DISH Now Offering MLB EXTRA INNINGS
Authenticated MLB.TV access with MLB EXTRA INNINGS
Renews long-term carriage of MLB Network
Includes digital rights for MLB Network and MLB Network Strike Zone
NEW YORK & ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Network L.L.C., Major
League Baseball (MLB) and MLB
Advanced Media (MLBAM) have reached a wide-ranging multi-year
agreement that includes the launch of MLB EXTRA INNINGS on DISH,
including authenticated access to the #1 LIVE streaming sports service, MLB.TV.
The deal also sets the stage for in-market streaming of MLB games in the
future. DISH and MLB Network also reached a multi-year renewal agreement
for continued carriage of MLB
Network and MLB
Network Strike Zone, including digital rights for those channels on
DISHAnywhere.com and via the DISH AnywhereTM app.
"We're excited that DISH customers will continue to have access to
exclusive games and the latest news and analysis with MLB Network and
MLB Network Strike Zone," said Rob McGlarry, MLB Network president.
"We're pleased to expand our relationship with MLB Network," said Warren
Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming. "MLB EXTRA
INNINGS is a must-have for displaced fans, and we're excited to offer it
in time for the season to begin."
The agreement provides a path for consumers to have authenticated access
to stream live in-market games on digital properties from MLB, local
programmers and pay-TV providers. In-market live streaming would require
additional agreements between the parties including DISH, MLBAM and
programmers with local TV rights of MLB games.
MLB Network (channel 152) will continue to be available starting in
DISH's America's Top 200 programming package as well as in Multi-Sport
Pack. MLB Network Strike Zone (channel 153) will continue to be
available in Multi-Sport Pack.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS (channel 476 on DISH's Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR,
starting on channel 900 for customers with other set-top-boxes) will be
in free preview for all DISH customers starting Opening Day, April 6-12.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS is available for the 2015 season for $195, and
subscribers to the package will soon have access to the Technology &
Engineering Emmy Award winning MLB.TV. This enables authenticated
subscribers to watch every out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand on more
than 400 supported devices.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
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About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the oldest professional sports league in
the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and
Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major
League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and the
last decade includes all 10 of the best-attended individual seasons by
fans in MLB history, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million
mark. Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently
features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry
revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in
American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact
in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world,
perpetuating the sport's larger role in society and permeating every
facet of baseball's business, marketing and community relations
endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB
Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy
America's National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information
on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.
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Source: DISH Network L.L.C.
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