MLB Still Claiming Sling Breaks The Law In Letting People Watch Content They Paid For

from the put-up-or-shut-up dept

A year ago, Major League Baseball, an organization that seems to actively try to turn off potential fans by illegally trying to claim ownership of factual information, started making noises that SlingMedia's Slingbox was somehow illegal for letting people who had legally paid to watch baseball games on their home TV system watch that same content outside their home. Apparently, no one has explained to MLB how ridiculous this is because they're publicly saying that Slingboxes are illegal again. It's really a money grab, with MLB trying to get Sling to pay them off to not sue -- and subtly threatening the company by saying that "there's no guarantee that Slingbox will be around next year." This seems like a blatant threat with no actual legal basis -- though it may force Sling to waste time and money defending itself while scaring some other less well funded companies from even entering this space. And, the most ridiculous part is that Slingbox is a great tool for baseball fans helping them to get more enjoyment and more value of the game. Yet, MLB is upset because how dare anyone give fans more value without first paying MLB their share.

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  • identicon
    sehlat, 30 May 2007 @ 3:27pm

    That's a nice company you've got.

    Be a shame if anything happened to it.

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    Starky, 30 May 2007 @ 3:37pm

    Extortion

    Is it just me, or is extortion becoming a standard business model lately?

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    steve, 30 May 2007 @ 4:01pm

    screw them

    i used to watch / listen to baseball games
    after the baseball strike i stopped and never looked back
    this is another reason not to even pay attention to them

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    jon, 30 May 2007 @ 4:33pm

    They are obviously doing this because their services MLB.tv MLB.tv Premium are, in many respects, competing with it. The whole idea is that you can watch out of area games, ideal for the person on the road who still wants to catch her home team's big game.

    Their just trying to bully out the competition instead of competing. An understandable position considering how crappy their service can be.

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      enigmvab, 30 May 2007 @ 8:42pm

      Re:

      the service will only allow you to recieve what you would have recieved on the system you pay for or recieve on regular tv. you can'tget something that is broadcast in wisconsin from a newyork affiliate unless you are in wisconsin. that is the big thing. you can only watch what you have recorded or paid for.

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    Mike, 30 May 2007 @ 5:14pm

    MLB can Eat Me!

    After the strike I too refused to watch games and support the league, but have been warming up to the idea of caring once again. Cancel that.

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    Anonymous Poster (profile), 30 May 2007 @ 5:29pm

    Oh, major sports leagues -- when will you learn that your viewers/fans are what you DON'T need to alienate and drive off?

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    dave, 30 May 2007 @ 5:53pm

    Sling

    Can TV content captured by Sling be simultaneously broad casted on the web via a user's personal web site? If so, I see some problems looming on the horizon.

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    Kyros, 30 May 2007 @ 5:57pm

    Dave, I see your point, but I can run from my TV, directly to my PC, and then to my website. I already have that capability, and I don't need sling. Users have had that ability since the internet and Tv-Tuner cards existed. :)

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    Anonymous Coward, 31 May 2007 @ 9:17am

    baseball sux

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    JustMatt, 31 May 2007 @ 9:46am

    How many people

    Are really using Sling to watch games?? Seriously, a few dozen tops?

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    Cowboy Cal, 31 May 2007 @ 4:46pm

    Nobody Gets It

    Everyone is missing the point here and that is that MLB and the sponsors etc. actually benefit from Sling distribution because you give people who have already paid for the right to view the content more time to be influenced through the advertising that is both located within the stadiums, but it also broadens the viewership for on air advertising!!! MLB wake up, this is helping you - the idea here would be to get the demographic data from Sling so you could increase ad rates and further promote the stuff that is going on.

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      crizchun, 1 Jun 2007 @ 11:20am

      Re: Nobody Gets It

      You're absolutely right Cal.
      Besides, I watch SNY (Home of the Mets) from my Slingbox nearly everyday, and it's MY cable box. I see no reason for MLB to be thinking of this. Greed.

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    Coaster, 1 Jun 2007 @ 7:01pm

    brains vs brawn?

    Maybe it's the steroids speaking...watching a program you have paid for is not illegal.


    And too, doesn't MLB make ENOUGH money yet?

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    jaky, 1 Dec 2008 @ 4:55am

    actually benefit from Sling distribution because you give people who have already paid for the right to view the content more time to be influenced through the advertising that is both located within the stadiums, but it also broadens the viewership for on air advertising!!! MLB wake up, this is helping you - the idea battery and adapter here would be to get the demographic data from Sling so you could increase ad rates and further promote the stuff that is going on.

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