MLB.com has been sending out e-mails regarding 2010 MLB.TV subscriptions this week, passing on the excellent news that 2009 subscribers renewing for 2010 will be charged at last year’s lower prices.
This means that renewing subscribers to the standard MLB.TV service get a $20 discount on the advertised price: $79.95 (£52.22) instead of $99.95 (£65.28). That makes for a £13 saving for British customers. It looks like renewing MLB.TV Premium subscribers will get a $10 discount so that the current $119.95 (£78.67) price goes back down to $109.95 (£72.11). I’m not a renewing subscriber to that service so I cannot categorically confirm this, but the reduced price is quoted in the e-mail where it explains how a standard MLB.TV subscription can be upgraded to a Premium one.
This news comes prior to Spring Training games beginning next week. Coverage on MLB.TV is dependent on TV networks broadcasting the games, so a lot of them are only available via the local radio feeds on Gameday Audio, which is included in the MLB.TV subscription. MLB.com states that they will be showing over 150 Spring Training games on MLB.TV, starting at 18.05 GMT on Tuesday 2 with a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees.
2010 subscription details for Gameday Audio and Gameday Premium are still not available.