Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run in the first inning against the New York Mets during the Summer Camp game at Yankee Stadium on July 19, 2020 in the Bronx, New York.
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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is aiming to break the American League’s single-season home run record on Friday.
The only place to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox on Friday is Apple TV+, a streaming service popular with some Yankees fans who watch the game on its usual TV network, YES Network, and with its own Want to see channel, concern causes ordinary channels.
On the Friday before the game was due to begin, Yankee fans who railed against Apple found a new ally: New York Attorney General Letitia James, who urged 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 see this exciting home chase and possibly a historic game,” James said in a statement. “As such, I am appealing to Apple and the MLB to reach a fair deal with the YES Network so fans can see what we all hope will be history tonight.”
However, nobody has to pay extra to watch Friday Night Baseball – it’s free for anyone who signs up for an Apple account or already has one. Users don’t have to pay the $5 monthly Apple TV+ fee to get baseball. Apple said earlier this year that baseball games were free “for a limited time” but didn’t have to start charging just yet.
Users don’t need an Apple device to watch, either: In a departure from its historical preferences, Apple TV+ has developed apps for several non-Apple platforms, including Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Google TV, and gaming consoles, allowing its broadcasts to reach a broader audience Market. You can even watch them on any computer with a web browser and sufficiently fast internet access.
James later the statement returnednoting, “While there is a way to watch the game without paying more, it creates requirements like an Apple ID, a smart TV or streaming device, or Wi-Fi or cellular service.”
The gathering dust is an example of the excitement that simmers when high-profile sports broadcasts move from linear TV to streaming services like Apple’s. Major League Baseball and the Yanks have tried to clear up the confusion by posting guides on how to watch the game on social media and their websites.
Apple hired comedian Jon Stewart, who has a show on Apple TV+, to inform viewers that there’s no paywall on Friday. He joked that he had an Apple executive, “Mr. App” to make the game free.
“All you need is the app, and that’s on everything. It’s probably already on your phone, your TV, your microwave, behind your eyeballs because Apple is very tech-savvy,” Stewart joked in the video.
An Apple representative did not immediately have comment.