Apple is taking a bite of Major League Baseball.
MLB is making strides to put baseball in front of as many viewers as possible — kind of. This season, with a new partnership between the league and Apple, select games will be available strictly on Apple TV+ in its “Friday Night Baseball” package.
In addition to Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Peacock and other streaming services will carry games throughout the 2022 season as MLB tries to expand the game to new eyeballs. What makes matters more complicated is the exclusivity of these games on their respective streaming services.
Here’s what you need to know about the schedule for the upcoming games you can find exclusively on Apple+ TV:
Apple TV+ 2022 MLB schedule
|Date||Game||First pitch (ET)|
|Friday, May 13||Braves vs. Padres||7 p.m.|
|Friday, May 13||Diamondbacks vs. Cubs||9:30 p.m.|
|Friday, May 20||Pirates vs. Cardinals||6:30 p.m.|
|Friday, May 20||Astros vs. Rangers||8 p.m.|
|Friday, May 27||Red Sox vs. Orioles||7 p.m.|
|Friday, May 27||Angels vs. Blue Jays||9:30 p.m.|
|Friday, June 3||Yankees vs. Tigers||7 p.m.|
|Friday, June 3||Rockies vs. Braves||8:30 p.m.|
|Friday, June 10||Twins vs. Rays||8 p.m.|
|Friday, June 10||Angels vs. Mets||9:30 p.m.|
|Friday, June 17||Astros vs. White Sox||8 p.m.|
|Friday, June 17||Dodgers vs. Guardians||10 p.m.|
|Friday, June 24||Cardinals vs. Cubs||8 p.m.|
|Friday, June 24||Diamondbacks vs. Tigers||9:30 p.m.|
Why are MLB games on Apple TV+?
Prior to the start of the 2022 season, Apple and MLB announced a partnership for “Friday Night Baseball,” airing 24 games on the streaming services with doubleheaders every Friday night for the first 12 weeks of the season.
The games exclusively air on Apple TV+ — not any other national network or any team’s regional television partner.
The good news about this is that, for a limited time, “Friday Night Baseball” airs for free over the streaming service, meaning no money out of your pocket to catch these games. Just the added step of having to find out which device to use to stream the games.
What is Apple TV+?
Apple TV+ is yet another streaming service that has surfaced in recent years, this time created and curated by tech giant Apple.
Typically at $4.99 a month, the “Friday Night Baseball” games come for free for a limited time. It’s unknown when the switch will be flipped to a paid service in order to watch the games.
The service is home to hit show “Ted Lasso,” “Foundation,” “Finch” and now, “Friday Night Baseball.”