Apple TV+ To Present Live Friday Night MLB Games When Season Begins
Apple revealed Tuesday that its Apple TV+ premium streaming service will be adding exclusive live Friday night Major League Baseball (MLB) game coverage this season.
Assuming the on-going baseball lockout is resolved in time, Apple said it will carry two live MLB games each Friday night during the season. The games selected for the Apple TV+ doubleheaders won’t be available anywhere else.
Apple did not indicate if the coverage would include 4K Ultra HD resolution support.
The announcement came during Apple’s March press event in which a number of products including a new iPhone, iMacs, powerful Mac Studio PCs and a 27-inch 5K Mac Studio full-array LED-LCD Retina Display with Spatial Audio were revealed.
“Just like all baseball fans, we can’t wait for the season to open,” stated Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services. “Baseball has a special place in the heart of so many Apple customers — not just in the United States, but in many countries around the world. We’re proud to make Apple TV+ the home for great baseball moments throughout the season.”
The service’s first big sports announcement comes as the technology giant has been rumored to be negotiating for the rights to carry some NFL games as well.
Meanwhile, some progress was reportedly being made in on-going Collective Bargaining Agreement talks that have resulted in a management-imposed lockout through much of the off-season. The delay has already forced the cancellation of the first two series of the season. Talks were to resume Wednesday afternoon.
Apple said it expects its live game coverage to begin as soon as the season starts up.
The company announced that Apple+ games will be free from local broadcast restrictions. It will promote the coverage by offering subscription-free access to games for a limited time period. The duration of that trial period was not revealed.
From there, Apple TV+ will require a $4.99 monthly subscription fee.
In addition to the weekly doubleheader coverage, Apple TV+ will be carrying a live MLB highlights show every weeknight during the regular season as well as a 24/7 live stream carrying game replays, classic games, league news and analysis and more.
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By Greg Tarr
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