Want to watch the 2012 MLB Playoffs but don’t get TBS? Postseason.TV is back again for 2012 delivering online streaming coverage of every MLB Playoffs carried by TBS or MLB Network. Fans with iPads, iPhones, and certain Android devices will be able to port their Postseason.tv subscriptions to their devices and watch on the go.
First thing we need to mention is that Postseason.TV is a product designed as companion coverage to the main TBS television broadcast. It not the same as watching on TV. You get the live TV audio feed, but instead of the same dynamic camera views from TV, you have 10 single camera views from which to chose to watch. From those 10, you can watch up to 4 at a time in multi-camera view. It also does not include any of the MLB Playoff games broadcast on Fox (NL Championship Series and World Series in 2012)
The price structure of Postseason.TV has changed slightly for 2012. Last year there as a separate package for the just the Division Series. This year, $4.99 gets you access to the every available game. Android, iPhone, and iPad users can get Postseason.tv as part of the MLB At Bat ’12 apps.
In previous years, the home plate view seemed to be the best for watching as a stand alone option. I would compare it to watching a game from the stands behind home plate. They’ve also added a mid home plate view that is usually really nice as well. There are times however, when that camera is actually too close the the action so it doesn’t allow you to see much of the field.
While you do get the TV broadcast audio, you won’t get any replays or graphical overlays displaying stats or other info. And, any time they throw it to the studio for an update, you won’t get to hear or see it.
Although it’s disappointing that MLB doesn’t offer a full TV broadcast option online like MLB.tv, $4.99 is a pretty reasonable price to watch 3 playoffs series and Wild Card games, even if it is merely meant to be a supplemental option. In years past, I’ve watched much the ALDS exclusively on Postseason.tv. While it’s not the ideal way to watch a game, I found Postseason.tv to be a passable solution for those with no other option. Watching a game this way actually kind of grows on you after awhile. You can catch some subtitles that you might not catch on a typical broadcast, such as seeing the runners lead off bases, infielder movement, etc.
As a companion product, I liked some of the additional camera angles provided. In past years I did have some issues with the broadcast and Postseason.tv being out of sync by a few seconds. Many others, however, reported no such issues.
In addition to the 10 camera angles, you’ll get Live batting practice footage, in game highlights, and streaming Tweets.
Postseason.tv is available only in the US and Canada and there are no blackout restrictions. MLB.TV Postseason is available to those outside US & Canada for $24.95.
We’d love to hear your take on Postseason.tv. Is it an acceptable way to watch a game? How about as a companion to the TV broadcast? Is it worth the money?
UPDATE (9/7/2012) – I watched some of the earlier playoff games via Postseason.tv on the MLB At Bat iPad app and had no issues. The multi-camera view was synced perfectly.
UPDATE (9/9/2012) – I’ve been watching the playoffs exclusively with Postseason.tv on the iPad (MLB AT Bat app) and have been quite pleased. It seems to be much improved over previous years. I’ve had no sync issues with the quad view and there seems to more dynamic camera movement from the home plate cameras than in the past. Those cameras (mid and high home plate) also pan out when necessary to show any base runners. I did have issues trying to watch the O’s-Yankees Game 1 over the weekend. I had trouble connecting and when I did connect, I would usually lose the stream within 15 minutes and have to try to re-connect. On all other days, I had no real issues other than the occasional video freezing for a few moments.