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Baseball’s Internet Opening Day


I’ve been a baseball fan since 1969 when the “Miracle” Mets bounced my Chicago Cubs from the National League championship. Living in the backwoods of West Virginia, I never saw my Cubs play in person or on TV. Instead, I listened to my beloved Cubs at night on my radio, which was tuned in to WGN. Today, thanks to MLB.TV, I can watch the Cubs, or any other team, anywhere I’ve got broadband and on almost any device.

MLB.TV takes the various local sports network broadcasts–NESN for the Boston Red Sox, YES for the Yankees and so on-and enables you to watch them over your Internet connection. In my experience, you’ll need at least a 768Kbps (Kilobit per second) down connection for Standard Definition (SD) TV, and for High Definition (HD) broadcasts, you’ll need at least a 3Mbps (Megabit per second). You’ll be happier though with at least 1.5Mbps for SD.

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