On Tuesday morning, Major League Baseball Advanced Media made an important announcement. The extremely popular MLB.TV application is now available for 2014 subscriptions. The benefit is the ability to watch every out-of-market MLB game live on 400 different types of supported devices.
Prices remain flat for the two offerings: MLB.TV Premium ($129.99) and basic MLB.TV ($109.99). For those who subscribed last year, there is an auto renewal process you should be contacted about very soon.
I have been a subscriber for years and will surely be back for 2014. So, why am I upset?
It is the ongoing shabby, second-class treatment given to MiLB.TV, the minor league little brother of MLB.TV. Sold separately or as an add-on to MLB.TV, MiLB.TV allows the subscriber to watch most Triple-A, many Double-A and selected other minor league contests throughout the season.
MiLB.TV’s price is reasonable at $39.99, sometimes offered at 50 percent off as part of an MLB.TV subscription.
What is the problem, you ask? Lack of supported devices remains the issue. MiLB.TV will work on just PC/Mac, iPhone and iPad.
In other words, almost all of the 400 devices that support MLB.TV and access the popular MLB.com At Bat app cannot view minor league games.
No Android, Blackberry, PlayStation, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV or a variety of Blu-ray players. None of them work with MiLB.TV.
I can understand why MLB Advanced Media is putting its muscle behind keeping its biggest offering on new platforms as they are introduced, such as Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I understand that resource follows the money. I get it.
Then again, I am not asking for the world here – just for MiLB.TV to be delivered to its loyal subscribers on the basic devices that MLB.TV has supported for years.
Why is that such a seemingly hopeless wish?
Footnote: To be 100 percent fair, the 2014 MiLB.TV offering has yet to be announced. It would be great to be delighted when that occurs, but after so many years of continued disappointment on the device support issue, I have no reason to feel optimistic.
Update: MiLB.TV has been made available for 2014. Not only is there no improvement in device support, a $10 price increase for new customers was tacked on top of it!