Q. I subscribed to the MLB.TV package last year and I’m thinking about re-upping this year. But I’m not sure. Is there anything I should know about this year’s plan that’s different? Is the price higher? I’m not sure I have the budget for it this year. — Mike, Arlington, Virginia.
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, if you’re not sure about renewing — and you’re concerned about your budget — you better cancel sometime between now and Thursday.
Why do I say that?
MLB.TV’s 2018 season plan included an auto-renewal feature, which means you will automatically be renewed for the 2019 season this Friday, March 1, 2019, at the 2018 regular season price of $115.99.
That’s just four days from now. If you don’t cancel by then, you’re on the hook for the 2019 season. So whether you decide to renew or not, your decision will be made for you on Friday. There’s no cancellations after that point.
The good news here is that MLB.TV has raised its price to $118.99 for the 2019 season. So you will save $3 if you allow the auto-renewal to go forward. 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 on Friday.
If you cancel this week, 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. Again, the increase for 2019 is just $3.
So if what I just said sounds reasonable to you, Mike, here’s a link on how you can opt-out of auto-renewal.
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