I recognize that 2002 screenshot. Was never a big fan of the pear-shaped play button on the RealOne Player.
On August 26th of 2002, Major League Baseball streamed its first live MLB.tv video of a game to the web — a tiny, grainy little player that looks laughable in comparison to today’s HD streams you hold in your palm.
This month, 12 years later, the MLB says that it projects that over 51% of its monthly live streams will be watched on ‘connected’ and mobile devices in August. It says that this is a first for any live sports video product on the Internet. Note that this is not purely on ‘mobile’ devices — it also includes ‘connected’ devices, which would count the Apple TV, Roku and other boxes where the MLB.tv service is available. Still, most of that is mobile and all of it comes from MLB’s various apps and integration deals which have made it such a success story in online sports streaming.
The original stream had around 30,000 viewers, total…
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