Cupertino, California (AP) – Apple will be part of the live sports broadcast with baseball on Friday night.
The company and Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Apple TV+ will feature a double header on Friday of each week. Matches will be available in eight countries when the regular season begins.
Initially, the games will be available without the need for an Apple TV + subscription.
Meetings will be offered exclusively on this platform and will not be available on teams’ regional networks.
MLB is in a state of closure declared by its owners upon expiration of the collective agreement. At 97 days, this is the second longest shutdown in major league history.
Apple TV+ broadcasts will feature pre- and post-game shows and will not be restricted by local broadcasts. The production will be carried out by the MLB Network.
In addition to broadcasting in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the games will initially be available in Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
The deal also includes the weekday MLB Big Inning show in the US, as well as a live channel for those watching content from the US and Canada.
MLB was exploring the possibility of selling weekday game bundles after ESPN reduced its coverage to 30 games, mostly on Sunday nights. Turner Sports matches will take place on Tuesday nights under the new deal that begins this season.
Apple and Major League Baseball have been allies for years. MLB at Bat was one of the first apps to appear on the Apple App Store in 2008.
The deal was announced as Apple looks to expand into other leagues. The company is in talks to acquire NFL Games when the “Sunday Ticket” contract expires at the end of next season.
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