Comcast has revealed at its web site that its ‘early bird’ price for the 2018 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $163.96, which is roughly $9 (and 5.8 percent) higher than its 2017 pre-season price

The cable operator’s price for the package of out-of-market games is still $9.99 less than what DIRECTV is now charging ($173.97) and $11.04 less than what Dish is charging ($175). (DIRECTV and Dish also raised the price of their Extra Innings plans this year.)

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However, as they did in the previous three seasons, DIRECTV and Dish are bundling the MLB.TV service for free with the Extra Innings package.

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MLB.TV, which starts at $115.99 this season, allows subscribers to watch the games over the Internet on connected devices.

The MLB Extra Innings plan offers up to 100 out-of-market games a week. League blackouts still apply, meaning a subscriber can not watch his or her local team via the plan.

Verizon has set a price of $199 for its MLB Extra Innings package, which also includes MLB.TV for free. Charter and Cox are both charging $173.99, but do not include the streaming plan as part of the deal.

Verizon’s price of $199 for the plan is the same rate it charged for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of Extra Innings. However, the price is well above the cost of the plan if purchased through its rivals.

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— Phillip Swann