How to watch Apple’s MLB ‘Friday Night Baseball’ live streams for free

Apple is stepping up with its first live sports broadcasts on Friday, with the debut of “Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV Plus, and for a limited time, MLB live broadcasts will be free to anyone in the United States. USA and in eight other countries. .

The games on Apple TV Plus, which will be around 50 per season, are available to anyone with internet access, free for a limited time with no need for a subscription to the streaming service (normally $4.99/month). “Friday Night Baseball” will be available on devices where Apple TV Plus is available, including in the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD, and at, along with smart TVs, gaming consoles and certain cable boxes.

Produced by MLB Network in association with Apple, “Friday Night Baseball” will be available on Apple TV Plus in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the UK; the tech giant says it will expand MLB live broadcasts to other countries in the future.

Apple announced the deal with MLB to exclusively offer Friday games last month, after ESPN pulled broadcast rights to midweek baseball games.

Here’s how to watch “Friday Night Baseball” on the Apple TV app:

  • Make sure your devices are up to date with the latest software; If you’re accessing the service using a smart TV, streaming device, or game console, you may need to set up the Apple TV app first.
  • Open the Apple TV app and go to the “Apple TV+” tab.
  • At the top of the page, tap or click “Friday Night Baseball.” (You may have to swipe left to find it.)
  • From there, you can start streaming a game live.

Apple noted that pause, fast-forward, rewind, and other playback controls are not available with “Friday Night Baseball.”

Ahead of the first doubleheader on April 8, Apple announced the announcer lineup and production enhancements for “Friday Night Baseball.”

The broadcast team of Melanie Newman (play-by-play), Chris Young (analyst), Hannah Keyser (analyst) and Brooke Fletcher (reporter) will call the New York Mets at the Washington Nationals game (beginning at 7 pm ET Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Hunter Pence (analyst), Katie Nolan (analyst) and Heidi Watney (reporter) will call the matchup between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels beginning at 9:30 p. Night Baseball” will feature the analysis and interpretation of the rules by former MLB referee Brian Gorman.

Future game assignments for “Friday Night Baseball” announcers will be announced weekly. Newman, a play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles, becomes the second woman to lead play-by-play features for a national broadcast team. (The first was Jessica Mendoza in 2015 for ESPN.)

Apple’s live pre-game and post-game coverage for “Friday Night Baseball” will be hosted by Lauren Gardner, along with a rotating group of analysts and former MLB players, including Carlos Peña, Cliff Floyd and Yonder Alonso.

According to Apple, the “Friday Night Baseball” broadcasts will incorporate new on-screen graphics that include new “odds-based forecasts” of different situational outcomes, plus highlights and live looks from across the league. On MLB live broadcasts, viewers will see call-outs on Apple Music hitters’ songs and be able to test their knowledge of baseball trivia with the help of Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.

On Thursdays, Apple will stream “Countdown to First Pitch” to preview each week’s upcoming games. Apple TV Plus will also feature the “MLB Daily Recap” with highlights from across the league, as well as the “MLB Big Inning” show with live performances and game highlights every night of the week. Additionally, fans will be able to watch full games and condensed game replays, on demand on Apple TV Plus after completing live streams each week.

Unsurprisingly, Apple is promoting “Friday Night Baseball” on its other digital properties. Apple News on Fridays will include a curated group of highlights and stories from across the league; of those, users can tap to watch “Friday Night Baseball” directly in the Apple TV app. Apple Music will feature playlists of hitters from the MLB teams that play in each of the Friday games, as well as a collection of classic songs that celebrate baseball.

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