Oh great! That means my next few months are going to suck!
Let me set the proper expectations based on several years of experience.
First few weeks of Spring Training, they'll be using the same platform as last year with maybe a few minor changes to the XML files just to keep things exciting for me.
Starting in the last week or two of Spring Training, they'll roll out the beta of the 2011 MLB.TV. This is where it gets "interesting."
If the last two or three years are any indication, it may take a few weeks to get all the bugs worked out and they probably won't be all on my side.
Expect non-nexdef service to start working smoothly by May. Or as I was fond of saying last year, when David Ortiz is batting above .250. ;-)
For nexdef? Who knows? I never really got it working well at all last year. It seemed like last year should have been a slam dunk. They turned the plugin into a proxy but there was something that just didn't quite work between rtmpdump and the plugin.
Side note: There was a guy from the librtmp/ffmpeg team who chimed in last year about ffmpeg supporting RTMP directly using the URL to form the headers. Unfortunately, his example of that was the diff file he used to patch libRTMP/ffmpeg. Since I'm not a C/C++ programmer, that meant very little to me. If you're still reading this thread, can you please give me a real example? I can give you a real argument list we pass to rtmpdump if you could show me how to convert that into an mplayer URL. Thanks!
Speaking of which, anyone know where rtmpdump/flvstreamer live these days?
And to whoever asked last season, I'm not planning to support python 3.0. Didn't look at it at all this off-season. What I remember from briefly looking at it last year, I would have to fork and re-write mlbviewer to support it because they intentionally made it backwards-incompatible. (Those jerks!
Finally, while I loved receiving the donations last year, there's always a chance MLBAM will do something to the service that makes it impossible for mlbviewer to support it. So unless you're unconditionally generous or the gambling type, I wouldn't want to take your money unless I knew I could deliver a working product. Might want to hold off on your donations until the real 2011 service rolls out in late March and I see what I'm up against.