Those that have Comcast as their carrier for MLB Extra Innings will, yet again, find that HD is not an option for them.
Subscribers that have contacted Comcast inquiring as to whether Extra Innings will be shown this season have been informed that they will not, “due to bandwidth issues.”
This is the same commentary that was delivered to customers last year.
The Business of Sports Network contacted Comcast’s corporate communications earlier in the week in an effort to get a definitive explanation as to why the carrier is not showing games in High-Def, as “lack of bandwidth” seems vague, at best.
As of publication, Comcast has yet to reply.
However, TV Predictions published an article outlining what we have heard from readers, in addition to more details from Comcast:
Asked why, [Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer] said it wasn't because the cable operator didn't have room on its system for the HD games which require more capacity.
"It's most likely because we don't have an agreement to carry it in HD," she said.
As mentioned, we look forward to hearing exactly why Comcast is not carrying EI in High-Definition.
As for those using DirecTV as their carrier, the news is much better. As further reported by TV Predictions:
DIRECTV has said it will offer up to 40 Extra Innings games a week in HD, although the high-def coverage will cost an additional $50 over the standard package of $179.
For those keeping score, DirecTV carried 10 games in HD last season.
As we reported extensively last year, EchoStar’s DISH Network was not part of the group of carriers that reached agreement with MLB to provide MLB Extra Innings. The providers that did reach agreement to carry EI, and partner with MLB on the upcoming MLB Network are:
- Charter Communications
- iNDemand (Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership, Comcast iN Demand Holdings Corp and Cox Communication)
Those looking for the SuperFan Package, will only find that package available via DirecTV. That package includes:
MLB EXTRA INNINGS HD Games
Up to 40 games a week in HD
To access SUPERFAN HD programming, a 5-LNB Multi-Satellite Dish, a DIRECTV HD Receiver, HD television equipment and HD Access Fee ($9.99/mo.) are required.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS Game Mix
Eight games on a single screen.
Actual number of games varies by market. Blackout restrictions and other conditions apply.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS STRIKE ZONE CHANNEL™
Advertised as, “the best plays from around the league.”
Strike Zone Channel broadcast three days per week.
An extensive list of every cable operator that will be carrying the upcoming MLB Network, is available to those registered and logged into The Biz of Baseball here:
See our extensive section on MLB Extra Innings, and the upcoming MLB Network, slated to launch in 2009