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Extra Innings to be a DirecTV exclusive

This, I'm far from happy about.

Major League Baseball is close to announcing a deal that will place its Extra Innings package of out-of-market games exclusively on DirecTV, which will also become the only carrier of a long-planned 24-hour baseball channel.

Extra Innings has been available to 75 million cable households and the two satellite services, DirecTV and the Dish Network. But the new agreement will take it off cable and Dish because DirecTV has agreed to pay $700 million over seven years, according to three executives briefed on the details of the contract but not authorized to speak about them publicly.

With Extra Innings being removed from cable and since I can't get DirecTV where I live, I will have to go back to watching all the Marlins games on  And that sucks!

Watching the broadband streaming of the games is a far inferior medium in which to view the action.  A few years ago it wasn't so bad in that one would get the local feed to the game.  If the game was shown on FSN Florida I would get the Marlins announcers along with all the graphics.  But last year that was all stripped away.  You no longer would get who's batting, the count or any other of the amenities of the television feed.  Heck, sometimes you didn't even get the announcers, just the muted stadium noise.

This is not a good thing.