Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Preview: MLB.TV on Xbox Live

8:00 PM on 03.31.2012 // Steven Hansen

Baseball fans know the season officially kicked off on Tuesday, with Ichiro Suzuki and the Mariners dispatching the equally lowly Oakland A’s in extra innings in Suzuki’s native Japan. Man, Ichiro really deserves a World Series ring. I feel bad for him, wasting away on a talentless Mariners team for so long.

Anyway, this means the long baseball season is starting anew, and that there are plenty of baseball games that will need watching from now until October. Thousands, actually! Of course, people are cutting cable these days, and not everyone’s favorite team is local, making it hard to watch games. What’s a fan to do? Well, a subscription to MLB.TV is as good an option as any, and now you can access it through your Xbox 360 and Kinect.

At $124.99 for a year’s subscription, MLB.TV is a bit pricey upfront. Xbox Live Gold members who are baseball fans might be glad to know that the MLB.TV app is available to them free of charge, albeit in a limited form. Gold members have unlimited access to game recaps, as well as a free ‘game of the day’ each day.

Gold members who pay for an MLB.TV subscription get every regular-season out-of-market game live, and all the games are archived after they air so that they can be watched at any point during the season. It’s essentially a baseball-only DVR that you don’t have to worry about filling. Additionally, MLB.TV grants access to an archive of all of last season’s games, in case the copious amount of baseball from this season doesn’t sate your appetite for the sport.

The app’s interface is intuitive and simple. All the content is present, and you can choose your favorite teams in order to put content related to them at the forefront of your display. A mini guide at the bottom of the screen gives you a preview of all the day’s games, keeping you up to date with what’s going on. Thankfully, you can also disable the display of scores, if you don’t want to accidentally spoil yourself on a game you intend to watch later. All the games are presented in 720p and most will let you choose between the home and away audio feeds, which is great if your team’s commentators aren’t very good. If your team ever plays the Giants, I suggest that broadcast, as the Giants have the best broadcast team in baseball, between the regular pairing of Jon Kruk and Duane Kuiper, and the occasional stand-in by Giants radio play-by-play man Jon Miller.

Exclusive to MLB.TV on the 360 is ability to watch two games at once (or one game and one recap, or two recaps) in split-screen. Each screen can be controlled independently if you need to pause or rewind a certain bit on one of them. Exclusive to the Kinect is the ability to control your content with gestures and voice commands, which works fairly well and could be useful if you’re trying to watch games while doing something else that occupies your hands, or if your hands are covered in jam and you don’t want to get sticky, smashed strawberries on your controller. Of course, I did run into the issue of the Kinect, vain as it is, thinking we were talking about it in conversation and doing things we didn’t want it to do. I suppose you can always spell out trigger words around it, as you would to protect a small child from obscenity.

The app is also has some additional neat features still in the works. Event tagging, for example, will allow you to watch specifically grouped content, like all of the home runs hit on a given day. There are also plans to implement easily accessible statistics, including a means of tracking your fantasy baseball players, which should please fantasy aficionados.

The addition of MLB.TV on the Xbox 360 is a logical one, given the country’s predilection for baseball and Microsoft’s aim to make the console a media hub. Though I wasn’t blown away by the Kinect integration, the split-screen functionality is a pretty cool addition to the 360 version of MLB.TV, while the service as a whole is a great choice for baseball fans either without cable or not in their favorite team’s home market.

Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Flegma avatarFlegma
To my surprise, I've more or less figured out Rodea Wii U controls. Still a different game from the Wii version, but not as decidedly inferior in my eyes. Did the legacy medals do anything in Wii version?
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
"Am I a kid, or a squid?" I ponder as I stare off into the horizon. A wise man once told me "Son, you can be whatever you want to be. You are only limited by your lack of ambition " And I want to be a squid. A squid now.
Parismio avatarParismio
Captain America: Civil War trailer dropped!: [youtube][/youtube]
lewness avatarlewness
Gah, wanna go Alexander farming but The Old Hunters ;_;
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
Holy shit, Splatoon is addictive.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Duck Hunt was a trickier unlock than I expected. Jigglypuff, you are next on my list! [img][/img]
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Yay, this arrived today. Nekro is quite happy, as he's been looking forward to playing this game for a while. [IMG][/IMG]
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Dtoid mobile has apparently broken again. This is it. This how the dtoid ends. *black hole opens, dtoid disappears*
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Gave Ronin one more chance before I chucked it in the "never to be finished" pile, glad I did. It could have been so much better but as a frustrating time waster it's not bad.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
I'm sitting on the Fapcast's most recent recording. I just feel like I need a day for myself after, you know, freaking out about rent.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Why is every Quickpost now spaced out like poems with random amounts of stanzas that never ever rhyme?
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Was anybody else here extremely disappointed by the ending of Assassin's Creed 2?
Parismio avatarParismio
Just tried Fallout 4 on my PC Via my Cousins steam account and nope, it does not run for me very well. Buying the PS4 version it is!
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
You know who never took any shit from anybody? Dr. Blight.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Am I the only one who has to pull up their sleeves to play competantly at videogames? When my hoodie's sleeves are down I play like a piece of shit but when i pull them up, I have more flexibility.
Shinta avatarShinta
PSA: Just picked up Falco amiibo at Best Buy. They had about 20 Tom Nook, 10 singles of Splatoon Boy/Girl, the Splatoon triple pack, about 30 Marths with a big sign saying "Look Who's Back!," Dark Pit, and probably about 15 others. Not too shabby.
Fenriff avatarFenriff
I long for the day that people get over their weird circle jerk hatred for FFXIII related things and just ignore things they don't care about.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I'm upgrading my PC on the cheap and I'm going with AMD, out of these two CPUs, wich one is better?, A8-7650K or FX-6300?
Logeon avatarLogeon
Huh, I think we broke LightningFarron19, you guys.
Archelon avatarArchelon
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -