Catch all the live action with a yearly, monthly or single-team subscription
By Mark Newman
Albert Pujols has reached 600 home runs, Adrian Beltre is projected to reach 3,000 hits in the final week of the season, Aaron Judge leads the Majors in homers as a rookie, Antonio Senzatela is 7-2 for the Rockies, the red-hot Astros have baseball's best record, and you can watch the At Bat app from Atlanta to Anaheim over your Apple, Android and Amazon devices.
"Alexa, open MLB" is even a thing in 2017.
This season has been Grade A so far in terms of milestones and surprises, and as the calendar turns to June, Major League Baseball Advanced Media has made it easier to watch all remaining live out-of-market games. Yearly subscriptions have been lowered to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for Single Team subscriptions, making it a good time to join a celebration of 15 years for the world's longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product.
"When I'm in the hotel, I have Apple TV, I take it on the road with me. At home, I use my iPhone and the At Bat app," Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. "It's great for fans to watch the games and be able to replay them and just enjoy baseball."
There are nearly two dozen interactive features for subscribers to access and interact with games at a revolutionary 60 frames per second on any of more than 400 supported devices. The new array of features 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. "Alexa, open MLB" is a now-familiar verbal command, as MLB.TV Premium subscribers can listen to live games without blackout restrictions using the new MLB skill on the Amazon Echo platform.
Will Chris Sale stay on pace to become the first 300-strikeout pitcher in the American League since another Red Sox ace, Pedro Martinez, did it in 1999? Will the Cubs rebound and make a repeat run? Will closer Greg Holland (19 saves) and the Rockies make it a 10th-year reunion at the World Series? Can the Nationals make it to a Fall Classic for the first time in club history? So many questions, and so many live streams to watch.
Authenticated MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to stream next month's 88th All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in Miami, and every game of the World Series. Access will be available via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers across any supported MLB.TV platforms, including smartphones and tablets via At Bat.
"I always use MLB.TV to replay my starts and/or evaluate how I will approach a particular team," Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez said. "The picture quality and functions of the app are incredible. It's also a great way for my family and friends back home in the Dominican Republic to watch my games live."
"It's redefined the way to follow a game," said Hall of Famer John Smoltz, who uses MLB.TV to help prepare for his MLB Network and FOX Sports analyst assignments. "I couldn't do this at all if I wasn't able to watch video. I watch the [MLB.com At Bat] app to get ready for my games just because it's the only way I can catch up. The numbers are numbers. I can look up every number in the world. I can look up statistics that can tell the story. But when I get to see video, when I get to see actual footage, that's a difference-maker for me."
MLB.TV Premium is also available for $24.99 on a monthly basis, and its subscribers 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 is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets and Amazon Kindle Fire.
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.
Revolutionary 60fps live streaming video is available to MLB.TV Premium subscribers. This HD technology also is available 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 also includes access to the selected out-of-market team's games played against any team within the designated home television territory where the subscriber resides, provided that the subscriber is also a pay-television subscriber of the regional sports network that carries the in-market club that the selected out-of-market club is playing.
"MLB.TV is essential for a baseball junkie like me," Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino said. "It's so easy to catch up on the other games around the league from my phone while we are on the go. I only wish I could have had this when I was growing up."
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.