What is the best way for a screen reader user to access MLB.TV?
In order to access MLB.TV, you will need an MLB.com account. MLB.TV subscribers will have access to TV and radio broadcasts within the MLB.TV Media Player. Gameday Audio subscribers will have access to radio broadcasts within the MLB.TV Media Player as well as the Audio Player.
Selecting a game from the Media Center: The games options for watching games are arranged in a table. The rows contain the times of the games, and the columns contain viewing options: Time ET, Game, MLB.TV Premium (Away, Home, National, where available), MLB.TV, Gameday Audio (Away, Home, Alt Away, Alt Home, where available), Condensed, and Highlights.
Assistive technology users can use their Table navigation key to take them directly to the table (usually 'T'). Assistive technology users can use their table navigation keys to navigate around the table. Users should consult their screen reader documentation for detailed instructions on how to navigate the tables. For example, the following keys may be used in JAWS for table navigation: Alt + Control + Down Arrow - to move down a row Alt + Control + Up Arrow - to move up a row Alt + Control + Left Arrow - to move to the previous cell Alt + Control + Right Arrow - to move to the next cell Insert + Shift + Up Arrow - to read the current row Alt + Control + Num Pad 5 - to read the current cells along with header information.
Alternately, the following keys may be used in Window-Eyes for table navigation: Numpad Insert + Down Arrow - to move down a row Numpad Insert + Up Arrow - to move up a row Numpad Insert + Left Arrow - to move to the previous cell Numpad Insert+ Right Arrow - to move to the next cell Navigate to any cell and use arrow keys - to read the current cells The easiest way to locate a game is to navigate down the second column under the "Game" heading to locate the game. The time is announced automatically for the game. For the desired game, navigate along the column for viewing options. The headings for the viewing options will be announced automatically, but table reading keys can be used to confirm the viewing option and time (For example, in JAWS Alt + Control + Num Pad 5). When a link for a game is activated, a Flash movie opens in a new window. The new window contains general information for screen reader users about how to access the MLB.TV or Gameday Audio. This is not visible to other users. After a brief period, the MLB.TV Media Player will load. For users who have not yet logged in, a login form is displayed in the bottom left corner of the window. For users who have previously logged in, they will be taken directly to the game they selected from the Media Center.
Windows screen reader users: In addition to the screen reader only general information, Windows screen reader users are also able to navigate the MLB.TV Media Player using their screen reader. Users can navigate the application in either Browse/Cursor mode or in MSAA/Forms mode. MSAA/Forms mode is the suggested mode as the user can easily use of TAB key to navigate the application in a logical sequence. Mac screen reader users: We are committed to accessibility on all systems, but for certain products we are limited by the constraints and requirements of third-party software. Due to Adobe Flash Player Accessibility System Requirements, screen reader users must use an MSAA-compatible screen reader. Unfortunately, this means that Mac screen readers will not work with the MLB.TV Media Player application currently. Adobe has announced that future versions of the Flash Player will support Mac screen readers. Alternatively, Mac screen reader users can use the Audio Player using their screen reader to access Gameday Audio. To access MLB.TV with screen reader, we recommend using the keyboard shortcuts, below.