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Old 05-16-2009, 02:57 AM   #1
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MLB Granted Patent For Internet-Blackout System

Major League Baseball Says It's the First U.S. Patent Issued to Industry in Modern Era

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...out_System.php

Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News, 5/15/2009 11:50:22 AM MT

Major League Baseball's interactive-media company has been granted a U.S. patent for a system and method that identifies the location of an Internet user, in order to determine if that user may receive the video feed of a particular game given TV blackout restrictions.

The system uses geolocation technology to estimate the whereabouts of Internet users based on Internet protocol addresses. It then compares that location with a set of rules to determine whether to provide access to the requested content.

MLB Advanced Media said it believed the patent is the first issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the baseball industry in the modern era.

"It is an honor for MLB Advanced Media to receive the special recognition that constitutes a United States Patent," MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said in a statement. "The patent issuance is also representative of the innovation the MLBAM technology team demonstrates by remaining at the forefront of interactive and advance technologies. This entire team is to be congratulated and commended for its achievement."

The league's MLB.TV out-of-market streaming service is currently in its seventh season. MLB said the service has signed up more than1 million total subscribers since its inception, adding approximately 500,000 in 2008.

MLBAM applied for the patent in December 2004, and the USPTO granted the patent Feb. 3, 2009. The company said it has an additional 10 patent applications pending approval.

The patent is U.S. Patent No. 7,486,943, "System and method for verifying access based on a determined geographic location of a subscriber of a service provided via a computer network."
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I watch the Yankee games on the Yes Network on my computer. I signed up 2 weeks ago and it works great!
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Thanks Rider! I'm gonna check that out.
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I need my M's to get a win tonight. Yaks have just been embarrassing us.

After checking that out MLB.TV is a pretty good deal at 35 bucks for a year much better than direct.tv

That is to bad about the blackouts though. That **** is wack
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I need my M's to get a win tonight. Yaks have just been embarrassing us.

After checking that out MLB.TV is a pretty good deal at 35 bucks for a year much better than direct.tv

That is to bad about the blackouts though. That **** is wack
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I only get blacked out on the games on my computer that are not carried on the Yankees home network, which is Yes Network. They carried 128 games this year so that's not bad from the total of 162. The other 34 games are carried by a local station and by national tv. Works pretty good
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