Comcast has revealed at its web site that its ‘early bird’ price for the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $170, which is roughly $6 (and 3.7 percent) higher than its 2018 pre-season price.
The ‘early bird’ offer is good until March 27. Comcast does not say what the price will be after that.
The cable operator’s pre-season price for the package of out-of-market games is $7.90 less than what DIRECTV is now charging ($177.90) for the 2019 season. Plus, for the first time ever, Comcast is bundling the MLB.TV service for free with the Extra Innings package. (DIRECTV has included MLB.TV for several years.)
MLB.TV, which starts at $118.99 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 is charging $177.99, but is not including MLB.TV as part of the deal.
Dish, which has carried the Extra Innings package in the past, has yet to reveal a price for the 2019 season, which begins next week.
— Phillip Swann