MLB.TV launches on Amazon Channels

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MLB.TV's deal with Amazon Channels arrives shortly before the 2019 MLB season kicks off. (slgckgc/Flickr)

Amazon on Wednesday announced that it’s adding the MLB.TV streaming service to its Prime Video Channels lineup, giving users the ability to sign up for the service on Amazon’s platform.

Prime members in the U.S. can subscribe to MLB.TV for $24.99/month, or a one-time payment of $118.99 for a Season Pass, after a 7-day free trial. That membership provides streaming access to live and on-demand regular season out-of-market games.

Prime members streaming MLB.TV on Fire TV devices will also get to use Prime Video’s X-Ray feature, which gives viewers to access live in-game stats, team and player details and play-by-play information while they watch.

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Given that MLB.TV has been in operation for 17 years, it’s somewhat surprising the amount of other live sports and sports streaming services that made it to Amazon before it. NBA League Pass and PGA TOUR LIVE are both available through Channels in the U.S., and the Eurosport Player is available in the U.K. and Germany. Amazon customers in the U.S. can also purchase UFC pay-per-view events through Channels.

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Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. also offers NFL Thursday Night Football games, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tournaments, and the Laver Cup tennis tournament, as well as English Premier League matches, the US Open, and the men’s ATP World Tour available in the U.K.

Nevertheless, MLB.TV is on Amazon Channels now and the partnership could help boost subscribership for the service.

The new deal for the MLB’s streaming service comes as the league is considering its options regarding digital rights amid Disney’s imminent sale of Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Late last year, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told Fox Business Network that MLB is working on ways to make live game streaming available to more fans.

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