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MLB.tv to review foolhardy blackout policy in 2015

MLB.tv, in theory, was a good idea. Pay $120, get access to all MLB games for an entire season. For anybody in the habit of getting cable just to watch baseball, it was a salvation. Now, baseball fans could get their fix without getting jacked up by Comcast every 30 days. Is there a more satisfying feeling than not giving money to one of the sickest corporate jokes in the country? No, there is not.

MLB.tv to review foolhardy blackout policy in 2015

Catch the fever! (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Catch the fever! (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

MLB.tv, in theory, was a good idea. Pay $120, get access to all MLB games for an entire season. For anybody in the habit of getting cable just to watch baseball, it was a salvation. Now, baseball fans could get their fix without getting jacked up by Comcast every 30 days. Is there a more satisfying feeling than not giving money to one of the sickest corporate jokes in the country? No, there is not.

Of course, nothing could be that perfect. MLB.tv has yet to prove it has the awareness to offer something to fans without simultaneously being withholding. 

MLB.tv has featured in-market blackouts for locals, so that if you were one of the fans located in the same region as your favorite team, well, you couldn't watch them. You live within five hours of your team's stadium, so what are you watching on TV for, anyway?

But hey, MLB.tv is rethinking this policy for 2015. For some, it would take very little rethinking. "Don't do it anymore," is a pretty simple concept, but understand that while MLB.tv attempts to correct this grevious misgiving, they are simultaneously contemplating how to replace it with another, possibly even more irritating grevious misgiving.

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From Awful Announcing:

"During an interview this week, MLBAM head Bob Bowman said that he is “optimistic” that a deal could be reached soon to allow fans to watch in-market games on MLB.tv. However, as always, there’s a catch – users would need a cable/satellite subscription to watch those games, so cord cutters would still be out of luck."

Maybe soon, they'll be rethinking the shifty policy of automatic resubscribes, in which they take money out of your account for you without much notification.

"Oh, did you not want to spend this $120 on MLB.tv to not watch your favorite team for another season? Sorry, we were just trying to help."

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