If you buy mlbtv you are blacked out of the games played by your local team. This is done to protect the local broadcasts on TV, which makes sense, but also makes mlbtv useless to me as someone who lives in New England wants to mostly watch the Red Sox online.
What if there could be an agreement worked out where a fan could pay an extra charge, like $15 per month or whatever, on top of buying the mlbtv package, to get the local team's games too? The extra fee could be paid directly to the cable network who owns the TV rights to that game.
That way, the network (in New England, NESN) would get cash in exchange for "lost" viewers, who would still be watching their broadcast and still seeing the commercials during he broadcasts, MLB would sell more mlbtv subscriptions and would not have to prevent paying customers from watching the games they want to see, and the fans would have more choice about how they can watch their favorite teams.
That seems like it would be win-win-win, but obviously that isn't the case, or it would already have been done. What's the glitch with that concept? I assume it's that the TV networks would not want it to happen, but wouldn't it be worth it if they got paid a significant amount for every person who accessed the games online? It sounds like NESN gets something like a few dollars per month per subscriber from cable operators, so if they got $15 a month for everyone who watched online instead, wouldn't they come out ahead? Maybe I'm misunderstanding things here, so please fill me in.