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johnny baby
2010-10-22, 12:03
Y'all,

I'm a relative newcomer to this sub-forum, so perhaps this issue has already been discussed. Is there any prospect down the road of an app for Major League Baseball broadcasts. For 15 bucks a year, I can log in to the MLB site and listen to games on my Mac, but of course the problem with this is that I'm tethered to my computer. It'd be dandy if I could listen to games on my squeezeboxes.

I'm guessing that the chances of an MLB SB app are pretty slim. XM is paying MLB quite a bit each year for satellite radio broadcast rights, and I imagine that they (XM) would raise holy hell if MLB made available a SB app for game broadcasts.

Does anybody know the story on this, or care to speculate?

toby10
2010-10-22, 12:24
MLB requires licensing that Logitech (rightly) does not want to pay.

File an enhancement request at http://bugs.slimdevices.com/ and get others to vote on it.
Maybe Logitech would write an App for MySB to support such a paid subscription service as they do for other subscription services currently.

Or you could use the XM plugin offered on SqueezeBox Server, pay extra for the XM internet feeds, stream them through your SB players.
But MLB may even exclude such internet streaming via XM, I don't know.

aubuti
2010-10-22, 12:24
Using the forum's search function will tell you more than I can summarize here. This is what I got from a search on "mlb": http://forums.slimdevices.com/search.php?searchid=4114665

My uneducated guess is that it's unlikely, even though there's no need for XM to raise holy hell. It's easy to limit access to paid XM subscribers.

Have you looked at the Sirius plugin for SB? I haven't followed the whole Sirius/XM saga, but it may be worth a look at least.

fuzzyT
2010-10-22, 12:28
On 10/22/10 3:03 PM, johnny baby wrote:

> Does anybody know the story on this, or care to speculate?

Any MLB player for SB would require a subscription to the MLB Audio
service. Because of this, I don't really think it competes with
SiriusXM in the way you imagine.

There are already loads of player out there, most commonly as apps for
mobile handsets. In fact, when I wanted to listen on my home stereo
this season I would stream to my mobile and use the Aux input on my amp.
Though it would be much better if MLB could be streamed thru by SBs.

I think there are two items required to get this working: 1) an
agreement between Logitech/SB and the MLB, and 2) an SB app that would
log into the service, provide stream browsing and play the audio.

I'm not sure anyone at Logitech has approached the folks at MLB Advanced
Media recently to talk over this prospect.

I would love to see this service arrive on our SBs.

And MOG.

--rt

fuzzyT
2010-10-22, 12:56
There is an existing enhancement request here:

http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=3280

Log in and vote your preference.

--rt

johnny baby
2010-10-22, 13:40
Thanks guys for your responses; this is helpful info.

At the time that XM started carrying the MLB broadcasts, I remember reading in the paper that they were paying MLB $660 million over 11 years for the satellite radio broadcast rights. So perhaps that's an indication of the kind of $$$ that MLB expects to extract from Logitech for licensing a SB app...

fuzzyT
2010-10-22, 14:26
Nah, this is different.

Sirius/XM is paying for the right to deliver the content to their
subscribers, and charge their subscribers for that content. MLB only
gets paid by Sirius/XM, not the subscribers. That's why the big money
is required.

Logitech wouldn't be buying the content and reselling to customers. It
would just be offering one more technology channel by which customers
could purchase content directly from MLB. Squeezebox owners would pay
MLB directly for their subscriptions. Logitech would just provide a
player that would work on the SB platform.

A good analogy would be Apple. Apple sells iPhones. Customers buy the
iPhone MLB app (with bundled audio subscription). MLB gets their cut of
the App Store sale and that's all.

In our case, Logitech just gets the profit from the sale of additional
SBs to baseball fans. MLB just gets the audio subscription revenue.

This is exactly how it works for the Pandora, Napster and Rhapsody apps.

--rt

toby10
2010-10-22, 14:27
Thanks guys for your responses; this is helpful info.

At the time that XM started carrying the MLB broadcasts, I remember reading in the paper that they were paying MLB $660 million over 11 years for the satellite radio broadcast rights. So perhaps that's an indication of the kind of $$$ that MLB expects to extract from Logitech for licensing a SB app...

And XM/Sirius wonders why they never make money.