The 2014 Major League Baseball season kicked off this week, which means it is time to outfit all your devices with the right tools to catch every morale-crushing strikeout or game-winning homerun. To get the most complete coverage, you'll want to turn to Major League Baseball and its suite of apps and subscription services for your baseball-watching needs.
iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
Hands-down the best way to follow the action this season is with Major League Baseball's At Bat app for iOS. The app was updated to iOS 7 in the offseason and now includes several new and improved features like inline video, expanded instant replay and a league-wide scoreboard. Free users get just the basics, but you will want to pay for a subscription to get access to every out-of-market regular season game (blackout restrictions apply). Subscription options include $2.99 for a monthly plan or a one-time annual fee of $19.99 for the entire 2014 season from Spring Training all the way through the World Series.
Mac owners can watch the games on their desktop through MLB.TV. The desktop version of MLB.TV uses Flash to provide the UI for the linescores and video streams. User can choose between individual, picture-in-picture or split-screen options that support watching up to four games at the same time. Depending on your desktop hardware, the video stream may be of a high quality, but playback may not be as smooth as the compressed video sent to an iPad or iPhone.
The MLB.TV subscription service is available as a $109/year standard plan for web-only access or a $129/year premium version. The Premium plan costs more, but it lets you watch almost every game on a wide variety of devices, including media set-top boxes like the Apple TV. The Premium subscription also bundles At Bat 2014, allowing you to download the iOS app and unlock all the features of the mobile app using your MLB.TV login.
Apple TV owners can dial in the MLB channel on their set-top box and either sign up for an MLB.TV Premium subscription through the device or key in the details from an existing plan. Premium subscription options are available for $129 per year or $24.99 per month.
- Key specs
- Type Audio / video player
- Video services iTunes, Netflix, Other
- Audio services iTunes, Other
- Video codec support h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
- Audio codec support AAC, MP3, WAV
- Video outputs HDMI (1 outputs, v1.4)
- WiFi 802.11 a, ac, g, n
- Released 2015-10
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPhone 6s