MLB.TV sees a host of new features for 2009. DVR-like
functionality, and "Hi-Def" picture quality will be available
as part of a free preview today when the Yankees and
Phillies meet in Spring Training.
On Thursday, MLB.com is offering a free preview of their streaming â€śHi-Defâ€ť media player, powered by Adobe Flash that is being offered as part of the MLB.TV Premium package for 2009. Fans can check out the new player and improved video quality when then Yankees-Phillies Spring Training game airs online at 1:05pm ET. The Hi-Def streaming feed will be available to non-subscribers in the new player.
(See the game here on MLB.com)
While MLB.com has said that this is not the final product that will be available Opening Day, the HD and DVR-like functionality that will allow you to pause, rewind, and fast-forward the feed will be available.
This year, fans will find the price of both MLB.TV and MLB.TV Premium down $10 from 2008. The new prices will be $109.95 for the season, or $19.95 a month, for MLB.TV Premium, while MLB.TV will be $79.95 for the season, or $14.95 a month
MLB.com tells The Biz of Baseball that "proprietary speed detection will allow those customers that have high-speed access to enjoy an HD quality picture on any size monitor."
When the final version of MLB.TV Premium is released, the option of watching up to four games or highlights simultaneously, and use picture-in-picture via a secondary window will be functional. Where available, you will be able to watch or listen to either the home or away team's broadcasts. Also, where available, fans can now choose whether they want to listen to the radio or TV announcers of each game.
Other features include...
Live Game Highlights
Real-time highlights and player stats automatically load into the media player. Simply click on a highlight and the clip instantly launches in a Picture in Picture window.
Customize alerts to feature entire fantasy rosters or players that you are interested in. You will be notified any time a listed player is on deck.Â Simply click the real-time alert and watch live at-bat look-ins.
Live Game Chat
Comment on the action with either friends or rivals as games are played.
Check back for a review shortly after the game airs
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