1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Welcome to the new DBSTalk community platform. We have recently migrated to a community platform called Xenfono and hope you will find this change to your liking. There are some differences, but for the most part, if you just post and read, that will all be the same. If you have questions, please post them in the Forum Support area. Thanks!

MLB.TV now available on the Roku player

Discussion in 'IPTV and Internet Video Delivery' started by Chris Blount, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    17,305
    28
    Jun 22, 2001
    With Roku and MLB.TV Premium, you can now watch your favorite team no matter where you live. Catch live, out-of-market games on your TV screen with your MLB.TV Premium subscription and your Roku player and watch local market or other nationally televised games approximately 90 minutes after they end.

    More here.
     
  2. Ken S

    Ken S RIP

    6,201
    0
    Feb 12, 2007
    Great news...Thanks!

    MLBEI is nice, but depending on PQ this is better especially from a cost perspective.
     
  3. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    It's not clear to me from any of the articles that I've read whether or not games will be offered in HD (although the MLB page that the Roku page links to indicates HD quality games where available). I hope so. Irregardless, I think the wife and I will try this out for the rest of the season.
     
  4. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    12,971
    203
    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Hmm, a bit disappointing that it requires premium. I have the non-premium package so I can watch games on my iPhone. Anyway, I have EI so most of my needs are covered anyway. Would be nice if there were a free preview period, though to check out the quality.
     
  5. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    4,807
    84
    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Not only do I wonder about the HD but are all gmaes streamable only after the complete game is over?
     
  6. BudShark

    BudShark New Member

    3,192
    3
    Aug 11, 2003
  7. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    Games that are not blacked out locally and are not televised nationally will be carried live.
     
  8. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    4,807
    84
    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Kind of hard to see why as many people would keep MLB EI with this being so much cheaper.
     
  9. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    We have FiOS TV and, while they do carry MLB EI, they do not have as many games in HD as DirecTV. For that reason, and because of all the blackouts, we did not subscribe this year.

    We do have a Roku player and it's a great little device; it does an amazing job of streaming HD content from Netflix and Amazon.com (I just started watching Harper's Island the other night - Netflix has the entire series available for streaming).

    This is a great alternative to MLB EI for myself and my wife, who's an out of market Yankees fan.

    I just signed up for $34.95 for the rest of the season and will give it a test drive this evening.
     
  10. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    4,807
    84
    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    I guess it should really benifit E* fans who did not have the option for MLB EI this year.
     
  11. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    That's a really good point.
     
  12. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    17,305
    28
    Jun 22, 2001
    I watched a HD movie on the Roku box the other night and I really wouldn't call it HD. It's just very good looking DVD. The best HD I have seen from any streaming box so far is from the AppleTV (which I guess really isn't streaming but I can still watch an HD movie in real time while it downloads).

    The great thing about the Roku box is that its cheap and getting more and more versitile each time Roku adds a feature.
     
  13. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    I wouldn't confuse streaming HD from Netflix with Blu-ray quality, that's for sure (it's 720p after all). But to me it does look quite a bit better than an upconverted DVD. I find it to be very watchable. Heck, I even think that the streaming SD content is pretty darn good.

    My Roku player reminds me of my iPhone; it was pretty great when I got it and it just keeps getting better and better over time.
     
  14. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    17,305
    28
    Jun 22, 2001
    You are correct. It does look pretty good but the larger the display, the more Netflix streaming shows its true colors.

    Don't get me wrong. I like the Roku box but for those with large front projectors, using the Roku box is not the first choice when viewing HD movies.
     
  15. Reaper

    Reaper Godfather

    633
    23
    Jul 30, 2008
    I have a 55" plasma and I think that it looks pretty good.
     
  16. Stewpidity

    Stewpidity Godfather

    292
    0
    Jan 25, 2008
    Please post how the MLB games looked...I am thinking about getting one of these, also what how is your Roku hooked up to the internet...

    Thanks
     
  17. ajc68

    ajc68 Icon

    667
    0
    Jan 23, 2008
    This is a brilliant move by Roku and MLB. Now you don't even have to have cable or satellite to get MLB games on your TV.
     
  18. MikeW

    MikeW Hall Of Fame

    2,565
    4
    May 16, 2002
    Although true, the package lacks one very important aspect. Local games are not available. Here, the DBacks broadcast exclusively on FSN AZ. Cable or satellite is the only option for those games.

    I have seen MLB add locals, but they asked San Diego and NY residents for an extra $50.00 and required them to watch using a cable provided internet. The price was a "half-season" special, so God only knows how much they'll charge for that. Also...I don't believe the local packages are available a-la carte. You have to be an MLB.TV sub also.
     
  19. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    25,651
    436
    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    From what I've read about the Roku, the PQ isn't even 720p. I'd have one if it did at least that. I just spent a couple hours last week reading the reviews about the Roku and I was disappointed. Might well buy a cheap Sammy BD player just to stream NetFlix. Not that much more expensive and it does everything. I've seen the Sammy 1500 for about $179. That little bit of money is worth it for better PQ. And I'm not a Sammy fan. I've got a great Sony BD player, but it doesn't stream NetFlix. Neither do the Pannys.

    Rich
     
  20. Garyunc

    Garyunc Godfather

    313
    0
    Oct 7, 2006
    I checked this out last night. The picture quality was 720P and looked pretty good to me. I am connected via wireless and there were few issues. Overall I was pleased. Also of note, it did not restrict my computer login so I was able to watch one game on my TV and another on my laptop at the same time.
     

Share This Page