mlb.tv on Roku

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by bigwad, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. loudo

    loudo Well-Known Member

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    I had Center Ice for years and I never saw such a thing. As a matter of fact that is why I switched to Game Center (Mobile availability). If they ever do offer it, I will be back with CI, in a heartbeat.
     
  2. 1980ws

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    I dropped EI last year for MLB.TV. I really enjoy being able to listen to the radio guys synced over the television. I like it that it comes with At Bat so I can listen while driving. I like it's available on my tablet as well. And my internet is fast enough the PQ & streaming work well on my one tv that doesn't have an HDMI port. Great value for me. I'm not sure I'd be interested if EI & MLB.TV were bundled. Depends on the cost. I wondered last year if I made the right decision and I know have now.. Made the switch to NHL Gamecenter too over CI and very happy with it too.
    All good platforms, I advise to give it try one season, or buy both. Great to have choices.
     
  3. JohnDG

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    I was under the impression that spring training games are blacked-out for out-of-area subscribers on DTV.

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  4. bubbaray21

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    MLB Network,will carry a gazillion games during ST, but I have had DTV and the Sports Lack for years and have never been blacked out during that time. Of course regular season games are blacked out because they want you to buy the EI package.

    That said, one of the things I love about EI and having the Sports Pack is that I can tune to NESN or some other channel on game day and watch the pregame, game and post game without having to change channels to the EI tier. With MLB.tv you MAY get a ore game, but they snap it off within minutes of the last out.

    On a day where I don't want to watch a specific game, EI on DTV gives me the same multi-game box I get with Sunday Ticket until one game appeals to me to switch to it. Now I understand that some people don't mind the small PQ difference and little glitches with MLB.tv but personally I have a different agenda when it comes to baseball. I follow three teams closely and I am an avid day baseball nut so I want ore and post game as well as games, I want the highest resolution picture and all the benefits EI has.

    That said, I WILL be buying the minor league version - MiLB.tv - because I can stream it to my TV because they have many day games, some beginning in the morning. Roku doesn't have that yet but my iPad will suffice quite nicely.
     
  5. loudo

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    In the past I have seen spring training games on the RSN sports networks, without a subscription to EI. But of course you need to subscribe to the RSN sports package.
     
  6. bubbaray21

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    I just checked the DirecTV website and, as I suspected, you purchase MLBEI and you also get it on Roku and other devices as well. I believe it was inevitable that baseball would go in this direction because people did not want to pay twice to watch games away from home. And the best part? It comes in just under $200.00 which is a bargain!
     
  7. loudo

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    That figures, just after my MLB-TV renewed. Maybe next year I will go back to EI. Seems like DirecTV always wait until the last minute to post their sports packages.
     
  8. bubbaray21

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    I intentionally stopped my auto-renewal because I thought this would happen. And you are right, DTV waited until just before the opening games in Australia to post it on their site. Usually I see a flood of commercials but I haven't seen one yet. The spot is on their website but not running on any of their sports stations. Odd. But I am a happy camper nonetheless.
     
  9. turls

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    Crap, I already bought At Bat as I like to have the audio feeds but never would buy mlb.tv. Why couldn't DirecTV have promoted this more so I would have known? I've waited for this for years.
     
  10. Bronxiniowa

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    If I didn't live in Des Moines, where we are in the market areas of 6 MLB Midwest clubs (Cubs, White Sox, Twins, Royals, Brewers and Cardinals), I would probably buy EI. Unfortunately, given my location, I'd be paying full price while seeing only 80 percent of MLB teams. So I get the Sports Pack and watch those team's games in the clear, plus MLB.TV for the other teams. MLB.TV picture quality on an HD TV doesn't compare to EI but it's watchable, plus I get MLB audio. Hope everyone is satisfied with their decision. Baseball's back!
     
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  11. bubbaray21

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    I watched the Nats on DTV and went out in the garage. I hooked my iPad up to the TV using the MLB app and it worked pretty good EXCEPT the volume was low for the game and I had to pump it up to 55 (out of 100), but when they went to commercial there were spots showcasing some old games and the volume almost blew my speakers. Game came back and it was dramatically lower. They have got to fix this.

    However, I brought one of my Roku units out there and it was perfect. Just a 'Commercial in progress' screen without the BS. If they could somehow figure out how to insert commercials like they do on TV it would be fine with me. I know they can't run spots via the Internet, but if they get national sponsors like Bud and Coke, MLB would run into the local problems.

    All in all, it works fine and I have to agree that DirecTV could have done a better job promoting it. I can only surmise that the deal came together late in spring training because there were only three provider choices when I activated the MLB.tv portion. I had a feeling this would happen and I held out until the last minute to sign up and I got the entire thing for just under $200.
     
  12. JohnDG

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    Looks like MLB.TV on Roku has a DVR like functionality. I was able to join a game in progress, start from the beginning and fast-forward thru the commercial breaks.

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  13. bubbaray21

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    MLB on Roku always had those options. The only thing I didn't like about the fast forward or go back was you didn't see the picture to know how far you went, only the time of where you were in the game. If you wanted to just go back a few seconds it always went past where you wanted to go. That said, it was a very small complaint.

    As far as I am concerned, Roku is the best streaming device out there.
     
  14. loudo

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    It is good but the app needs some serious updating compared to the MLB-TV XBox or computer app.You can only view one game at a time and everytime you want to check another score you have ot back out of the game you are watching and open up the game you want to check the score of.
     
  15. bubbaray21

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    Agreed, but to me that is a minor flaw considering everything Roku has to offer compared to other streaming devices. I generally wait until "commercial in progress" before I check in for other scores. If you are a fantasy player I can understand the frustration because you want everything yesterday, but to the average fan they tend to stay with a specific game.
     

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