There will probably be local streaming in 15 markets next year

photo: NBC Sports

Part of the reason the haggling has taken so long is that both MLB and the affiliate networks want the ability to be the platform on which you watch locally streamed games. MLB says it wants to ensure the quality of the stream and MLB video quality is very good. Local affiliates say they don’t want to give up customer information to MLB to allow the authentication process to be completed (this isn’t an anyone-can stream situation; you have to prove that you actually have cable first). It’s been a standoff for some time. – Craig Calcaterra, Hardball Talk