The last two Opening Day games are among the seven matchups on Tuesday's Major League Baseball schedule, and they include the first 2013 starts for the reigning Cy Young Award winners, David Price and R.A. Dickey. It'll be Orioles at Rays at 3:10 p.m. ET followed by Indians at Blue Jays at 7:07.
Signups are under way for MLB.TV, which offers live out-of-market games. Millions have greeted the new season in this style already, and Rays fan Chris Schlapkohl of Sioux Falls, S.D., has again subscribed so he can watch Price.
"Second straight year buying #mlbtv [so] you know its gonna be a good season," Schlapkohl tweeted. On watching Price and the Rays live: "That's when I'm really gonna start enjoying baseball being back."
MLB.TV is the Internet's longest-running and most prolific live video subscription service, available now over an even wider range of connected and mobile platforms. It is the 11th year for streaming by MLB Advanced Media, and packages are $129.99 yearly or $24.99 monthly for MLB.TV Premium or $109.99 yearly and $19.99 monthly for basic MLB.TV. And it's growing in popularity: At Bat, MLB.com's wireless app, and MLB.TV combined to deliver three million live streams on Monday alone, a mark 20 percent higher than the Opening Day record set in 2012.
Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award with the Mets, and this start will represent a new league and a new season. But watching his starts live on MLB.TV back in Tennessee is all part of the tradition for his mother, Leslie Wheeler.
"It's been fun to watch, because of the progression of technology," Dickey said. "One, because it brings the gift of baseball into so many more lives. That's what's first and foremost -- it's awesome. Secondly, it gives my mom a chance to watch every time I pitch, which probably should be first.
"She used to just follow on the [Gameday] pitch tracker and then she got MLB.TV. The evolution of it has just been fantastic. She started subscribing around 2006-07, and she has been with it ever since."
Get HD-quality video, thanks to speed detection that delivers high-def on any size monitor. Alternate Audio Options allow you to overlay the home or away teams' radio broadcasts over live video feeds or use the "Park" option to enjoy the ballpark's natural sounds. Pause and rewind or fast-forward live games. Use Clickable Linescores to go directly to any at-bat or half-inning of a game. Watch up to four games simultaneously.
Take advantage of Picture-in-Picture to choose one game and track another or watch in-game highlights simultaneously in a secondary window. Track the location, type and speed of every pitch. View real-time highlights and player stats that automatically load into the media player, instantly launching a Picture-in-Picture window with one click. Customize a list to feature entire fantasy rosters and receive on-deck notifications to watch live look-ins for each player.
MLB.TV Premium will continue to support a growing variety of mobile and connected platforms. Additional distribution platforms for MLB.TV live streaming will launch this season, and each will be announced as it becomes available.
If you sign up for MLB.TV Premium, you will receive an exclusive offer for a subscription to MLB.com At Bat 13, the top sports app of all-time. This offer is only available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets. At Bat was just updated, along with other popular apps from MLBAM including MLB.com At the Ballpark and Beat the Streak Presented by Dunkin' Donuts.
Another perk that comes with having MLB.TV Premium: watching tomorrow's stars today. You can save $20 on a yearly subscription to MiLB.TV, which allows you to watch live games involving all Triple-A teams, select games from other classifications, select All-Star and playoff games and on-demand archives.
"I signed up for MLB.TV three or four years ago and have never looked back," said Peter Drozda, a market research analyst for a scaffolding-solutions company in the Milwaukee area, and an MLB.TV Premium subscriber who follows the Red Sox (lifelong favorite), Brewers and Royals. "I love that MLB.TV gives me every significant game, marquee pitching matchup and Vin Scully radio broadcast in the palm of my hands, regardless of where I am at the time.
"I use MLB.TV on my iPhone and/or iPad when I'm at the office or out of town, and on my Apple TV at home. I am eagerly counting down the days until I have a full slate of games waiting for me to turn on when I arrive home at night, and am even more excited to have day games to listen to while at work."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog.