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Duane Byram
2005-06-30, 10:32
Just wondering if anyone else has tried to listen to one of the MLB.com
gameday audio broadcasts through their SqueezeBox. I suspect some sort of a
plugin would be needed (ala Live365) to handle the needed login/password,
and possibly convert from the WindowsMedia or ReadAudio format.

- duano!

slumlord
2006-04-14, 19:58
I also would LOVE to be able to listen to my Gameday Audio streams that I subscribe to!

Hope someone finds a workaround.

Mitch Harding
2006-04-14, 20:43
Yeah, that's been on my wishlist since I got my first Squeezebox.

On 4/14/06, slumlord <slumlord.26ac1z1145070002 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
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> I also would LOVE to be able to listen to my Gameday Audio streams that
> I subscribe to!
>
> Hope someone finds a workaround.
>
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slumlord
2006-04-14, 23:00
To anyone from Slim Devices, just a suggestion for your Business Dev people.

You guys oughta approach Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Of all the leagues, MLB has done the best job of embracing the internet! I would bet they would be interested in being able to tout a cutting edge way for fans to use their GameDay audio subscription!

Siduhe
2006-04-15, 05:53
See one of the (many) previous threads where this has been discussed for an explanation of why itīs unlikely to happen any time soon (under mlb.com's current business model):

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=10844&highlight=mlb.com

Edit: Although there is an XM Radio plugin which will get you some of the games if you have an XM account ?

blah509
2006-04-16, 05:56
It would be mlb radio.....on steroids...

get it...steroids...

awful quiet in here....:P

g

Mitch Harding
2006-04-16, 08:39
I'd read that thread before. That thread (to my mind) explains why it's
impossible for me to listen to MLB Radio on my Squeezebox currently. The
message I take from that thread is that it would only be possible if SD got
in touch with MLB and worked out some kind of a deal. I think the main
issue MLB has is security -- they don't want to give away their game feeds
for free. But if SD could work out a way for users to link their
Squeezenetwork accounts to their MLB Gameday Audio accounts, it may be
enough to satisfy the MLB folks.

Anyway, maybe there's not enough demand. But there's one way to find out.
I've
opened bug 3280 as a feature request for this. Please vote for it if you
would also like
to see support for MLB Gameday Audio:
http://bugs.slimdevices.com/show_bug.cgi?id=3280

On 4/15/06, Siduhe <Siduhe.26b3ln1145105701 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
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> See one of the (many) previous threads where this has been discussed for
> an explanation of why itīs unlikely to happen any time soon:
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> http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=10844&highlight=mlb.com
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slumlord
2006-04-16, 09:51
Good idea to post it as a feature request! Thanks.

I voted for it.

fuzzyT
2006-04-17, 08:38
I voted for this as well. Radio (audio) is the best way to enjoy
baseball. This would be a fantastic enhancement, and a sure way to sell
some Squeezeboxes to baseball fans.

--rt

slumlord
2006-04-17, 08:54
Amen, to that, Fuzzy. Other baseball fans have told me they'd subscribe to MLBTV, where you can *watch* feeds of every game, if the price were a bit lower.

I tell 'em that no matter *how* low the price falls, I will stick with GameDay audio. There's nothing like listening to a radio broadcast of a game...it fires your imagination. When I use GameDay Audio I like to think of my laptop as some amazing transistor radio that can pull in signals from anywhere! Many of the feeds also include the local commercials, so they're a fun "voyeur" aspect when you hear ads talk about local landmarks that everyone knows about while we listen in. Also, when Vin Scully talks about Farmer John hotdogs I want to rush out and buy 'em!

fuzzyT
2006-04-17, 09:03
Any idea what the streaming technology is this year? They've used Real
in the past, but I thought I'd read where they'd signed a new deal.
Can't recall who the provider was, or what formats the streams would be
in. That would make a big difference in LOE for the SN.

fuzzyT
2006-04-17, 09:19
ron thigpen wrote:
> Any idea what the streaming technology is this year?

Answering my own question:

http://www.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/help/faq_system_requirements.jsp

Looks like WMA.

That's good news as far as SN feasibility.

But bad news for my idea of tuning in via the Nokia 770 with audio out
to my receiver. Oh well.

stinkingpig
2006-04-17, 16:54
> I voted for this as well. Radio (audio) is the best way to enjoy
> baseball. This would be a fantastic enhancement, and a sure way to sell
> some Squeezeboxes to baseball fans.
>
> --rt

I actually would rather see an FM tuner with timeshifting -- think Tivo
for radio. This is obviously a server-side app, not an addition to the SB.

MLB is a draw, but only local, and there are also a ton of other local
radio shows/resources that I or my wife want to hear. I've tried a number
of different solutions, but ended up just providing a tabletop radio next
to the SB in many rooms.

It seems so inefficient to stream the same data over the Internet when
it's passing by in the air...

--
Jack Coates At Monkeynoodle Dot Org: It's A Scientific Venture!
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin, so across the Western
ocean I must wander" - traditional

Chippy
2006-04-18, 07:35
Oh yeah! Add me to the list. Especially now that MLB.tv support for Macs has plumbed new depths...

fuzzyT
2006-04-18, 07:56
Jack Coates wrote:

> MLB is a draw, but only local, and there are also a ton of other local
> radio shows/resources that I or my wife want to hear. I've tried a number
> of different solutions, but ended up just providing a tabletop radio next
> to the SB in many rooms.

You're assuming that listeners are loyal to a local team. Much of the
draw of the MLB streams, and the premium sports packages on cable TV is
that you can follow out of market teams.

And even if the team is local, these broadcasts are usually over long
distance AM radio where reception can be sketchy, and fidelity is
always always low. It's very frustrating to have a station fade out on
you right at a key point in the action.

I don't think I'm much interested in time-shifting for baseball coverage
either. Part of the magic is the live aspect of the coverage.

I agree that computer based, audio Tivo package would be fantastic. But
for my money it would need to handle both internet streams as well as
locally tuned over the air broadcasts.

Audio Tivo and MLB Audio via SqueezeNetwork are two very different
things. And for me, they don't really compete. There are applications
out there that do the audio Tivo thing, but that's another thread.

--rt

Mitch Harding
2006-04-18, 08:44
Agreed about the out of market teams. My main interest here is the ability
to listen to Red Sox games in Austin.

On 4/18/06, ron thigpen <ron (AT) fuzzsonic (DOT) com> wrote:
>
> Jack Coates wrote:
>
> > MLB is a draw, but only local, and there are also a ton of other local
> > radio shows/resources that I or my wife want to hear. I've tried a
> number
> > of different solutions, but ended up just providing a tabletop radio
> next
> > to the SB in many rooms.
>
> You're assuming that listeners are loyal to a local team. Much of the
> draw of the MLB streams, and the premium sports packages on cable TV is
> that you can follow out of market teams.
>
> And even if the team is local, these broadcasts are usually over long
> distance AM radio where reception can be sketchy, and fidelity is
> always always low. It's very frustrating to have a station fade out on
> you right at a key point in the action.
>
> I don't think I'm much interested in time-shifting for baseball coverage
> either. Part of the magic is the live aspect of the coverage.
>
> I agree that computer based, audio Tivo package would be fantastic. But
> for my money it would need to handle both internet streams as well as
> locally tuned over the air broadcasts.
>
> Audio Tivo and MLB Audio via SqueezeNetwork are two very different
> things. And for me, they don't really compete. There are applications
> out there that do the audio Tivo thing, but that's another thread.
>
> --rt
>

stinkingpig
2006-04-18, 09:09
.... good points
>
> Audio Tivo and MLB Audio via SqueezeNetwork are two very different
> things. And for me, they don't really compete. There are applications
> out there that do the audio Tivo thing, but that's another thread.
>

via SqueezeNetwork is a good point -- I was imagining something clunkier.

--
Jack Coates At Monkeynoodle Dot Org: It's A Scientific Venture!
"I spent all me tin with the ladies drinking gin, so across the Western
ocean I must wander" - traditional

fuzzyT
2006-04-18, 09:38
Jack Coates wrote:

> via SqueezeNetwork is a good point -- I was imagining something clunkier.

I'd actually prefer a direct SS to MLB connection, as it would allow for
sync'ing players. But I think in this case, the login handoff routine
could be more closely guarded if it only happened in the SN code.

IOW, it could work similarly to how Pandora/SN works, and for similar
reasons.

The only question is whether the two parties are motivated enough to
make it happen. I would imagine that there is a big enough installed SB
base so that it would definitely drive some MLB audio subscription sales
(me for one). And there are certainly a lot of MLB fans out there who
might welcome the opportunity to hear the games without having to hunch
over their computer.

And it would be very cool to see the MLB logo on the SD homepage, right
next to Pandora.