Apple TV+ will debut its new Friday Night Baseball package April 8, featuring two marquee games available exclusively on the streamer.
Friday Night Baseball is a weekly doubleheader that will be accessible on Apple TV+ on Fridays throughout the regular season to fans in eight countries. The first two games start at 7 p.m. ET, with the New York Mets taking on the Washington Nationals, and 9:30 p.m. with the Houston Astros playing the Los Angeles Angels.
“Just like all baseball fans, we can’t wait for the season to open,” Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, previously said in a statement. “Baseball has a special place in the heart of so many Apple customers—not just in the United States, but in many countries around the world. We’re proud to make Apple TV+ the home for great baseball moments throughout the season.”
Earlier this month, Apple TV+ and Major League Baseball announced that the streamer would have an exclusive weekly doubleheader with live pre- and postgame shows in eight countries. Friday night baseball television rights were previously only regional.
Major League Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s momentous debut in the major leagues. Friday Night Baseball will be present to commemorate the event with coverage of reigning American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Randy Arozarena and the Tampa Bay Rays facing off against All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox on that night.
Robinson’s MLB franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be featured as 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman and his new Dodger teammates host last season’s National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Jonathan India and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
Friday Night Baseball games will be available to anybody with internet connection on any device that supports Apple TV+, including smart TVs, gaming consoles, and cable set-top boxes, as well as the Apple TV app for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD and tv.apple.com. Friday Night Baseball will feature live pre- and postgame shows and will be available on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom for a limited time and without a subscription.