I couldn’t resist it. I’ve signed up for another year of MLB.TV Premium from the MLB.com website. I was quite impressed with the live streaming last year and it was only the cost ($120 for the season) that put me off automatically re-signing. I’m happy to report I am even more impressed with the quality […]
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MLB.TV Premium

I couldn’t resist it. I’ve signed up for another year of MLB.TV Premium from the MLB.com website. I was quite impressed with the live streaming last year and it was only the cost ($120 for the season) that put me off automatically re-signing.

I’m happy to report I am even more impressed with the quality this year. MLB.TV Premium now offers the ability to watch streaming at 400 Kbps, 800 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. Unless watching in Full Screen mode, I didn’t notice too much difference between the three versions, except the 1.2 Mbps stream sometimes stalled. The Full Screen option is nice, although not actually full screen. It is more like “large screen with black background”.

MLB TV

To get the advantage of the faster bit-rate options, you need in install two applications on the Mac: MLB NexDef, which MLB.com says “boosts the performance of your internet connection to provide improved video quality and faster streaming” and Microsoft Silverlight for “better video handling; dynamic resizing and integrated game information”.

You also have the option to install MLB.TV Mosaic, which allows you to watch up to six games simultaneously as well as track your favorite players and watch their at-bats. For MLB.TV Mosaic to work, there is a beta version of Flip4Mac which also needs to be installed. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, all I could get from MLB.TV Mosaic was a screen saying “loading…”. I had problems with MLB.TV Mosaic last year too, so I’m not surprised to be having issues with this latest version, particularly as it only became available for download yesterday.

MLB Mosaic

You can check out MLB.TV Premium and the other MLB.com packages by clicking here.

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