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Hey baseball fans, or heck, even non-baseball fans, MLB.TV is offering a free preview of its brand-new HD media player today to non-subscribers. Take a break from your daily grind to watch the Yankees take on the Phillies during a Spring Training game at 1:05 ET. […]

mlb_tvHey baseball fans, or heck, even non-baseball fans, MLB.TV is offering a free preview of its brand-new HD media player today to non-subscribers. Take a break from your daily grind to watch the Yankees take on the Phillies during a Spring Training game at 1:05 ET.

After last season, the league dropped Microsoft Silverlight in favor of Adobe’s Flash, and new features for this season’s video player include HD streaming and DVR functionality (both of which you’ll be able to check out as part of today’s sneak peek).

We’ve kept our eye on Major League Baseball because it’s a sport that really gets online video — and it gets people to pay. Half a million people ponied up $120 to subscribe to MLB.TV last year. But even the big leagues aren’t immune to the recession. MLB dropped the subscription price this year to $110 for the full-featured player and $80 for a stripped-down version.

If you’re more of a hockey fan, the NHL is also running a discounted special. Between tonight and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, users can sign up for single night of games for $19.95, or sign up to watch the rest of the season for $79.

Update: Looks like MLB wasn’t that great at pointing people to today’s game. A sharp-eyed commenter discovered it here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/ (free reg. required).

  1. Last summer I tried it out, but canceled after about a month. It was nice, but not good enough for me. I just tried them out this afternoon and well….I’ll be signing up for the season! I like this a lot better – and it plays in Firefox on Vista! I couldn’t get it to work in Firefox on Vista last year. Must’ve been a Silverlight problem.

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  2. I can’t find a link to watch this game anywhere on the site… huh.

    Also – I would be a 100% subscriber to this service being a big baseball fan and particularly into web video HOWEVER it blocks out my local team’s games. Uh, what the heck is the point of that? I’m a Phillies fan, darn it. I don’t care about no stinkin’ Yankees or whatever.

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  3. Can’t find a link to watch….

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  4. Update…..Click on “Current Subscribers Click Here” and select the game. Register and then you can watch.

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  5. [...] collectively quite pleasantly surprised by the reception of both the media (SiliconAlleyInsider, NewTeeVee, NYTimes, WSJ, MarketWatch, BizofBaseball, techChuck, jd/Adobe) as well as the fans on the blog and [...]

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  6. I.M. DeBest Sunday, April 5, 2009

    check out the comments on the MLB.tv forum. I think the accolades are premature. It’s a buggy mess and not particularly well thought out. I tried the “free trial” but couldn’t access any of the “premium” features…so what’s the point? I also couldn’t watch the advertised Saturday games because they were unavailable……

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  7. 3yearsubscriber Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    I posted this under another subject line but I thought I should paste it here too.

    You should all know that the product is not performing well right now. The player is plagued with stutters, high quality video is often dropped or not avaialble, and many of the promised features have not been included. Top it off with some of the worst customer service I have ever come across and you have a very flawed service. It has not been a good year for MLB.TV subscribers.

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