I posted a while back about Five’s plans to launch a new Freeview channel dedicated to American programmes (one of two new channels, the other being Five Life – dramas, soaps and the like).
Having speculated that this might result in MLB moving away from terrestrial TV, I’m pleased to say that this will not be happening (unless, of course, FIVE ever plan to ditch MLB altogether – fingers crossed they don’t!). A press release from 25 August states that FIVE US will air between 16.00 and 01.00. This will obviously rule out switching the Sunday and Wednesday night games.
Much as being on FIVE can cause frustrations at times (leaving play-off games early etc!!!), it’s in the interests of all baseball fans that MLB retains a presence on terrestrial TV. Otherwise it is very difficult to attract newcomers to the sport. The team on FIVE do a fantastic job bringing MLB to British viewers, and long may it continue.