Apple TV Now Streams MLB.tv


Steve Jobs + baseball = magic.

Things have improved for fans looking to stream MLB.tv on their televisions: On Wednesday Apple TV added support for the service.

MLB.tv streaming is already available on lots of electronic things; a full list is here. But for those who aren’t satisfied watching on smart phones, computers, or tablet computers — for those who prefer to watch sports from a slight distance, sprawled on softly yielding couches — the options haven’t been great.

Yeah, I can hook my laptop up to my TV, but that’s fiddly and monopolizes my laptop during games. I could invest in a Blu-ray player or game console that supports MLB.tv streaming, but that’s expensive. The iPad 2 has an HDMI out, but sadly I don’t have an iPad 2. Until this week, the Roku video player was the only option for a $100 or cheaper device designed to put MLB.tv on my television. The $99 Apple TV is a welcome addition to this category.

In closing, since some percentage of this post constitutes free advertising for MLB.tv, here’s an obligatory: Fix the blackouts, you guys.




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  1. Remis says:

    Does it work as well as PS3? I hope it works in Canada

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    • Leo Martin says:

      I *believe* it will work in Canada, although I’m not sure how robust Apple TV’s other content offerings are in Canada.

      Also, note that if you’re in Canada all Blue Jays games are blacked out by MLB.tv.

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  2. Boomer says:

    That full list of supported electronic things only links to an appleTV+MLB.tv. What I want to know really is if the PS3 and/or Xbox360 can stream it

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  3. CSJ says:

    I’m really looking forward to this on my PS3 this year. MLB.TV Spring training only works on the apple devices I believe.

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  4. GregD says:

    I noticed at mlb.com that a number of the 2011 features state

    “*Features not available when viewing your mlb.tv subscription on Apple TV”

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?product=appletv

    regular mlb.tv features with this asterisk:
    Portable to Multiple Devices*
    In-Game Highlights and Stats*
    Alternate Audio Options*
    Pitch by Pitch Widget*
    Clickable Linescore*
    Fantasy Player Tracker*

    premium mlb.tv features with this asterisk:
    Multi-Game View (PIP, Split Screen, Quad)*

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    • Leo Martin says:

      That’s a good point.

      It looks like a lot of these “interactive” features are not available on any of the set-top-box-type solutions (Roku, PS3, Apple TV). It kind of makes sense because you need some sort of input device to control those features. Still it would be nice if they could map some controls to your TV remote or PS3 controller.

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