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  • Who Subscribes to MLBTV.com?

    I do. For $20 a month you cant beat that! Its a whole lot cheaper then watching it on Direct tv.Plus you get the replays whatever you wanna watch your favorite team play.

  • #2
    sometimes I pay per game when they're blacked out on TV, but sometimes they are blacked out there too! I do, though, subscribe to the mlb radio, which is great at work.
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    • #3
      Can't beat MLB Extra Innings...but pretty soon I'll be moving and don't know if my provider will carry it. In that case, is the quality of video bad or is it pretty good? I wouldn't want to buy it and see fast-moving, colored pixels.
      P'rats in '06!

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      • #4
        Haven't considered it. Is it any good
        Cristobal

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        • #5
          I subscribed last year. It was pretty awesome. The only thing I didn't like was their billing. They want to continue to bill you through the offseason. That's a great deal, from Nov to March I watch nothing, but still pay. You gotta love that...if you're MLB.
          I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a Hell of an Engineer!

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          • #6
            You dont have to to keep pay the offseason you can cancel until next season starts.

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            • #7
              When I get my laptop I will likely subscribe to that so I can watch the early games during class. It's really only 20 dollars a month? Thats a good deal, hopefully extra innings ends up being on cable though. It's looking like that may happen, I can't see my parents switching to DirecTV.
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              • #8
                I did last year, but it was only for a couple of months. I'll probably go ahead and subscribe for the entire season. On a scale of 1-10, I thought the picture was about a 7 or 8. Better than nothing.

                One thing for people to remember is when whenever you want to quit subscribing to a month or year subscription is that you call MLB.TV and tell a service rep that you want to cancel your subscription or else you will be automatically billed every month regardless if you want that month or not.

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                • #9
                  What about size? Does it fill your computer screen?

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                  • #10
                    I've had MLBTV the past two seasons but I'm not sure if I'm going to get it a third. I'll give you a "hold no punches" review of the service though. Instead of the vague "dude, it's good" variety.

                    GOOD THINGS
                    1) You get a ton of games. That goes without saying but it's the number one draw, IMO.

                    2) If you spend the extra 5 bucks per month you also get the "archives" and "one pitch mode" games. I love the "one pitch mode" games. Especially if I'm out of town and miss a week of Cardinal games. I can come back and queue all of the games and then watch them in one pitch mode. You just see the pay off pitch of each AB. A game that'd normally take 3 hours to watch is reduced to about 35 minutes. GREAT feature. And the archives rule. Although I've watched most of them. But they have games dating back to the 1960's archived that you can go back and watch.

                    3) It's pretty reliable. My service was only down once in two years and it was because some ******* at MLBTV.com accidentally did something and canceled service for a bunch of people who were still paying for the service. More on their techie guys later.

                    4) MLBTV Mosaic is a great little tool. You can watch 6 games at a time, get a scrolling count of every AB going on in the MLB at that time while watching a game, zoom in and watch just one game or whatever you wish.

                    NOW, THE BAD:
                    1) Their billing is ridiculous. They charge you during the off-season without ever telling you this. They renew your account without telling you this. Getting a refund is damn near impossible, too. Because of their "if you use MLB TV once post-billing then you cannot get a refund" clause. I exchaged words with one of their stooges on the phone over that when they charged me $40 for the off-season before I realized it. That's also the reason I think I'm going to pass this year. I like the product but it's the sheer principle of their rather shady business tactics.

                    2) They never, and I mean, _NEVER_ respond to tech support or billing support e-mails. I have multiple friends who have used the product too and sent e-mails to them -- same story, each time. They _never_ answer a customer support e-mail.

                    3) When you are forced to call the to cancel or talk to them about something they keep you on hold for -- no joke -- 30 minutes. I have never gotten through to them any quicker than that. Flat out ridiculous.

                    4) During September you might as well not even have MLB TV. They black out _every_ freaking game that is of any playoff importance. I'm not kidding you, either. If it is an important game in a division or wildcard race it is blacked out. I went on there the 3rd week of September last year and out of 12 games that day I could watch _four_.

                    5) The picture and sound is only meh. It's not totally horrible but it's certainly not good... or even solid. It's passable and watchable but if there were a better option on the table I'd take it. Since I can't get any of the DirectTV packages (no dish, only HDTV Cable here) it's my only option. But if there were a better option there's no way I'd settle for the picture MLB TV gives you. Some of the archived games have such bad video quality that it gives me headaches and I can't watch them. I literally get queasy watching them because the picture is so bad.

                    6) If you're a fan of your local team then you might as well not get it. Every game will be blacked out. And if you live in Iowa or either one of the Dakota's then you definitely should NOT get it. They consider some absurd amount like 8 teams to be "local teams" for Iowa with every one of those teams games blacked out.

                    7) I really can't stress enough how absolutely horrible their customer service is. And I'm not just speaking for myself here. I know a lot of people who have had the same issues as me with their customer service. It's just horrendous. There's no other way of putting it, honestly.

                    8) Finally, some of their games are shot on home camcorders with no announcers at all. It's only a few games... maybe one or two a week that aren't being broadcast (usually early games). They'll just set a camera up on a tripod and let it film. No crap. It's at such a bad angle and zoomed so far out you can't see crap all that's happening.

                    Overall, it's a solid service and honestly, the product is worth $20 a month if you have no other option or you can live with the video quality. But, don't say I didn't warn you when you have to deal with their horrible customer service. I'm not lying and would swear an oath that they have worse customer service than Jet Blue.
                    Bleeding Cardinal Red since 1985
                    In the stands for every home playoff game since then -- 2006 and 2011 were well worth the wait!

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                    • #11
                      Which is better: MLB.TV, or XM Satellite Radio?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cardsfanatic
                        alot of stuff
                        At least with the camcorder games, you get to see them. The Devil Rays only have like 150 games televised by their 2 stations each year, so therefore theres like 12 games that don't get on TV. Usually they occur during 4 game series's, typically when at home against a bad team when the game starts early.

                        Last year I believe it happened against the Blue Jays, A's, and Mariners. So actually a bad camera angle is better than nothing, obviously thats one of the cases where i'd just listen to it on the radio.

                        They actually bill during the offseason? That's pretty stupid, maybe I wont get it then. Is it at least fairly easy to cancel, like can you just press a button or something or do you seriously have to call and wait 30 minutes just to cancel?
                        -Jibbs

                        When we do it they fall off, fall off
                        When they look at my ride,
                        you see the doors fall off
                        And the wheels look flat,
                        trunk so heavy in the back
                        Got the speakers in the front,
                        they be sitting on my lap

                        Hit me on the down low
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                        My Space

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cardsfanatic
                          I've had MLBTV the past two seasons but I'm not sure if I'm going to get it a third. I'll give you a "hold no punches" review of the service though. Instead of the vague "dude, it's good" variety.

                          GOOD THINGS
                          1) You get a ton of games. That goes without saying but it's the number one draw, IMO.

                          2) If you spend the extra 5 bucks per month you also get the "archives" and "one pitch mode" games. I love the "one pitch mode" games. Especially if I'm out of town and miss a week of Cardinal games. I can come back and queue all of the games and then watch them in one pitch mode. You just see the pay off pitch of each AB. A game that'd normally take 3 hours to watch is reduced to about 35 minutes. GREAT feature. And the archives rule. Although I've watched most of them. But they have games dating back to the 1960's archived that you can go back and watch.

                          3) It's pretty reliable. My service was only down once in two years and it was because some ******* at MLBTV.com accidentally did something and canceled service for a bunch of people who were still paying for the service. More on their techie guys later.

                          4) MLBTV Mosaic is a great little tool. You can watch 6 games at a time, get a scrolling count of every AB going on in the MLB at that time while watching a game, zoom in and watch just one game or whatever you wish.

                          NOW, THE BAD:
                          1) Their billing is ridiculous. They charge you during the off-season without ever telling you this. They renew your account without telling you this. Getting a refund is damn near impossible, too. Because of their "if you use MLB TV once post-billing then you cannot get a refund" clause. I exchaged words with one of their stooges on the phone over that when they charged me $40 for the off-season before I realized it. That's also the reason I think I'm going to pass this year. I like the product but it's the sheer principle of their rather shady business tactics.

                          2) They never, and I mean, _NEVER_ respond to tech support or billing support e-mails. I have multiple friends who have used the product too and sent e-mails to them -- same story, each time. They _never_ answer a customer support e-mail.

                          3) When you are forced to call the to cancel or talk to them about something they keep you on hold for -- no joke -- 30 minutes. I have never gotten through to them any quicker than that. Flat out ridiculous.

                          4) During September you might as well not even have MLB TV. They black out _every_ freaking game that is of any playoff importance. I'm not kidding you, either. If it is an important game in a division or wildcard race it is blacked out. I went on there the 3rd week of September last year and out of 12 games that day I could watch _four_.

                          5) The picture and sound is only meh. It's not totally horrible but it's certainly not good... or even solid. It's passable and watchable but if there were a better option on the table I'd take it. Since I can't get any of the DirectTV packages (no dish, only HDTV Cable here) it's my only option. But if there were a better option there's no way I'd settle for the picture MLB TV gives you. Some of the archived games have such bad video quality that it gives me headaches and I can't watch them. I literally get queasy watching them because the picture is so bad.

                          6) If you're a fan of your local team then you might as well not get it. Every game will be blacked out. And if you live in Iowa or either one of the Dakota's then you definitely should NOT get it. They consider some absurd amount like 8 teams to be "local teams" for Iowa with every one of those teams games blacked out.

                          7) I really can't stress enough how absolutely horrible their customer service is. And I'm not just speaking for myself here. I know a lot of people who have had the same issues as me with their customer service. It's just horrendous. There's no other way of putting it, honestly.

                          8) Finally, some of their games are shot on home camcorders with no announcers at all. It's only a few games... maybe one or two a week that aren't being broadcast (usually early games). They'll just set a camera up on a tripod and let it film. No crap. It's at such a bad angle and zoomed so far out you can't see crap all that's happening.

                          Overall, it's a solid service and honestly, the product is worth $20 a month if you have no other option or you can live with the video quality. But, don't say I didn't warn you when you have to deal with their horrible customer service. I'm not lying and would swear an oath that they have worse customer service than Jet Blue.
                          A couple things... #1 there is a little check mark when signing up that you pick if you want to have payments "auto charged" if checked you will be billed from march-october.

                          I checked mine and here is what their email stated:

                          PAYMENT: The credit card on file with us will be automatically charged $19.95 with monthly billing during April through October.

                          2nd point, I already hinted on. You are not charged on the off season (i have not been over the past 2 anyway) it is clearly stated March through October (the comment above was taken directly off of my March payment email, so it says April-October because I already paid for March.)

                          Plus I get monthly emails telling me I was charged, so I am aware of the charges being made.

                          I can not comment on the support, simply because I never had to deal with them.

                          Moving on...

                          Quality of the games... I am going to go on the record and say this "it beats reading the box scores" and listening to XM. (I have both)

                          Now, they are offering a new level to their services this season.

                          http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions...m.jsp?c_id=mlb

                          MLB Mosaic will allow you to watch 6 games at the same time, and listen to one while viewing all 6. in TV quality video. 700K video is 2 times the quality. but that might not improve on the "camcorder like" video on some games.. because there are games where their are not TV cameras there so they make due with lesser quality of cameras. (this is not that often by the way.)

                          You can goto the link above and see a demo of the quality that will be offered...

                          Blackouts- I did not have issues with blackouts at all last year.. other than when i tried to watch games that were played in ATL... (my local market) and they offer a black out list.. which to the best of my knowledge, does not change depending on if teams are in the play off push, so i am not sure why you had issues there.

                          MLB.tv v/s XM?

                          I have both and use the both alot. XM is handy for when i am at the gym or to and from work... but let's face it most of us would rather watch the game than listen to audio... MLB premium offers gameday audio as well.. but XM is mobile. so I have both..

                          Plus the MLB baseball shows are 2nd to none... you really get a feel on the game by listening to these guys just talk baseball...

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                          • #14
                            They may have added that check mark in this year but I assure you it was _not_ there the past two years. And they do charge during the off-season. Other than that (the only fact or non-fact I could debate) you're certainly welcome to your opinion on the service. As I have my own.
                            Bleeding Cardinal Red since 1985
                            In the stands for every home playoff game since then -- 2006 and 2011 were well worth the wait!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Erik Bedard
                              Which is better: MLB.TV, or XM Satellite Radio?
                              XM. With XM ALL games are heard. No blackouts, no restrictions. All baseball, all the time.
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