United States: Airline to Add Live Streaming of MLB Games

Major League Baseball

One of the most popular airlines in the United States is adding live streaming of all regular season MLB games on flights within the continental United States. Can football, basketball, and ice hockey be far behind?

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Cabin on a JetBlue Airways airliner. Photo Credit:.JetBlue Airways


Budget air carrier JetBlue Airways is making it possible for baseball fans to watch Major League Baseball (MLB) games free of charge on their laptops and supported smartphones and tablets thanks to the MLB.com At Bat mobile app.

At a time when airlines are squeezing more and more seats into already scramped airplanes, reducing the number of wash rooms, and charging for checked luggage, baseball fans, at least, have something to cheer about.

JetBlue Airways is making it possible for baseball fans to watch regular season baseball games of the MLB's 30 teams. The service is available on all flights operating within the continental United States. Both live and archived games are included.

Is this a home run or what? Sounds more like a grand slam to me!

"Launching MLB.TV is a home run for our customers who are getting more free entertainment than ever included in their JetBlue flights," says Jamie Perry, VicePresident Brand and Product Development.

"Whether it's sports, movies, television, music, news, or e-books, we're offering endless entertainment options across multiple screens that goes far away from the drop-down televisions of yesterday that many airlines still serve to customers."

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, NBC Sports, Fox Sports 1, and NFL Network are included in the scheme.

MLB Advanced Media LP (MLBAM) is the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, managing MLB.com, the league's official site, and each of the 30 individual team sites.

What about football, basketball, and ice hockey? Can we look forward to watching live NFL, NBA, and NHL action in flight in the not so distant future?

And what about other airlines? Is this programme going to be exclusive to JetBlue or will other airlines be following suit?

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