MLB.TV on ATV2 vs. ATV3

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by mrcourt123, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Can anyone confirm whether I'll get a better HD picture when watching MLB.TV if I upgrade from an ATV2 to ATV3? I know ATV3 supports 1080p, but I'm wondering if MLB.TV supports 1080p through the ATV. Thanks.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    good question!
    I'm interested in the answer as well
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    As of last year it was only 720p. If they've updated it to 1080p since then, they've kept quiet about it.
  4. macrumors 68020

    May 27, 2008
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Are you aware of any on-line source that may answer my question? Also, was the ATV3 available throughout the full MLB season last year? If not, hopefully MLB/Apple were waiting to update it for the start of a new season.
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2008
    Unfortunately, no, but when somebody makes that kind of upgrade they usually like to brag about it a little, so if you can't find anything they probably haven't upgraded.

    The Apple TV 3 came out March 7th of last year, so just before the season started. Even so, I doubt they'd upgrade everything to 1080p just for one device (Roku has had 1080p for much longer). All their online desktop streaming is 720p and I doubt any games are broadcast in anything higher than 720p.

    720p is good enough for them to call it HD and until all cable companies/channels move to 1080p broadcasts 24/7 they probably won't bother streaming at any higher resolution.

    After all, it's not like they'll add a ton of extra customers if they upgrade to 1080p. Their product appeals to baseball fans, not fans of 1080p content. Sure, it would be nice for the fans of both if they upgrade, but if somebody doesn't like baseball, they're not going to sign up just because it's 1080p.

    Sorry to be so negative, but this is the reality (as far as I see it anyway). I really do hope I'm wrong. :)
  7. macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2010
    You may want to ask this question over at the support forum. They are pretty good at getting back to you on technical stuff:

    But as far as I know, currently maxes out at 720p. We do know that the Apple TV 3 is capable of higher-quality streams, with Netflix SuperHD as an example, so theoretically they could make a higher bit-rate stream available on the ATV3, even if it remained at 720p.
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    I'm thinking about subscribing to the premium service. One of my students said he had a horrible experience with it.

    Has anyone got anything to say about the service? Is it worth subscribing to?
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
    the last season was horrible on apple tv especially when there were more games together. I think they don't enough bandwidth for all 12,000 devices that are on. Nfl gamepass is another planet for example.
    on mac worked quite good tho... flash miracle:rolleyes:
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006
    New York
    I Have been using MLB.TV on an ATV2 for the last 2 seasons and I find it works great. Also the whole MLB.TV service from the laptop to the iPhone, ipad and then ATV is unbeatable if you want to follow an out of market team. I used the MLB Extra innings package for a few years before I switched to MLB.TV and find MLB.TV to be so much better the fact that you can chose witch brodcast to watch and you get audio if you want it on the phone or laptop makes it worth the money to me.

  11. macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2012

    I find the video is good but the audio is horrible. Almost sounds like it is coming from a tin can. Really need to send a DD5.1 signal or at least use a higher bitrate for the audio portion.

    The ios app is better in this regard for whatever reason when using headphones on the video or radio streams.
  12. macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2010
    Starting this year, you can now listen to the radio broadcasts of games on the Apple TV, as well.
  13. macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2013
    It works well on my Apple TV 3, I havent had any issues so far. HD becomes available Opening Day. I could give more detail then, but it looks better than stadard def now. :apple: I am a cord cutter and cant live without MLB.
  14. heywally, Apr 1, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2013
    Given that it's not working today at all today on my ATV3 -- others have the same problem -- I'd say that it was a big fail.

    Given my iTunes > Apple TV > TV set issues -- which others also have -- I am now in the looking in another direction camp.

    I should add that is looking into it - they don't know where the problem is.

    It's working now. :0
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    I am watching it right now on an ATV 3. Yanks vs RSox, the NESN feed. Everything looks great. I agree that audio lacks depth. I did have an initial problem accessing the game but I restarted the ATV and then it worked.
  16. macrumors member

    May 20, 2012
    I managed to purchase a monthly subscription last year, but now I want to purchase an annual subscription through iTunes.

    Apple phone support said to buy it through the App, and it would be covered. But that's only for at-bat, the app. I'm trying to get MLB.TV premium through my iTunes account.

    Can anyone help me, please?
  17. macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2012
    You can purchase premium through the ATV app. I did. You just select the premium link then go to the web site and set up an account and link the app to the account.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2010
    Williamstown, NJ
    last year you could watch the free game of the day on the apple tv but this year it is not letting me
  19. macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    Thanks everyone for their thoughts on the service.

    I pulled the trigger last night, signing up for the monthly service rather than annual so I could cancel if it was really bad.

    So far so good. The video quality has been quite nice as I was watching the Rangers-Astros game, though there were some points where the video quality really went south for a minute or two. It was like watching primitive YouTube videos shot on a flip-phone camera or something!

    Anyway, pretty happy so far and looking forward to the season!
  20. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2009
    To be fair, the audio quality of the cable extra innings package sucked as well.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    I watched most of the Oakland/Seattle game last night. Looked HD about 98% of the time
  22. macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2011
    McGee's Crossroads, NC
    There have been many that complained about that particular game, but it was most likely due to the possible perfect game. So many people changed feeds to that game at one time.

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