“Savvy baseball fans have found a way to watch hundreds of games live on the Web for the price of a single stadium ticket. But only if their PCs run Windows. Microsoft, which just signed an estimated $40 million deal with Major League Baseball for Webcasting rights, is offering the bargain to subscribers of MSN Premium, a subscription-based product that doesn’t work with the Mac or Linux operating systems,” Jim Hu and Evan Hansen report for CNET News.com.
“Here’s the deal: Sign up for MSN Premium and you get the first three months free, including access to all video- and audio-casts from MLB.com. After that, you pay $9.95 a month. For the full six-month baseball season, which runs from April to September, that comes to only about $30,” Hu and Hansen report. “By contrast, Mac users–equipped with their high-resolution ‘cinema’ displays–get stuck paying MLB.com’s regular rate of about $100–70 percent more. MLB.com’s All Access offering, which includes live video and audio, goes for $19.95 a month, or $99.95 a season. MLB.com shuts out Linux customers altogether, at least for now.”
“Microsoft plans to launch a Mac version of MSN Premium in the future that will include MLB.com video- and audio-casts, a representative said, adding that the company has released MSN versions in the past for the Mac, but not for Linux. ‘MSN Premium isn’t available to Mac customers yet, and there isn’t an ETA for that,’ the representative said. ‘It’s something we’re thinking about for the future,'” Hu and Hansen report.
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MacDailyNews Take: Great. We can’t wait. If it’s twice as good as Windows Media Player for Mac (catchy name, huh?), it’ll suck so much that whole continents could be lost in the resulting vacuum.