Apple TV Plus has announced an April 8 start date for Friday Night Baseball alongside a streaming schedule for the first half of the season. The revised 2022 season schedule has been announced by Major League Baseball (MLB) earlier in March after players and team owners negotiated an end to a lockout, setting a date for the regular season to start on April 7.
Streaming is available to anyone with Apple TV Plus in the US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the UK. In the US and Canada, that includes access to a 24/7 live stream of replays, highlights and other programming. Even if you don’t pay for Apple TV Plus, it’s also available without a subscription on any hardware that supports the service “for a limited time.” Apple said in its press release:†
The first two games to begin coverage are the New York Mets playing the Washington Nationals at 7:00 PM ET and the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Angels at 9:30 PM ET. Highlights and team updates are available in the Apple News app, with pre- and post-game coverage at a later date.
Apple announced its partnership with MLB at its Peek Performance event in early March, where it unveiled the iPhone SE and Mac Studio. In his statement, Peter Stern, Apple’s Vice President of Services, said: “Baseball holds a special place in the hearts of so many Apple customers — not just in the United States, but in many countries around the world. We are proud of it that we’ve made Apple TV+ the home of great baseball moments all season.”