Details on the streaming channel, including pricing and how to join, will be released in a few months.
In addition to matches, there will be a weekly live show that will stream every goal and save, as well as live and on-demand content. Those who purchase subscriptions will receive the streaming service for free. Games can be broadcast in English, Spanish, French (for teams based in Canada) and possibly Portuguese. The streaming quality will be 1080p.
“I’m a huge sports fan,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services. “And for the first time as a fan, I’ll be able to access everything from a major professional sports league in one place. It’s never been done before. We’re going to take all the things that Apple is really good at – the experiences, the style, the approach we take to making great products – to that. And we’re committed to growing the sport of football with MLS. We’re going to make it easy for people to fall love of MLS and putting down roots in their favorite clubs. MLS is already on a tremendous trajectory as the fastest growing football league in the world.”
MLS is still negotiating with traditional networks for simulcast rights to certain games. A number of games will be streamed for free on Apple TV, Apple TV-plus and the new MLS channel. There will be no local broadcasts.
Live and on-demand MLS content on the Apple TV app will be available to those with internet and app access, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL, VIZIO and other smart TVs; Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices; PlayStation and Xbox game consoles; Chromecast with Google TV; and Comcast Xfinity.
Under the new agreement, weekday games will be played on Wednesday evenings and all weekend games will be on Saturday evenings, unless there is a scheduling conflict with the team’s venue. The majority of matches will have the broadcaster and play-by-play analyst on site. There will be pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for each game. Each club will be allowed to generate local content which will be streamed. Those watching will have the option of listening to local radio while watching matches.
“So that expands our opportunity and frankly, the real intangible is our ability to tell stories because, quite frankly, that’s one of the things that we’ve been missing, with our existing media partnerships,” said Assistant Commissioner and MLS President Gary Stevenson. said.
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Atlanta United 2022 MLS Schedule
February 27 Atlanta United 3, Sporting KC 1
March 5 Colorado 3, Atlanta United 0
March 13 Atlanta United 2, Charlotte 1
March 19 Atlanta United 3, Montreal 3
April 2 Atlanta United 1, DC United 0
April 10 Charlotte 1, Atlanta United 0
April 16 Atlanta United 0, Cincinnati 0
April 24 Miami 2, Atlanta United 1
April 30 Montreal 2, Atlanta United 1
May 7 Atlanta United 4, Chicago 1
May 15 Atlanta United 2, New England 2
May 21 Atlanta United 2, Nashville 2
May 28 Columbus 2, Atlanta United 1
June 19 vs. Miami, 3 p.m., ESPN2
June 25 in Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
June 30 at New York Red Bulls, 8 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 3 at NYCFC, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 9 c. Austin, 7 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 13 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
July 17 vs. Orlando, 3 p.m., ABC
July 24 at LA Galaxy, 9:30 p.m., FS1
July 30 in Chicago, 5 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 6 vs. Seattle, 3 p.m., ABC
Aug. 13 at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. BSSO/BSSE
Aug. 17 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
August 21 at Columbus, 5:30 p.m., FS1
Aug. 28 vs. DC United, 4 p.m. UNIV
Aug. 31 at Philadelphia, 7 p.m., FS1
Sept. 4 in Portland, 5:30 p.m., FOX
September 10 c. Toronto, 7:30 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
September 14 in Orlando, 6 p.m., BSSO/BSSE
Sept. 17 vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 1 at New England, 1 p.m., UniMas
Oct. 9 vs. NYCFC, TBD, BSSO/BSSE