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A year ago I wrote about, how even though I moved, how thanks to technology I was able to remain home (that’s NYC). In the post, I noted that I was able to watch a month’s worth of Yankees games via MLB.tv thanks to a $5 Groupon offer. It was pretty awesome but keeping the service going after the deal was over was just too rich for me. Luckily a number of NY Yankees games have been broadcast locally on ESPN, Fox and TBS. These stations know which team is the best in baseball so they show the team as often as possible.
Today I’ve learned that the MLB has reduced the prices of their MLB.tv plans by $10. Naturally a month of the season is over so it makes sense to reduce the price. The basic MLB.tv plan is $89 and the premium plan is $109. The premium plan includes audio from both home and away teams, dvr controls and multi-game view so you can watch up to 4 games at once.
MLB.tv is now also offering a mobile device plan for $49 for the balance of the season. The plan is good for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and some Android devices. The mobile only plan is limited but does allow you to listen to both home and away audio (this is actually a pretty cool feature).
It’s important to remember that if you order MLB.tv, you can only watch out-of-market games. Blackouts are determined by IP address on both the desktop and mobile versions.
It’s also important to note that if you are a Red Sox or Mets fan, your pricing is double the listed rates. This is due to a special “we wish we were as good as the Yankees” tax on those specific teams.
While I am unsure why anyone would want to watch the World Series now that the Yankees stepped aside as a show of good faith, if you are a Cablevision customer, you will want to read on. Fox and News Corp. have been blocking access to Fox 5 and My9 in the NYC area. Cablevision calls the move by Fox and News Corp., “an act of corporate greed”.
Today Cablevision announced an offer to provide a full rebate so Cablevision customers can purchase the ability to watch the World Series online. The subscription is purchased via the MLB website and actually offers more than what you would get by watching on television alone. You can also watch via your Apple iPod, iPad or iPhone and there’s also the option to watch a variety of different cameras at any time.
Here are the details of the offer:
Offer for all Residential and Business customers who may or may not have previously subscribed to Postseason.tv. To receive $10.00 credit, proof of order must be sent in an e-mail to JerichoQA@cablevision.com, fax to 201-405-1804, or mail to Cablevision, Quality Assurance Dept., 200 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho, NY 11753. Include the order confirmation e-mail from MLB.com Subscription along with subscriber name, address, phone number and account number. Proof of purchase must be submitted by 12/26/10. Allow 2 billing cycles to receive your credit. Cablevision employees are not eligible. Offer expires at the end of the World Series.
Alternatively, you could just stick a set of rabbit ears on your television and watch the World Series old school.