While MLB struck a deal with iN Demand, and the consortium of cable providers that fall within it, DISH and other providers, such as Cablevision, Charter Communications, Insight Communications, Mediacom Communications, and a host of other distributors have not been allowed to broadcast MLB Extra Innings until individual agreements are reached over the forthcoming The Baseball Channel slated to launch in 2009.
Many of the providers have agreements with iN Demand to allow for Extra Innings to be accessed via pay-per-view, but iN Demand's agreement late Weds. night does not include these providers.
MLB will not be granting agreements to any provider that does not place The Baseball Channel on the basic tier.
As we reported prior, until agreements are reached, many providers are offering deep discounts or full rebates for MLB.TV, MLB's online offering for out-of-market games.
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