MLB.TV, the league’s long-running streaming service, is available now and promising a bunch of new features.
MLB.TV is launching redesigned applications for Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and Roku. In addition, the web player is adding additional playback controls, milestone markers and support for Google’s Chromecast and Chromebook.
The service is adding support for Amazon’s Echo platform, which will allow premium subscribers to listen to live games without being subject to any market blackout restrictions.
The MLB.TV platform will now feature customization for users based on which team they select.
MLB is also adding a number of new All Access features. This season, 60 FPS live streaming will be available to premium subscribers and will work on iOS devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Roku, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Users will now be able to select either home or away television broadcast feeds for live games and opt for Spanish-language audio overlay. They’ll also get free access to MLB.com At Bat.
MLB.TV Premium costs $112.99 per year. MLB also offers an $87.49 per year package that allows users to watch single selected team’s out-of-market regular season games live.
MLB.TV is entering its 15th season as a pioneering streaming video platform and comes into this year with Disney signed on as a recent investor and now part-owner of MLB’s BAMTech division.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is among a handful of companies trialing the new open caching request routing specification from the Streaming Video Alliance.
"We support the Alliance's new Open Caching trials as it will enable MLBAM to optimize our architecture by utilizing these new cache resources deep in the ISP network," Joe Inzerillo, CTO of MLBAM and president of the Alliance, said in a statement. "The Open Cache architecture will ensure QoE for MLBAM live streams is optimal."