Saturday, January 20, 2007

Extra Innings Gone From Cable

Last season, I got the Extra Innings baseball package on my cable system, for $149. I got most out-of-town games, and it was great. It was cool to see Red Sox games that I didn't see at Professor Thom's. It was also great to see games late night on a typical June or July night when there was nothing much else on.

But the word has come down that Extra Innings will NOT be offered on cable again, and it will be shown exclusively on DirecTV. And it was also announced that the Baseball Channel, a 24-hour all baseball network, will be offered on DirecTV only. A dream for all baseball nuts like myself will only happen if you've got a satellite dish.

Bah humbug. Another lousy trend. Anything to bleed the American consumer out of more money.

For more on all of this, check out this article in The New York Times:

I still can't get the NFL Network here because Cablevision, which I have, can't negotiate a deal to bring it on their systems, and now I can't get Extra Innings in 2007 unless I go out and get a satellite dish.

I guess I'll be spending even more time in the bar watching the Red Sox in 2007.


Christine E. said...

Hey Quinn:

Probably a stupid question, but can't get a dish where you are, huh?

I dropped cable about 4 years ago for Direct TV and it was the best thing I ever did....although I hate how now Extra Innings isn't exclusively NESN for Sox games anymore..some of the commentators for other teams are abysmal..we don't know how good we have it with Rem-Dawg and DO..

Hope you are well....Congrats on your 500th post the other day!

The Omnipotent Q said...

Thanks for the kind words Christine...

I can get a dish where I am, but people I know who have one have had nothing but problems with it, and I rather like the cable I have now. I guess I don't want to go throught all the hassle...

Peter N said...

Hi Christine...I remember your cable/sat. troubles. And Q...I've read about this, and if you want my opinion, well, I do not want to write those adjectives. And who knows? Maybe something will change? But from what I've heard, TV and money wins out over the dedicated people like us. I'm lucky enough to live in NESN land....but I feel for you. And.....go Pats! CBS only! And hi C.

Michael Leggett said...

Well, Q:

Either it's Professor Thom's Or The Hairy Monk, or a Trip to up around Peter N to watch NESN;

Congratulations on your 500th "Homer".