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Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Apple TV Plus announces Friday Night Baseball

Apple announced today it’s bringing weekly baseball games to subscribers of Apple TV Plus.

During the company’s Peek Performance event on Tuesday, Apple boss Tim Cook announced that Apple’s streaming service will feature two Major League Baseball games on Friday nights during the regular season. Kicking off when the season begins, Friday Night Baseball will feature pregame and postgame programming.

Apple TV Plus subscribers in the US and Canada will additionally have access to a new 24/7 livestream with Major League Baseball replays, news, highlights, and analysis, as well as what Apple described as “a full complement of on-demand programming, including highlights and MLB-themed original content.” In addition, a new live show titled MLB Big Inning will air highlights on weeknights during the regular season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 08, 2022 at 01:25 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp misses old primer... Posted: March 08, 2022 at 02:12 PM (#6067048)
Now we just have to have some games to broadcast and we'll be golden.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 08, 2022 at 02:41 PM (#6067056)
Will these Friday games be exclusive to Apple TV? Or will they still be available on Extra Inning & MLB.TV? Not that interested in adding services just to get what I already had.
   3. tonywagner Posted: March 08, 2022 at 03:22 PM (#6067069)
The press release says these games will be exclusive to Apple TV+, at least in those countries where Apple TV+ is available. So it's pretty similar to the recent YouTube/Facebook exclusive games.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 08, 2022 at 07:32 PM (#6067088)
Yeah, I'll wait to see how this shakes out for us here in NZ. Last year in Oz I'm pretty sure I still got the facebook games via MLBtv but maybe that is now changed. I've currently got Netflix on hold and am working my way through Disney (any hidden gems there?), I'll turn Netflix back on in a few months and Disney off. There doesn't seem much on Apple to worry about.
   5. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: March 08, 2022 at 09:24 PM (#6067097)
Apple TV+ and Disney+ are the only streaming services that provide decent bitrates and consistently excellent image quality. It will be interesting to see if Apple provides high bitrate 4K HDR streams of these games. If they do these games will look incredible.
   6. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: March 10, 2022 at 06:00 AM (#6067214)
Ah, well. Us Europeans won't be able to watch the Friday night games live - unless we find ourselves awake for several hours after midnight - and we won't get the 24/7 livestream or the other programming, which would be at a time slot that might have been watchable on occasion.

I can't imagine it's a demographic worth much effort to cater to, but a rolling news and highlights service would have been a fun thing to have on in the background at times.

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