Major League Baseball is holding the line on the 2018 price for MLB.TV, the league’s online package of out-of-market games.
Update: After posting the same price for 2018 during the 2017 holidays, MLB this month raised it to $115.99, which represents a $3 increase over 2017. As you can see from the picture above, the 2018 price was set at $112.99 in December 2017 and January 2018.
In addition, the MLB.TV page in December and January said the $112.99 price would be effective until 2019. However, the league this month decided to raise it afterall for the 2018 season. There was no announcement from MLB on the price change.
The MLB.TV premium subscription last year cost $112.99 for the entire season. This year, the cost remains the same: $112.99.
For that price, a subscriber can watch every 2018 out-of-market game on 400 supported devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, computers, smart phones and tablets, among others.
In addition, the $112.99 entitles you to watch more than 250 spring training games without blackouts, and full-game archives of every 2017 regular season content via on demand.
MLB.TV also offers a single-team plan (local blackout rules apply) for $87.49 for the entire 2018 season. This enables you to follow a single team without paying the $112.99 price for all games and all teams (minus your local teams.).
While fans will likely appreciate MLB holding the price on the 2018 edition of MLB.TV, the league could only raise it so much, even if it wanted to.
Due to the settlement of a class action lawsuit brought by fans, the MLB.TV price can only increase by either three percent each year, or the annual national cost-of-living adjustment rate, dependent on which is higher, according to Sports Business Journal.
— Phillip Swann