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Apple and Major League Baseball today announced the August schedule for "Friday Night Baseball," with all of the games available to watch for free on Apple TV+ without a subscription. Assigned broadcasters for each game will be announced on a weekly basis.

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The weekly "Friday Night Baseball" doubleheaders, along with live pregame and postgame shows, can be watched in the Apple TV app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD boxes, select Xbox and PlayStation consoles, select smart TVs, on the web at tv.apple.com, and elsewhere. The games are available to watch in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and the UK.

The schedule is as follows:
Friday, August 5
Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
7 p.m. ET

Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers
8 p.m. ET

Friday, August 12
San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals
7 p.m. ET

Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets
7 p.m. ET

Friday, August 19
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
7 p.m. ET

Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins
8 p.m. ET

Friday, August 26
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
7 p.m. ET

Cleveland Guardians at Seattle Mariners
10 p.m. ET
"Friday Night Baseball" debuted on Apple TV+ in April and will continue throughout the 2022 regular season, with no subscription required for a limited time.

Article Link: Apple TV+ Announces 'Friday Night Baseball' Schedule for August
 
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icanhazapple

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Wonder what the ratings on these baseball games have been vs their typical regional broadcaster (Bally).
 

ProfessionalFan

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They got stuck with the 30-60 Nationals two weeks in a row. If MLB is deciding what games Apple gets, they are ****ing them hard. If Apple is choosing, I don't get it.
 
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MareLuce

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I’ve gone from being not interested in Baseball to being somewhat interested thanks to Apple TV’s broadcast.

There’s something kinda chill about having it on and periodically hearing the “crack” of the bat on the ball while I do other things.
 
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rictus007

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This is good for people like me, that likes baseball. Good for Nats fans that would require direct tv + sports pack in order to see the Nats. Not sure is there’s any Nats fan left out there. For apple’s idea of presenting stats constantly, having a different type of commentators, etc …. I think is good
 

ajfahey

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I’m really not getting why this Apple+ feature has any meaningful utility as far as the average fan that only cares about their teams is concerned.
 
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Coochie Boogs

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I find the Apple TV+ broadcasts refreshing for Friday Night MLB. The announcers are not your standard POV, but they add some different perspectives to the game that I find unique. Full disclosure, I am a huge baseball fan and tune into all teams, not just my Phillies. If you aren't currently a fan this probably will only get you to casually watching, not make you a diehard.
 
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BobSc

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Sad that this forum has just become a avenue for so many to express their hate of anything and everything. Apple is give you something for free. The video of these games is excellent. What are so many complaining about. If you don't want to watch, then don't and move on. This forum has simply become an absolute waste of time. If I want to read about hate, I can just watch politics.
 

ProfessionalFan

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Sad that this forum has just become a avenue for so many to express their hate of anything and everything. Apple is give you something for free. The video of these games is excellent. What are so many complaining about. If you don't want to watch, then don't and move on. This forum has simply become an absolute waste of time. If I want to read about hate, I can just watch politics.
The person who went on the diatribe about baseball crapped on the fitness plus badges a few days ago also.
 

bsbeamer

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Sounds like MLB.TV subscribers eventually will have to pay for AppleTV+ to watch these select games... which is total BS.
 

bsbeamer

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Sounds like MLB.TV subscribers eventually will have to pay for AppleTV+ to watch these select games... which is total BS.

What do you mean?

Friday Night Baseball was supposed to be a free thing entirely. Now it's basically free for this season. Rumblings at MLBN access will need to be part a separate paid service tier for 2023 season, which means MLB.TV subscribers will not have access included, unless it is negotiated or demanded by MLB. All cable broadcasts are included with MLB.TV, but no YouTube, FB or AppleTV streaming "exclusives" are included.
 

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Wonder what the ratings on these baseball games have been vs their typical regional broadcaster (Bally).
I work in the cable industry, and lots of these games have not been available on normal broadcasters. I somewhat suspect this "free for the remainder" is damage control for angry fans finding the games they could watch on regular TV before are suddenly behind a (very low) paywall streaming service.

Fans never want to hold the MLB accountable when they can't watch a game.
  • Blacked out on broadcast/cable = it's the station/cable company's fault.
  • Exclusive streaming deal = "Apple stole my baseball".
 

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If you wanted to watch 2 games that were both on at the same time, can you watch one, then go back and watch the other? I have the NFL Sunday Ticket on DirecTV and normally watch multiple games that are played at the same time by DVRing all the games I want to watch. 5 clicks on the remote jumps over every commercial break, so watching the games is much nicer a little delayed than live. I wonder if Apple or some other streaming service gets NFL Sunday ticket, if this luxury will be gone.
 

DStack4282

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These Apple TV broadcasts are so annoying. Being a Mets fan, not having the SNY broadcast team is always rough, since they're widely regarded as the best booth in all of baseball.
 
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