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A streaming media and baseball geek rejoices

At midnight last night, Roku and MLB publicly announced that baseball fans who have a MLB.TV Premium account can now stream live and on-demand games to the Roku. For those in the Roku developer program, the MLB.TV app showed up a few weeks ago and we’ve all been eagerly awaiting to try it out. My Roku unit got the upgrade a few hours before it went live (thanks Roku!) and I got to spend a few hours testing out the interface and studying the video quality.

I was fortunate enough to win a Roku box at last year’s Streaming Media West show (I even got the box signed by Roku founder Anthony Wood. Like I said, I’m a geek). I’ve loved the thing from the beginning when all it could do was stream Netflix. It’s a drop-dead steal for $99. Now, with Amazon Unboxed and now MLB.TV, it’s really coming into its own.

What I especially like is that this is a great big “screw-you-very-much-Insight-cable.” They carried MLB Extra Innings a few years ago, but dropped it. Now I have a better service (because you can pick home or away feeds) that I can use on my main display, and not pay you a single dime for it (we use Zoomtown DSL).

It took all of 10 minutes to get signed up (including getting a forgotton MLB.TV password reset). A quick look at last nights Astros-Marlin’s game confirmed Dan Rayburn’s evaluation of the quality:  it’s really good.

I’ve been “doing” streaming media since January 1999. This has always been one of the promises of the technology. It’s really cool to see it done right.

I can hardly wait to see what they do next.

The old ballgame II

I love these seats. Damned expensive, but they spoil you.

Where our baseball loyalties lie

This is the brick Carla and I bought outside Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds. For those who aren’t fluent in either Latin or Cubs lore, it can be roughly translated as “Go Astros, Go Cubs.”

At the old ballgame

The bar in the way is mitigated by the bar a few feet behind me. We sprang for club seats. Go Cubbies!