Apple has announced the first games that will be available as part of its new “Friday Night Baseball” series, which will premiere on April 8th. Apple TV+ got some stage time with the new Mac Studio, iPhone SE 3, iPad Air 5, two new green colors for iPhone 13 models and Studio Display at the company’s Peek Performance event earlier this month, where the new partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) was announced.
The New York Mets will face the Washington Nationals at 7 p.m. ET on April 8, followed by the Houston Astros taking on the Los Angeles Angels at 9:30 p.m. ET. “Throughout the regular season, Friday Night Baseball, a weekly doubleheader, will be available to fans in eight countries exclusively on Apple TV+ on Fridays,” the company said.
Friday Night Baseball will be distributed on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom, with other regions to follow. Every weeknight, baseball fans in the United States and Canada will be able to watch the MLB Big Inning live program, as well as a 24/7 livestream featuring MLB game replays, highlights, and more.
In the United States, Apple TV+ costs $4.99 a month, which is a value for access to a number of high-profile baseball games. Friday Night Baseball will be available “for a limited time” without a subscription, according to Apple’s initial announcement.
Apple is a newcomer to the streaming subscription service game, though it has taken a slightly different approach than its competitors. Despite its low price, the service isn’t yet a must-have, but perhaps this new collaboration with the MLB will help change that.
It’s also worth mentioning that the entertainment sector is taking notice of Apple’s exclusive content initiatives. CODA, an Apple TV+ film, became the first film from a streaming service to win Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards a few days ago.
“Friday Night Baseball” Schedule on Apple TV+
|Friday, April 8||7 p.m. ET||New York Mets at Washington Nationals|
|Friday, April 8||9:30 p.m. ET||Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels|
|Friday, April 15||7 p.m. ET||Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox|
|Friday, April 15||10 p.m. ET||Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Friday, April 22||6:30 p.m. ET||St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds|
|Friday, April 22||9:30 p.m. ET||Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics|
|Friday, April 29||8 p.m. ET||New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals|
|Friday, April 29||10 p.m. ET||Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants|
|Friday, May 6||7 p.m. ET||Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox|
|Friday, May 6||9:30 p.m. ET||Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners|
|Friday, May 13||7 p.m. ET||St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Friday, May 13||9:30 p.m. ET||Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Friday, May 20||6:30 p.m. ET||St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Friday, May 20||8 p.m. ET||Texas Rangers at Houston Astros|
|Friday, May 27||7 p.m. ET||Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox|
|Friday, May 27||9:30 p.m. ET||Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels|
|Friday, June 3||7 p.m. ET||Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees|
|Friday, June 3||8:30 p.m. ET||Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies|
|Friday, June 10||8 p.m. ET||Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins|
|Friday, June 10||9:30 p.m. ET||New York Mets at Los Angeles Angels|
|Friday, June 17||8 p.m. ET||Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros|
|Friday, June 17||10 p.m. ET||Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Friday, June 24||8 p.m. ET||Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals|
|Friday, June 24||9:30 p.m. ET||Detroit Tigers at Arizona Diamondbacks|