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With the 2013 Major League Baseball season only weeks away, the league has just updated their iOS universal app MLB At Bat for the 2013 season. The update brings all of the latest news, information and updates from around the league now in Spring Training as well as the upcoming regular season and playoffs. 2013 marks my 3rd season of using the MLB At Bat app and I have every intention of doing so even though I now live in England. It is the definitive sports app. Period.
While the latest release of MLB At Bat is focused on the 2013 season, there is a good list of updates and improvements in the app. The Release Notes for version 6.0.0 highlights some of those changes and improvements.
New for 2013 (additional features coming Opening Day)
- Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account)
- Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smartphones and tablets
- Batting, pitching and fielding statistics (iPad)
- Re-designed individual team pages (iPhone)
- Updated news section interface (iPhone)
- Classic games library (iPhone and iPad)
- Re-architected navigations (iPhone and iPad)
- Additional push notification options (iPhone)
As was the case in the 2012 version of MLB At Bat, the app itself is free and there are in-app purchases to get you more detailed information about games including video highlights and play-by-play audio. First, if you are a MLB.TV subscriber, the app is free as part of your package. If you are not a subscriber, then the in-app purchases give you two options:
- One-Time fee of $19.99 for the entire 2013 season, Spring Training through to the World Series
- Monthly recurring subscription of $2.99/month
Finally, if you link the app to your MLB.com account, you can listen to radio broadcasts of any came on your Mac or PC as well as in the MLB At Bat app.
Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. As a die hard Texas Rangers fan, it was going to be the shining moment after 40 years of frustration for the franchise. But like Chicago Cub fans, as I write this review, I’m reminded that there is always next year. The Rangers, in their second consecutive World Series, failed to get that last strike – twice – and ended up losing the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7. Fortunately for me and all Major League Baseball fans everywhere, next year is here! Opening Day has proven to be exciting and a good start to the 2012 campaign and with the Texas Rangers season opening up on Friday, April 6th, I can hardly wait to see if they can make it to their third World Series in a row.
For the third year in a row my baseball addiction will be supplemented with MLB’s fantastic app MLB at Bat. The 2012 edition brings all of the great features of the 2011 version but now comes with the ability to subscribe to MLB.tv so you can watch hundreds of games throughout the season right from within the app. In fact, if you purchase a MLB.tv subscription you get the app for free. There are several options though which I will cover in this review.
I have contended publicly for a couple of years now that MLB at Bat is the best sports app in the App Store. Its closest rivals are NHL Game Day and F1 Timing App for Hockey and Formula One respectively. And perhaps it is my love of the Great Game that makes MLB at Bat hold a special place in my digital heart but I still contend it is the best. The depth of information provided in the app is stunning but getting to that information is quick and easy thanks to an intuitive user interface. Everything a baseball fan would want is in the app: Play-by-play both in video and local radio broadcasts, stats, scores, highlights and news from around the league are all in there. You can select your favorite teams which will have the app focus on that team(s) when you start the app. If you are a baseball fan there should be no long thinking about getting this app. It is a must, indeed a requirement.
As expected, Major League Baseball as released the MLB At Bat app in the App Store this morning. This year the app is a universal build so you download it one time and it works on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The app itself is free this year unlike the last two years where you had to pay $14.99 for the iPhone and a separate $14.99 for the iPad version. This is a huge savings already for baseball fans.
The app now supports in-app subscriptions and MLB has provided two ways to subscribe in addition to the MLB.tv subscriptions (which give you live streaming video of every game – so long as you are not in the blackout area). The first is a $2.99 monthly subscription and the other is $14.99 for the entire season. If you are new to the app and are not sure if it is right for you, subscribe to the monthly one to try it out during Spring Training. If however you do not want to subscribe, you will have access to the Lite version of the app (the free version you downloaded).
There are some big advantages to doing either the monthly or season long subscription in MLB At Bat. With the Lite version you will only have access to scores from the games throughout the league. With a subscription you get scores plus:
Game Day: A screen that gives you the match ups and games for that day throughout the league
Audio: Stream the game broadcast – visitor or home – for every game throughout the season
In-Game Highlights: Get highlights from key plays while the game is still in progress
Live Game of The Day: Watch the MLB’s Game of The Day (subject to blackout of course) as it streams directly to your iPhone or iPad
MLB has released At Bat just a few days before the start of Spring Training games which should give everyone plenty of time to download it and check it out. During Spring Training MLB will be streaming many games so you can really give it a good try out before the season gets underway.
I will have a review of MLB At Bat posted here on AlliOSNews in the coming days.
MLB At Bat is free and is a universal app that is available today in the App Store