Apple has announced a deal with Major League Baseball to air two games each week, as well as original pre- and postgame shows on AppleTV+ once the regular baseball season begins in what they’re calling “Friday Night Baseball.”
They will also air “MLB Big Inning,” a live weeknight show with highlights as well as a 24/7 livestream featuring MLB game replays, baseball news, analysis, and classic games in addition to on-demand content.
The Friday games will air free of local broadcast restrictions and will be available on any device where the Apple TV app can be downloaded. Friday Night Baseball will be available to watch without a regular AppleTV+ subscription for a limited time, although they haven’t revealed for how long.
Friday’s programming will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the U.K., with more countries to be added over time. The 24/7 livestream will be available exclusively in the U.S. and Canada.
The launch of the next MLB season, and subsequently Apple’s MLB programming, is complicated by ongoing labor disputes which have postponed the season. Once the season is finally underway, however, this will surely be a big incentive for baseball fans to sign up for AppleTV+.
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