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Old 07-13-09, 06:01 PM   #1
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I just want decent baseball, is that too much to ask???

Its got to be simpler than this.

I have a 50" plasma, a TiVo HD expanded to 1GB, and an antenna. I get tons of uncompressed awesome broadcast TV. Life is good and it is $10 a month for the TiVo.

I also use MLB.tv. That, my friends, sucks a big one. Bad sound, stutters in the stream (although the HD is pretty good). Plus, they screw up on frustrating things that are hard to explain - like if you start while the live game is playing then pause after it has ended then you can't access the stream anymore and have to wait 2 hours for the "archive" to be ready.

So, I've got an unused satellite dish on my house and a cable coming to my TV Computer (for internet). Both DirecTV and Time Warner sell MLB Extra Innings. Awesome.

Here's where the suck comes in. You have to buy a freaking "base package" before you can add the sports package. I'm not spending $40 a month for crap I don't need so I can spend $200 for crap I do.

Why can't these media companies understand that the world has changed and people no longer need their "bundles"

I am a free, waiting to be had $200 a year for whatever company wants me. Neither of them do, so instead I have to get garbage service from the MLB.

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Old 07-13-09, 06:09 PM   #2
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Holy hell, $200 for baseball?!
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Season tickets and a baseball city! It doesn't even have to be a good baseball city. You can't beat live, well other than the $8.00 beers
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you may as well ask for a pitcher (as opposed to, say, a belly itcher)
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decent baseball
I didn't realize there was such a thing.

As far as the price goes, the rationale that the companies would use to justify it is that one can quickly spend that amount attending just a few of those insanely-overpriced games.
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to quote a fellow I know - when offered free tickets to an MLB game:

"Death?" <holds open left hand in front of him>
slight pause
"Baseball?" <holds open right hand in front of him>
slight pause
"Baseball?" <lowers right hand slightly, and correspondingly raises left>
slight pause
"Death?" <reverses the motion>
not quite so long pause
"I'll go with death".

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