours take the Sunday Night slots??

Alex Gonzalez! What are you doing on Fark?


Because I know you all care, this previous post has been bothering me since I tapped the add comment button.
I meant Adrian Gonzalez - a criticized complaint he made last year was too many Sunday night games.
Alex Gonzalez and his amazing glove recently came up in a discussion regarding former Red Sox players who couldnt hit but we truly appreciated having him on the roster. Pokey Reese, and Darren Lewis were mentioned, too.

/Mike Trout...sup wit dat?
 
2012-08-28 10:31:03 PM  
How many more commercials are they gonna show on their NASCAR coverage to pay for this?
 
2012-08-28 10:37:19 PM  
Strasburg, what about Strasburg? All I ever hear on their XM-Sirius radio is Strasburg. It's all they ever farking talk about, it's more irritating the the Yankees-Red Sox crap.
 
2012-08-28 11:21:55 PM  

Chakro: Strasburg, what about Strasburg? All I ever hear on their XM-Sirius radio is Strasburg. It's all they ever farking talk about, it's more irritating the the Yankees-Red Sox crap.


The Strasburg thing is even more annoying if you're in a Nationals market area, as I am. While I am a fan of the Nats it gets tiresome when every local sports chucklehead is on the "should we be shutting Strasburg down to save his arm instead of going for the Series this year?" Non-debate kick ad infinitum, and then the nationally syndicated guys (who I usually relied on to break that up) are hammering the same story into the ground. It's why I'm so glad that Redskins cut Chris Cooley today, despite him being pretty much my favorite guy on the tam (not favorite player, favorite guy) so the local sportsyak drifted away from Strasburg.
 
2012-08-28 11:40:19 PM  
Anything better then hearing Dewayne Staats screw up everything and announce the rays to win the world series. All season long, he clearly has no clue when it comes to baseball, long as the "rays" win they are #1.
I've heard some terribly bad announcers, but this guy takes the cake. Fox or ESPN doesn't come close to how bad this guy is.

I'm done hearing him murder stats of ball players, whether he takes them from a PREVIOUS season or simply has no knowledge or baseball - nothing is better then watching a ballplayers stats on screen then watching Dewayne
give you LAST years stats on hand.

/I laugh because I can see why he got fired from the new york yankees
 
2012-08-28 11:51:45 PM  

The_Great_Hambino: This is actually very bad news for baseball.

I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.

But, now that the Yankees/Red Sox/Go SEC!!! channel has extended their right to broadcast Yankees/Red Sox, there's no chance that MLB will go back to a schedule that has less of the important (i.e., Yankees/Red Sox) games.


No, I don't see that happening. With six even divisions, I'm betting the schedule will look something like this:

- 18 games against each division opponent (72 total)
- 6 games (home-and-home) against each opponent in the other two divisions (60 total)
- 6 games (home-and-home) against one of the three divisions in the opposing league (30 total)

That's exactly 162 games, and is probably (save for a balanced schedule) the fairest way to do it.
 
2012-08-29 12:26:53 AM  

DanZero: How many more commercials are they gonna show on their NASCAR coverage to pay for this?


Who cares, vroom vroom, turn left.
 
2012-08-29 12:30:55 AM  

The_Great_Hambino: I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.


The ALWest is collectively 0.537. The ALEast is collectively 0.520.

Please explain?
 
2012-08-29 12:34:59 AM  

Slow To Return: The_Great_Hambino: I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.

The ALWest is collectively 0.537. The ALEast is collectively 0.520.

Please explain?


East coast bias, plain and simple.

/espn finally realized there's some good baseball being played in Arlington.
 
2012-08-29 12:48:35 AM  

ral315: No, I don't see that happening. With six even divisions, I'm betting the schedule will look something like this:

- 18 games against each division opponent (72 total)
- 6 games (home-and-home) against each opponent in the other two divisions (60 total)
- 6 games (home-and-home) against one of the three divisions in the opposing league (30 total)

That's exactly 162 games, and is probably (save for a balanced schedule) the fairest way to do it.


the preliminary plan is 20 interleague games against a paired division in the other league (rotating each year) with an exception for 'natural rivals' which will still have 2 games apiece in each ballpark every year
 
2012-08-29 01:11:20 AM  
I wonder what rights to highlights means.

hopefully that doesent mean ESPN would be the sole highlight provider to the world.
 
2012-08-29 01:12:48 AM  
Sooner or later, someone will figure a way to watch whatever baseball game they want to without television entirely. Maybe over the internet or something.

That sure would be something, to never have to pay cable companies who in turn have to pay networks like ESPN, who in turn have to pay MLB (each taking a nice cut, of course).

I'd be willing to pay $10 to watch my choice of a live baseball game via internet. MLB should just sell that directly to consumers and screw television entirely.
 
2012-08-29 01:22:32 AM  

Balchinian: Sooner or later, someone will figure a way to watch whatever baseball game they want to without television entirely. Maybe over the internet or something.

That sure would be something, to never have to pay cable companies who in turn have to pay networks like ESPN, who in turn have to pay MLB (each taking a nice cut, of course).

I'd be willing to pay $10 to watch my choice of a live baseball game via internet. MLB should just sell that directly to consumers and screw television entirely.


Sunday and Monday (past), to celebrate it's 10th anniversary, MLB offered mlb.tv for the remainder of the season for $10

/yes, this info is useless -now-
//mlb.tv isn't without it's flaws, like the aforementioned issue with Fox Saturday games
 
2012-08-29 06:42:57 AM  

Al_Ed: How are the Red Sox doing, by the way? I don't really follow baseball...

*snicker*


heeheeheehee
 
2012-08-29 06:46:20 AM  

WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.


Wrong. At least when I had mlb.tv there were more games blacked out than showing. MLB.TV didn't show any games carried by espn or fox.

And of course, all games are blacked out in your local market.

That was a few years ago. It would nice to find out of that has changed.
 
2012-08-29 06:47:32 AM  
Plus, ANYTHING is better than watching a game on fox with joe buck and tim mccarver. I have to mute the tv when those 2 idiots are calling the game.
 
2012-08-29 07:13:46 AM  
I don't think I want to watch any more Red Sox games. If not for the Dodgers wanting to throw money around, the Sox would still be stuck with those players.
 
2012-08-29 08:09:03 AM  

Slow To Return: The_Great_Hambino: I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.

The ALWest is collectively 0.537. The ALEast is collectively 0.520.

Please explain?



Admittedly, I wasn't really thinking about the AL divisions. The NL scenario is completely valid.

I was thinking about Seattle in the ALWest, and I completely forgot that the Red Sox are horrid this year. My bad.
 
2012-08-29 09:03:20 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: Because I know you all care, this previous post has been bothering me since I tapped the add comment button.
I meant Adrian Gonzalez - a criticized complaint he made last year was too many Sunday night games.


Funny part is, I totally knew exactly what you were talking about when you said it and just noticed now what you did say.

Zombie Hitler: No more Yanks vs Sox on ESPN, please!

/Yankees fan.


Hear, hear! If it were up to me, we'd be on a permanent rotation where every stadium had to host an ESPN game before they could host another one. I don't care how bad the matchups are, or how bad ESPN wants the viewership to see it, we need to not be in the Bronx, Wrigley or Boston every third game.
 
2012-08-29 09:48:36 AM  
So, can someone quickly explain exactly what you get when you sign up for MLB.tv? I'm thinking about getting it for next season, since most of my other options (firstrow, etc) had limited and/or terrible coverage and there's no reason to pick up a cable package when all we watch is netflix/amazon on the 360 anyway.

Is there a MLB.tv app for the XBox? How does it work - buffering and such? We're on a fairly decent DSL connection - sometimes Netflix buffers, but rarely and never for very long. How do the blackout rules work? I'm currently about 2 hours from St. Louis and would be watching Cardinals games, who have probably 140 or so games a year on a Fox Sports affiliate - if the game isn't on Fox, ESPN, or MLB network, they're on Fox Sports Midwest. What about cost? I know they have different deals at different times, when is the best time to sign up? Is it just one payment up front, or monthly billing?

I know practically nothing about the service, but if they've really improved it enough so that it will work, I'm willing to give it a shot next year. Oh, and most importantly of all right now, is there a similar service for the NHL (assuming they have a season) ?
 
2012-08-29 10:21:51 AM  

The_Great_Hambino: Slow To Return: The_Great_Hambino: I was hoping that MLB would go back to an unbalanced schedule so that teams fighting for wildcard spots had the same strength of schedule. Currently, a team from the NLWest or ALWest has a much easier road to a wildcard spot than a team from the NLEast or ALEast due to the unbalanced schedule.

The ALWest is collectively 0.537. The ALEast is collectively 0.520.

Please explain?


Admittedly, I wasn't really thinking about the AL divisions. The NL scenario is completely valid.

I was thinking about Seattle in the ALWest, and I completely forgot that the Red Sox are horrid this year. My bad.


Fair enough - I thought maybe you were prematurely putting the Lastros in the ALWest. Seattle's actually been playing lights out lately.

But you're right, baseball plays enough games that division schedules, or travel times, shouldn't need to be a factor, kinda like how I imagine it was back in 1968.

But I guess there's still the whole TV / time zone issue that makes it better for the A's to play the Angels more than they play the Yankees. But I'm a Rangers fan - MLB's time zone whipping boys - so screw all that! Houston fans are about to start feeling our pain.
 
2012-08-29 10:48:22 AM  

phyrkrakr: So, can someone quickly explain exactly what you get when you sign up for MLB.tv? I'm thinking about getting it for next season, since most of my other options (firstrow, etc) had limited and/or terrible coverage and there's no reason to pick up a cable package when all we watch is netflix/amazon on the 360 anyway.

Is there a MLB.tv app for the XBox? How does it work - buffering and such? We're on a fairly decent DSL connection - sometimes Netflix buffers, but rarely and never for very long. How do the blackout rules work? I'm currently about 2 hours from St. Louis and would be watching Cardinals games, who have probably 140 or so games a year on a Fox Sports affiliate - if the game isn't on Fox, ESPN, or MLB network, they're on Fox Sports Midwest. What about cost? I know they have different deals at different times, when is the best time to sign up? Is it just one payment up front, or monthly billing?

I know practically nothing about the service, but if they've really improved it enough so that it will work, I'm willing to give it a shot next year. Oh, and most importantly of all right now, is there a similar service for the NHL (assuming they have a season) ?


I last subscribed two years ago, but at the time they had two tiers. The basic tier allowed you to watch the home broadcast on a computer and cost $20/month or $100/yr. The premier tier allowed you to watch either the home or away broadcast and also allowed you to watch on XBOX, PS3, and other devices. It cost $25/month or $120/year. They usually have deals late in the year, but their "deals" are rarely better than "sign up for the rest of the rest of the year, get $10 or $20 off.

I watched on my computer until I got a PS3 and, on the PS3, I would say buffering was relatively equivalent to Netflix: rare and more often caused by your network than the program.

All that said, if you live in a market where Cardinals games are shown on your local Fox Sports cable channel, you won't be able to watch any of their games on MLB.tv. I live in Kansas and every Royals game is blacked out, whether it airs on Fox, ESPN, or Fox Sports MW. Those are the blackout rules that typically have everybody so upset.

If the Twins weren't so terrible (and I wasn't married to a non-baseball fan) I'd probably still be subscribing.
 
2012-08-29 11:01:29 AM  

SFSailor: generalDisdain: You don't understand the blackout rules.
Example: FOX owns the rights to all games broadcast on Saturday at either the 1PM Eastern or 4PM Eastern slot.
Due to that contractual agreement, no games during that time slot will be available through MLB.tv.
Blackout rules related to location are determined by your IP secondary to any TV contracts.

Oh, I understand the blackout rules, thank you very much.

The blackout rules are simply stupid -- completely nonsensical, even.

Fox owns the rights to *multiple*games* at 1pm and 4pm.

Each local market will broadcast only a portion of those games (one, probably; two if you're lucky enough to receive broadcasts from two adjacent markets).

By definition, the rest of those games aren't "national broadcasts." There is no way for me to get them (legally / easily). Why should I have to wait for the game I am interested in to be over (+ ~90 minutes!) to watch it on MLB.tv, if I have no other way to watch it? It's not like I'm going to *have* to watch it OTA and see the ads otherwise.

All the blackout rules do, in these cases, really, is incent me to look into other ways of getting games. Seems both Fox and MLB are risking shooting themselves in the foot, to me. I know there are ways around it, but if I'm going to cheat, I might as well save the MLB.tv $$, too. And I don't want to cheat, anyway... and the PS3 interface is (reasonably) easy....

Somewhere, someone didn't think their cunning plan through all the way when they said, "yeah, here's a good idea - let's give national rights and protections to broadcasts that aren't shown nationally!" Stupid, and infuriating, and every time it happens (like the starting busy-indicator bases running *backwards*), I think to myself, "ya' know, there's probably a way to save the subscription costs and be less annoyed by myriad little and big things while doing so."


Try being in Canada! The entire country is a blackout zone for the Jays!
 
2012-08-29 11:24:24 AM  
Fine by me. In baseball, the local broadcasters are better than the ESPN/Fox tools.

Except Hawk Harrelson. He's effing horrible.
 
2012-08-29 11:40:19 AM  

WTF Indeed: With MLB TV, there is no reason to turn on ESPN.


This.

/And now that I have NFL Network, no reason to follow ESPN on that as well
//YAY ME!
 
2012-08-29 12:13:45 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Just get yourself a proxy IP from another country


Like I said, I know there are ways around it... but adding hassles / more fees is really annoying when the situation is pointlessly, wildly, profoundly, counter-productively broken.

If I'm going to agree to pay more, I'd be willing to pay ~$1/game for "blacked out" broadcasts, as long as I got to choose the exact broadcast format I want (announcers/feed), and the ~$1 went to the organization whose feed I was watching, not Fox or MLB.

But, yeah, at some point I'm'a probably start cheating... it just seems ridiculous to me that the current setup *actively*encourages* it amongst out-of-market fans, rather than rewarding their loyalty or allowing teams to build their bases.

(Unless there are free proxies that actually work out there, like, permanent IP addresses with no throttling... if there are, lemme know!)

rugman11: So the game wasn't being shown anywhere in Kansas and yet I was still blacked out of MLB.tv.


daverzzz: Try being in Canada! The entire country is a blackout zone for the Jays!


I had you Canadians' back -- I hit quote on rugman's comment before I saw yours. The "block the whole country cuz there's a team in it" "decision" is yet another in the long string of, "no, seriously, does the same band of chimpanzees run Netflix and MLB?" debate.

Basily Gourt: I have to mute the tv when those 2 idiots are calling the game.


Allow me to suggest a tip I learned on Fark many moons ago: Get yourself a surround sound system for your tv, if you don't have one already. Before Buck even appears on screen, unplug the center channel. Et voila, pretty much just "ballpark background sounds" through the rest of the speakers. Worked like a charm, but last time I used it was years ago... so they may have changed their mix. Still, worth a shot.
 
2012-08-29 02:12:12 PM  

phyrkrakr: Oh, and most importantly of all right now, is there a similar service for the NHL (assuming they have a season) ?


Everyone else has said what I think so I'll just answer this part:

NHL Gamecenter Live is the NHL version of MLB.tv. It's very good value, IMO. It's $20-25 per month for the whole season and when I was subscribed to it, they let me pay monthly despite buying a season package. And everything was in HD quality, unlike the PPV package.

/Only gave it up to save money
//Would still have it otherwise
 
2012-08-29 02:32:33 PM  

rugman11: All that said, if you live in a market where Cardinals games are shown on your local Fox Sports cable channel, you won't be able to watch any of their games on MLB.tv. I live in Kansas and every Royals game is blacked out, whether it airs on Fox, ESPN, or Fox Sports MW. Those are the blackout rules that typically have everybody so upset.


Ah, this would be a problem. I'm less than 200 miles from St. Louis, so FSMW most definitely the local cable channel. If those games are blacked out, then I'm not going to see anything at all. Guess I'll just keep ripping it off, then.

desertgeek: NHL Gamecenter Live is the NHL version of MLB.tv. It's very good value, IMO. It's $20-25 per month for the whole season and when I was subscribed to it, they let me pay monthly despite buying a season package. And everything was in HD quality, unlike the PPV package.


Are there any blackout restrictions on NHL Gamecenter? Do they have an XBox app, or is it all on the computer? If it's on the computer, it's not that big of a deal (yay HDMI cable+laptop) but it would be nice if I didn't have to mess with it.
 
2012-08-29 02:37:50 PM  

phyrkrakr: rugman11: All that said, if you live in a market where Cardinals games are shown on your local Fox Sports cable channel, you won't be able to watch any of their games on MLB.tv. I live in Kansas and every Royals game is blacked out, whether it airs on Fox, ESPN, or Fox Sports MW. Those are the blackout rules that typically have everybody so upset.

Ah, this would be a problem. I'm less than 200 miles from St. Louis, so FSMW most definitely the local cable channel. If those games are blacked out, then I'm not going to see anything at all. Guess I'll just keep ripping it off, then.

desertgeek: NHL Gamecenter Live is the NHL version of MLB.tv. It's very good value, IMO. It's $20-25 per month for the whole season and when I was subscribed to it, they let me pay monthly despite buying a season package. And everything was in HD quality, unlike the PPV package.

Are there any blackout restrictions on NHL Gamecenter? Do they have an XBox app, or is it all on the computer? If it's on the computer, it's not that big of a deal (yay HDMI cable+laptop) but it would be nice if I didn't have to mess with it.


If the game is on national TV or airing in your local market, it will be blacked out. But you can watch it on the archives starting either 24 or 48 hrs later. And as far as I know, it's only internet and mobile devices at the moment.
 
2012-08-29 02:41:32 PM  
Well, I did some more looking after posting the above, and here's the blackout rules:

Link

Looks like the local games are blacked out no matter what. If you have the premium service, they're available right after the game, otherwise 90 minutes later. And all playoff games are blacked out for mlb.tv - you have to sign up for their postseason package, then you can get all of the postseason games live.

Sounds like utter bullshiat to me, so I doubt they'll ever get my money.
 
2012-08-30 07:49:55 AM  

SFSailor: Why Would I Read the Article: Just get yourself a proxy IP from another country

Like I said, I know there are ways around it... but adding hassles / more fees is really annoying when the situation is pointlessly, wildly, profoundly, counter-productively broken.

If I'm going to agree to pay more, I'd be willing to pay ~$1/game for "blacked out" broadcasts, as long as I got to choose the exact broadcast format I want (announcers/feed), and the ~$1 went to the organization whose feed I was watching, not Fox or MLB.

But, yeah, at some point I'm'a probably start cheating... it just seems ridiculous to me that the current setup *actively*encourages* it amongst out-of-market fans, rather than rewarding their loyalty or allowing teams to build their bases.

(Unless there are free proxies that actually work out there, like, permanent IP addresses with no throttling... if there are, lemme know!)

rugman11: So the game wasn't being shown anywhere in Kansas and yet I was still blacked out of MLB.tv.

daverzzz: Try being in Canada! The entire country is a blackout zone for the Jays!

I had you Canadians' back -- I hit quote on rugman's comment before I saw yours. The "block the whole country cuz there's a team in it" "decision" is yet another in the long string of, "no, seriously, does the same band of chimpanzees run Netflix and MLB?" debate.

Basily Gourt: I have to mute the tv when those 2 idiots are calling the game.

Allow me to suggest a tip I learned on Fark many moons ago: Get yourself a surround sound system for your tv, if you don't have one already. Before Buck even appears on screen, unplug the center channel. Et voila, pretty much just "ballpark background sounds" through the rest of the speakers. Worked like a charm, but last time I used it was years ago... so they may have changed their mix. Still, worth a shot.


I'll have to give that a shot the next time the yankees/red sox are on fox. Thanks for the tip!
 
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