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The Philadelphia Union supports your freedom of choice (of TV providers)

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Major League Soccer released today that MLS Live, the broadcaster of games online, will operate similarly to how it worked last year. That makes me happy.

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What content you watch and how it gets funneled into your home should not be so painful to manage. But it is. I choose to use DirecTV for said funneling, but that leaves me without the all important Comcast Sports Network and therefore, the local sports content. The younger generations are more frequently avoiding cable boxes altogether, and also rely on online streaming to watch their TV. The bottom line is, a growing number of Union fans are without access to the local network that shows Union games. Which is why news about MLS Live, especially in the Philadelphia market, is so important.

Major League Soccer announced yesterday  how online streaming will work for the 2015 season, and it's very similar to how it worked last year. The best news is the Union are listed as a team that will not blackout local games, unlike teams like the Chicago Fire or Portland Timbers.

That's why I want to say thank you to the Union for not blacking out games for people who don't happen to have access to the local broadcast, either by choice or for reasons out of their control.

Here are some highlights of the MLS LIve offering.

  • The price for the season is $64.99 if you register before February 23rd. It's a little odd to make people sign up early while a strike is being threatened, but I like their confidence.
  • MLS LIVE is available on your computer, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, Roku, Apple TV, and Google's Chromecast Media Player. I like the Chromecast bit.
  • Five seasons of archives. That feature seems perfect for Union fans, doesn't it?
  • All games will be blacked out if nationally televised.