Baseball isn’t the most popular sport on this side of the Atlantic but it does have a small and passionate following. I learned to love the sport thanks to Channel 5′s coverage and have been annually frustrated since the terrestrial channel lost screening rights to expensive subscription channels.
MLB.TV is a service provided by the league. They basically sell you a yearly subscription to see all the games and provide an excellent service for accessing that content on your PC, mobile device and even on your PS3, if you have access to the US PSN Store. Well, now, that service is expanding to the Xbox 360 and for the first time will be available on a console in the UK without having to set up dodgy accounts and blag it (not that there was ever any problem with convincing Sony you live in Beverly Hills).
There are around 100 games a week, all will be available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers who also have an MLB.TV Premium subscription (currently $114.99 per year or $25.99 a month). Users will be able to select their favourite team and have all of that related content front and central in the app when they log in and view archived games from this year and last. Every game is in HD and, if it’s anything like the PS3 version of the application, it’s really stunning image quality. You can also make use of a split screen option to view two games at once so you can keep up with your team’s rivals.
All Xbox Live Gold members will have access to free game recaps which round up each game in less than five minutes and a free Game of the Day. There’s also Kinect voice and gesture controls so be careful you don’t suddenly rewind when you’re appealing that third strike call.
Now, if only the English FA did something like this for the Premier League, my sporting life could be complete.
Here’s the full list of countries getting the service today, the US, Canada and Mexico have had access to it since March 27th.
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Russian Federation
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
Source: Press release