A whole new ball game: Major League baseball comes to the PS3

Sony is today expected to announce a deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) to provide live streaming of Major league baseball to the Playstation 3.

It’s the first time Sony has offered real-time content over the internet on the PS3, but it may just be the start: “This is one of the biggest deals we’re bringing to the PS3, and it won’t be the last one, there’s lots of conversations going on,” Peter Dille, senior vice president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, told Reuter

PlayStation Network users will be able to access the full MLB.TV  service through a customized interface. It offers hundreds of baseball games at up to 720p resolution.

The service also includes access to games archives, real-time highlights and condensed games – but not live local games.

A premium version will include the choice of home and away broadcasts for games, DVR-like pause and rewind controls and options such as split-screen and multi-game viewing.

The MLB service is already available on some phones, the iPad and TVs via the Roku set-top box and through service provider Boxee for $25 a month or $120 a year.

Subscribers to these versions of the service will be able to add it to the PS3 through a free app in the PlayStation Store. New subscribers will need to pay $100 for the basic service or $120 for the premium service.