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How to Watch Friday Night Baseball 2022

Apple TV+ is home to Friday Night Baseball, and we’ve checked all the bases to determine if the streaming service is worth it for MLB fans.

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Apple TV+

Price: $4.99/mo.

Free trial of Apple TV+: 7 days

MLB content: Live games, full match replays, and studio shows.

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Catch Friday Night Baseball for free

Apple is extending its free offering of Friday Night Baseball through the rest of the MLB regular season. All you’ll need is a free Apple ID account to sign in to the Apple TV app or website; then, you’ll be able to stream every Friday Night Baseball game for no cost through September.

Friday Night Baseball is a weekly Major League Baseball (MLB) doubleheader that’s available to watch every Friday night during the MLB regular season. Produced by MLB Network, the live broadcast streams exclusively on Apple TV+.

Before you step up to the plate with Apple TV+, we’ll explain what MLB content the service offers—including an up-to-date Friday Night Baseball schedule.

MLB on Apple TV+ pros and cons

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • In-game statistical overlays
  • Around 50 exclusive MLB games

Cons

  • Small on-demand library of TV shows and movies
  • Confusing interface

Is Apple TV Plus worth it for MLB fans?

Apple TV+ is the perfect streaming service for casual baseball fans. For only $4.99 a month, you’ll get two live games each week on top of a sizeable collection of on-demand MLB content.

The in-game experience on Apple TV+ is also more unique than your average MLB broadcast. Every Friday Night Baseball game comes equipped with advanced statistical overlays with on-screen graphics that match the visual design of Apple’s widely familiar branding—including Apple Music pop-up boxes that show each batter’s walk-up song.

A screenshot of the Apple TV+ media player showing a Friday Night Baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox.
The Apple TV+ media player during a Friday Night Baseball game as seen on a Google Chrome web browser.

On top of its MLB offerings, Apple TV+ has a diverse library of on-demand movies and TV shows. Its quantity of content is nowhere near what you would see on Netflix or HBO Max, but there are many quality series like Severance, Ted Lasso, and Servant.

2022 Friday Night Baseball schedule

Here’s a look at this season’s remaining Friday Night Baseball matchups. Apple TV+ will continue to offer these games for free as the MLB Playoffs draw nearer.

Game Date Time (ET)
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox August 26, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Guardians at Seattle Mariners August 26, 2022 10:00 p.m.
Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves September 2, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants September 2, 2022 10:00 p.m.
Cleveland Guardians at Minnesota Twins September 9, 2022 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta Braves at Seattle Mariners September 9, 2022 9:30 p.m.
Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays September 16, 2022 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants September 16, 2022 10:00 p.m.
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees September 23, 2022 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers September 23, 2022 10:00 p.m.

MLB content on Apple TV Plus

In addition to live Friday Night Baseball broadcasts, Apple TV+ is home to a lot of on-demand MLB Network content. It’s all available on the Apple TV+ Major League Baseball hub page, which you can access by scrolling down on the app’s Originals tab or the website’s home page.

The MLB Hub on Apple TV Plus displays rows of featured videos and full match replays.
The Apple TV+ MLB hub as seen on a Google Chrome web browser.

Two great offerings for MLB fans on Apple TV+ are All MLB, All Day and MLB Big Inning. All MLB, All Day is a 24/7 channel that plays various MLB Network series, game replays, and news updates, while MLB Big Inning is a nightly show that provides live look-ins and highlights from around the league.

If you prefer to watch things on your own schedule, you can still tune in to all recaps and Friday Night Baseball game replays at any time on demand. There are also a lot of docuseries and studio shows available to watch as you wait for the next Friday night matchups to come around.

MLB shows on Apple TV+

  • All-Century Team
  • All-Star Highlights
  • Baseball’s Seasons
  • Cathedrals of the Game
  • Countdown to First Pitch
  • Epic Moments
  • Fenway Park 100 Years
  • Great Games
  • Inside the Moments
  • MLB 25: Greatest Postseason Home Runs
  • MLB Network Countdown
  • MLB This Week
  • MLB Ultimate Lineup
  • Outta Here
  • Play Ball
  • Prime 9
  • This Week in Baseball
  • Top of the Order
  • World Series Film
  • Wrigley Field 100 Years

Other options for watching MLB games

Live MLB games are scattered across several different viewing options. It’s an unfortunately daunting fact, which we explain in more detail on our How to Watch MLB Games page.

If you want access to the most MLB games possible, we recommend DIRECTV. The satellite TV service carries all the necessary MLB channels and offers one of the largest assortments of regional sports networks (RSNs)—which you’ll need for locally televised games. Plus, you can add MLB EXTRA INNINGS® to your DIRECTV plan for complete out-of-market coverage.

Pro tip: Nationally televised MLB games air on FOX, FS1, TBS, ESPN, and MLB Network. These are also the same channels that will air the entire MLB Playoffs.

While Apple TV+ is a cheap way to watch MLB games online, it’s not the only streaming option. Peacock also offers MLB game access for as low as $4.99 a month through its MLB Sunday Leadoff programming. Plus, MLB.TV exists for cord-cutters who want the same out-of-market game count as MLB EXTRA INNINGS.

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Final take

Apple TV+ is the most inexpensive way to stream multiple live MLB games during the regular season. At $4.99 a month, the streaming service hosts not only every Friday Night Baseball matchup but also a wide selection of MLB Network–produced content.

Friday Night Baseball is the first live sport to join Apple TV+, so there isn’t much else in terms of live in-app sports content. But it’s one of the best streaming services in terms of the quality of original content. That alone is worth a look—even if you only use a free trial at first.

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MLB on Apple TV Plus FAQ

Are MLB games free on Apple TV+?

Yes, Friday Night Baseball games are free on Apple TV+ during the 2022 MLB season. A full Apple TV+ subscription only costs $4.99 a month if you want access to everything the streaming service offers.

Is Friday Night Baseball only on Apple TV+?

Friday Night Baseball programming is exclusive to Apple TV+, but other MLB games also occur on Fridays. Games on Fridays that aren’t part of Friday Night Baseball usually air on regional sports networks and out-of-network packages like MLB EXTRA INNINGS and MLB.TV.

Who is calling Friday Night Baseball?

Lauren Gardner hosts pregame and postgame Friday Night Baseball coverage, while Melanie Newman and Stephen Nelson typically split play-by-play duties.

Methodology

Our sports experts spent over 12 hours researching and streaming MLB content on Apple TV+ to determine the streaming service’s worth for baseball fans. We examined Apple TV+ alongside comparable services that offer live MLB games—like Peacock and MLB.TV—by looking at pricing, MLB game count, and on-demand content quantity.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

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