DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) announced a deal, with major league baseball that allows subscribers to gain access to extra MBL innings.
The premium service will provide up to 100 games every week. Most of the games are out-of-market viewings. Additionally, the contract will give subscribers full access to the games on a live basis as well as access to MLB TV. Subscribers can also catch the games on demand using multiple devices. This will ensure that subscribers are well catered for and give them an opportunity to keep up with the game.
Dish added that the new contract will open up opportunities for in-market streaming of the major league baseball games in the future.
The contract is expected to extend beyond one year though the length of the contract has not been officially announced. Contractual terms also involve the distribution agreement, which DISH is expected to honor through its DISH anywhere website and the DISH anywhere app.
Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming, said that it was important and necessary for fans to have the extra Major league baseball innings. The move has come as a welcome relief as the company has not had the package for extra innings since 2006. This means the company can now compete better with its rival, DIRECTTV, which has had extra winnings all along.
Despite the good news, the two sides are said to be in a bit of disagreement as to who will take charge of the in-market offering. DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) does not plan on including the in-market streaming service unless the deal between the sports networks and the league is reached.
Though DISH did not mention anything about Sling TV, which is the company’s new streaming service, there is speculation that the extra innings package will also be offered on sling.
DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) will start to air its extra innings package as of April 6 to April 12. The package will be aired freely during this duration, and a subscription fee will ensue after that duration.