May 03 AT 1:40 PM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

MLB.TV introduces mobile-only subscription, Honeycomb still not supported

Beginning with the 2011 season, the official MLB At Bat application for Android now features live games streamed to your Android device for subscribers ($99-$119/year).

MLB has announced today that mobile-only version of is now available for $50 for the remainder of the 2011 season, which will allow Android users to stream live broadcasts to their smartphones and tablets.

The announcement shows that seems to finally “get it”, recognizing that there are many users out there who don’t need to stream baseball games to their PC or internet-connected TV device, but only want to catch some games on their phones or tablets.

One serious issue still remains, however. If you happen to have purchased one of those shiny new Honeycomb tablets such as the Xoom or G-Slate, you will not be able to stream live games to your tablet as Honeycomb is still not officially supported.

Frankly, this is an embarrassment for both MLB and Google. What is the point of having a portable multimedia device if companies such as MLB can’t figure out a way to meaningfully support the tablet-optimized Android OS? MLB and Google need to put their heads together and figure out this problem quickly. Perhaps we’ll get lucky and hear something in time for Google I/O, which starts next week, but I won’t hold my breath.

Rant aside, if you happen to both be a baseball fan and own one (or more) of the devices featured on the supported devices page at, you may want to check out this decently priced mobile-only option. $50 isn’t too bad for a season’s worth of live baseball action.



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  • Trae

    The real question is, can you effectively fake your location so you can get your local team’s games?

    MLB’s major problem is that they blackout the very audience they are trying to woo. Local teams are blacked out (remember you just paid >$100/yr for this), and in many places–Northeast for instance–you’ll have a Mets game blacked out in Pennsylvania. Also, the entire county of Canada is blacked out of Blue Jays games.

    So on the iPhone/iPad version you had to jailbreak your device so you can fake your location and make the device useful. So…can you do this with the Android version?

    • http://Website Carlo

      Any idea if it blacks out in local area or not? When I check my IP on cell data is says it’s in Kansas but I’m in Kentucky. It shouldn’t black out locally then should it?

      • http://Website Carlo

        Also, does the app have video out?

  • http://Website @neidlinger

    As long as i can listen to my Reds play. I’m happy with that.

  • http://Website Larry

    Better question is, will we be able to HDMI out the game from the phone to a bigger screen? Because that would be sweet!

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    If you’re only interested in local games or you have an MLB package at home, I recommend getting a Slingbox over this any day! First, MLB.TV uses these webcams in the parks that don’t really give the full experience that watching a TV broadcast does. SlingPlayer mobile works beautifully on my Xoom, and not only will I have it for MLB, but every other sport or event that I want to watch as well… I bought the SlingPlayer SOLO for about $100 and another $30 for the app (ouch, I know), but I will not have to subscribe to MLB.TV each year. The quality is much better, much more reliable, cheaper in the long run, and it can be used with everything, not just MLB. Seems like a no-brainer to me!

    • Anthony Domanico

      Still requires you to have an extra innings package (or cable I guess). If you do need the extra innings package, you’re talking even more than each year.

      • http://Website Mike

        You totally missed his point.

        He said that if you want to watch local games, which doesn’t require a extra innings subscription.

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    G2x also does not support video…. definitely need to fix it

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