Thursday, April 03, 2008

Staying in Touch when Overseas

For the 15th year in a row, I am on the other side of the world for the first week of the baseball season in the US. I grew up in a baseball-watching (and -playing) family, and so always miss following the games with my family members.

This year, I canceled my ESPN service at home, because they rarely show baseball in Singapore, and when they do, it is only the Red Sox or Yankees. On top of that, I will be in Shanghai for about half of the baseball season anyway.

In place of ESPN, I have subscribed to MLB.TV. I used the service a few years ago for the playoffs, but found that it was not of very good quality. It seems that it has really improved over time though. I've been able to watch a couple of games live already in this young season, and have access to the archives for any games that I have missed (only 1 so far). The quality of the feed is not something you'd want to watch on a large flat screen TV, but it works nicely for the laptop. It is great to see the live action of my hometown team, following the in real time (or very close to it — there is a few second delay).

If you spend much of the baseball season away from home, particularly in a place where your hometown team's games are not aired on TV, this is a great way to keep in touch.

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