Apple TV+ begins MLB coverage on Friday

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Friday Night MLB on Apple TV+

THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – After the winter we have had in Thunder Bay and throughout the region, there is probably a need to participate in other summer activities, if only for our mental health.

With the Thunder Bay Border Cats not playing in the Northwoods League this season, sitting down to watch “The Show” games is likely the option most baseball fans will choose.

Today, Apple announced the streamer lineup and production enhancements for “Friday Night Baseball,” which debuts tomorrow, April 8, only on Apple TV+. Fans can access “Friday Night Baseball” games and additional content, including exclusive new programs such as “Countdown to First Pitch” and “MLB Daily Recap,” starting today in the AppleTV app.

Beginning Friday, April 8, the broadcast team of Melanie Newman (play-by-play), Chris Young (analyst), Hannah Keyser (analyst), and Brooke Fletcher (reporter) will call the New York Mets at the Washington Nationals 7 p.m. ET; and Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Hunter Pence (analyst), Katie Nolan (analyst), and Heidi Watney (reporter) make up the team that will call the Houston Astros to the Los Angeles Angels game at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Game assignments for “Friday Night Baseball” broadcasters will be announced on a weekly basis.

In her new role with “Friday Night Baseball,” Newman becomes the second woman to lead play-by-play duties for a national broadcast team; she joined the Baltimore Orioles broadcast team in 2020.

Live “Friday Night Baseball” pre-game and post-game coverage will be hosted by Lauren Gardner, along with a rotating panel of analysts and former Major League Baseball (MLB) players, including Carlos Peña, Cliff Floyd and Yonder Alonso.

Scheduled games are available to anyone with internet access, free, only on Apple TV+. Users can find step by step instructions to access “Friday Night Baseball” on all devices.

Produced by MLB Network’s Emmy-winning production team in partnership with Apple, “Friday Night Baseball” will deliver a modern and dynamic streaming experience that will appeal to new viewers and seasoned fans alike.

Each game stream will use state-of-the-art cameras, including high-speed Phantoms, high-resolution Megalodon, and more throughout the season to showcase vivid live footage and deliver immersive audio. in 5.1 with spatial audio enabled. “Friday Night Baseball” will also feature new on-screen graphics that include innovative new predictions based on the probabilities of different situational outcomes, as well as highlights and live looks from across the league embedded directly into the broadcast.

Throughout “Friday Night Baseball” broadcasts, fans can enjoy on-screen captions to hitting songs from Apple Music, test their baseball knowledge with the help of Siri, and more. And, in a first for MLB games, “Friday Night Baseball” will feature former MLB umpire Brian Gorman’s analysis and interpretation of the rules.

In addition to two flagship games on Friday nights throughout the regular season, fans in the United States and Canada can enjoy new live programming 24/7 with game replays from MLB, news and analysis, highlights, classic games, and more.

Every Thursday, fans can tune in to “Countdown to First Pitch” for a preview of the week’s upcoming games, and every morning to “MLB Daily Recap” for league-wide highlights, both available only on Apple. TV+, plus the “MLB Big Inning” Whip Show with live looks and game highlights every night of the week. Additionally, fans will be able to watch full games, as well as condensed game replays, on-demand on Apple TV+ after the live streams end each week.

In Apple News, fans can easily to follow their favorite teams and watch personalized MLB highlights right in the News app. Today, fans can find a preview of Opening Day curated by the editors of Apple News, and every Friday, enjoy a curated group of highlights and stories from across the league, and easily tap to watch “Friday Night Baseball” directly in the Apple TV app.
In Apple Musicfans can find exclusive playlists of hitting songs from the teams featured on “Friday Night Baseball” each week, as well as a collection of classic songs celebrating baseball.
“Friday Night Baseball” games will be available to anyone with internet access on all devices where Apple TV+ can be found, including the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD, and on tv.apple.com, as well as smart TVs, game consoles and cable boxes. “Friday Night Baseball” will be available on Apple TV+ in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom, and for a limited time, without subscription.

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home of today’s most imaginative storytellers, delivers an award-winning and inspiring lineup of original series, movies and now sports, starting with “Friday Night Baseball”. Subscribers can watch Apple TV+ Originals online and offline – and on demand – on the Apple TV app, which comes preinstalled on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch and Mac, as well as online on tv.apple.com. The Apple TV app is also available on select smart TVs, including Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL, VIZIO and others; Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices; PlayStation and Xbox game consoles; Chromecast with Google TV; and set-top boxes including Sky Q, SK Broadband and Comcast Xfinity. More information is available at apple.com/apple-tv-app.
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