The American football season has come and gone, and as the weather starts to warm up, sports fans’ attention will start to shift towards baseball. Major League Baseball has been putting together quite an impressive online presence for its fans to access, offering the chance to view live streams of games in progress, access player stats, and read up on the latest in baseball news. While you could also check out those live streams on your iPhone with the company’s At Bat smartphone app, so far Android and BlackBerry have been relegated to news and pre-recorded video clips, with live coverage limited to audio-only. For this coming season, Android users will get the upgrade to full streaming video, finally able to keep up with the action from their mobile devices.
The entry fee to the world of MLB online is a bit steep, with both $100 and $120 options (the latter giving you extra features like DVR control) available. That said, you do get access to a whole season’s worth of games for that price, and this may be the only way for many fans of distant teams to be able to enjoy them. The At Bat app you’ll need to access your MLB account from your smartphone will run you an extra $15.
Previous attempts at bringing live baseball video to Android were reportedly stymied by platform fragmentation. MLB’s managed to work out those kinks since last year, though we’ll have to wait until spring training to begin before the company releases the updated 2011 version of At Bat.
In addition to your smartphone and PC, you can also access the MLB streaming content via certain set-top boxes and the PlayStation 3.