UPDATE 2/28/12: Macworld just put up a post about the app: MLB.com At Bat warms up for 2012 season.
UPDATE 2/29/12: The MLB.com At Bat ’12 app is out! Take a look!
I was looking for more info on MLB.com At Bat ’12 app and how much it will cost to use as just a way to watch the Gameday (pitch tracking, box scores, etc..) stuff that they did last season. I came across a PDF document at “mlb.custhelp.com”. It describes how the new app will work and how the in-app purchases will work on iOS and Android as well as how the app will work on Windows Phone 7.
Here is the text from the iOS section of the document:
- At Bat 12 will be a universal application for the 2012 season. This means the same application will contain the iPhone and iPad experience.
- At Bat 12 will be free to download. Customers will have the option between a $2.99 monthly subscription and $14.99 season pass. These purchase options will be supported via ‘in-app purchase’, and will be charged against the customer’s iTunes account.
- At Bat 12 premium features include Gameday Audio (home/away), Gameday, real time highlights, Notifications, and 1 Free MLB.TV game of the day.
- At Bat 12 standard/free features include scores, news, standings.
- An existing MLB.TV Premium customer will have access to all At Bat features upon login. MLB.TV Standard customers will have to purchase the At Bat features via in-app purchase.
- Customer will also have the ability to purchase MLB.TV monthly subscription from the Apple At Bat 12 application via in-app purchase for $24.99/Monthly. After purchase, customer can link this subscription to his account to use on
- The customer has the ability to link the MLB.TV monthly subscription to an MLB.com account and leverage across the wired web or on Android devices.
- At Bat 12 In-app purchase: $14.99/Season or $2.99/Monthly
- MLB.TV Monthly In-app purchase: $24.99
- Tentatively scheduled to support devices (ipad, iphone, ipod touch) on OS 4.0 and up.
- Note: iPhone is now supported on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
My take on all that is that the “Free” Universal app coming out on the 29th will only give you game scores, news and standings. That’s it. No Gameday (pitch tracking, box scores, etc..), no highlights, etc… Just the bare minimum.
If you want more, you pay $2.99 a month (8 months, March through October) or $14.99 for the whole season.
The next page of the PDF kind of shows this with the screenshots:
The Detail screen above shows what you get when you pay the $2.99 a month or $14.99 season price. It shows that you get the game audio, Gameday, Highlights, etc…
So, MLB.com At Bat ’12 will still cost us $15 for the season if we want it to work the way it did last season. Otherwise your getting a very basic view of the games, news, and standings. That might be fine for most people, but we buy MLB.com At Bat for the Gameday info and the audio.