SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 11: Matt Moore #45 of the San Francisco Giants throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning of Game Four of their National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 11, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

DirecTV has announced its price for the MLB Extra Innings out-of-market package for 2017. The price has dropped from its 2016 levels, but only by $1.20. Fans will pay $172.74 for the entire 2017 season as compared to $173.94 in 2016.

Now, that might not seem to be a lot, but in actuality, subscribers saw a big discount last season when Comcast, DirecTV and some other pay TV providers agreed to reduce the price of MLB Extra Innings in 2016 and 2017 by 12.5%. It was part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by fans.

Comcast charged Extra Innings in 2016 for $165, but has yet to make public its price for 2017.

In addition, DirecTV will include a free subscription to MLB.TV to those who buy Extra Innings so fans not only can watch out-of-market games on TV, but they can watch on computers, mobiles, tablets and connected TV’s. This is the third straight year that DirecTV is including MLB.TV with Extra Innings.

The price in essence remaining flat as last year is a good thing considering how DirecTV is planning to increase its NFL Sunday Ticket package by over 9% before the 2017 season and by another 2% after the season starts.

Still, subscribers not seeing a dramatic increase this year for the baseball package is a good thing, but they know that there is the potential for the other shoe to drop next season. For now, baseball fans who want to purchase MLB Extra Innings package on DirecTV get a price break, albeit small, for 2017.

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Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.