The long wait for the ability to stream local MLB games could soon be over according to a report by Sports Business Daily:
“Several industry sources said the league is drafting deal documents with Fox, which holds the local media rights to 15 MLB teams. An agreement to offer authenticated local streaming of live games is expected to be in place by the start of the 2016 season.
There is no specific timetable for a potential announcement of a deal between Fox and MLB. The two sides hope to complete the agreement around the end of this season, which would give the league and RSNs a full off-season to market the availability of the new local streams before Opening Day 2016.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, working with the league’s president of business and media, Bob Bowman, has made in-market baseball streaming a key league priority, including personally participating in several negotiating sessions.”
The good news is it looks as if local games are finally going to be available via streaming, the bad news it seems is that authentication of a current cable account is going to be required.
Even though this doesn’t immediately help cord cutters, this will break the ice and if HBOGo and Showtime are any indication, eventually you may be able to purchase a stand alone version with your Roku.