MLB TV Review

9

Great

Price 9 out of 10

Interface 7.5 out of 10

Compatibility 9.2 out of 10

New Shows 8 out of 10

If you’re a cord cutter looking for a way to enjoy live sports streams, look no further than MLB.TV. This service from Major League Baseball has enjoyed several years at the top of its game ever since they founded the company MLB Advanced Media to pioneer this niche in live streaming. 

There are many ways you can watch MLB.TV. If you want to use a streaming platform or device, MLB.TV supports Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast. Additionally, compatible video game consoles are the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There are ways to watch MLB.TV on mobile too, and you can stream using Android, Amazon Fire phones and tablets and iOS devices. Finally, other methods to watch include the in browser app for Mac, Windows and more, certain Blu-Ray and DVD players, select smart TVs and TiVo.

Content available with MLB.TV

You can enjoy every regular season game with MLB.TV. The exceptions are nationally broadcast games, such as the playoffs and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, and broadcasts which are on cable in the area where you reside. In other words, the team which owns your local market will be blacked out all season long. You can enter your zipcode on the MLB.TV site to find out what your blackout restrictions are. In such an instance, you will not be able to watch the game live through MLB.TV. However, the game will be available as an archived game 90 minutes after it has concluded.

A feature designed for baseball fans is the ability to place radio audio over the video stream. Due to many TV networks operating on a delay, having the radio on over the TV wasn’t feasible, but with MLB.TV this has again become an option. Additionally, you can go back and watch any game from the season if you’ve missed out on any action, on top of highlights and condensed games if you’re short on time or just want to view the essentials.

There is an archive of games going back to 2013 if you want to view some of your oldest favourites, which is nice for when you have some spare time and want to relive some of the most exciting moments in baseball. Additionally, the audio feeds aren’t subject to blackouts, and fans of local teams won’t have to sign up for a full MLB.TV subscription in order to gain access to this content.

Major League Baseball has struck up deals with television sports networks in order to broadcast some of the games on a national scale. When games show on national TV, they aren’t generally available on regional sports networks, which means that the TV rights in the region you reside have been sold for national broadcast games and those including the teams you can watch on local networks. However, other broadcasts – the regional sports networks outside your local area – aren’t available to watch on cable, satellite or even as part of a skinny bundle. The reason MLB.TV was set up is to allow viewers access to this content. In other words, subscribers can view regular season, out of market and non national games.

For those wanting to bypass the restrictions on MLB.TV by using a proxy server or VPN to convince the site you’re located somewhere else, you should be aware that this violates the provider’s terms of service, and could result in your account being cancelled.

Overall, viewers can enjoy their favourite home and away broadcasts on video, with a picture quality of 60 frames per second. Furthermore, you can watch up to four games at once thanks to multi view. Viewing options include single, dual, thumbnail and quad, making it easy to keep on track with the pitches from all of your favorite teams. Before joining a live game, you can watch a quick rundown of key moments that have taken place so far to get caught up on the action. Those US customers who are authenticated will be able to live stream every game from the 2019 World Series and the 90th All Star Game. Live games can be paused and rewound, and you can track the type, speed and location of every pitch as they play out live. 

How to sign up for MLB.TV

To sign up, follow these steps.

  1. Click on one of the subscription options you’d like on the homepage.
  2. Click through to create a new account if you don’t already have one.
  3. Enter your email address and create a password. 
  4. Enter your date of birth and check the box to confirm you agree to the MLB Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
  5. You will be redirected to a MLB website page where you will be required to enter your billing information and payment card details.
  6. If you are a new customer you will not need to pay anything until your seven day free trial is over. You can cancel at any time before this expiry date and not pay anything.

How to cancel MLB.TV

MLB will honor all refund requests which are made within five days of your first subscription purchase date or the automatic renewal date connected with a MLB season. One refund is given per person for any given subscription purchase. If you wish to cancel your subscription, log into your account and access the Manage Subscriptions section. From there, follow the instructions to complete the cancellation process. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or call toll-free on 866-800-1275.

Price, trials and subscription options

If you want to sign up for MLB.TV, there are two main options – All Teams, or Single Team. With the All Teams subscription, you can watch every 2019 out of market regular season game live or on demand. Furthermore, you can watch on whichever supported device you please, and this includes the use of the MLB At Bat Premium app. There is a seven day free trial available, and then this subscription costs $24.99 a month. Alternatively, you can pay for a year upfront at $99.99. The Single Team subscription allows you to watch one team’s out of market regular season games live or on demand, with all other features identical to that seen with the All Teams subscription. Whether you support the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays or the Texas Rangers, you can choose a team from the drop-down menu to proceed. The pricing is $79.99 a year.

Competitors

There are several options out there when it comes to live streaming sports. For example, other platforms include fuboTV, ESPN Plus and NHL TV. All of these services have their plus points, but ultimately your choice will depend on your viewing preferences. If you only tend to watch sports, then MLB.TV is a dedicated provider which aims to give sports fans value for their money. On the other hand, fuboTV gives customers a general TV subscription along with the ability to add further sports channels as an add-on. This may work for families looking for streaming services options, or if you watch a range of programs. 

Summary

MLB.TV is a solid choice for sports fans wanting to watch a range of live and catch up content. Paying monthly or yearly allows flexibility with financial budgets, and you can choose a single team to focus on if you have a favorite. There are many ways to customise the watching experience, such as pausing and rewinding live play and gaining more information about who is batting, the position of the pitch and more. Furthermore, the ability to watch game highlights before entering a live match or diving into the archives to watch your top sporting moments from the past few years ensures you’ll gain hours of entertainment with this subscription.

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