May 26, 2022

Earlier this month, Apple announced its first sports deal with Major League Baseball to bring some MLB games and other content to the Apple TV+ service in the 2022 season. Apple today unveiled the first 12 weeks of its dual-titled “Friday Night Baseball” schedule, which will now be available for free to anyone with internet access – no Apple TV+ subscription required.

Apple has previously indicated that some of its Friday night games will be available for free for a “limited time”, but how much. This offer may attract more users who can try Apple TV+ before signing up. Apple has confirmed to gaming-updates that users do not need to sign up for a TV+ subscription or free trial to stream the game for free.

Apple says the first part of the Friday Night Baseball schedule will premiere on April 8th. The first game on the schedule will see the New York Mets play the Washington Nationals, which will be broadcast live from the National Park in Washington, DC at 7:00 pm ET. After that, Apple TV+ will stream the Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels live from Angel Stadium at 9:30 pm ET.

The Friday Night Baseball dual title will be available to baseball fans in eight countries throughout the season on Apple TV+. The first part of the event, which will last until June 24, can be viewed here. It is not yet known if Apple plans to make the Friday Night Games free for the second half of the season.

The start of the MLB season was delayed due to a labor dispute, but it has now been resolved.

Us Fans can also tune in to a new live show called “MLB Big Inning” which will feature highlights, reviews and broadcasts every night during the regular show. And fans in both the US and Canada will have access to new 24/7 live MLB games, news, analysis, highlights, classics and more, as well as on-demand highlights programming and other original MLB content. Games and shows are streamed on Apple TV+, where they are not subject to local broadcast restrictions.

Apple also noted that MLB will be celebrating Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, marking the 75th anniversary of the Major League Hall of Famer’s debut.

Apple Baseball Friday night will feature a special feature on former American League Rookie of the Year Jackie Robinson Randy Aroseren, All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson and the Tampa Bay Rays visiting the Chicago White Sox. In addition, Jackie Robinson, last season’s National League Rookie of the Year, Jonathan India and the Cincinnati Reds will host 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman and his new Dodgers teammate as part of the celebrations.

Apple says other regular season presentation details, including additional game schedules, broadcast teams, production improvements, and pre- and post-game coverage, will be announced at a later date.

The ‘Friday Night Baseball’ streaming service offer includes live coverage before and after the game.

Games are available for streaming in the following countries:

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom

The new “Friday Night Baseball” schedule marks the first live streaming of Apple sports, which Apple has long wanted to add to its streaming service. However, the launch is also an example of how Apple can use its market power and large coffers to do what other streamers can struggle to do: as a means of selling their services to potential customers. Offer live sports for free.

Games can be accessed on all Apple TV+-enabled devices, including the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV, as well as select smart TVs, game consoles, and cable boxes.

Additional Reporting: Sarah Perez

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