Sports Channels - Add MLB Network

Connector

The rights to Major League Baseball Playoffs seem to be shared between Sportsnet and the MLB Network.  MLB Network is now available in Canada, but is seemingly only available on Rogers Cable systems in eastern Canada.  There are no options available to baseball fans and Telus customers in western Canada who want to watch these playoff games.  

 

It would be like NHL Network having the rights to part of the hockey playoffs, but no one carried the channel, so the game couldn't be viewed.  

 

Please add MLB Network as soon as possible, before anymore playoff games are missed!  

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Connector

So it's the end of 2018's season, and STILL NO MLB NETWORK.

 

Obviously, I gave up on my threat to leave...ended up doing the opposite since Rogers killed off the free NHL package for having a cell phone...ditched my Rogers phone for a way cheaper Telus package.

 

BUT, I still want MLB Network.  Please, for next year?

Connector

It is quite the joke that Western Canada has no option of getting MLB Network...sick of this...I mean: 

MLB Network was added to Rogers Cable systems in Ontario on January 8, 2014, in both standard and high definition. On June 3, 2015, SaskTel announced that it would begin carrying MLB Network. As of 2017, it is also available on MTS and Vidéotron.

On March 23, 2017, MLB Network launched on Bell Fibe TV and Bell TV.

Shaw Cable as well as TELUS, the dominant carrier in Western Canada, does not offer MLB Network.

 

Connector
It's quite the joke that Western Canada has no option of getting MLB Network. I mean: MLB Network was added to Rogers Cable systems in Ontario on January 8, 2014, in both standard and high definition. On June 3, 2015, SaskTel announced that it would begin carrying MLB Network. As of 2017, it is also available on MTS and Vidéotron.

On March 23, 2017, MLB Network launched on Bell Fibe TV and Bell TV.

Shaw Cable as well as TELUS, the dominant carrier in Western Canada, does not offer MLB Network.

Connector

Seriously, I don't understand this ideas site if obviously nobody at Telus reads them or takes this seriously...

Connector

COME ON TELUS! PLEASE ADD MLB NETWORK! 

Connector

Season starts on Thursday and we still do not have MLB Network....I don't get it...

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MLB Network will most likely not be coming to Telus or any other new providers in Canada in the foreseeable future. DAZN recently signed a 3 year deal with the network which will prevent other providers from picking it up. DAZN has been very aggressive in acquiring sports broadcasting rights over the last couple years and it's starting to really hurt Canadian consumers who want to view some sports content on their existing TV product and not have to pay for an additional service.

Connector

That's too bad.  How much is DAZN for MLB?  Is it available yet?

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@SportsGuy 

I think you can stream DAZN. They claim to have improved the service since their early attempts.

 

Connector

DAZN is ridiculously expensive if you don't want anything except MLB Network.  I can't justify the price for what I would get compared with what I am interested in.

Connector

Time for my annual whine about the lack of MLB Network on Telus.  

 

It would be great to actually get a comment from you on why this is still on hold.  Clearly the deal with DAZN isn't exclusive, because if it was, Rogers and the other Cable Companies would have had to drop it, and they haven't.  

 

I have no idea why I am expecting anything different....I've been posting in this thread for years and NOTHING has changed.  Oh well, keep trying I guess!

Connector

COVID-19 season whine that MLB Network is still not on Telus!

 

I think it's more likely that the apocalypse will fall upon us than Telus will get this channel!