Richard Galbraith is a Mariners fan who grew up in Kent, Wash., and then moved with his family during high school to Salt Lake City, where he now works as a firefighter/EMT. He is in his fifth season as a subscriber to MLB.TV Premium, which is now available at a lowered yearly price of $99.99.
Galbraith watches live games with his MLB.TV subscription via his Xbox 360 at home or on the go through his Samsung Galaxy S4, hoping to see his favorite team make a run at the kind of postseasons he expected in his boyhood days. Millions of fans like him have signed up for the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product, and he can best explain why.
"If I'm in the car or out exercising, I always listen to the Mariners radio broadcast through my At Bat app on my Samsung," Galbraith said in an email. "If I'm home, I will watch the game on my TV, and if I know I'm going to be an hour or so late getting home, I just rewind to the first inning and fast forward through the commercial breaks.
"Call me weird, but I don't want to miss a single inning. If I'm home and the Mariners are off that day or have a later West Coast first pitch, I'll start by watching an East Coast game -- Red Sox, Nationals, Orioles -- or whatever live game is on. The best part about late West Coast baseball is that I can watch the M's or the Giants till 11 o'clock at night or later or just fall asleep listening to Vin Scully call a late Dodgers game.
"If ever I get a text-message alert about a close game in the late innings, I can instantly tune in and watch it all unfold live. Just this week, when I realized Josh Beckett was six innings into throwing a no-hitter, I promptly tuned in via my MLB.TV app and watched the first Dodger no-hitter in more than 20 years. It's not that I'm a Dodger fan, I'm just a fan who loves the game. It was awesome, and I didn't have to catch the highlights of it later."
Whether you want to track a no-hitter, follow your favorite team's live out-of-market game, be a better educated All-Star voter, manage a fantasy roster or simply experience Josh Reddick going up to bat to the sound of "Careless Whisper," now is the right time to subscribe to MLB.TV.
In addition to the lower MLB.TV Premium cost as we say goodbye to May, the annual subscription to MLB.TV has been dropped to $79.99.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers have access to every live out-of-market game across more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices, and so far this season, it has added Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to the list.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers also get home and away broadcast feeds, plus a free 2014 subscription to the highest-grossing sports app of all time, MLB.com At Bat -- on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone 8. And for the first time, the All-Star Game and World Series will be streamed live on MLB.TV.
People from all walks of life watch MLB.TV, and here's another Salt Lake City regular who can tell you why to sign up: Ty Burrell, a diehard Mets fan and the Emmy Award-winning actor behind Phil Dunphy's character in "Modern Family."
"I use it on Apple TV," Burrell said during a recent visit to the MLB.com studios in New York. "Much to my wife's chagrin, I go to 'Today's Games' every day and scour them and basically look for the Mets. As soon as they're up and available, I start tracking them.
"During the regular season, we spend a lot of our time in Utah, which is where my wife is from. So the timing is a little bit different. A lot of them are on at 5 [p.m.] or something there. So I have to cut into my kids' cartoon-watching time. Daddy butts in to watch the Mets."