December 29, 2008

The MLB Network: Visibility and credibility are crucial to the MLB Network's success. Some cable systems have been running the channel for several weeks to give viewers a sneak peek at loops of World Series recaps and other highlights. The official launch is New Year's Day at 6 p.m. ET when a daily one-hour Hot Stove show debuts.

posted by BoKnows to baseball at 11:04 PM - 8 comments

I do this paying off. The indoor field looks great and realistic and the revolving anchor desk sounds awesome! As far as reporting baseball with all of this new technology, I truly cannot wait to see this unfold. I know that I'll be watching.

posted by BornIcon at 08:00 AM on December 30, 2008

I'm looking forward to this. The Opening Day feature -- the full telecast of Don Larsen's 1956 World Series perfect game, with play-by-play by Mel Allen and Vin Scully and the original commercials -- sounds great.

Opening in 50 million homes is pretty amazing, particularly when you consider the struggle the NFL Network has had building a basic-tier audience.

posted by rcade at 09:11 AM on December 30, 2008

I wish I could get this. I'd love to see this.

posted by Drood at 04:12 PM on December 30, 2008

How much will it cost extra?

posted by jasonspaceman at 04:24 PM on December 30, 2008

Is this the same channel that broadcasts the ballgames? Does anyone know if there will be an extra charge for this channel?

posted by ultrayankee at 10:05 PM on December 30, 2008

Does anyone know if there will be an extra charge for this channel?

With the success of the NFL Network and NBA TV, I think it's safe to assume that there will be a price tag attached to this channel.

posted by BornIcon at 08:18 AM on December 31, 2008

I think the MLB Network is basic tier on most cable and satellite systems.

posted by rcade at 09:13 AM on December 31, 2008

I get my TV through Time Warner Cable and MLB Network is on the basic service. Looks good so far. Just watched Don Larsen's perfect game, and Bob Costas had Larsen and Yogi Berra there in the studio talking about the game. I never knew that at that time, Larsen had no idea there was anything in baseball known as a "perfect game." He only thought he'd thrown a really good no-hitter, and didn't hear until afterwards that what he had thrown was considered a perfect game. At that time, the last one thrown had been decades earlier, and there was really no way of hearing about all these things and the history of the game, etc. like there is today.

posted by dyams at 09:57 AM on January 02, 2009

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