Baseball season and the NBA playoffs are right around the corner and the Apple TV has a nice little surprise in store for all its fans. MLB.tv (subscription required) and NBA Live (subscription required) will now stream live games and updates directly to your Apple TV. This functionality is hard coded into the latest 4.3 version of the Apple TV software and is not an app like other Apple devices.
Baseball, Basketball and Hockey have been available for a while now on the Roku and Boxee platforms, but this is a first for Apple.
There has been speculation for a while now that Apple will allow apps on the Apple TV. Technically, this isn’t, but could these baby steps lead to more sports or streaming content outside of Netflix and iTunes?