Saturday, April 19, 2014

Good old mlb.tv, or, spoilers as a form of cross-universe travel

I put on the Dodger game, a few hours after it started.  I forgot that, on the desktop computer, mlb.tv starts the game live.  On the Roku, it always provides nice options like, start from beginning, or start from inning N.  And most importantly, it doesn't show you any baseball until you choose.  So it doesn't show the score.  Live sports is so weird: glimpsing the score erases most of the value of hours of media.

So, instead of watching at the beginning and going up the whole slope, I started watching at the red arrow, with the Dodgers down 4-3 but bases loaded, no out.  Would it have been worth it to emotionally surf the whole mountain?  In exchange I would have had to watch the Dodgers fall behind 4-0 first.  Has a German philosopher addressed these questions yet?




Mlb.tv has been, if possible, even glitchier than usual this year.  Rumor has it that the technicians that normally keep it almost working have been sent over to the instant replay bunker.  I believe it's still the case that I have never watched an entire glitch-free game on mlb.tv.

UPDATE: They have an option that fixes the instant spoil problem.



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