Signups are underway for the Chevy MLB.TV Free Trial, and Brian Winchester is a Reds fan in Nebraska who can tell you why the Internet's longest running and No. 1 sports streaming product is a must-have for him and so many Major League Baseball fans.
Winchester grew up in Clarksville, Tenn., forever hooked by Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. He went into the Air Force and struggled to stay abreast of baseball in the 1980s while stationed in Spain. He got his thrills again watching the 1990 World Series sweep after a 10-year stay at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and then in '98 was forced to leave Reds country again, transferred to Bellevue, Neb.
"I still followed the Reds, and with Interleague Play, I got to see them play in Kansas City against the Royals," Winchester said in an e-mail to MLB.com. "I watched the Reds anytime they were on ESPN or the FOX Sports Saturday Game of the Week, and one year I brought the MLB package through cable TV. But then MLB.TV came out, and now I can follow the Reds out here all the time.
"I'm retired now from the Air Force (21 years), but I work for a contractor on base at Offutt AFB. I tried to find a job back in Ohio, but Boeing Aerospace offered me the best job, so I ended up staying here in Nebraska. Thanks to MLB.TV, I can follow the Reds whenever and see or listen to all the games. Nebraska is a big-time football state because of the Cornhuskers, so baseball is not as covered in the local newspaper as football is. MLB.TV and MLB.com make it so a Reds fan like me can follow my favorite team and the great sport of baseball."
Winchester has been a subscriber for several years, as streaming live out-of-market games has become a fact of life for him.
"I used to wait for a sale," he said, "but now I buy it as soon as it's available because I like it so much."
Now is a perfect chance if you want to see why Major League players, their families, superstar entertainers and regular fans like it, as well. It is a risk-free preview of MLB.TV's monthly package, and the trial period extends through the games of July 10, for new MLB.TV subscribers only.
You can watch every 2014 regular-season out-of-market game live or on demand with HD quality. Watch up to four games at once with multigame viewing, allowing you to keep tabs not only on your favorite team, but also to follow your fantasy roster and to scoreboard-watch as the pennant races heat up. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games.
"Wherever I am, so is my game," said country music star Jason Aldean, who relies on MLB.TV while out on the road for his current Burn It Down Tour. "Now it's cool, because it's kind of anywhere you go, you've got it right there."
You can keep up with everything during the free trial. See Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka go after his Major League-leading 12th win, and check out players who could be on the trade market for moves before August. Watch Justin Verlander and the Tigers face the A's in what could be a postseason preview, and witness the power of Jose Abreu, Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion. Not to mention, MLB.TV is a great way to conveniently track any no-hitter in progress.
"I like the Reds' 700 WLW broadcast with Marty Brennaman, but it's great to see it live on TV," Winchester said. "My wife gets mad when I'm at the dinner table listening to the game while we're eating supper."