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MLB Network Launches Strike Zone Service with Four Distributors

TWC, Bright House, DirecTV, Dish At Bat with Ad Hoc Look-in, Highlights Channel

Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 4/10/2012 12:32:21 PM


MLB Network is set to throw out the first pitch tonight on a new ad hoc, look-in channel that will bow with a quartet of distributors.

Beginning April 10 at 7 p.m., MLB Network Strike Zone, akin to the NFL Network's NFL RedZone and DirecTV's Red Zone, will provide live look-ins and highlights on Tuesday and Friday nights, when MLB Network is presenting its live game action.

MLB Network has inked Strike Zone affiliate deals, terms of which were undisclosed, with Time Warner Cable, Bright House Network, DirecTV and Dish Network. The cable companies and DirecTV have an equity stake in MLB Network. An MLB Network spokeswoman said carriage conversations are ongoing with other distributors.

Strike Zone will be offered as part of DirecTV's Sports Pack and MLB Extra Innings package, and via Dish's Multi-Sport Pack.

On the cable side, Bright House is setting up Strike Zone for its customers in Bakersfield, Calif. (channel 1124), Birmingham, Ala. (464) and Indianapolis (425), as well as Orlando and Tampa (1143).

For its part, Time Warner Cable will make Strike Zone iavailable to subscribers in a large swatch of its systems: Albany, Austin, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee/Green Bay, New York City, Palm Springs, Portland, Raleigh, Rochester, San Antonio, San Diego, Syracuse and Waco.

"MLB Network Strike Zone will provide baseball fans with the award-winning coverage of all 30 clubs they've come to rely on from MLB Network," said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network in announcing the service. "We're excited to continue to expand the reach and scope of MLB Network's programming."

Last week, MLB Network launched on the former Insight Communications systems, which were bought by Time Warner Cable. The 670,000 customer adds lifted MLB Network's count to some 70 million subscribers.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...stributors.php
post #2 of 18
This channel is now live on DIRECTV channel 719(MLBSZ).
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I'm assuming HD?
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

I'm assuming HD?

Yes, TWC and Brighthouse are carrying it exclusively in HD and Dish Network is carrying it in SD and HD. Directv I know for sure is carrying the HD feed not sure about SD though.
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Excellent!
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So with D*, do you have to have Extra Innings to get this, or can you just have the Sports Pak and get it?
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So with D*, do you have to have Extra Innings to get this, or can you just have the Sports Pak and get it?

I believe it's either or as I don't have the Sports Pack but I do have MLBEI and I'm seeing the channel.
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I believe it's either or as I don't have the Sports Pack but I do have MLBEI and I'm seeing the channel.

I'm going to assume that you can just have the Sports Pack since the channel is available via Dish, and they do not have EI.
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I'm going to assume that you can just have the Sports Pack since the channel is available via Dish, and they do not have EI.

Yes, apparently so.
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There's a web version similar to MLB Strike Zone called Full Count.
http://sports.yahoo.com/full-count/?href=3
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mlb.c...516137922?mt=8
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Looks like Comcast customers are left out.
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Looks like Comcast customers are left out.

For a channel that's only "on-air" for 2 nights a week I can understand them not adding it, especially if bandwidth space is tight already.
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Of course they have plenty of room for Red Zone...
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Yes, and I suppose they can just use a PPV channel for the nights SZ airs. Maybe the price wasn't right for Comcast, although if TW is carrying it it's hard to imagine Comcast would have an issue with the price.
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Yes, and I suppose they can just use a PPV channel for the nights SZ airs. Maybe the price wasn't right for Comcast, although if TW is carrying it it's hard to imagine Comcast would have an issue with the price.

might have to do with TWC having SDV implemented where they can add HD channels on the fly without having to rearrange QAMs or reclaim analogs to add new channels. SDV is really good for channels like this one as well as international channels that are not always viewed. Not all TWC systems got Strike Zone Yesterday but about 80%-90% of them did.
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Originally Posted by bruin95 View Post

I'm going to assume that you can just have the Sports Pack since the channel is available via Dish, and they do not have EI.

I don't have EI, any sports package or MLB Network (with Dish), and I'm getting it, so they're probably giving everyone a free preview of it.
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MLB Network Strike Zone is only Tuesday and Friday and on TV only.
Do they use the MLB Network studio and talent?

MLB Full Count broadcasts every day and is free on the internet or smart phone apps.
They use a host that is audio only with no studio video.
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