TV Answer Man, I got MLB TV last year but the price seems a bit high this year. I am not sure about renewing my plan. I might cancel the auto-renewal. Do you think they will discount the price? Should I not subscribe this season? — David, Dayton, Ohio.
David, 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, spring training games, and new this year, 7,000 minor league games. You can also stream the games on roughly 400 different devices, including your TV if it’s connected to the Internet.
But MLB TV announced yesterday that it will raise the price of the 2023 plan by $10 to $149.99; the 2022 regular season price was $139.99. In addition, there are no pre-season discounts, which have been available in past years.
Which brings us to the issue of the auto-renewal.
Earlier today, we noted in this article that MLB TV has had a policy of auto-renewing subscribers every March 1 at the previous year’s price. That would be $139.99 for 2022. The league even has a web page that says this:
“Your subscription will automatically renew annually approximately March 1 each year at the previous year’s regular full yearly price.”
However, it appears that MLB TV this year has updated the policy to state that you will be auto-renewed at the current year’s price, not last year’s rate. Here’s the web page for the new policy which states:
This may cause some confusion since the league now has dueling web pages offering different explanations of how the auto-renewal works. But since one page says it’s the ‘current policy,’ we have to assume that’s the current policy. MLB TV has not responded to the TV Answer Man’s inquiries to clarify this situation.
Consequently, if you are concerned about the $10 increase, you might want to cancel your auto-renewal here before March 1. Otherwise, you will be on the hook for the $149 after that date.
The TV Answer Man will update this article if we get a response from MLB TV.
David, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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