Dish is now selling the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan for $178, which is $3 more than it charged for the 2018 package of out-of-market baseball games.
The $3 hike represents a 1.7 percent increase.
DIRECTV, Dish’s satellite rival, recently announced that it has priced this season’s Extra Innings package at $177.90, which is a $3.91 increase over last year.
As they did in the previous three years, both Dish and DIRECTV are including a free subscription to MLB.TV with the Extra Innings package. MLB.TV, which normally costs $118.99, allows subscribers to watch the games over the Internet on connected devices.
Dish says its satellite edition of the Extra Innings package offers up to 100 regular season games a week. DIRECTV says its plan offers up to 90 games per week, but the package also includes the MLB Strike Zone Channel, a highlights feed, and the Game Mix channel, which can display up to eight games on screen at the same time.
Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, is now selling the Extra Innings plan for $170 as an ‘early bird’ offer. The promotional price will end today. The cable op has not said what the price will be starting tomorrow, the official start of the season.
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.
— Phillip Swann