Beat you ! Major League Baseball is partnering with AppleTV+ to deliver “Friday Night Baseball,” a weekly marquee game doubleheader, plus live pre-game and post-game shows that will be available in eight countries.
News of the streaming deal comes as MLB continues to cancel games amid the owner lockout. Commissioner Rob Manfred has already called off the first two series of the season and said he’s open to calling off another week of games if a collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by Tuesday night.
According to Apple, Friday night streams will begin as soon as the regular season begins. The countries that will have access to the content are the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom.
“Like all baseball fans, we can’t wait for the season to open,” Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, said in a statement. “Baseball holds a special place in the hearts of so many Apple customers, not just in the United States, but in many countries around the world. We are proud to make Apple TV+ the home of great baseball moments throughout throughout the season.
Fans in the United States will also have access to “MLB Big Inning,” a live show featuring highlights and looks airing every weeknight during the regular season. A 24/7 live stream of game replays, news, analysis, highlights and more will also be available in the US and Canada.
All MLB content will be available for a limited time without the need for a subscription.