It's time for MLB.TV.
Opening Day arrived today with 13 live out-of-market streams, all delivering the pageantry, performances and promise that you have waited for since last autumn. You can see why millions of fans have subscribed to the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product, which returns for a 12th year and is priced the same as 2013.
Signups are underway for the MLB.TV Premium ($129.99 a year, $29.99 a month) and MLB.TV ($109.99 and $19.99) packages, which let you watch every live out-of-market game during the regular season over an ever-growing array of mobile and connected devices. MLBAM already has made MLB.TV Premium subscriptions available across more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices, and Xbox One and Playstation 4 have been added to the list.
"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."
"Wherever I am, so is my game," said Jason Aldean, the multiplatinum country music star and former high school first baseman who will be following his Braves and other favorite players by using his iPhone and iPad while on his "Burn It Down" tour this season. "Now it's cool, because it's kind of anywhere you go, you've got it right there. You can be walking down the street and pull [the iPhone] out and be watching on your phone. ... I can keep up with everything."
MLB.TV Premium subscribers again have access to every live out-of-market game across all supported devices, with home and away broadcast feeds and 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.
Today's slate featured Cubs at Pirates, Royals at Tigers, Nationals at Mets, Phillies at Rangers, Braves at Brewers, Red Sox at Orioles, Twins at White Sox, Cardinals at Reds, Blue Jays at Rays, Rockies at Marlins, Giants at D-backs, Indians at A's and Mariners at Angels.
Every one of those games is stocked with storylines, from the Pirates' bid to build on last season's long-awaited postseason berth to Jose Fernandez's 2014 debut in Miami to the traditional opener at Cincinnati that features the reigning National League champions to Robinson Cano's first game with the Mariners.
Boston fans got a look at the Red Sox in a meaningful game for the first time since they celebrated after Game 6 of last year's World Series.
The final season opener will be on Tuesday night in Houston, where Derek Jeter will begin a regular season for the last time in the Yankees-Astros matchup. Coincidentally, Jeter will be starting his farewell season in the same ballpark where Mariano Rivera ended his last fall.
From its now technologically archaic beginnings -- a 300K live stream in August 2002 -- MLB.TV has left a trail of firsts along the path to its place as the most widely distributed sports streaming service, covering nearly 30,000 games to millions of subscribers in that span. Among those subsequent mileposts were:
First to stream its entire season (2003); first to wire its venues for TV-quality streaming (2005); first to use adaptive bit rate streaming (2008); first to stream live 720p HD video (2009); first to stream live games/subscription product to iPhone (2009); first live video on connected devices (2009); first to stream live video to a gaming console (2010); first live games embedded on Facebook and Twitter (2011); and first to make a live video stream embeddable on any site on the Internet (2013).
"Our guiding principle for more than a decade has been to build the best and most reliable live streaming experience for our fans, and our developments for 2014 will be another emphatic step in that direction," said Bart Manning, MLBAM vice president of consumer paid content. "We are excited that baseball fans will have even more ways to access and enjoy baseball games across the rapidly expanding universe of connected platforms and devices."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog.