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Discussion in 'MLB Discussion' started by koufax32, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. cheekydave

    cheekydave Member SoSH Member

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    My two cents, so far this year both EI and MLBTV on my phone and my TV have been fantastic.

    The kiss of death?
     
  2. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Main TV has a fairly new Roku Premiere Plus, wired internet. MLB TV works fine. Very rarely pauses, very quick to load and start. Potentially also of note, it's cabled directly to one of the ports on the internet modem/router and not through my 1GB switch.

    Secondary TV has a Roku Stick, different story. Much more prone to delays and it is very slow to even reach the game selection menu. Game starts take several seconds longer than the Premiere Plus. Stick is wireless of course.

    I have noticed very frequent updates to the MLB TV app in all my portable devices, mostly Android. It seems to be getting an update almost once a week. So I think it's safe to say there are issues out there they are trying to correct.
     
  3. Flunky

    Flunky Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    the picture quality for the stream is way up this year. no new devices but it looks like live tv on all. previously the stream had a movie-like aspect to it.
     
  4. Pearl Wilson

    Pearl Wilson Member SoSH Member

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    I asked for and got a refund. NESN is available in my area but NESN+ is not. I called and spoke to an actual person (so points to them); I pointed out that I was out-of-market for the Red Sox when they are broadcast on NESN+ and therefore ought to be able to watch on MLBTV. The guy was nice but said he could not do anything to fix my situation.
     
  5. joyofsox

    joyofsox empty, bleak Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    We have an Apple 4K and the option to watch the TV feed while listening to the radio feed is not available. Which I find bizarre.
    It does exist if you use a Roku, though it is now hard to find.
     
  6. Flunky

    Flunky Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I do wish there was like a matrix view of features across the platforms. On the PS4 and Xbone they have feed tagging where you could show events in the game across the playback timeline. So if you had to step away from the game and you came back and it's 4-0, it was easy to go back to the event tags and watch.

    It's kind of frustrating how brain-dead the Apple TV app is. I often prefer just to watch on the ipad anyway because you can grab stats and stuff as you watch really easily.
     
  7. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    They updated the PS4 app a week or so ago and it's been much better for me ever since. I also like how it now focuses more on the team you select as your favorite and gives you highlights and interviews on the front page.
     
  8. OurF'ingCity

    OurF'ingCity Member SoSH Member

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    This is by far my biggest gripe with MLB.TV - what other app has significantly different interfaces and features depending on what platform you are using it on? It's bizarre and frustrating if, like me, you like certain features from various of the platforms. For example, I like the feed tagging feature on the PS4 app, but I also like the "catch-up" option on the Apple TV app which, unless I'm mistaken, doesn't exist on any other platforms (maybe the Roku? I don't have one). Same thing with the radio feed option - it's not available on the Apple TV app or the iPad app (so far as I can tell), and while it is available on the PS4 I find it makes the stream lag like crazy, so if I want to use that feature I basically have to watch on my computer.

    These are all minor complaints to be sure and I think the overall stream quality has definitely improved across devices, but it's frustrating when you discover a cool feature only to later realize when watching on a different platform that that feature is nowhere to be found.
     
  9. glennhoffmania

    glennhoffmania but still failing Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I've had an issue all season with the app. After midnight every day, the scoreboard stops updating. If i tap a game the updated box score comes up but the scoreboard is frozen until the games starts the next day. Anyone else have this issue?
     
  10. DrBlinky

    DrBlinky Member SoSH Member

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    The annual Father's Day sale has been going on this week. $49.99 for rest of season. This is typically when I jump on board each year. (I make sure to use a temp credit card number set to expire in a couple months when I make the purchase so the auto renew doesn't go through the next year.)
     
  11. InsideTheParker

    InsideTheParker Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks, Dr., I had forgotten.
    A question for anyone. I am watching a game on my phone. Whenever I switch to anything else for a second, the game transmission stops. Is this normal? ( I am watching thru AtBat.)
     
    #311 InsideTheParker, Jun 16, 2018
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  12. bobesox

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    Same here.
     
  13. DrBlinky

    DrBlinky Member SoSH Member

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    I'm using AtBat on an Android (Google Pixel) and one of the controls on the screen as I'm watching basically does picture-in-picture with the game action continuing in a smaller window.
     
  14. adam42381

    adam42381 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Apparently the blackout maps have been updated recently. I've been blacked out of Washington and Baltimore all season like it has been the past two seasons, but now they've added Cincinnati and Atlanta to my blackout area.This is new and has been confirmed to be correct. I can understand Baltimore/Washington/Atlanta, but Cincinnati is nowhere near the Triad area of North Carolina. I hate blackouts. Off to Reddit for streams...
     
  15. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Haven't seen too many good MLB.TV discounts this year, but the price just went down to $29.99 for the rest of the season / $19.99 for a single-team package. Not bad for the last 1/3 of the season.

    Sale ends tomorrow.
     
  16. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks alot AB, I was waiting for something like this.
     
  17. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    This is great, I just checked a couple days ago and was bummed to see it was still $83.

    Given recent events, you could have used better phrasing than "Sale ends tomorrow" though...
     
  18. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    Do the TBS games in the playoffs show on this or do I need to buy Sling for the month?
     
  19. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    If you are out of the US you can watch every postseason game. Inside the US you are blacked out.
     
  20. Rasputin

    Rasputin Will outlive SeanBerry Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    That means Sling unless you can borrow a password from someone who has cable or satellite.
     
  21. Cumberland Blues

    Cumberland Blues Dope Dope

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    VPN or what Ras said.
     
  22. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    Reddit other option.
     
  23. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    MLB's TV rules are the worst. Why is it so hard for fans willing to pay to watch the postseason?
     
  24. MakeMineMoxie

    MakeMineMoxie Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    A question for those with MLBTV. I have been getting MLB Extra Innings for the past few years but I'm looking for a cheaper alternative for 2019 & I think the MLB app on my Samsung TV will work.

    We usually let the game record for about an hour so we can speed through the commercials & save time. What happens to MLBTV between innings? Can you start watching on a delayed basis & skip through the ads?
     
  25. swiftaw

    swiftaw Member SoSH Member

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    Whenever I watch a game already in process it gives me 3 options:

    Watch from beginning

    Watch live

    Show highlights then watch live

    (My wording might be off but those are the options I usually have)
     
  26. Rasputin

    Rasputin Will outlive SeanBerry Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    You gotta make sure your internet is pretty good. We tried to do what you do a few years ago and it was a goddamn nightmare. Every time the game buffered it would go back to live and when you were on live play you couldn't go back to a specific inning let alone play so you'd have to guess how far back to go.
     
  27. MakeMineMoxie

    MakeMineMoxie Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Ugh, that sounds terrible. IIRC, they offer a free week every so often so maybe I'll try it then & see how we like it. Thanks, Ras.
     
  28. h8mfy

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    This year, MLB declined to make a version of the app that would work on my older Samsung Smart TV - so make sure you check your model before switching. I haven’t had much luck with any DVR-style controls on any streaming service since you can’t really watch the video while it advances like on a cable box. I haven’t looked but a Roku with an HDD like a STB would be really useful for live streams.

    To answer your question, during ads they usually just put up a slate saying “commercial break” (or something to that effect) but sometimes you’ll see an ad. I’ve basically just accepted that I have to pay attention to the streamed game as it happens live, like the olden days. But there are definitely advantages like being able to watch outside the home, etc. that a cable package doesn’t allow.
     
  29. MakeMineMoxie

    MakeMineMoxie Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    Thanks, H8, I think I'll be OK since my TV is only a year old & I did try going onto the app, just couldn't access a game since I hadn't subscribed. Who knows what will happen next year, though.
     
  30. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I use a Roku. When you select the game, start about 20 minutes late. You can select 'Jump to Inning.' Go to top of the first inning. As commercials start, fast forward approximately two minutes, (the time shows on the play line). You won't be gamethreading anyway. The feed is around 15-20 seconds behind the 'live' NESN feed.

    The only time I don't do this is if I'm returning from dinner or something and have been watching on my phone.
     
  31. bsj

    bsj Renegade Crazed Genius SoSH Member

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    There are so many streams out there on reddit now I wont pay for it again.
     
  32. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Why pay for it when you can steal it? Good call.
     
  33. cromulence

    cromulence Member SoSH Member

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    On top of being something worth supporting, I really value being able to easily watch on my phone. Not that I do that for a whole game, but if I'm out somewhere and there's a big AB, it's nice to be able to jump in and watch it.
     
  34. uncannymanny

    uncannymanny Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    It’s really reasonably priced. Other leagues charge multiple times what MLB charges for half or less games. At the start of every season I forget that it isn’t free.
     
  35. bsj

    bsj Renegade Crazed Genius SoSH Member

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    nm
     
    #335 bsj, Feb 18, 2019
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  36. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Switch to T-Mobile, you get it free as a promo.
     
  37. B H Kim

    B H Kim Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Just went to open the app on my TiVo for the first time this year, only to discover that they have discontinued the app. I can still access it on my Apple TV, but the TiVo has always been much more convenient. I’m not sure why they would choose to discontinue the TiVo app, but it’s incredibly annoying.
     
  38. LoweTek

    LoweTek Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    I had to uninstall and re-install the MLB At Bat app on all my devices before it would work. There is apparently a new version for 2019.
     
  39. brs3

    brs3 sings praises of pinstripes SoSH Member

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    I live in NYC. For Spring Training games, I can watch the MFY and Mets without issue(this is relevant because I watched Red Sox/MFY no problem the other day). Once the season starts, this ends. Does MLB look at ST as free period where blackouts don't matter? Blackouts are the dumbest thing remaining with MLB.tv, and MLB seems to acknowledge as much during ST.

    I pray often for the end of the regional blackouts for MLB.tv
     
  40. Congo

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    I just got the latest update for my Firestick. Last year's version was utterly unusable. I couldn't go a half inning without it starting the rebuffering routine every 10 seconds. This year I was able to get through the entire game without a hitch. It seems they've done a lot of work on that particular version of the app.
     
  41. Margo McCready

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    You may already know this, but you can circumvent the blackout with a VPN.
     
  42. brs3

    brs3 sings praises of pinstripes SoSH Member

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    It's a hassle when I want to just turn a game on my TV app. I have to VPN then stream from my laptop to my TV. They could just do us a favor and drop the charade.
     
  43. Omar's Wacky Neighbor

    Omar's Wacky Neighbor Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    March 26 this year
     
  44. The Gray Eagle

    The Gray Eagle Member SoSH Member

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    Thank you for the T-Mobile heads up! I need to put that on my calendar so I don't miss it.
     
  45. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Loads of T-mobile people that don't care about baseball sell the mlb.tv accounts for pretty cheap. Going rate last year was around $5.
     
  46. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    Where could I get one? Dollars are too expensive down here.
     
  47. Joe Sixpack

    Joe Sixpack Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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  48. patoaflac

    patoaflac Member SoSH Member

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    Thanks Joe.
     
  49. Flunky

    Flunky Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    you could get a vpn capable router...
     
  50. Wake49

    Wake49 Member SoSH Member

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    I was pleasantly surprised to find out the other week that season ticket holders were given an mlb.tv subscription for free. I believe MFY STHs got it as well, not sure about other teams.
     

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