Friday, May 06, 2005


This doesn't clear anything up.

Operators of MLB.TV, which allows fans to watch live baseball games on the Internet, said this week it has ceased offering online broadcasts of Washington Nationals games to local viewers as a result of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network's recent carriage deal with DirecTV. MLB Advanced Media had no word on the fate of fans who already subscribed to the service at $14.95 a month.

MLB.TV, a product designed to mirror the Extra Innings out-of-market TV package, had taken the unprecedented step of offering a specialized block of Nationals games to in-market fans. But Nationals president Tony Tavares said the move violated the rights of both the club and MASN, and the offer was abruptly canceled.

"To make such an offer, you need the permission of both the team and the [TV] rights-holder, and to my knowledge, they had neither. They definitely didn't have it from us," Tavares said.

Alright... so they've killed that offer. Is the blackout coming back? I want answers, damnit!


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