By Stephen Schenck | May 3, 2011 7:33 PM
Back before baseball season started, we took a look at what was coming for smartphone users interested in keeping up with their favorite team, noting that Major League Baseball’s At Bat app was gaining full streaming support this year for its Android version, joining the iPhone release (sorry, BlackBerry and WP7 users). Of course, in order to access those streams you needed to be an MLB.TV subscriber in addition to buying the app, with a year’s membership starting at around $90. If that seemed to rich for your blood, MLB now has a counter-offer for you, letting you check out the rest of the season on your smartphone for only $50.
For the discounted rate, you’re giving up the ability to stream the games to a browser window on your home computer or compatible TV set-top boxes, but nearly half-price for smartphone-exclusive access isn’t half bad. If you’re like us, you’d probably end up watching on the app more than you would from a home computer, anyway, so why not benefit from it?
Would you be interested in seeing this sort of mobile-only-subscription come to other streaming video services? Might a restricted Netflix or Hulu Plus subscription be worth three or four dollars a month? While neither is very expensive to begin with, would breaking the five dollar mark suddenly make them seem a whole lot more appealing?