MLB.TV swinging on PS3

Subscription service allows North American gamers to stream live HD home or away coverage of every regular season baseball game, complete with pause/rewind functions.

The PlayStation 3 may have been the second console to support Netflix movie streaming, but Sony is batting lead-off when it comes to subscription-based sports TV packages. Sony Computer Entertainment America and Major League Baseball announced that the PC- and mobile-based streaming service MLB.TV will be available for the PS3 later today.

Sony steps up to the plate with the first streaming sports service on consoles.

The PS3 version of the service will stream every regular season MLB game live in high definition and is included in the price of all MLB.TV subscriptions. If users can't watch the games as they happen, they can enjoy them after the fact, either as full games or in a condensed format. Blackout restrictions still apply, so users can't watch their home teams live. Other features include real-time highlights and a fantasy player tracker.

MLB.TV service is available in two tiers. The standard version of the service is $100 for the whole season (or $20 for a monthly subscription), while MLB.TV Premium costs $120 (or $25 per month) and lets users choose between the home or away team broadcast, use DVR-like pause and rewind functions on live games, or watch up to four games at once in split-screen. The PS3 version of MLB.TV will allow for choosing between broadcasts and DVR-like functions, though Sony's announcement made no mention of split-screen viewing, and inquiries were not returned as of press time.

Users will be able to install the service on their systems by downloading the MLB.TV application from the media section of the PlayStation Store. For more on MLB.TV, check out the official MLB Web site.

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52 comments
caliburgst
caliburgst

hey I have a question i have mlb.tv the standard version and not the premium version. Is it still free to watch on your ps3. I was gonna link it but then it asked for my credit card information and said premium customers would not get charged. Is it the same for the standard customers?

zachmagik
zachmagik

THIS IS PERHAPS THE BEST SERVICE SONY HAS EVER CREATED. IM WATCHING THE CUBS, ON MY PLAYSTATION NOW... I AM ECSTATIC.

fester420
fester420

@vader501st Sure it's on regular channels too, but some people's favorite teams are in another state so they can't catch every single game for their favorite team. This allows them to do that, I think you can get the same kind of deal with dish network too.

jschock
jschock

Boosh! Someone made my day!

jschock
jschock

I understand people who may not be into baseball not caring about this service, (then why comment?) but I for one am stoked. I downloaded it this morning on my way out the door, anybody try it yet? what's the quality of the stream?

vader501st
vader501st

@fester420 Nevertheless, it's a contradiction. Why would someone watch TV on a gaming console? As far as I know the MLB season will be available for broadcasting on TV channels. I just don't get it.

Skargamer
Skargamer

what are consoles coming to? next thing you know they'll be curing people who have cancer! :P wait thats a good thing... :|

Autolycus
Autolycus

@SneekyRatchet Keep you uninformed, unintelligent, biased comments out of here. XBL is free, just like your precious PSN. If you want to play games ONLINE costs on you. If you want a superior service with a better online experience (if you can't see it, it's because you dont want to) pay the 4 bucks a month. Or wait a couple of hours for your next PSN update to download then unzip, then install.

Autolycus
Autolycus

HOLD ON, I had this service last year and you need to know this I was able to watch ZERO brewer games last year, even when they were "away". SO if you want live games, this service blows. However if you want a team that isn't local, its great.... (until they play your local team)

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Until they have to installed nexdef and it bricks their system. Anywho, loving MLB.tv on my PC. I wouldn't use the feature if it came to the 360 as that's what a laptop is for.

ScottieMN
ScottieMN

@BigBacon87 I'm with you on this one--a Minnesotan. I signed up for MLB.TV to try this out, and it is absolutely awesome! Wow. Totally worth it for me, personally. Go Twins! Go Wild! @JDWolfie You can't watch games for free on MLB.com, to my knowledge.

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

I hope they do this with the NHL next season. Im Canadian.

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Or you can watch it on mlb.com for free!

Eazy1891
Eazy1891

this is definitely great for people who dont live near their favorite team....also now they have just another reason to turn on their PS3s

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

YES!!! i have this service and its gonna be greta being able to use my ps3 to stream all the games i wanna watch! :D

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

i think its great that they give you an option if u want to pay for it or not, not like some other consoles who force you to pay for something you might not want or need *cough* *cough*

fester420
fester420

It would be awesome if they made a deal with the NFL but I don't see that happening.

Maverick2448
Maverick2448

Sweet I have MLB.TV and love watching my fightin Phils. As long as the stream is halfway decent then this will be awesome

tony382
tony382

@EgoAttacker Yeah but it's not the same. That's going to be a channel to appeal to young males. I want this. I'm sure the 360 will get it within a year or so.

EgoAttacker
EgoAttacker

@tony382 There may be a similar thing coming out on the 360 where you can watch tv or whatever like this. The only difference I believe is that the 360 version has many different shows but i'm not sure so don't quote me if i'm wrong.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Great stuff; another perk to an already kick-ass service. Well done, Sony.

Omegamojo
Omegamojo

Other than the lame blackouts, this is cool for those out of market games. i just hope there isn't connectivity issues that buffer the broadcast...HATE buffering...

beprice3
beprice3

@ memrie. Its just like cable. All the feeds are SD on the PS3. That's why I haven't bought it on cable. the games look horrible. When they start broadcasting in HD I will buy.

goki1012
goki1012

imagine watching tv on an atari...

memrie
memrie

Cable companies haven't ponied up the money to provide HD games for the MLB package customers. When you pay $200 to watch your favorite teams games this summer with cable, its on SD stations that have a lower quality signal than their regular stations. So this is a welcome options. The tough part is, will this be any better? I know MLB.TV has its issues every year as well, but this is still less expensive nd portable

fester420
fester420

@vader501st the reason people don't mind this is because it is optional if you want the package or not, and you know what you're getting. Nobody knows whats going to be on the xbox tv channel and people don't want to pay for something they don't need.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

I'll never use this but as long as I don't have to pay for it being on Ps3 (even if I don't use it) like 360 stuff it can't hurt anything.

vader501st
vader501st

This TV crap is starting to get on my nerves. Sadly enough, People HERE seem to approve this, while on the other news about "Xbox Live TV" people are actually ranting about it. Lack of personality, anyone?

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

Why would they have MLB.tv in Canada? Nothing against the country at all, but you guys couldn't be bothered to support even two teams. (Blue Jays and Expos for those who don't know what I'm talking about) And the one team left is only a hop skip and a jump from the US. I doubt it would be worthwhile for MLB to offer the service there. I could be wrong.

Decessus
Decessus

@JhasNeeh I'm not a big fan of watching baseball (love to play though), but it does sound like a great service. If they offered something similar for football then I'd definitely consider getting it.

JhasNeeh
JhasNeeh

Monson: This isn't a 'show' it's an extension of an already running service. Anyone complaining about this needs to have a think. I have MLB.TV but with this I can watch games on my TV via my PS3 instead of just on my PC. Decessus: MLB.TV is so extensive it hurts. Even with a recording device you need to know before that you want to watch something right? With this service you can hear someone tell you about a great game last night or last week and be able to bring it up and watch. ANY game. It's well worth it if you like baseball.

Decessus
Decessus

Question: Is there a difference between what is being described here and what someone would have if they had a DVR and one of the baseball cable packages? (I've never had any of the cable packages so I don't have any experience with them)

monson21502
monson21502

oh great. the most boring sport in the world gets its own tv show on a gaming system. bet it gets alot of use:roll:

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

That's just awesome. I already have the package, but I was debating letting it go cuz it was bothersome to watch on the pc while also working. This way I can watch my beloved Sox on the telly while working on my PC...awesome! :D

JhasNeeh
JhasNeeh

Fantastic, now I can watch games and work at the same time on different screens - never shall I be in the middle of an essay and miss a great play!

tony382
tony382

I'm jealous. Why can't the 360 have this as I'm stationed away from home and have to watch my Mets on Time Warners crappy MLB package.

Narutofan30
Narutofan30

Ill download it but YES is all I need to watch the Yanks! 6 game Win Streak going on 7!

Blaskar
Blaskar

@Yuck_Too Then don't pay for it. Sony ain't holding a gun to your head. Not everyone has the services you do. Also, if you check pricing of MLB Extra Innings for cable and DirecTV you'll notice its double the cost of MLB.TV.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I already have HD and a PVR and a Cable package...why would I pay for this?

The_crapgamer
The_crapgamer

@JPH85 I'm waiting to see the same thing. The PS3 people were like "Were not paying to watch anything!" Now that this story is here, I am looking to see who has changed there tune...lol

The_Wolf22
The_Wolf22

@ alayeesquire: Same here, except with NFL.

grf7291
grf7291

nice, i love baseball but i don't have time to watch all the games

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i will be happy with espn 3 on the xbox 360. personally, i pay for at&t so it would be free for me depending on my ip address would give me certain games. so, espn 3 for the win!