Streaming service begins 15th year with 15 games today, tomorrow
By Mark Newman
MLB.TV, the world's longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product, is returning for its 15th-anniversary year this weekend, and the first action continues with seven live games today and another eight on Sunday -- including a relaxed rematch of the most recent World Series.
The gradual rollout of nearly 300 Spring Training select streams on more than 400 supported connected and mobile devices is an annual harbinger that Major League Baseball is back, and subscriptions to MLB.TV Premium are available now for $112.99 yearly or $24.99 monthly. Full features will be available on Opening Day, and for a big added treat, U.S. subscribers can watch the entire World Baseball Classic from March 6-22.
"MLB.TV is big, because it allows my family to be able to see me play," Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon said. "For all the people in my family who aren't able to come to see me, they can watch me play, and using that app helps a lot."
"I think it's great. It expands the game," said new Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler. "It raises the awareness around it. You can see your favorite team anywhere."
This weekend's live streams feature last season's pennant winners, the Cubs and Indians, among those playing their first 2017 games today as a new journey begins. Then they go head to head tomorrow in Mesa, Ariz., in a starkly contrasted manner -- but nonetheless a reminder of how it all ended in '16.
Cardinals at Marlins, 1:05
Yankees at Phillies, 1:05
Twins at Red Sox, 1:05
Nationals at Mets, 1:10
White Sox at Dodgers, 3:05
Reds at Indians, 3:05
Athletics at Cubs (ss), 3:05
Marlins at Cardinals, 1:05
Red Sox at Rays, 1:05
Blue Jays (ss) at Yankees, 1:05
Phillies at Blue Jays (ss), 1:07
Tigers at Mets, 1:10
Angels at Athletics, 3:05
Dodgers at Brewers, 3:05
Indians at Cubs, 3:05
MLB.TV continues its annual tradition of delivering BAMTech-developed tech innovations and breakthrough premium features for watching live games. MLB.TV Premium is once again the best package for full-featured immersion through the World Series. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available at $87.49 yearly.
The new array of features, debuting for regular-season games, includes a "team view" in which fans can designate a favorite team and enjoy a custom team-centric experience on supported platforms. Redesigned apps will launch on connected platforms Android TV, FireTV, Xbox and Roku. The HD media player -- a responsible in-page layout experience -- will introduce additional playback controls, milestone markers and support for Chromecast and Chromebook.
Using a designated favorite team, fans will get a custom team-centric experience on supported platforms. "Alexa, open MLB" will be a familiar verbal command, as MLB.TV Premium subscribers will have access to listen to live games without blackout restrictions using the new MLB skill on the Amazon Echo platform.
All-access features also include home and away feeds, allowing you to watch either TV broadcast feed live, including Spanish-language audio overlay on supported devices. Portability remains a hallmark, because with a single subscription, you can watch live out-of-market games on all supported connected devices, smartphones and tablets.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers will have free access to all premium features in MLB.com At Bat (a $19.99 value), including home and away radio broadcasts, exclusive highlights and more. At Bat will be available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire.
Revolutionary 60fps live streaming video will be available to MLB.TV Premium subscribers. This HD technology also will be available in 2017 on supported iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs as well as Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Authenticated subscribers again will have the opportunity to utilize "Follow Your Team" to watch a single selected out-of-market team's live local telecasts. The add-on feature (a $10 value) also includes access to the selected out-of-market team's games played against any team within the designated home TV territory where the subscriber resides, provided that the subscriber is also a pay TV subscriber of the regional sports network that carries the in-market club that the selected out-of-market club is playing.
"It just allows my family to watch the games, whether they're at work or traveling," said Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich, who will be playing for Team USA on MLB.TV shortly as well. "My mom works late, so she's not always home for the games. My brother is in the Marine Corps, and he's all over the place. It just expands the game of baseball. It allows more people to view it. I think that was their ultimate goal, and they're succeeding."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.