Press Release Major League Baseball
MLB.TV, media’s first OTT live video streaming product pioneered by MLBAM, goes on sale today at the same annual price – three years running – for its millions of subscribers. Since it debuted in August 2002, MLB.TV has been the most widely distributed, and #1, sports streaming service with billions and billions of live streams delivered. In 2015, MLB.TV again will include free access to the premium features in the MLB.com At Bat app for premium subscribers as well as expanded offerings such as new interactive features and supported connected devices.
NEW TECHNOLOGY AND DEVICES COMING IN 2015
MLBAM will introduce a new high definition media player (version 5.0) this year, completely reengineered from the previous technology. This media player will be powered through a responsive, in-page layout with re-designed features such as simplified user controls and game-event milestone markers. Live HD for MLB.TV broadcasts will no longer require a software download (NexDef) for subscribers with optimal bandwidth. The new media player is expected to debut this spring.
In addition, MLBAM will bring MLB.TV Premium subscribers access to their accounts on new hardware platforms, including PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV, in 2015. Additional details and specific launch dates will be announced at a later date.
MLB.TV EN ESPAÑOL
MLBAM pioneered its patented live audio overlay technology (United States Patent #8,640,181 and #8,832,768) in 2012, delivering the capability to switch the live audio feed on MLB.TV broadcasts from the television to radio announcers without disrupting the live video stream. In 2015, MLB.TV will introduce a Spanish-language audio overlay option for every available game on supported devices.
WORLD SERIES, ALL-STAR GAME RETURN TO MLB.TV IN 2015
MLB.TV Premium subscribers again will be able to live stream every game of the World Series as well as the 86th All-Star Game. Access will be available via MLB.TV through FOX’s participating video providers across the more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including smartphones and tablets through the highest-grossing sports app ever, MLB.com At Bat.
EMMY AWARD WINNER
Last month at CES in Las Vegas, MLBAM, which powers MLB.TV and dozens of sports, news and entertainment partners, was awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for Pioneering Delivery of Pay TV Linear Video to Consumer Owned and Managed Devices Over a High Speed Data Connection.
All MLB.TV subscribers will have access to more than 200 live games from Spring Training in Florida and Arizona, including via supported connected devices for the first time. Spring Training game broadcasts are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.