MLB.TV to stream live World Series games

MLB.TV to stream live World Series games

The Giants and Royals open the 110th World Series at 8:07 p.m. ET Tuesday on FOX. Existing MLB.TV subscribers can watch it at no additional cost, and for those who want to get in on the action, signups are underway at just $9.99 for eligible subscribers as this marks the first Fall Classic streamed live online and via mobile with no blackout restriction in the U.S.

This offer includes more than 200 live Spring Training games, as the first month of MLB.TV, a $24.99 value, comes for free in 2015. So fans of all 30 clubs can take advantage of this offer, even if their teams are among the 28 on the outside looking in starting on Tuesday.

To be part of history in this one, join the masses who subscribe to the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product and then complete a one-time authentication with your participating TV provider. That simple step was taken by many who watched the All-Star Game live and blackout-free for the first time this way in July.

A key advantage is portability, as you can take every game of this World Series with you, watching it live anywhere via your At Bat app on most devices.

The World Series has been prime territory for broadcasting breakthroughs over the years -- with these Giants and Royals having participated in some of that history -- and MLB.TV now takes its place in that timeline to reflect our digital age. Milestones include:

1921: First World Series broadcast on radio, with Grantland Rice covering the games live through Pittsburgh's KDKA as the New York Giants topped Babe Ruth and the Yankees in eight games.

1947: First televised World Series, as Joe DiMaggio and the Yankees beat Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers in seven. The games were shown in the New York area by NBC and sponsored by Gillette and Ford. An estimated 3.9 million people watched, becoming TV's first mass audience.

1953: Vin Scully became the youngest person to broadcast a World Series game at the age of 25. He's still going strong for the Dodgers.

1955: First televised in what would be known as "living color," on NBC.

1971: The first World Series night game was played on Oct. 13, a 4-3 Pirates victory at home over Dave McNally and the Orioles in Game 4. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn thought baseball could attract a larger audience with a primetime telecast instead of a day game when most fans worked or were in school, so he had pitched the idea to NBC.

1985: ABC announced that every game of the World Series would be played under the lights for the first time, to reach the biggest audience possible. That just happened to be the Royals' last postseason appearance before this one, beating St. Louis in seven during the I-70 Series.

2002: First high-definition World Series broadcast, by FOX.

In that same 2002 season, it should be noted, MLB.TV was born. It was not exactly high-def then, but it is now. On Aug. 26 of that summer, Major League Baseball became the first sports league to stream a live video broadcast of a regular season game, and the following Opening Day, MLB became the first sports league to stream its entire schedule live for out-of-market subscribers.

"I've used MLB.TV for the past three or four years, in conjunction with the At Bat App for iOS, and it's really a fantastic combination," musician and longtime MLB.TV subscriber Dan Nesbitt said. "The multi-platform capabilities of MLB.TV allow me to jump from watching on a PS3 to my iPad or iPhone, and that's one of the best features. I'm a professional musician, and I've been able to follow a big game from a rehearsal or orchestra pit with the iPhone."

Now it is time for two Wild Cards to meet, starting with the opener at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. Authenticated subscribers can create a new routine for this one, watching every game the way you want it delivered in this high-tech age.

Features include an HD picture, live game DVR controls, full-game archives, audio overlay, in-game highlights and stats, and clickable linescores.

"Having MLB.TV is a great thing for me being the passion I have for baseball and the love I have for the game," Mets legend and MLB.TV subscriber Dwight Gooden said. "Obviously I'm a Met at heart, but there are a lot of teams I like to follow. I like to follow a lot of the young pitchers so if I'm traveling or doing anything and can't get to my TV, I have my laptop right there where I can keep up with the game instead of waiting for it to come on with the postgame stuff. I get the live action right there."

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of Read and join other baseball fans on his community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.