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Old 05-30-2014, 05:16 PM
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Default WGN America to drop Sox, Cubs, other sports

So says Crain's Chicago Business, though the article seems thinly sourced, relying on remarks that Tribune's CEO made at a conference. No clarification from either Tribune Co., the station, or the teams.

This appears to only affect the national WGN cable feed, not the local Chicago signal, but the article doesn't say that definitively or put any timetable on the change.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:21 PM
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If true, bummer. Every year I consider getting MLB Extra Innings, but I tell myself I could hardly watch more than one full game a week anyway, so the WGN games are enough. But I can't watch NO White Sox games. I guess I need to look into MLB Extra Innings. It's expensive, I think!

Also, the Score was reporting the same, although it didn't include any info on the source.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:36 PM
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If true, bummer. Every year I consider getting MLB Extra Innings, but I tell myself I could hardly watch more than one full game a week anyway, so the WGN games are enough. But I can't watch NO White Sox games. I guess I need to look into MLB Extra Innings. It's expensive, I think!

Also, the Score was reporting the same, although it didn't include any info on the source.
I recommend getting a Roku box or an Apple TV and subscribing to MLB.tv.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:44 PM
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Not good for us out of towners, MLB package you will have a new customer next year.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:50 PM
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I recommend getting a Roku box or an Apple TV and subscribing to MLB.tv.
This is what I do. Cheaper than Extra Innings and you get radio feeds, too.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:10 PM
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I recommend getting a Roku box or an Apple TV and subscribing to MLB.tv.
Good tip, thanks!
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:21 PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This would be terrible. I'm moving to Atlanta in July and I need my Chicago sports, even if it's just once a week. It's how I "survived" going to college down state. Not a happy camper right now.

What's the difference between mlb.tv and extra innings. Do they have NHL and NBA versions? I'd get a roku if I had to.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:04 PM
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Very bad decision. If the execs think anybody is going to watch 10 year old reruns of "America's Funniest Video's", or shows like How I Met Your Mother they are in for a rude awakening.

WGN got a national reputation because of their sports first and foremost not the other stuff they are running. Take that out of the equation and they are going to have some very rough times.

Oh for the good old days when the Yankees, Red Sox, Braves, Cubs, White Sox, Rangers, Rockies ad Dodgers were all on Superstations.

The MLB Extra innings package is simply to expensive for me so I'm S.O.L. I guess.

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Old 05-30-2014, 07:04 PM
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This would be terrible. I'm moving to Atlanta in July and I need my Chicago sports, even if it's just once a week. It's how I "survived" going to college down state. Not a happy camper right now.

What's the difference between mlb.tv and extra innings. Do they have NHL and NBA versions? I'd get a roku if I had to.
The primary difference between mlb.tv and extra innings is that on MLB.tv, games are streamed through the internet while extra innings is broadcasted via cable providers or satellite. NHL (Game Center Live) and NBA (League Pass Broadband) do have their own versions. Roku has several different versions of their box, so if you decide to go that route, make sure that the version you choose supports those services. Apple TV supports all three services.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:18 PM
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What's the difference between mlb.tv and extra innings. Do they have NHL and NBA versions? I'd get a roku if I had to.
MLB.tv is about HALF the price as MLB Extra Innings. Plus, some you get all games (home and away feed) in HD. Some cable systems with Extra Innings don't offer this.

The last 2 years, I got mlb.tv around Fathers Day for $50 for the entire rest of the season. If they offer this again this year, that's one option if you're on a budget but are willing to spend $50.

I watch MLB.tv through a Roku and the picture quality is great....but that depends on your Internet download speed.

In addition to Roku and Apple TV, some smart TVs and Blu Ray players have mlb.tv available.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:38 PM
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If true, bummer. Every year I consider getting MLB Extra Innings, but I tell myself I could hardly watch more than one full game a week anyway, so the WGN games are enough. But I can't watch NO White Sox games. I guess I need to look into MLB Extra Innings. It's expensive, I think!

Also, the Score was reporting the same, although it didn't include any info on the source.
unless they fix the video feed, it aint worth the money. I watch gameday on MLB.com and just watch the highlights video as they come
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:56 PM
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WGN created a full generation of Cubs fans across the country. Now they've cut their programming significantly the last few years, but that Cub love nationwide will slowly peter out. Can't explain the Cubs popularity in Chicago though.
TBS created 2 generations of Braves fans nationwide.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:08 PM
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WGN created a full generation of Cubs fans across the country. Now they've cut their programming significantly the last few years, but that Cub love nationwide will slowly peter out. Can't explain the Cubs popularity in Chicago though.
TBS created 2 generations of Braves fans nationwide.

How many generations of Mets fans did superstaion WWOR create before the Mets games moved to WPIX in 1999?
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:15 PM
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How many generations of Mets fans did superstaion WWOR create before the Mets games moved to WPIX in 1999?
I may be wrong but I dont think wor was as widely distributed on cable systems as tbs.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:36 PM
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How many generations of Mets fans did superstaion WWOR create before the Mets games moved to WPIX in 1999?
Was that a national station? I never got in La. And it sure wasn't in the same stratosphere of market penetration as WTBS. But I sure got WGN and WTBS and there are a lot of fans of both down here, via WGN and WTBS
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