Phillies on Facebook: Some Games Will Air on Social Media, Not TV
"Cord cutting" is a recent trend; people are abandoning traditional cable companies in favor of internet streaming services. For the first time ever, there were be some Major League Baseball games unavailable to cable customers. According to Scot Soshnick of Bloomberg Technology, 25 games in the 2018 season will be exclusively streamed via the social media site Facebook.
The Phillies will be an important part of this new initiative.
The very first game to be streamed via this new initiative is the April 4 match up between the Phillies and the New York Mets in Flushing, New York. Like most of the games that will be streamed, this is a Wednesday afternoon game. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10.
The Phillies will also be broadcast on Facebook on April 11 against the
The report says that the games will be produced by the MLB Network and will have the "feel" of a game broadcast there. The social media site will highlight interactive features of Facebook. Facebook is the largest social media platform in the United States with 1.4 billion monthly active users.
For fans who only have television, they will be out of luck, unless they have a Smart TV or a streaming device that can download applications, such as Amazon's Fire Stick, Roku, Apple TV, or other similar device.