Q. I just finished the baseball season watching MLB.TV and I really liked it. Do you know how much it will cost next season? I may renew, but I have to watch my spending in 2019. — Roger, Dallas.
I agree, Roger. MLB.TV, which streams around 100 out-of-market MLB games every week during the regular season, is a terrific package.
Although the plan doesn’t deliver the games of your in-market teams, it does provide both the home and road broadcast of every other team as well as other convenient features such as archives of past games. You can also stream the games on roughly 400 different devices, including your TV if it’s connected to the Internet.
However, before you consider renewing, you might want to cancel MLB.TV today. Yes, cancel. And here’s why.
First, MLB.TV cost $115.99 for the 2018 season, but the league has yet to set a price for the 2019 season. It usually waits until January before revealing the new season’s cost.
Second, MLB.TV’s 2018 season plan includes an auto-renewal feature, which means you will automatically be renewed for the 2019 season on March 1 2019 at the 2018 regular season price.
So if you think you can handle the 2018 price, then the auto-renewal feature is a good deal. You’re locked in at the 2018 rate.
But as you ponder your 2019 budget, and you’re unsure if you can afford to renew MLB.TV for the next season, you might want to cancel the plan now to avoid getting billed next March.
Now you might say you’ll just wait to cancel next year before the 2019 season begins. But I can’t tell you how many people forget they have a MLB.TV subscription during the winter, and don’t remember until they get a automatic renewal bill on their credit card in March.
If you cancel now, you can always sign up again before the 2019 season.
And don’t worry too much about losing your 2018 rate if you cancel now. The league rarely raises the price of MLB.TV by more than a few dollars a season.
So if what I just said sounds reasonable to you, Roger, here’s a link on how you can opt-out of auto-renewal.
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