The Major League Baseball Channel is set to debut in January 2009. While the NFL Network and NBA TV have struggled mightily to get onto cable systems, MLB TV will START in over 50 million households. That’s almost more than the NFL and NBA channels COMBINED.
Comcast, Cablevision and Time-Warner will all carry the Baseball Channel from the start. The NFL Network still can’t accomplish that despite being around for years and carrying live NFL games. Direct TV is also going to carry the Baseball Channel on its basic package.
MLB Channel is already more successful than the NFL Network even though they haven’t hired any announcers yet or announced any programming and currently have only 10 employees.