posted on Mar, 22 2004 @ 03:36 PM
expected this week to pay as much as $40 million over two years to video stream live Major League Baseball games onto PCs, sources said on Monday,
heightening competition with rival RealNetworks and signaling rising costs for online video programming.
The software giant will receive exclusive rights to stream live video of most baseball games this season onto PCs, the sources said. MSN offers these
streams as part of MSN Premium, a $9.95-a-month software package that offers Net services and content. One source said Microsoft may also sell
subscriptions through its MSN.com Web portal. Users will also be able to listen to live games through the service.One source said Microsoft may also
sell baseball subscriptions through its MSN Web portal. Users will also be able to access games, using Microsoft's Window Media playback software.
[Edited on 22/3/04 by TRD]