MLB.TV and the NHL Team Up in Viewing Package

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On February 9, two of America’s premium sports

leagues made an agreement. MLB.TV agreed with the National Hockey League (NHL) that they were going to be partners in a television package that would combine their two products into one subscription.

According to a press release, the deal will start on

February 16. Among the games included in the agreement are over 100 Spring Training games, the first two rounds of the World Baseball Classic, every regular season game and up to 40 out of market NHL games and some playoff games.

This program will be available for a one time fee of $139.95. This is about $40 cheaper than if a fan were to purchase each of the two individual packages separately. Most of the viewing in this agreement would be done online through the league’s respective websites.

According to President Bob Bowman, the partnership is “an important initial step in the future of online subscription programming for valuable content providers.”

MLB.TV is currently in its seventh season and has over a million total subscribers. The company plans to feature significant upgrades to their product in 2009 to make fans more likely to purchase the package. These new upgrades include DVR functionality, multi game viewing options and home and away feeds for every game on the network. was first established in 2000 to centralize all of the MLB’s internet operations. They have continued to grow since that time and their features of MLB.TV brought in over 500,000 subscribers during the 2008 season.

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  1. BillJordan

    February 14, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    If anyone has ever ordered a viewing package from MLB.TV, please share your thoughts on it here.

    Please check out BillJordan’s last blog post..The Indians Add Another Cy Young Award Winner!

  2. Ace

    February 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Are there really that many folks who double as hardcore MLB fans and hardcore NHL fans?

    Please check out Ace’s last blog post..Rich Harden is Kerry Wood is Mark Prior!

  3. BillJordan

    February 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    I’m not sure I can say I have ever met one, but it really is a steal if it is compared to the original prices. Of course, one would have to watch a lot of both sports to make it worth while.

    Please check out BillJordan’s last blog post..The Indians Add Another Cy Young Award Winner!

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