Major League Baseball has set a new broadcast milestone with the 2014 World Series becoming the first edition of the season-ending showpiece to be live streamed.
Tuesday's 7-1 San Francisco Giants victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game One was the first live online and mobile stream of a World Series game in the US, allowing fans to watch on the go with an MLB.tv subscription.
Each Giants-Royals game televised by the Fox network in the 110th Fall Classic is also available live online and via mobile to existing MLB.tv subscribers at no additional cost, and for those who want to sign up, at $9.99 (€7.8) with no blackout restrictions.
The Fox Sports division of Fox is again serving as the official broadcaster of the World Series in the US. Fox Sports president Eric Shanks suggested that the network is open to exploring other presentation possibilities over the remaining eight years of its contract with MLB.
The CapitalNewYork.com website said these possibilities could include seeing World Series games on Fox’s cable television channels, like Fox Sports 1. “There will be an evolution down the road, maybe,” Shanks said, in response to a question about whether the program could ever air on cable television.
The Royals beat the Giants 7-2 on Wednesday to level up the series, which now moves on to San Francisco for the third game on Friday.