Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium on April 22, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York.
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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is trying to break the American League single-season home run record on Friday.
The only place to watch the Yankees face the Red Sox on Friday is Apple TV+, a streaming service, which worries some Yankee fans who want to watch the game on its usual TV channel, YES Network, and with the company’s own. crew. regular broadcasters.
On Friday, before the start of the game, Yankees fans rebelling against Apple found a new ally: New York Attorney General Letitia James, who asked Apple to allow the game to be broadcast on YES Network.
“New Yorkers paid their cable bills expecting to see live sports programming. Now they are being asked to pay extra if they want to watch this thrilling chase and potentially historic game,” said James said in a statement. “That’s why I’m calling on Apple and MLB to reach a fair deal with the YES Network so fans can watch what we all hope will be history made tonight.”
However, no one needs to pay extra to watch the Friday Night Baseball broadcast – it’s free for anyone who signs up for an Apple account or already has one. Users don’t need to pay the $5 per month fee for Apple TV+ to get the baseball. Apple said earlier this year that baseball games were free “for a limited time” but hasn’t started charging yet.
Users also don’t need an Apple device to watch: Breaking away from its historical preferences, has created Apple TV+ apps for several non-Apple platforms, including Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Google TV and game consoles, allowing its shows to reach a wider market. You can even watch them on any computer with a web browser and fast enough internet access.
James later returned the statementnoting: “While there is a way to watch the game without paying more, it does create requirements, including an Apple ID, smart TV or streaming device, or Wi-Fi or cellular service.”
The Dust is an example of the tension mounting as high-profile sports programming shifts from linear TV to streaming services like Apple’s. Major League Baseball and Yankees attempted to clear up the confusion by posting guides on how to watch the game on social media and their websites.
Apple tapped comedian Jon Stewart, who has a show on Apple TV+, to let viewers know there’s no paywall on Friday. He joked that he pushed an Apple executive, “Mr. App”, to make the game free.
“All you need is the app, and it’s on everything, it’s probably already on your phone, your TV, your microwave, behind your eyeballs, because Apple is so good at technically,” Stewart joked in the video.
An Apple representative did not immediately comment.