As this image shows, MLB.TV Premium's new Adobe
Flash player offers a great picture.
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For those that are taking a peak at the new “Hi-Def” player as part of a free Beta test for MLB.TV Premium's Flash player by Adobe, you may have been asking yourself why the audio was broken at the beginning of the game. Well, it isn’t. Seems YES was having audio problems on their end that has created minutes with no sound. Once the audio came online, some glitches were still in play. This is still, after all, a Beta.
Attempts at using the “DVR” controls – the ability to rewind, fast forward, and pause, all but locked up the feed as it buffered and attempted to load when the rewind and fast forward elements were used. I also had moments when the DVR controls would not “dissolve” off screen when I moved the mouse off of it. At one point, a message was displayed saying “Media currently not available”. Once that was resolved, the ability to jump back and forth between innings seemed to work better (a possible service or server restart?).
Beyond the bells and whistles needing work, the picture quality is getting very near to broadcast. The only dithering that I could see was when I went to full screen (1440x900 on my Inspirion E1705 laptop). Otherwise, the picture is nearly flawless.
It will be interesting to see how the picture-in-picture functions, once available, as well other functionality such as chat, etc. What is clear is that streaming video online is a more than acceptable platform for watching games. For many, MLB.TV Premium might well be worth purchasing over MLB Extra Innings due to price and ever increasing quality.
Look for a full review of the non-Beta version of MLB.TV Premium once the season starts.
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