Seems that some customers of MLB Extra Innings—the television package that allows you to watch out-of-market games—are not gaining access to High Definition programming in some areas. One reader of The Biz of Baseball in the Charlotte, NC area reports that they are unable to watch Extra Innings in HD through Time Warner. As the customer reports to us, Time Warner is stating that MLB is not allowing the HD programming in their area.
Below are two PDF files regarding iN Demand, channel availability and HD programming notes.
One is the letter accompanying the iN Demand agreement with MLB and DirecTV (PDF) and has some information that might be of interest in regards to the news reported yesterday: Channels 11-14 have yet to be made available.
The other is a PDF listing the games that are/were supposed to be made available in HD (PDF).
Back to the memo at the time of the announcement, here are some details from it:
Channels GAME11-14 Reminder: As of January 22nd, four (4) additional GAME channels were added to the AMC1/13 multiplex in order to address both the NHL and MLB overlap period & the amount of simultaneous games available as part of MLB EXTRA INNINGS throughout the season. For those systems that have not yet launched the additional four (4) GAME channels, we urge you to submit an authorization form and launch the channels as soon as possible since MLB games will be scheduled on these channels. Please contact your affiliate representative for the appropriate forms.
MLB EXTRA INNINGS HD Games: iN DEMAND will again be providing a High-Definition version of select games already included in the MLB EXTRA INNINGS package. These bonus HD games (approximately 5 per week) should be made available to all existing package subscribers with HD set-tops and television sets. Please see the “MLBXI-HD Operational/Technical Information” section below for more detail
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