MLB.TV Premium is now available for $99.99 for the rest of the season, the league announced via its email newsletter. Regularly $129.99 for an annual subscription, the popular Major League Baseball standalone streaming service has dropped in price by $30 for the remainder of the season, giving fans a chance to watch every out-of-market game live or on-demand on over 400 devices for the remainder of the regular season. Additionally, the cost of a yearly subscription to basic MLB.TV service, which doesn’t allow portability, was reduced from $109.99 a year to $79.99.
MLB.TV is billed as the “#1 live streaming sports service” and snagged a 2014 Emmy Award for Technical Engineering Achievement. In fact, MLB has done such an excellent job with its streaming service that its infrastructure is also being used to handle streaming for HBO Now, ESPN, Turner Networks, and several other video companies.
In addition to announcing a new price cut for MLB.TV Premium for the remainder of the season, the company also launched a new media player version 5.0 today. The new media player offers “simplified user controls” that “add to the fun of following those and other games, improving the user experience” Also, “a clickable linescore lets you jump between innings or to single-game highlights. The multi-view design provides an easy way to watch multiple games at once — a key asset for Fantasy owners. You can watch highlights in a secondary picture-in-picture window.”
Of course, the price cuts and new media player still don’t address fans’ biggest complaint with MLB.TV — blackouts of local games. In fact, there’s currently a class-action lawsuit challenging the league’s blackout rules. According to MLB.com, “due to MLB exclusivities, live national broadcasts of Major League Baseball events, and select live national broadcasts of MLB games (excluding those subject to Authenticated Access, described below), including those broadcast by ESPN on Sunday will be blacked out in the United States (including the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands). For a current listing of regular season games that will be nationally blacked out in the United States, click here. The list at this link will be updated throughout the season.”
Despite these incredibly frustrating and archaic blackout restrictions, MLB.TV is still very useful for fans of the sport in general and those who have relocated and still want to follow their favorite team back home.