MLB on ATV: Watchable?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Wildgift, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Last year, I bought the MLB package and, for the Boston Red Sox, watching in California, the picture quality was unwatchable on an ATV 3. Constant pixillation, buffering, etc. It is not my internet: I have a very robust 70/mb+ connection, and every other streaming service I have works perfectly, with no waiting and no pixillation, such as Netflix, Hulu, etc.

    Could folks please weigh in with their thoughts and experiences before I plunk down 129.00? Sure, the radio is nice, but I could get that for a fraction of the price, and given last season's quality, I'm reluctant to commit. My alternative is to pay about 167.00 for Directv's package, which would include the MLB app.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    Very watchable....last year I probably watched 100+ games on my Apple TV and my download speed is no where close to yours.
  3. inBrentwood macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2014
    Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada
    MLB on ATV in Canada

    Three seasons now using MLB on AppleTV from Vancouver Island, BC. No problems on my 25/mb connection. Have also used same MLB app and AppleTV in Palm Springs vacation property. Had some buffering and pixellation there, probably because of downstream ISPs.
  4. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2011
    Southern Cal
    This is the way to go. Get both. MLB.TV is good on my ATV. No pixillation, but still, not as good as Directv. I like having both so I can watch games on my laptop and iPhone as well.
  5. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    It's been working great for me. No issues with a 25 MB connection.
  6. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    Consider waiting until father's day to sign up if you want to save some money. They usually have a pretty good discount for that holiday. I think last season it was $50 for premium for father's day. Granted you lose about one third of the season this way, but it's the least exciting third.
  7. Wildgift thread starter macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    I think that's the plan. Did it last year. Horrible pq though...
  8. El Jefe macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    Dallas, Texas
    I always find that it's a little buggy the first week of every season, but it always works out fine. Best $120 I spend every year.
  9. Billy Boo Bob macrumors 6502

    Billy Boo Bob

    Jun 6, 2005
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    Haven't used my ATV2 much yet this season, but it looks great on my Mac and iPad.
  10. DaveNinja macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    I found to be more stable on the PS3 than on my ATV2
  11. mlseiber1976 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2013
    It does it a little on mine but no where near as much as last year. It maybe buffers about once or twice a game that I watch but also only lasts for a few seconds. I get the pixilation as well but it goes back to normal really fast. Last year, it would sometimes last for five or ten minutes to where I would have to exit my game and reload it. So to me, it is better than last year. And my connection speed is 20 mps
  12. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i think the quality depends on the distance you are from the game. i stream my games via the time warner cable app but i've noticed that the away mets games and most away games look worse than the home games

    MLB uses Level 3 for their tier 1 provider so if you're watching a Red Sox game in Cali, it has to travel across the USA and multiple routers which may slow it down or kill some of the quality

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