I was disappointed and angered by MLB’s streaming broadcast of MLB games on Facebook.
Do they enjoy shooting themselves in the foot?
Quite a while ago, I had made the decision to focus this blog as a lifestyle blog, and not so much on the personal side. Once in a while, though, I feel so passionately about something, I have to address it here – and this is one of those times.
I live in Canada.
Although we may be the United States’ closest neighbor, we have not been assimilated as part of the US. We enjoy our own Canadian content in music, television, sports, etc.
Canadian cable subscription rates are among the highest in the world and we subscribe to our SportsNet channels specifically for our beloved sports programming.
We live with all this to enjoy watching the live sports action on the high-priced HD and 4K channels on our expensive 60″ TV.
For my husband Mark and I, it’s to watch the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Today’s Facebook streaming broadcast of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals game on Facebook was an unmitigated disaster.
…because instead of being smart and offering it as an extra option to attract those who do not subscribe to these channels on cable, MLB in all their wisdom, decided to take away the coverage of our subscribed channels in favor of Facebook streaming.
I did give the Facebook streaming a fair try, but there were two very important problems I noticed.
I work full-time at home on my computer and it’s not possible for me to work while watching the game on our TV if it’s only offered streaming on Facebook. I lost three hours work so I could watch the game. So much for time management?
I was not surprised by the number of negative comments and complaints about this Facebook broadcast. I’ve placed a few of them throughout this post to illustrate the problems and concerns.
Some who agreed that Facebook streaming should only be offered as an option included:
I have no problem with MLB offering games on Facebook, but it should not be taken away from those who pay for the specialty channels specifically.
Some of us have invested big money in the technology and subscriptions to watch HD and 4K broadcast channels for these very sports. We value the standard TV functions we pay for such as pause, rewind, review and saving on DVR – especially for sports.
Do they really need to force people to watch? I have all confidence they would have attracted plenty of viewers without taking away the TV coverage we already paid for.
This is nothing but a total betrayal of their subscribers!
Some of the complaints were also about:
High data costs.
Being unable to enjoy the game with a group of family and friends.
Subscribers of sports programming losing their broadcasts in favor of Facebook streaming.
Missing a lot of the streamed coverage while trying to figure out how to set it up to view on TV.
Getting the black “video ended” error screen and other picture issues.
Hesitant if not non-existent buffering.
Making sports programming less accessible to seniors (or anyone) who may not be technically savvy.
Having to watch the game on a small phone, tablet or computer screen instead of HD or 4K large screen TV.
Losing ‘Buck and Pat’ our beloved Canadian color commentators in favor of American centered coverage.
Some of the complaints and concerns were quite lengthy and in-depth, while others were:
Short …but sweet?
One viewer kindly posted this information for contacting the MLB Commissioner to lodge complaints. I, for one, will be doing so.
Please join us and lodge your complaints with Rob Manfred, the MLB Commissioner if you agree that cable Sportsnet subscribers should not lose out.