12-01-2012, 02:39 PM #1
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So I got a Lumia 920 and so far I'm very satisfied with it. It has all the apps that I enjoy using with one exception, which is MLB At Bat with the ability to stream games. Does anyone know the chances of this option being available for the 2013 season? This might be a deal breaker for me to take the phone back, I know I should have looked it up beforehand but with the season being over it just slipped my mind when I got the phone. Any help would be appreciated.
- 12-01-2012, 04:12 PM #3
The problem is that the Windows Phone AT Bat app was a second class citizen last time around. It didn't have live video, it had the old, less informative GameDay screens, and it wasn't included in an MLB.tv subscription like the other versions.
I really hope that improves next season with the WP8 version, but nobody can say for sure.
12-06-2012, 08:09 PM #5
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@SteveISU, you wouldn't count on improvements being made to the At Bat app, or there not being an At Bat app for the 2013 baseball season? I just purchased a Nokia Lumia 920 and was told (after I had purchased the phone) that there was no At Bat app for Windows phones. Say it isn't so!
- 12-06-2012, 10:01 PM #6
I sent an e-mail to email@example.com just now asking for them to bring streaming to WP8 for next season. I'd recommend (and ask) that everyone does the same to show them that there IS money to be made on the platform and that people are looking to purchase this. Make sure to mention to the that Windows Phone functionality is a major factor, because the best way to get their attention is to tell them your money is at stake.
I know I've been wanting MLB.TV for a couple of years, and was hoping to get it this season myself, but if they don't bring streaming to WP, I'm not giving them my money.
- 02-06-2013, 01:06 PM #8
Oh no. I hope this changes:
The At Bat 13 offer is available on supported iOS and Android devices only. MLB.TV Premium is not available on Windows Phone devices or Blackberry.
Watch Live Baseball Online, Stream Texas Rangers Games with MLB.TV | texasrangers.com: Subscriptions
- 02-06-2013, 01:11 PM #9
I had received an email a month or two back stating they wouldn't have the true version for WP8, perhaps they will have just the gameday audio like last year. MLB announced they would be supporting BlackBerry 10 but didn't say what kind of app they will have so I guess anything is possible.
- 02-06-2013, 02:14 PM #11
I won't give MLB my money until they give full support. Oh well, I guess I'll wait until 2014 to consider MLB.TV again. I would consider the GameDay Audio offer, but on the principle of the matter, I'm not paying them until they actually offer full support.
- 02-14-2013, 12:27 PM #12
This is an absolute joke. I have been a WP user since 2010!! We are now on WP8 and we can't get full MLB.TV support. This is the ONLY app I care about and want.
I love WP but this is making me want to switch. When are we ever going to get equivalent apps to iphone and android? How is Microsoft just letting apps like this slide by!?!?!
Extremely frustrated. This is why i pay hundreds of dollars for a phone. Not to text and make calls but to be able to have premium services. This is ridiculous.
- 02-14-2013, 12:29 PM #13
- 02-14-2013, 12:47 PM #16
And this isn't some Rinky Dink app i have been waiting for. This is MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. I remember watching March Madness on my friends iphone in 2010 thinking wow I can't wait till Microsoft can do this. Looks like I need to wait yet another year. Can we pay MLBs devs to make one?
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- 02-14-2013, 01:00 PM #18
The guy I quoted though said this is the only app he cares about. If that is true, my point stands. He chose poorly. There are other options if this is the only app he cares about. For 3 years, he managed to live without this app, so what is another year or 2. Seems if it was that big of a deal in 3 years, there would have been an upgrade due in that time...
- 02-14-2013, 02:51 PM #19
The guy you quoted was me.
The 3 years were when WP was in "beta". We knew there was an app gap and I was hopeful for when we were full fledged. It seemed that WP8 was the promised step. That phones would have similar or supieror specs to the competition and there would be no more hardware and software limitations. That Win8 would allow easy porting of apps to the platform. It appears that we're still in beta. And for someone who has supported MS through the tougher phases its starting to get frustrating that one of the most popular apps out there isn't available still.
- 02-14-2013, 03:13 PM #20
At Bat should be a standard app on every OS, and pretty much is. We had it on WP last year, but it was very scaled down, and did not allow you to watch the games. It was also priced very expensive $14.99, and was free for Android and iOS devices. To have more features of the app on those devices you did have to be a paid MLB.TV subscriber. This option was not released for WP. We just got the middle finger.
This actually is pretty pathetic, if it is not released for WP. Just about every streaming device has this app.
Western Digital TV
For the ones who think this is no big deal, let me take your comment away before you post it. "Well, just use one of those devices then."
Anyway, we all have an app we want that is currently missing. I don't care about Instagram, but that is one. The big difference here is that At Bat, is on almost every streaming device, not just one or two.
I do believe this will be released for WP. I don’t see how it couldn’t, but again, this is WP. I love my phone by the way and would not trade it for any other phone, on any other OS.
- 02-14-2013, 03:57 PM #21
Last year was the first year that Android had live video streaming that worked. I think 2011 also had TV, but it never ever ever worked. Last year, video mostly worked.
I was told in an email from MLB customer service that Windows Phone doesn't support their mobile streaming video format.
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- 02-14-2013, 04:26 PM #23
If you were not a MLB.TV subscriber and you wanted audio and the free game of the day, that did cost $15 for Android and iOS. It decreased in price as the year went on, and became free near or at the end of the regular season.
The lite version was free for everyone and gave you news, scores and stats amoung other things.
- 02-14-2013, 06:13 PM #24
Yeah, this is the one MEANIGNFUL app I care about. I care nothing for Instagram, or even Facebook or Twitter, as I'm not big on the "social networking" train. I don't care about Angry Birds or Temple Run or those silly games, as I am almost 10 years into my Xbox LIVE account, and THAT is where I do my major gaming. The occasional Skulls of the Shogun, Tiles Path, and Gun Bros. (the 3 games I am playing now) works fine for me, so whining for the popular titles (most of which I think are bad games) is never something you will see me doing.
However, baseball is about the most important thing there is for me, at least when talking about things that could be on a mobile platform. That, and music, which is on mobile devices in a plethora of ways. I totally wanted to get MLB.TV this season, but this has ruined any chance of that. As much as I would LIKE to place blame on someone, I cannot. I could blame Microsoft for not incentivizing app development or not supporting MLB's streaming format (if that claim is true). I could just-as-easily blame MLB for not developing the app when there is certainly a market (especially when it could be ported to Windows 8 and Windows RT, making for a VERY large audience), or I could blame them for having a goofy video streaming format in the first place.
This pretty much goes for every app, though. There is blame to be doled out to both sides. Microsoft hasn't sealed the deal with enough major apps, and developers haven't put in the effort to grow the platform well enough. The companies are dropping the ball (pun not intended) repeatedly with this matter, and the only ones getting hurt are the consumers. I can tell you this: If this app never comes to Windows Phone, MLB will never get my business. Windows Phone can go under, I can go back to Android, and I still won't give them my business.
That's one thing that makes me rather fanatical about this platform: I'll never own an Apple device. I'll never pay for apps on an Android device. I will, however, put my money behind the Windows Phone platform, because it is the only one that I actually ENJOY. Android wasn't fun for me, and I always felt like it was just there. I'm actually interested in the capabilities of my Lumia 920, and it's a great overall device.
Sorry for the rant, but this whole mess has me throwing a little bit of a fit, I guess, and I needed something else to keep me from doing my schoolwork.
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