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From the beginning the Chromecast has been able to handle the basics such as Netflix and YouTube. More compatibility trickled in, with services like Hulu jumping on board, and apps like BeyondPod and Flex throwing in their support. Now Chromecast icons can be found all over the place. But the offering is still weak in one area - sports. Today Chromecast is knocking that issue out of the park (at least for baseball fans) by finding its way into the MLB.com At Bat app.

Taking advantage of this feature still requires a premium subscription over at MLB.tv, but hey, you expected that. Watching sports doesn't come cheap, whether it's in person, on cable, or, now, via Chromecast. But at least there are options.

Source: +Chrome

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • brnpttmn

    This would be awesome if it weren't for the stupid MLBTV blackouts.

    • ddpacino

      That's with pretty much every sport. Sucks ass.

    • Hector Diaz

      Try unblock-us.com for one week and see how it works for you.

      • Andrew

        Does not work with chromecast. Chromecast uses a static DNS and ignores what your router would tell it to use. You need to either root your chromecast (which is impossible if you've already connected it to the internet for its first update), or have a router capable of forwarding chromecast's DNS requests to another DNS server.

  • brnpttmn

    It would be nice if they made it available for things beyond just the live games like the animated play-by-play, radio feeds, and highlights/condensed games videos.

  • IrmaEMontiel

    Now Chromecast icons can be found all over the place. But the offering is still weak in one area - sports. Today Chromecast is knocking that issue out of the park (at least for baseball fans) by finding its way into the MLB.com At Bat app. http://buyh.tk/wC

  • Mr Glass

    How do the blackouts work? I live in the St. Louis area and none of our games are blacked out - every game is on local cable... guess I am missing something.

    • Kelley

      I live in NC, but watch the Tigers through MLB AtBat....Tiger games are blacked-out here if they are playing the Orioles or the Nationals becasue both teams include NC in their market area.

      Although blackouts are essentially non-existent if you use UnoTelly/UnoDNS....

    • br_hermon

      One thing I found out via their website (though I can't recall where), A person might live inside the blackout area, but their ISP might be located outside of the blackout area. If that were the case, you'd still get the games. The reverse can also be true.

      For me, one game was blacked out but when I put in my CC information and zip, it corrected itself and allowed me to watch the game.

    • kervation

      I also live in the St. Louis area. All the Cardinals games are broadcast on FSM Midwest. If you didn't have cable and wanted to watch the Cardinals play using MLB.tv, the games would be subject to blackout rules. This would apply if your I.P. address originates from the home area blackout region. You can always use a VPN to bypass blackouts, if you choose to do so.

  • Ryan Mallon

    If it would cast the audio from the $20 At Bat subscription (that provides teams' radio broadcasts), I would buy that subscription today.

    • ddpacino

      Already got it... assumed that may work. Not disappointed, but oh well.

  • Matt Lukens

    Has anyone that uses a Fake GPS app on their Android device tried this with Chromecast? I am trying to figure out if it uses the IP of the Chromecast or the Android device location to avoid blackouts.

    • itlnstln

      Sports streaming services use your IP address to determine where you are watching not your device location. VPN services as well as DNS re-routers like Unblock-us and UnoTelly will get you around blackouts. I have used both Unblock-us and UnoTelly and they both work great. I prefer UnoTelly due for specific features. They both cost ~$5/month and are well worth it.

      • imneveral0ne

        I use fake GPS on the NHL app all the time. Works just fine.

  • imneveral0ne

    NHL needs to get in on this action!

  • Matt

    I've been an MLB.TV subscriber for a few years now, so this is a very welcome addition. So far, the streaming quality has been fantastic...when it works. I've found that it tends to freeze up after a few minutes. Seems like they've still got a few kinks to work out.

  • Matt Wemer

    How do you watch with just a laptop, there doesn't seem to be a button on the actual mlbtv player

  • DT

    This gets funny. I can use a VPN on my phone or Ipad, and get the blacked out games BUT I CANNOT chromecast it, because my chromecast still has me watching a television within the blacked out area (not affected by VPN). So I get the games, but cannot Chromecast (though I can HDMI feed the game still).

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