Fans enjoying Fall Classic on Postseason.TV

Fans enjoying Fall Classic on Postseason.TV

The 106th World Series is under way, and Andrew Wahl is just happy there are between three and six more opportunities to use Postseason.TV.

He discovered the popular MLB.com service just in time to see the Giants' 11-7 victory over the Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

"Loving Postseason.TV

Wahl is a Blue Jays fan in Mississauga, Ontario, and because Major League Baseball is his favorite pastime, he said, "the baseball postseason is always bittersweet. Long winter ahead. Soaking up the last drops."

That is a good way to explain why so many thousands of fans have jumped on the Postseason.TV Signups are under way as a way to enjoy your Fall Classic to the fullest, so jump right in for Game 2 as a way to maximize the experience of Rangers at Giants starting at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday on FOX. It is a one-time cost of $9.95 for this live interactive online viewing experience -- powered the rest of the way by MLB.com and MLB postseason national-television-rights holder FOX Sports. It is accessible from MLB.com and FoxSports.com on MSN. Postseason.TV gives you companion coverage to those TV broadcasts, expanding the whole experience and making it more fun than ever to be a baseball fan.

Turner Sports provided the same Postseason.TV experience throughout its 2010 TBS coverage, which is now complete after 21 games -- 15 Division Series games and then the American League Championship Series won Friday by the Rangers over the Yankees in six. C.J. Wilson and the Rangers try again against the Matt Cain and the Giants, and this will be overall game No. 28 of the Postseason.TV campaign. Sign up and enjoy every minute of it, starting with the unique ability to watch live batting practice starting a couple hours before each game.

"There's no doubt in my mind we're going to bounce back," Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz said right after the Game 1 offensive outburst, and there is no doubt that Postseason.TV is going to be there for Game 2 and have increasingly more signups.

Taylor Chilcutt is a student at Texas Tech who discovered Postseason.TV "I have been waiting 22 years -- my whole life -- for the Rangers to go to the World Series," Chilcutt, a major in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Weatherford, Texas, said in an e-mail to MLB.com after the Rangers clinched the American League pennant. "I had the iPhone app so I could listen to my Rangers. But last Thursday I was going to be stuck on campus all day studying for a test so I knew I had to get Postseason.TV [Friday] it came in handy. I love seeing different views of the ballpark and watching the Texas Rangers advance to the World Series!"

Even if your team isn't winning, that is how it feels to be a Postseason.TV subscriber. From Roy Halladay's no-hitter on the first day to Freddy Sanchez becoming the first player to double in his first three World Series at bats, this has turned into an historic postseason in Major League Baseball. You are seeing things you've never seen before at this time of year, and many fans are also following the games in a way you never have before. Postseason.TV has arrived in 2010, with more to come.

For those who embrace fast-moving game technology delivered by MLB, this is a logical companion to the TV viewing experience -- with bells, whistles and user controls that simply make it more fun. This is a separate subscription package and not part of the regular MLB.TV product. Now you are the director, like being in your own TV production truck.

Now in its second year, Postseason.TV delivers a customized and interactive online viewing experience with up to 10 different camera angles, synchronized with the live network-broadcast audio, for every postseason game, blackout-free. You can watch any of the available camera angles or up to any four different angles simultaneously in a multi-view option.

Camera angles for Game 1 included Center Field, Home Plate, First Base, Third Base, High Home, Home and Visitor Dugout and Right Field. It is an empowering satisfaction that is making how you watch the games significantly different in this new age.

"Postseason.TV is what I believe the future of broadcasting will look like," A's fan Dustin Chapman e-mailed MLB.com from his hometown of Ogden, Utah. "What Major League Baseball is doing is what I have been waiting for and telling my friends needed to happen for almost a year now."

He cited a college bowl game at which a blimp overhead gave you companion online coverage with a "Tebow-cam."

"At that point, I thought, 'Why don't they do that for all sporting events? They have the camera angles,'" Chapman said. "I envisioned a site where you were able to choose whatever camera angles and views you wanted to watch while the sporting event was on. I figured something like that could eventually end up on flat-screen TVs with Internet capability, and you could be watching the main broadcast on three-fourths of the TV and choosing whatever other view you wanted to see with the other one-fourth of the screen. Along comes Postseason.TV -- and it has many of those features.

"It's wonderful technology. MLB has always been at the forefront of Internet broadcasting and they just did it again."

Now in its second year, Postseason.TV delivers a customized and interactive online viewing experience with up to 10 different camera angles, synchronized with the live network-broadcast audio, for every postseason game, blackout-free. You can watch any of the available camera angles or up to any four different angles simultaneously in a multi-view option.

That has been a blast for many people this fall. "Dugout Stalking" is quickly becoming part of the postseason lexicon. You can put it in the quad view (Mosaic mode) and drag four camera angles from the menu on the right. During Game 4 of the NLCS at AT&T Park, for example, you could choose the Giants Dugout angle and watch the Giants players go crazy as Pablo Sandoval slugged that big two-run double.

In addition, TBS HotCorner and FOX Feeds offer in-game video highlights, up-to-the-moment statistics and play-by-play, and social media integration through a live Twitter feed.

"The Twitter feature is also a great way to talk about the game as it happens with your friends and other fans," Chapman said.

Think of Postseason.TV as a way to engage with these important games on TBS and FOX, while being offered a complete package of live postseason access for this one-time fee. It is so different than postseason life as you knew it years ago. Just imagine if this was around for Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, enabling you to see Carlton Fisk's home run from a left-field foul pole camera -- or from a hovering Zip Line cam over the shoulder of Bill Buckner as Mookie Wilson's grounder got through his legs in the 1986 World Series. What if you were watching Kirk Gibson with a Dodgers Dugout camera, as he emerged from the clubhouse and grabbed the bat and went out onto the field and into history?

While Postseason.TV is available for U.S. and Canada customers only, MLB.TV Postseason is also now available to those outside those countries, at a one-time cost of $19.95. International customers can watch every postseason game live or on-demand, just as everyone could do out-of-market throughout the regular season. You'll get HD quality, picture-in-picture (and multi-game views), DVR controls (pause and rewind), a choice of home or away team radio broadcasts, clickable linescores, in-game highlights and Twitter integration.

For fans on-the-go, Postseason.TV will offer portability via At Bat 2010, the award-winning suite of mobile applications developed by MLB.com, by providing mobile access to the same live camera angles, the quad mode option and network-broadcast audio. MLB.com has lowered the price of the At Bat mobile app to $4.99 for the postseason. Postseason.TV again will be available on iPhone and iPod Touch -- and this time it also will be available through At Bat 2010 on iPad and select Android devices.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Follow @MLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.