I’m a big Mets fan, but being so far away from New York I don’t have a lot of options to watch games. If they play the Marlins or Rays I can pick up the game locally, but for the rest of the season I’m out of luck on local TV generally. Years ago I picked up the Extra Innings package, but I found that I didn’t watch it enough because I was at the mercy of start times. Also, this was in the pre-HD days of TV, so the picture wasn’t spectacular either.
So for a few years I went without much more than a handful of Mets games each year. I kept up via blogs and newspapers. This year, however, my wonderful wife bought me the MLB.TV package. I’m amazed at what MLB Advanced Media put together in a few short years. For a relatively small price I can pick up a game on a computer, at home, on a smart phone and a tablet. In fact, I can run all four at the same time if I want. Picture quality is superb and there’s a bazillion overlays for stats, news and highlights that can either bring me live info or disappear by the flick of a finger.
Compared to WatchESPN, MLB.TV is beyond advanced. Live DVR functions over the computer, excellent mobile apps that rarely crash and provide multiple modes of delivery with the flip of a screen (tv, radio, gameday, etc.). I was actually excited to play with WatchESPN the other day now that it was available to me and thanks to MLB.TV I was horribly disappointed. No live DVR, clunky smart phone interface and a couple of crashes left me aching for the slick reliability of a better App!
As a consumer, I’m thrilled with the product. As a computer geek I’m amazed at what MLB Advanced Media accomplished. High quality feeds, tons of sound options, radio feeds, Gameday. It’s obvious that a lot of resources and energy went into creating a quality product. It leaves me wondering what kind of back-end runs everything. How big is the connection to the Internet, is it a centralized system or decentralized system and how do they consistently server so many viewers? It’s mind-blowing compared to what offerings just 5 or 10 years ago.