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2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:29 pm

Just passing along an offer from the MLB website of the entire 2011 season for $99.95, no mention of when it expires - http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/gift.jsp?&affiliateId=mlbMENUTV but it seems like a good price based on past years.

Last year Roku had issues with the MLB.tv package early in the season but worked out the issues and ended up with a positive viewing experience. I am looking forward to the 2011 season and hope Roku continues to offer the channel. (BTW, I have already signed up for the season so if beta testers are needed for 2011 let me know).

Loving the NHL channel but am looking forward to baseball, warm weather and The Yankees :D .


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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:20 pm

I'd buy the MLB.tv package in an instant if I could watch my local team's games. Until they work out that problem amongst themselves (I realize the complex issues involved between local broadcasters, the player's union, MLB, etc), it's just not worth it.
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:01 pm

I agree that the blackout policy is terrible! Just saying, but if someone was to purchase the package, is there any way to 'spoof' your location to get around the policy?
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:14 pm

Problem #1 is the blackouts. I get no cable, or satellite and have no way of watching any local games unless they are on FOX Saturday baseball.

Problem #2 is that MLB TV and ROKU never got along well. Do a search for MLB and you will see 131 pages of problems from April through October. The problems were never really resolved 100%. Pages reloading, lockups on page reloads, etc. right to the end of the season... and the playoffs... to the final game.

Can we get any word from the ROKU people that can guarantee that all those problems have been resolved in the off season??
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:32 pm

For some reason, MLB.tv on the Roku worked well for me; I am an Angels fan in Minnesota. But my wife couldn't watch her Twins games and she saw no value in the package.
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:13 pm

franchiz wrote:
For some reason, MLB.tv on the Roku worked well for me; I am an Angels fan in Minnesota. But my wife couldn't watch her Twins games and she saw no value in the package.


Exactly. If I were a Brewers fan in CA, I could watch every game next season. But as an Angels fan, I can't watch Angels OR Dodgers (or probably Padres, dunno) games. Since this problem is much older than the Roku, however, I doubt we'll see a resolution. MLB.tv must not want my money bad enough.

Spoofing is tough. I've heard they use a combination of your billing address and IP address. So unless you're sshing in from far away AND use an address that's not yours, you don't get to see any "local" games.
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:57 pm

I'd jump all over it if it weren't for the home game blackouts.

I don't want to pay $100 to watch teams that are of no interest to me.
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:24 pm

Question. What constitutes being in the "Balckout area" for a home game? Do they just count within the specific city limits for the team or is it farther out?
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:31 pm

It can be further out. Go to this page and look for the box toward the bottom to enter your zip code into. It will tell you what team is in your blackout area.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/in ... duct=mlbtv
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:32 pm

Beckerjr wrote:
Question. What constitutes being in the "Balckout area" for a home game? Do they just count within the specific city limits for the team or is it farther out?


Depends on the area - some whole states are blocked out for a team in that state. Other places, it's a smaller region. MLB isn't particularly forthcoming in their methodology...
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:33 pm

How is the HD content?

I had mlb.tv to watch twins games (connected my computer to the tv) and was able to get the HD upconversion. However, I just tried to watch some past playoff games as that is what they are offering right now and couldn't get HD content.

In regards to blackouts, it's been that way before Roku...it's all about TV rights and the local stations pay the teams a boatload to broadcast their teams.

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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:42 am

mbeckman03 wrote:
How is the HD content?

I had mlb.tv to watch twins games (connected my computer to the tv) and was able to get the HD upconversion. However, I just tried to watch some past playoff games as that is what they are offering right now and couldn't get HD content.

In regards to blackouts, it's been that way before Roku...it's all about TV rights and the local stations pay the teams a boatload to broadcast their teams.

Thanks


I'm one of the ones who had an awful experience with MLB.tv on Roku last year that lasted the whole season, to some degree.

I was so looking forward to this only to be let down time after time.

I am really hesitent to re-up again this year and will wait and see if Fios adds more HD channels for Extra Innings.
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:59 am

Thanks for the heads up. I rarely had any serious issues with MLB through Roku. As a misplaced A's and Giants fan, it was great to watch them all spring and summer.
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:16 am

I know you guys probably want to watch live games.....but blacked out games are available as archived games 90 minutes after the conclusion of the game. If you can avoid checking the scores for your team for that day then that may be the workaround thats good enough for some of you. I know I prefer live sports but I have watched games that I have saved on my dvr and it wasn't bad. Especially if I can't be at home to watch them live. I may end up checking this out tho. Thats not bad bc I think the regular price was like $150 if I recall correctly. I'm not a huge baseball fan so hopefully whatever issues everyone is talking about will be worked out. Do you guys know if they stream dolby digital with the HD streams or if its just regular stereo audio?
 
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Re: 2011 MLB.tv Premium package for $99.95 available now

Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:55 am

BTW-- just to be clear-- the blackout does not apply only to home games. It applies to ALL games for your home team.
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