Has anyone tried MLB.com's MLB TV 2007?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AstrosFan, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    I was thinking of signing up for MLB.com's MLB TV package (not sure Premium vs Regular) & was wondering if anyone on MacRumors has used it this year on their Mac?
    MLB.com says it supports Mac & will use Windows Media Player, but I wanted to hear if people had trouble with it being slow and if the image quality is good.
    Before I plop down the $90+, I wanted to get some personal testimonials from other Mac users.

    Thanks a TON in advance!
  2. Idioteque macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    I just bought it the other day, had to download flip4mac in order for the streams to work. It is a free download. I find that the software works better in FF than in safari.

    Hope that helps.
  3. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    How is the quality? Does it go full screen? And how does that Mosaic thingy work on a Mac? Does it run through quicktime via FlipforMac, or the FlipforMac standalone player, or is it its own app?

    Sorry, so many questions!!!
  4. AstrosFan thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    First of all, thanks to Idioteque for the feedback.

    Funny, I had the same f/u questions!
    The Premium service overall looks very good; I'm just wary of what function(s) won't be supported on the Mac network.
    Still, as long as the picture quality is reasonably good, I think this is probably the easiest way for me to catch the Astros' games.

    The other benefit compared to DirectTV's MLB TV deal is that I can log on to my computer at work for day games & follow the action.

    Thanks for your help!
  5. Idioteque macrumors member

    May 5, 2005
    Hey guys, I have not used the mosiac feature. That is part of the premium MLB.TV package. I attached a screen shot of FF using the software. Sorry it is not of in game action, but there was no live games going on.

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  6. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    Weird..I was thinking about this earlier b/c I got my email from mlb TV sating it's time for me to renew my annual subscription. I ended up requesting non-renewal b/c when I tried to watch a spring training game, I got a pop-up in Firefox saying I needed to install missing plugins, but then it couldn't find any. I tried installing Windows Media Player 9 for Mac, but that didn't help either... I also installed flip4mac, but all I get is audio (trying to watch an archive of a spring training game), & the player window doesn't show anything other than the MLB logo & player conmtrols. Not gonna spend $80 (chrage for renewing subscribers) if I can't watch it on my Mac. My Windows laptop will be either given to my sister, or donated to a local charity..
  7. AstrosFan thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    That's unfortunate!
    Do you know if MLB.TV offers any kind of trial period?
    Or is it essentially, try the demos before you pay, because once the money is gone, too bad?!

    Thanks again!

    p.s. One more follow-up question for those who have used the service before. I have a PB 15", but am thinking about buying an external monitor to have greater screen real estate for viewing.
    What size screens did people use?
  8. Scorpius macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2007
    I believe there are some free videos you can click on to test it out before you buy. Won't be live games, but there should be something on the site that allows you to check it out.

    I've loved my MLB TV sub the last couple of seasons and I hope I can make it work when I purchase my MBP soon. Being able to watch the last 2 innings of so many games is a very cool thing!
  9. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    I can actually watch video now through mlb tv, but I can't figure out how to go full screen on my MBP. When I've watched games in the past on my windows laptop, the player window had options for making the video go full screen...
  10. Redline13 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2004
    MLB.TV works fine on a mac. I use it on my Powerbook all the time. There is a thread with all sorts of info on this. Search for it.
  11. AstrosFan thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    Thanks for the reply - I'm definitely leaning towards signing up.
    Do you watch them on the PB, or do you have an external monitor that you use?

    FYI, I did try to search using "MLB TV" and "MLB" but did not find any recent relevant threads.
    Sorry if this is a duplication.
  12. Redline13 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2004
    Here is the thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=185173&highlight=mlb.tv

    I usually watch them on my Powerbook. I recently bought a new HDTV and I am going to pick up a dvi to HDMI cable to try and run it to the TV. I am not sure how it will look. Watching a 3 + hour baseball game on a laptop isn't ideal but since I live in a Boston and I am a Yankee fan I will take what I can get.
  13. Redline13 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2004
    I am typing this from memory so I might be a little off but you need Flip4Mac. Within the Flip4mac settings check the box that will make the game feed play in a separate window. Then if you have Quicktime Pro you can just set it to full screen. If you don't have Quicktime Pro there is a free widget out there that will allow you to set what ever is playing in quicktim eto full screen. You can get it here: http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/details.php?wid=605

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