1. redsrbetter's Avatar
    I am a huge baseball fan and I am at an absolute loss as to what I can do to watch a game while traveling the country for work.

    I own a Blackberry Storm. My carrier is Verizon. I am an annual subscriber to mlb.tv. I have read through so many thoughts on this site about the ways we are able to watch baseball on the go. Well, I have things blocking every avenue of approach for me. Surely I am not the only one finding this impossible.

    The problems?

    *The Blackberry Storm does not support a flash player where I can use my mlb.tv subscription on it.

    *The best option for Blackberry owners is the MLB at bat app (which I am begging anyone to inform me where to find it). This application does not support live streaming of the games. I do have XM satellite radio and the ability to listen to the games, but audio is not what I am looking for. And my XM almost makes the MLB at bat app obsolete.

    *I also have a laptop for use during my travels, but all air cards are limited to 5 gigs. This allows me to watch approximately 3 hours of baseball a month. It takes 3 hours to complete 1 game. Air cards are a rip off for baseball fans!

    *I would get an iPhone, but Verizon does not use them. I only have Verizon because AT&T does not work in my hometown whereas Verizon's coverage has rarely failed me.

    *An iPod touch sounds intriguing, but you have to have a wifi connection for mlb.tv to work. And I am not sure if it is reliable yet either. But since I am always in small towns accross America, it will be hard pressed for me to find a wifi hot spot. If anyone knows if an iPod touch can stream a baseball game live without buffering every 5 seconds, please let me know.

    After reading this, would you say that someone like me is doomed? It's as if I am so close I can taste it, but really have only been lead on the entire time. I have many options, yet these companies have not become compatible to my needs yet. Even though I am paying $60 a month for the air card, $30 a month for the 3G Blackberry browser, another $100 a month for Verizon phone coverage, $40 a month for home internet, over $1000 for the laptop, $120 for the mlb.tv subscription, after all this, I still can't use any of this for the number one reason for me to want it.

    Please anyone help! I will pay someone for good advice. There has to be something I am missing.
    03-06-10 11:46 PM
  2. jfrancis#WN's Avatar
    03-06-10 11:58 PM
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    03-07-10 12:00 AM
  4. redsrbetter's Avatar
    Thanks for your response jfrancismiller!

    Unfortunately I already have that and it just isn't what I am looking for. It's good for what it is though. But I am looking for a live stream of the entire game.

    I think my biggest problem with this is the fact that I pay for the capability in several different ways and those ways have not caught up with their competition (BB vs iPhone) or they have changed their process (air cards). And if there was a way for me to get around this without having to purchase an AT&T phone and 3G subscription which would cost me around $100 a month, I would do it.
    03-07-10 12:05 AM
  5. jfrancis#WN's Avatar
    No problem, I'm sorry I wasn't much help. I wouldn't say you're doomed, have you looked into other deivces on Verizon? I know the Nexus One is supposed to come out for Verizon in a few weeks. I'm not sure if it supports flash or not, but maybe you could try a different device and switch between your BB and that?

    I know it's really hard to put my blackberry down, it's just too bad it's still so hard to get flash on our mobile phones. I guess we can't have it all
    03-07-10 12:15 AM
  6. redsrbetter's Avatar
    I know this is blasphemy to a lot here, but I would put my BB down in a heartbeat if Verizon had anything that supported my mlb.tv subscription. No questions asked. So far all I know that supports it is the iPhone. And, of course Verizon doesn't use those.
    03-07-10 12:37 AM
  7. digitalb0y's Avatar
    Sorry this doesn't answer your main question, but it WILL get you MLB's At Bat app, which has its feature list on the page. According to their site, you can listen, get play-by-play updates as they happen, stats, and watch highlights "moments after they happen," so at least maybe it's a step in the right direction.

    BlackBerry App World - MLB.com At Bat 2010

    You can also look into what's involved in "jailbreaking" an iPhone to make it work on Verizon. I know people that are using iPhones on other networks. If baseball's not all you want, you might keep the BlackBerry around and switch your SIM back-and-forth, but that would be up to you. Good luck in your hunt!
    03-07-10 06:49 AM
  8. redsrbetter's Avatar
    Thanks digitalboy. I found the app while on MLB.com (using my phone). When I went to download it, it said it was unavailable for me. I have no clue why. Isn't this app available for all blackberry storms?

    Also, does anyone know anything about a MiFi 2200?
    Verizon Wireless - Mobile Broadband - Products

    I called a customer service rep and she said these things are still limited, but are 10 gigs. This doubles my 5 gig access with the air card. Plus, the MiFi is a one time $50 purchase while the air card costs $60 a month. If I knew the MiFi 2200 would work as good as the air card or at least that it would work in every place my phone will, I would be all over it. But the 10 gig limit still hinders my baseball access.

    Keep the help coming guys! I truly need it!
    03-07-10 07:59 PM
  9. mikeo007's Avatar
    I know this is blasphemy to a lot here, but I would put my BB down in a heartbeat if Verizon had anything that supported my mlb.tv subscription. No questions asked. So far all I know that supports it is the iPhone. And, of course Verizon doesn't use those.
    You could use slingbox to stream the games from a home tv.

    Also, you mentioned that mlb.tv wouldn't work on the storm because of lack of flash support, but I think I should warn you that afaik mlb.tv runs on silverlight, not flash. So even when the storm does get flash, you still can't use that website.
    03-07-10 08:43 PM
  10. redsrbetter's Avatar
    Thanks Mike, that is more bad news for me. Man, its tough being a baseball fan these days. Slingbox sounds interesting and I would look into it deeper if I knew I could get specific team games everyday. But my local team isn't the team I watch.

    Anyone know much about this tetherberry stuff? I downloaded the free trial and it allows me to stream the archive of the games. I would be happy with watching an archive if I can't get it live. But I don't know if the legality of it has been hashed out yet. Anyone know how legit tetherberry is?
    03-08-10 12:15 AM
  11. redsrbetter's Avatar
    I am purchasing tether, but I am not sure if I will get charged by Verizon for streaming live games with it. Anyone getting charged for their "unlimited" use through tether?
    03-10-10 02:19 PM
  12. KWO's Avatar
    If they find out your are tethering with out a tethering plan you are gonna get hit in the pocket book hard!!!!! Look into how much they charge you to tether your BB and maybe instead of using your air card you could use tether and watch games on your laptop via that route.
    03-10-10 03:42 PM
  13. redsrbetter's Avatar
    If I did that, they would limit my usage again. Then streaming a baseball game would be out of the question. This would put me back at square one.
    03-11-10 04:48 PM
  14. redsrbetter's Avatar
    I am not afraid to pay for their tethering service or anyone elses for that matter. I am just tired of paying for something that is limited in its use.

    I am at the point now where I would pay $200 a month if there were a way for me to stream baseball on the go.
    03-12-10 02:24 PM
  15. DOOG9517's Avatar
    REDSRBETTER, the 95xx are the only phones "MLB at Bat 2010" are made for! I'm very upset right now because I cant get it for my 9550 either. I get messages like "unknown error", and "can not connect to the payment system". I think App World is screwed up right now.
    03-12-10 02:52 PM
  16. Kylash's Avatar
    Redsrbetter, I can honestly say I feel the exact same way. It's really quite agonizing being a Storm owning, devout baseball fan. I really hope MLB will step up to the plate and offer the millions of blackberry users a solution. From what I've seen, as of now, the best chance of getting live video would be an update to the At Bat app.
    03-12-10 07:09 PM
  17. Seeker2787's Avatar
    Just to keep everyone updated... MLB at Bat 2010 has been released for a few more devices.

    MLB.com Mobile | MLB.com: Mobile <--this will get ya some more info
    03-24-10 09:28 PM
  18. sheffieldcelt's Avatar
    Audio not working, network error, is audio USA only? Any one used it in the uk?

    When season starts can you watch highlights of games when they finish? And in game highlights, how long would it take for these to be available?

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    03-25-10 12:28 PM
  19. Mark Fortune's Avatar
    I thought about using my blackberry ATT as a modem for my laptop and then watching it on the laptop. I'm not sure if you will have the bandwidth.
    04-08-10 08:42 PM