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Apple has once again partnered with Major League Baseball (MLB) for the 2023 season, and the Friday Night Baseball lineup is set to air on Apple TV+ starting April 7. The weekly doubleheader will begin with a game between the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Last season, Apple made Friday Night Baseball available to all users for free with an Apple ID and access to the Apple TV app. However, that limited-time offer has now ended, and an Apple TV+ subscription is required to watch the games in the current season.
Unlike the MLS Season Pass, Friday Night Baseball is not a separate subscription package. It is an added perk of the standard $6.99 per month Apple TV+ subscription. Commercial venues such as bars and restaurants can find Friday Night Baseball games through DirecTV’s business cable offering.
The production for the games will be handled by MLB Network, with the announcer booths including Wayne Randazzo, Dontrelle Willis, Heidi Witney, Alex Faust, Ryan Spilborghs, and Tricia Whitaker.
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One new feature for this season is the option for viewers to choose local radio commentary as an alternative audio option, available to fans in the US and Canada. This addition is likely in response to complaints from fans who did not like the lineup of MLB Network broadcasting talent that Apple used last year. It also builds on a similar synced radio feature that was first introduced with the launch of MLS Season Pass.
Apple and MLB have also released the Friday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of the season, through June 30. Fans can find all the teams and dates in the press release.