MLB to Stream Live Games on iPhone

By  |  Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:44 am

mlb-logo.jpgThe 3.0 software will bring an exciting new feature to those iPhone and iPod touch users who have forked $9.99 over for the MLB application: live games. The first games would be streamed Thursday at 2:20pm (Chicago Cubs-White Sox) and 8:15pm (Detroit Tigers-St. Louis Cardinals). While initially only two games a day would be streamed, MLB hopes to expand it to the entire slate.

It should be noted that live video would be limited to out-of-market games. That means for me here in Reading, PA, I wouldn’t be able to watch Phillies games (after last night’s 8-3 embarrassment against the Blue Jays, I don’t know if I care, heh). However, its a giant step forward for streaming video on the iPhone.

The service will work whether the user is on 3G or Wi-Fi: the MLB servers will adjust the speed accordingly to ensure proper playback. Its going to be interesting to see whether 3G streaming works well at all considering AT&T’s increasing network problems.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. peeta Says:

    How do they determine out-of-market? Geo-location? AT&T bill? Do they take your word for it? Seems like there may be a little wiggle room there.

  2. Evan Says:

    That’s awesome news. I hope it is based on location, and not billing address, so that fans can catch games while away from home.

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