Changes coming to MLB TV after Class Action Settlement reached

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Update the legal settlement has been posted online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/296095795/Garber-v-MLB-Settlement-Agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday to expand the menu of online packages for televised games and lower prices. The deal came…

Major League Baseball has settled with a group of fans who, in 2012, brought a class-action lawsuit against the league for restricting in-market live game streaming options, perpetuating  arcane blackout rules, and driving up prices along the way.

Starting in 2016, the overall cost of MLB.TV premium will drop $15 from $124.99 to $109.99 and a new $89 single-team package will be available.

What it does not do is lift the Major League Baseball’s decades-old blackout rules, or for that matter re-draw the outdated market boundary maps, but this settlement does provide some wiggle room going forward.

As MLB moves to make deals with regional sports networks such as Fox Sports, Root, and other networks which hold local broadcast rights for individual teams, the availability of in-market streaming will become a reality soon, provided the MLB.TV subscriber also has a cable subscription.

Starting in July of 2016, MLB.TV subscribers who also are cable TV subscribers to an in-market team’s regional sports network will be able to watch the away team’s broadcast feed for an extra $10.

But a true cord cutters dream: an in-market streaming subscription without a cable TV is not happening. That revenue sucking idea was written into the settlement as a future consideration of sorts, a “we’ll let you know”, it appears. As of now, you’re going to need a real cable subscription to get your in-market game on MLB.TV.

Note: At the time of this writing, MLB.TV’s subscription page has yet to be updated with the new pricing but 2016 subscriptions should be available before Spring Training. 

Source: As trial was to start, settlement reached in MLB TV dispute