MLB.tv and PS3

I’ve been an MLB.tv user since it launched. I was around back in the days when the mid-inning entertainment involved a creepy reflection of a guy shaving, visible through a pencil sharpener. Seriously. Every year, I’ve doled out around $100 for the right to watch baseball games on my computer, and put up with the oddities that came along with it. When they decided to stream the exact same commercial between every half inning, I persevered (barely). When the service inevitably wouldn’t work on opening day because they had switched technologies for no reason, I hung in there. When they looped the same 60 seconds of a Tom Petty song between each break, apparently in an attempt to drive us all insane, I stuck around. I’ve even come to terms with the ridiculous blackout policy, and just dealt with not being able to watch games that involve the Orioles, Nationals, Braves, or Reds, because I live a few states away from each of those cities.

Through it all, I’ve been a barely satisfied customer. The service provided has been good enough to justify all the crap that MLBAM put their customers through, and it gave me a way to watch baseball. It was baseball on a 15 inch screen, but it was still baseball. And it was good enough.

Last week, though, I discovered MLB.tv in a way that is no longer just good enough. It is amazingly awesome, and it’s MLB.tv through a PlayStation3. I am not at all into video games, but had been looking into building a computer that I could hook up to my TV in order to stream MLB.tv and Hulu to the television. Despite my best efforts, I quickly realized that piecing together all the components would run me at least a few hundred dollars, and it still wouldn’t replace my horrible cheap DVD player, and so a friend suggested I look into the $300 PlayStation3. It was essentially everything I needed in a pre-packaged box, plus it had the added benefit of being a Blu-Ray player, which I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. So, I figured I’d give it a shot.

I’m blown away. I’m used to struggling with MLB.tv to make it work. On my laptop, I was constantly installing plugins, fighting the wireless connection to try to keep up with the video feed, and dealing with the inevitable lag that followed whenever I’d try to do anything else at the same time. On the PS3, I turned it on, downloaded the software, and it ran. In high definition. With zero problems.

The user interface is fantastic. Pick whether you want to join a game live in progress or start at the beginning of the broadcast, and it loads up seamlessly. Want to jump to a specific inning? That’s two clicks. Pausing? One click. Jumping between games? Easy. It couldn’t be any easier to use, which is the opposite of what I’ve come to expect from MLB.tv over the years.

The picture quality is ridiculous. In a good way. I got an HDMI cord from monoprice for about $3, and I’m not going to pretend to know the visual difference between 720P or 1080P, but I can tell you that it looks about 40 bazillion times better than it ever has on my computer. The difference is staggering, and since I was able to just connect the machine directly to the modem, I’ve eliminated all the issues with the wireless connection. It runs as smooth as a normal television broadcast, only it gives me the benefit of a DVR.

I can’t believe this is the same product I’ve been using forever. I’ve begrudgingly handed MLB $100 a year for a product that was just good enough, but by making one simple investment, I’ve increased the quality of that product a hundred fold. I almost can’t bear the thought of pulling up a game on my laptop again. Thanks to the MLB.tv plugin for the PlayStation3, I get baseball on my TV again. I may never play a video game on the thing, but it’s already been worth $300 to me.

Seriously, if you’re watching MLB.tv on your laptop, consider a PlayStation 3. It will change your life, even if, like me, you will only be using it as a media streamer and DVD player. I couldn’t recommend the experience any more. It’s a home run.




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Dave is a co-founder of USSMariner.com and contributes to the Wall Street Journal.


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  1. Andrew says:

    I’ve considered it. I actually have a HTPC hooked up to my computer already, so I wouldn’t need the PS3. But, I really want to watch the Mariners play; and due to the black out rules I can’t. That means I have to keep cable (for the FSN), which means I don’t want to pay for MLB.tv too.

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  2. Mike in MN says:

    Not until they get rid of the blackout issues. If you want me to pay to watch baseball, let me watch the games I want to watch. There is no reason I shouldn’t be able to watch the local Twins’ broadcast on mlb.tv, if that’s what they want as the solution.

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    • Patrick says:

      Same here. Every year I pick up the iPhone app to listen to the radio feed for the games. I would happily buy the MLB.tv package if I could watch local games. If the blackout policy persists I will never pick up MLB.tv.

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      • EDUB says:

        This is pretty much a non issue with a Ps3 though. To use it you will most likely be in your house so you can just watch your local team via cable/satellite/fios etc. I never bought the Mlb package on cable because of the only one HD station. If all of the games are in HD through the Ps3 I’m all in

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  3. Pat says:

    Now, if MLB would only lift the idiotic in-market blackout on me watching my favorite team’s home games.

    Because I’m squarely in the Mariners region, I only get to watch away games live, which just truly stinks. Well, perhaps this year it’s a blessing in disguise, now that I think about it.

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  5. Danny Jandro aka Fenam says:

    Dave, try MLB The Show ’10 on the PS3, it’s a masterpiece of a game.

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    • rbenchley says:

      This. MLB The Show is easily the best baseball game ever.

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    • tg says:

      now now, let’s not dethrone MVP 05 just yet. Or High Heat Baseball 2002.

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      • BobLoblaw says:

        High Heat Baseball 2002 was the best for a long long time. I played it for years after the players and technology were obsolete for its manager & minor league aspects. The one thing it really needed, however, was a financial system.

        I have since discovered Out Of The Park Baseball. A complete package, as far as baseball sims go.

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      • BobLoblaw says:

        I don’t know about The Show ’10, but the previous versions of the Show failed to impress.

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      • dskirsa says:

        Everyone knows that the original Baseball Stars on Nintendo is, was and always will be the greatest baseball game ever. C’mon…Ninja Blacksox vs. Pink Lady’s…how does it get any better people!!!

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      • Griffey Baseball (the first one, NOT Winning Run) for SNES, anyone?

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  6. seattle says:

    MLB tv had a promotional mess up that was posted for a few hours a month back online. It was online for $20.00 All my owners in my league jumped on this deal. The next day the price was fixed back to its normal price. I wonder how many people got on the bandwagon that day?

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    • BobLoblaw says:

      I did. I got the premium. And it’s so crappy on my laptop that it’s not even worth the $20, let alone $120.

      I’ve thought about upgrading to a HTPC, but maybe that’s not much of an improvement. Sounds like the iPad and PS3 apps are just better built than the web-browser based app.

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      • Paul says:

        Perhaps look into a new computer or faster internet connection. I have it on my computer and I couldn’t be happier with the speed & quality.

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    • BATTLETANK says:

      you think thats good?

      last year they had a promotion mess up where you got the premium package for FREE. i signed up for like 4 different accounts myself and gave them away to friends.

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      • BobLoblaw says:

        Whoa, nice.

        I hope they make it three screwups in a row next year, becasue the only way I sign up again is for a similar deal.

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    • John says:

      ha, yeah I got in on that deal. Saved me $100!

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    • Matthew Bultitude says:

      Gah… how did I miss this?

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  7. Claremont says:

    As an iPhone user, I would also add that the $15 app which lets you stream games on your phone is awesome as well (you need to be a conventional mlbtv subscriber, so its $15 more after that). I was a little skeptical that it would be worth it and was worried that the stream would not be good without a wireless network, but even on 3G it is remarkably good and rarely gets choppy. Highly recommended. I wasn’t sure if it would be a worthwhile investment since I already had the full subscription for my computer, but already there have been enough random times where I was doing random things during the last inning or two of my team’s games and was able to tune in for the end- paid for itself many times over already. Plus you can watch highlights and condensed games, and I would add that it is technically reliable.

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    • ineedanap says:

      Second.

      The App is great, even if you don’t have MLBtv. You can listen to all the games and get gameday on it, too. They even have one or more free games of the day and, if I recall correctly, all playoff games.

      If you have MLBtv it’s even better.

      Like millions of others, I wish they could do something about blackouts. The only reason I own a television is for baseball.

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  8. eric says:

    I was a mlb.tv subscriber since day one. The service was so bad this spring I decided to cancel. I am now using p2p feeds to watch the games for free. While its not exactly legal, and the quality is not great, the feeds stay up, and they are never blacked out. As long as the feeds are available I will probably never pay to watch a game again unless its in person. It is what it is…

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  9. Zach says:

    Woah, thanks for the heads up. I looked into doing this – streaming to PS3 – when the season started, but couldn’t figure out any way to do it. I had an old computer hooked up to my TV, but the quality this way is loads better.

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  10. walkoffblast says:

    I never bought mlb.tv because I heard nothing but bad things about it. Then they came out with this and I thought looks awesome so I have to give it a try. It lived up to every bit of the hype. I just find the blackouts amusing. Due to the ongoing cable-masn disputes they actually make it impossible to follow the teams I am theoretically zoned into if you have cable. Extra innings and cable should be scared.

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  11. Norm says:

    I still have issues with it…

    Games freeze, games won’t load, random hiccups in the feed. And I have it hooked directly into the router instead of wireless.

    Overall I’m happy though. Just could be better.

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  12. Joe says:

    I quit using mlbtv (I used to subscribe to it along with extra innings) simply because the interface didn’t allow for me to start games from the beginning without seeing the current score. The quality of extra innings is horrible but I have to DVR most games anyway. Does the PS3 hide the current score?

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    • Crusher says:

      No. Unfortunately the PS3 does not hide the score.

      Could you have somebody else start the game for you? The quality of the PS3 games is awesome!

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      • Kid Charlemagne says:

        Actually, you can set it to hide the score, but it shows it by default. It’s a simple setting change to hide it.

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    • Crusher says:

      I logged on tonight and found that MLB.tv had an update. After I updated my system, it defaulted to hide the scores. Anybody know what the other updates were?

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  13. BobLoblaw says:

    Does anyone watch MLB.tv on a HTPC? Does it suck? Can anyone compare it to the PS3 and laptop experience?

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    • attgig says:

      I watch via mlb.tv on htpc. it’s fine. can’t compare it ps3/laptop.

      one thing i’ve started using is boxee and their mlb.tv plugin and makes it easier to watch one game. if you’re prone to switching through different games, then web is better…

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    • Crusher says:

      I have experience with all 3. Here’s my humble opinion of each.

      Laptop in full screen mode = C

      HTPC = B-
      Picture looks good in HD. I do find that when the video is maximized I some times experience jerkiness. It’s watchable, but annoying at times. This forces me to donwgrade my score from a B+ to B- for the HTPC. The video plays fine and smooth when I don’t maximize, but who wants to watch a game that isn’t full screen?

      PS3 = A
      The only thing keeping this from an A+ is the fact that I can’t smell the grass or order a beer from my couch. MLB on the PS3 is simply awesome! For my fellow lazy folk out there, something not mentioned is that I can surf between the different games while seated on the couch. You can do this with your PS3 controllers or your universal remote, such as a Logitech Harmony remote. Now I just need somebody to bring me beers. GET THE PS3!

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  14. Benne says:

    Reason #856 why I love my PS3 to death: MLB.TV.

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  15. BobLoblaw says:

    Does the PS3 version have fantasy player tracking like the computer version does?

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  16. E says:

    If you only want MLB.TV (and Netflix and Amazon video), and don’t care about games, blu-ray or dvd, you can pick up a Roku player for $100.

    Both PS3 and Roku are infinitely better than watching via browser.

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  17. Sky Kalkman says:

    I watch MLB.tv over my Roku. There were some initial issues, but it’s pretty sweet now. Standard def. The quiet times between innings kind of freak me out, though.

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  18. Evan says:

    I’ve been an MLB.tv subscriber since the 08 season. Man it has sucked at times and I don’t know how often I’ve cursed it when it decides to timeout or freeze for a good 20 seconds during a crucial moment in the game. Its like it has a knack for messing with my head. If I had the $300 to blow I’d probably be looking into a ps3 right now, though a dedicated HTPC seems more useful outside of the MLB.tv issue.

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  19. Wells says:

    Totally agreed- I love it. I just moved to a new city, bought my PS3, and I have a hotel for a month: hooked up the PS3 via HDMI to the Vizio TV in the room, and blam, there’s all the MLB games I could want in near-crystal HD. It’s awesome.

    I know you said you’re not a gamer, but you should at least rent MLB 10 The Show- it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

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  20. Erik Manning says:

    Another product I’d buy if I didn’t live in Iowa, AKA blackout hell. I can’t watch games for 6, count them, 6 teams, including my favorite team.

    Here’s the list of teams blacked out.
    Chicago White Sox
    Milwaukee Brewers
    Chicago Cubs
    St. Louis Cardinals
    Kansas City Royals
    Minnesota Twins

    The Cubs and Sox are on TV all the time. The Brewers never are on TV, so I have no idea why they are blacked out. Neither are the Cubs and Royals. I see the occasional Twins game maybe three times a year, and the Cardinals are on about 20-40 times tops.

    I freaking hate the blackout. We need to start some sort of movement against it.

    Oh, and I can’t get a dish because my apartment is facing the wrong direction. It’s really lovely.

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    • Nick says:

      I’ll join your movement! As a Twins fan in Iowa City, I don’t get to see nearly enough of their games. I wrote Mediacom about switching from FSN Chicago to FSN North and they said they’re in talks to add it, but who knows if that’s true or not.

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    • Omar says:

      Holy Shit, Erik…I didn’t know you lived in Iowa. Where abouts in Iowa do you live?

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    • Paul says:

      0% chance I’d ever move to Iowa or Las Vegas, blackout hells each of ‘em. Being a transplanted Tigers fan in Texas makes MLBEI and MLB.tv perfect for me. The only games I don’t get are Texas ones which are USUALLY on in Austin, but I almost always go to them anyway.

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  21. TedWilson says:

    The real reason for the Milwaukee Buck is probably not Selig, but the president and founding CEO of MLBAM is also from Milwaukee. That is probably a bigger reason you see the Buck.

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  22. Boomer says:

    How much did MLB.tv pay you to run this ad?

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  23. BobLoblaw says:

    A quick look at the MLB.tv forums reveals that PS3 service is not all peaches. A lot of complaints on there that the PS3 app is performing worse than their web browsers.

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  24. John says:

    The picture quality isn’t too good on the PS3 compared to the Browser or Boxee player. Still a good option I guess for people that don’t know how or want to hook up their computer to their PC. For me though, I have my computer hooked up to my big TV and use either the Browser player when I want to watch multiple games or just use Boxee when I want to watch one game use the remote.

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  25. Andy says:

    And now you must get MLB 10: The Show. Seriously. It amazes me everytime I play it. You tell me it’s not awesome when you jack one with Pablo Sandoval and he starts trotting the bases and realizes half way to first that the wind is blowing it foul and he starts waving his hands for the ball to stay fair….it goes foul and he punches the air and spins around and begrudgingly walks back to the batter’s box. This is a video game…I sometimes forget that.

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  26. J. Barnett says:

    The PS3 version nails the core functions, but lacks some of the peripheral goodies: fantasy player tracking, the ability to watch 2-4 games simultaneously, in-game boxscores, etc.

    I use it when there is one specific game I want to watch, but I default to my computer when I’m tracking games or players for my fantasy team.

    Like others said before, the $15 iPhone/iPad app is outstanding as well — fills a nice niche for all the times when you’re not near a computer.

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  27. Jeff says:

    I highly suggest anyone who is interested in MLB.tv read over their support forums before pulling the trigger. I think you’ll see the consensus is quite the opposite of Dave’s experience. The service is a mess (both quality wise and in failing to deliver advertised services) and MLB.tv has a proven track record of ignoring its customers. They also have a minuscule 5-day cancellation window.

    I’m powering through on my purchase, but I urge any prospective buyer to prepare themselves for a frustrating experience.

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    • CubsHOF says:

      I have had MLB.tv since 2003. Since that time I have used it practically everyday and I still have yet to have a technical issue. I even have an old CPU I bought in 2001 that will run the games in HD with no problem. It really could not be easier. The MLB.tv forums are full of unreasonable people. If someone cannot get MLB.tv to work I would have serious doubts about them being able to log into an e-mail account. On another note the PS3 service has been great for me. You cannot do anything about people who do not have the internet connection speed to use the service. The moderators answer the serious questions within a matter of hours.

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      • Flynn says:

        I agree with this. I am also a MLB.tv subscriber from day one and I rarely have any problems. Yeah I get a little lag now and then, but I have a crappy laptop. I think a LOT of streaming issues people whose PCs do not have the juice or are trying to browse the web and chat at the same time. I put the Giants game on yesterday, left it alone, and except for a one brief incidence of lag it streamed great all day. I’ve never had opening day problems and with the NexDef problems this year, I fixed it by..uninstalling NexDef.

        It has been great value year by year and the progress they’ve made from 350K streams in a tiny window to HD is pretty awesome. There’s been hiccups now and then but all streaming services have this. I’d rather have MLB.TV than the NFL streaming service for overseas subscribers, which is almost twice as expensive for a tenth of the games. It also crapped out and didn’t work for the first two weeks of 2010 and doesn’t show any game shown on the expensive cable network that shows the NFL. No playoffs either (I watched the last game of the World Series on MLB.TV, by comparison). MLB.TV’s also given us a lot of ways to watch it on other platforms and I find myself watching it on my iPhone all the time because it’s so convenient.

        Complaining about the blackouts is reasonable though. I understand MLB (really, the cable companies’) position if you are in a major league market, but there are some ridiculous blackouts around. You can’t watch Giants games in Oregon, so there’s no reason they should be blacked out. It’s stupid.

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      • Rich says:

        I have been an MLB.tv subscriber for 3 years.

        I do not believe I have ever gone through a single week where I haven’t had a game’s stream not work, or have glitches, or have the premier service not work.

        I’ve got fast enough internet to stream HD from pretty much every other source, yet MLB.tv always has terrible performance.

        And I work in IT. Its not a technical issue on my side.

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  28. Shizane says:

    I’ve been running PlayOn on the PS3 and watching MLB.tv/Hulu/Netflix/etc. that way. Is there another way you can set it up?

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    • Crusher says:

      Yes, you can download an app on the PS3. You’ll control the games from your PS3. For me, the quality is better. Check it out, I think it’s worth it.

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  29. Rockymountainhigh says:

    I am in an abusive relationship with mlb.tv and must admit that the service is much improved last year. Last year, I probably got HD about a third of the time and the games froze up ALL THE TIME. Nothing worse than a freeze up late in a close game with runners on base. And yet I stuck with it, because those moments of HD were GLORIOUS. This year, I went with the basic instead of premium package and have been a lot happier. The games rarely freeze and I get HD more often than not. Maybe some of the extra features, picture in picture and so forth, jam it up.

    Definitely scan the users forums. They are invaluable in terms of avoiding and fixing bugs. It is also funny to see people gradually lose their shit on the forum moderators who seem unable to say anything other than “can you describe the problem you are experiencing?”

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  30. cgs says:

    For those complaining of blackouts, I couldn’t agree more!

    If you have a jail broken iphone or ipad, you can get around blackouts with an app called location spoofer. It allows you to set your location anywhere in the world, just stick yourself in Alaska, no blackouts!

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  31. Omar says:

    MLB needs to change the blackout rules. Seriously. I live in Des Moines, Iowa (too much heat in Baltimore with Marlo and Chris)…yet somehow I’m in the Cardinals, Royals, Cubs, White Sox, Twins, and Brewers home markets…nevermind the fact I’m seven hours away from four of those stadiums, and some of those teams are 12 hours away from eachother, or the fact that I have to order special channels to get the games on their local FSN affiliate …I some how manage to be in all those home markets.

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  32. Kid Charlemagne says:

    I’ve also got the PS3 service, and I’m pretty happy with it. It doesn’t have all the functionality of the PC service (no watching 4 games at once, no fantasy player tracker) but the quality is pretty good. I do occasionally get a game that won’t stream, and occasionally get one that stutters from time to time.

    I’m hoping that the PS3 service will add more features – it’s only been out a short while afterall. And you can set it to hide the scores on the main screen if you like so you don’t know the results of a game before you start watching.

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  33. Bert says:

    I use Boxee on my HTPC too. It’s app is perfect. Amazing picture and ease of use.

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  34. Teej says:

    I always have a couple of hiccups in the stream, and there’s no way in hell it’s 720p as advertised, but it’s still pretty damn awesome. Even if it’s not true HD, it still looks a lot better than it does on my laptop. Flipping between games is also a breeze.

    A lot of people have mentioned a few features it is lacking, but one feature I like that the computer version doesn’t have is the ability to see who’s pitching, who’s at the plate, the count and the number of outs in every game as you flip through them. It’s nice to just browse the games and see, “Oh hey, Pujols is up,” and click a button.

    Between MLB.tv, Netflix, Blu-ray and video games (Dave, you HAVE to play The Show), the PS3 is the best purchase I’ve made in years.

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  35. Dallas says:

    I laughed out loud at that Tom Petty comment lol Right there with you. I can’t even count the hours, yes HOURS I’ve spent on the phone with their costumer service people. I’ve had it 3 years running now and it never works correctly until the 2nd month or the season. Even then there’s all sorts of picture quality issues. This year was a repeat of the following 2, all kinds of problems. After finally getting them sorted out, I was stuck watching choppy video feeds. I have my PC plugged to my TV, but with the picture quality, there wasn’t a point… then one of their service people suggested… BOXEE… and now I have HD and haven’t had any problems in a week. It’s like you said about the PS3, made the service FINALLY worth the money I’ve been shelling out for years.

    Boxee is hard to explain. Just look it up and download it. I’ve been using it to watch Hulu as well as movies I have on my hard drive.

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  36. neetal says:

    Are you too cheap to pay for MLB Extra innings package ?? it has got all games and all of them in HD

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    • Teej says:

      “Too cheap”?

      On Extra Innings, the majority of games are in standard definition. “Up to 12 games a week” are available in HD — and that’s only if your cable provider offers them. All the other games are cropped to 4:3, you can’t watch archived games, you don’t get the in-game DVR functions, you can’t travel with it, and it’s almost twice the cost. I have friends who like it for the convenience of not having to use the computer or any other medium other than a television, but for me, Extra Innings is missing way too many features.

      Even if the two products were the same price, I’d go with MLB.tv.

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    • BobLoblaw says:

      yes

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    • Dave Cameron says:

      Other than your factual errors, you also assume I subscribe to any kind of cable service, which would make you incorrect multiple times. Well done.

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      • nick says:

        You fools think Dave Cameron subscribes to cable service??

        Cable services subscribe to Dave Cameron!

        And when he jacks up the fees, they don’t bitch about switching to satellite. They pay. Uncomplainingly.

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      • RonDom says:

        Right on! Though many people tell me they love MLb.tv, I love my XM/Sirius Satellite radio. All the MLB games, College Football/Basketball, and the majority of NBA games. Seems like a bargain to me, but to some not.

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  37. ztwentytwoz says:

    I wish they had the same app for Xbox 360.

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    • Teej says:

      Bet on it. Sony has exclusivity through the All-Star Game. I’d almost guarantee that MLBAM will bring the app to the Xbox 360 at some point after that.

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      • BobLoblaw says:

        Hmm. Maybe the Wii, which just got Netflix, will too? This is good news because I’d rather get a Wii than a PS3.

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      • Teej says:

        Perhaps, but I think it’s less likely. The problem is the Wii isn’t capable of producing a high-definition picture. (I think it maxes out at 480p.) I have Netflix streaming on both a PS3 and a Wii, and the difference in image quality is very noticeable. Then again, if Netflix thought it was worth it to go after the Wii audience despite that, maybe MLB will do the same.

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  38. Rick says:

    I love it too, though occasionally it hangs and I have to back out the game selection menu to get the feed to resume. It’s definitely a better signal than I get on my computer though, which doesn’t say much about Flash.

    My one major complaint, regardless of format (PS3 vs. CPU), is that MLB.TV does not have the great information that Gameday has. Combine these two things so I can get the best of both worlds and I’d be overjoyed. I usually have to launch both to get the viewing experience I like — that’s silly. They have all the components, they just need to pull it together in to a single experience.

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    • Teej says:

      As long as it’s optional, that seems like a cool idea. I don’t think I want all that stuff on the screen when I’m watching baseball, but if I wanted to quickly check whether that strike call was legit, it would be neat to push a button and have a PITCH/fx diagram pop up.

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  39. Mark says:

    Blackout doesn’t bother me. Ray fan in St.Pete, I just wait till later and watch it, and that is the beauty of it, you can watch archieve games whenever you want.

    Quality has been great but sometimes it seems to convert to standard and quality suffers but not often.

    I used my ps3 for blueray movies, mlb, and netflix love it!

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  40. Denny Foster says:

    I have a PS3 and downloaded this thing the day it came out just hoping it would be decent quality. As you stated, it’s the best thing that’s happened for me in relation to baseball. The quality is amazing, skipping commercials is great, and it’s on my big screen. I already had a PS3, but this made my PS3 worth about 3x more than it was before. Amazing in short.

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  41. Thatfnmb says:

    How long is the wait switching from game to game? Does PS3 have Player Tracker like the computer version? I was disappointed to hear you can’t view multiple games at once. These are key questions since I have OCD about my fantasy team and like to watch all of my hitter’s at bats.

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    • Kid Charlemagne says:

      Switching is pretty quick. Lemme test… Switching between the Pirates-Cards and Yanks-Sox games took 7 seconds.

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  42. FlimtotheFlam says:

    I don’t know how to get around blackout restrictions for the PS3. But I do know how to on a PC. I even wrote up a simple tutorial to follow

    http://bit.ly/cZLIZk

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  43. gammysupset says:

    My experience was identical to the author’s. Paid for the service the last 3 seasons for minimal functionality. Watched in anger as things like CBS March Madness and Espn360 were able to seamlessly run 1, even 2 games perfectly at once in HD quality on my totally not shitty Macbook pro, and then watching a game at low quality would be like decoding the human chromosome.

    Running this on the PS3 has been a dream. If they add player tracker functionality I’d never leave the house.

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  44. Dealer A says:

    You don’t need a PS3. I bought an HDMI cable and connected that from my computer to my HDTV. Beautiful picture and I can still surf the internet with the two screen mode.

    Only problem is those Saturday blackouts, even in BFE Montana.

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  45. rageon says:

    I was having a great experience on the PS3 until last night, when I had to do a forced update they pushed. After that, picture quality was terrible and tons of pauses. I should not have expected it to last, I guess.

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  46. Jeff says:

    Just to point out that Hulu is disabled for ps3 among other non computer systems. The people at Hulu have considered the possibility of using a ps3 or other non computer device to stream to shows and use them to transmit to a fullscreen with significant ease.

    There may be a way to use a ps3 for hulu purposes but I am unaware of one.

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  47. RonDom says:

    You would never get a Blu-Ray player!? I’m assuming with that statement you don’t watch movies.

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  48. PhillR says:

    The blackout restrictions are a deal breaker for me. Their customer service is also atrocious.

    I first tried MLB TV when I was traveling heavily for work, but quickly realized that they blackout based on billing zip in addition to geoip. This meant that even when traveling I couldn’t watch my home team, so I canceled it. Or so I thought. It took multiple phone calls and emails to actually get them to stop billing me. Then the next season they auto-renewed on my credit card again.

    Really they are just an awful company to have to deal with. They have a service that I would like to pay for, except they won’t let me have the part I want to buy (my home team), but keep trying to charge me after I cancel.

    Their streaming technology really is phenomenal though. I interviewed for a job there and met a number of their developers. Top notch engineers.

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    • nathan says:

      I think they use ip address or something not billing address because my billing address is in Washington but I’m overseas and I can watch every game. You can try downloading an ip blocker. I can do that if I want to watch the daily show online otherwise it won’t let people out of the country watch it anymore.

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  49. nathan says:

    I live in South Korea and the first thing I did was build a desktop that I plugged into my HDTV. MLB.tv works great. It gets me through the day. I think when the computer eventually clunks out I will go the PS3. I wish they would televise the Caribbean league games and winter ball in the off season because I go nuts in the off season.

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  50. A fast (for the HD feeds) VPN located in Europe will legally get you around all of the MLB.tv blackout restrictions.

    Instead of repeating what I wrote in the review at the site below, I’m just going to link to it. I’m using a Roku box, but it will also work for the PS3.

    http://sabaitechnology.com/Asus-StrongVPN-Client-Router-N-P841634.aspx

    Enjoy your blackout free MLB.tv,
    Austin

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  51. biglog says:

    Don’t even think about investing in the premium version of mlb.tv if you’re running windows 7 because for some ridiculous reason its not supported. The iPod/iPhone app is incredible. I love being able to stream an afternoon game on my iPod touch which I’m getting some work done on the laptop at the coffee shop. Indispensable.

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  52. Mike says:

    I am devastated to discover that the application isn’t available in Australia. Back to the crappy laptop for me!

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  53. jon says:

    Nice article, but not entirely factual. MLB.TV reception/display depends mostly on the speed and quality of your internet feed. Hooking a modern PC to a tv is child’s play – you use the same HDMI cable that you do with the PS3. With fast internet and a decent ATI card in my pc (just an ordinary Dell – no fancy HTPC bells and whistles) I can watch most games in HD in my theater, 10 wide. As long as my internet is running well, the games are near Fox-HD quality.

    Downgrade to wireless, downgrade to a laptop running an integrated video chip as opposed to an actual Nvidia or ATI, you’ll start getting poorer results. But even in motels, using motel wireless on my laptop, MLB is watchable. (my laptop doesn’t suck) I’ll have to try the PS3 option – right now my PS3 is wireless, so its quite a bit slower than my computer. But can’t hurt.

    Bottom line – you can do the same thing with a computer, and it can look good.

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  54. Drew says:

    Just to clarify – you can start a game from the beginning even if you start watching an hour after the game actually starts? I was under the impression that wasn’t possible with mlb.tv which is ponied up more cash for Extra Innings through DirecTV again.

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    • nathan says:

      Yes you can.

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      • Drew says:

        I friend told me that when he had MLB.tv 2 years ago this wasn’t possible. I was going to dump extra inning w/ DirecTV until I heard this, and I even emailed MLB.tv’s customer support and was told that this wasn’t possible. Next year I’m going with this for sure. I now have an easy solution to watch the game anywhere I want.

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  55. Based on what you said about the specific teams being blacked out…would I be correct in guessing that you live in western NC, Dave?

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  58. Well… I just found something awesome for anyone trying to watch MLB.TV on a Mac, Windows PC, or Linux machine.

    http://www.boxee.tv/

    It’s a free media center software download that has apps you can install (one of which is MLB.TV) and it doesn’t need the NexDef plugin to watch the HD feeds! I’ve watched five games with it so far, and I haven’t had a single problem.

    FYI. D-Link is releasing a set top box running Boxee sometime in June…

    http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=739

    Austin

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  61. Canyon says:

    I have settings set to hide the score of the archives games on the PS3 which is great as long as you don’t pause or touch the controller… How do I hide the scoreboard that pops up when you use the DVR controls? While watching on the PC you can set it to Hide Scoreboard.

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  62. Chuck says:

    Is anyone having problems with the jumpyness of the mlb tv….its horrible…not a fan at all

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  67. Blake says:

    Can you watch MLB.tv on the PS3 in full screen mode? I’m only able to in wide screen

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