MLB and Apple announce TV broadcast deal for exclusive Friday night games

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Major League Baseball and Apple announced an over-the-top streaming deal on Tuesday, bringing “Friday Night Baseball” to MLB fans.

Apple and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced “Friday Night Baseball,” a weekly doubleheader with live pre-game and post-game broadcasts that will be available to fans in eight countries exclusively on AppleTV+ from the start of the regular season.

In addition to “Friday Night Baseball,” fans in the United States will be able to enjoy “MLB Big Inning,” a live show featuring highlights and insights airing every weeknight during the regular season. Baseball fans in the United States and Canada will also have access to a new 24/7 live stream featuring MLB game replays, news and analysis, highlights, classic games and more, plus a full lineup of on-demand programming, including highlights and MLB-themed original content.

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Games on “Friday Night Baseball” will be exclusive to Apple TV+, but free from local streaming restrictions, which means no blackouts. Fans can access these games on all devices where Apple TV+ can be found, including the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD, and on tv.apple.comas well as some smart TVs, game consoles and cable boxes.

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For a limited time, “Friday Night Baseball” will be available to fans without the need for an Apple TV+ subscription.

“Friday Night Baseball” will be available on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Apple also announced that the list of countries will expand at a later date.

According to Forbesthe Steam deal is worth $85 million a year over seven years, with Apple paying a $55 million rights fee and $30 million in advertising.


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