As noted in the comments last week, MLB.com are currently offering a free five-day trial of MLB.TV for those of you considering whether or not to sign-up. It’s a great way for newcomers to give the system a proper test-run to see how it will work on your set-up and what the picture quality is like.
It would certainly be worth signing up for the Premium service to do this because as a Premium subscriber you can access either 400K streams of games or 700K. This way you can see whether the 700K stream will work okay for you. Apart from a couple of matches where the feed suddenly cut out for no reason, I’ve had little trouble watching the 700K stream on my PC and the picture quality is noticeably better than the standard MLB.TV 400K. You will also be able to download and test the Mosaic feature, although check the system requirements to see if it will run on your machine (I haven’t installed it yet to be honest, so I can’t give an opinion on how well it works).
By the sounds of it, you have to effectively sign up as if you are buying the package (i.e. putting in your credit card details etc) and they will simply bill you for the season if you don’t cancel within the allotted five days. That’s the way all of these services work I’m afraid. If you are thinking of trying it out, I would wait until the weekend when a much larger proportion of games are on live at a convenient time in the U.K. Also don’t forget to take the opportunity to look at the condensed game feature which provides ten minute highlights of every single game, every day, and of course you can watch the archived games to your heart’s content.
If you don’t fancy doing this, then you can at least watch a bit of live baseball on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. MLB.com have announced today that each at-bat between Dice-K and Ichiro will be shown for free on MLB.TV when the Mariners play the Red Sox at Fenway. First pitch is scheduled for 00.05 BST, and that first pitch will be to Ichiro so it promises to be a captivating event. It will be at 8.05 on Thursday morning in Tokyo and I imagine Japan will come to a standstill as two of their heroes collide on American soil.