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Baseball Fans To Pay for This Year’s Webcasts

Baseball Fans To Pay for This Year’s Webcasts

Next week, MLB Advanced Media, Major League Baseball’s interactive media and Internet company will begin charging users $9.95 for this season’s radio feeds available online at it’s Web site.
The company also announced a three-year agreement that makes RealNetworks the exclusive platform for a broad range of MLBAM’s online services, including live audio Webcasts of all MLB games and a customizable, on-demand, archival, video highlight service.
Audio Webcasts for all regular season MLB games will be available by subscription only through and The audio Webcasts will be enhanced with MLBAM’s synchronized game statistics and pitch-by-pitch animation.
RealNetworks will charge $4.95 per month for the baseball broadcasts. According to the New York Times, the company will pay Major League Baseball $20 million for the three-year, exclusive deal.
The deal is the “largest Internet deal in the history of professional sports,” according to a joint statement from the companies.