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UPDATE 9 April 2022

Apple introduces broadcasters and production details for “Friday Night Baseball”, beginning 8 April (US Eastern Daylight Time) on Apple TV+

Banner of “Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV+ across a smart TV with Apple TV 4K, iPad Pro, iPhone 13 and MacBook Pro.
“Friday Night Baseball” begins 8 April (EDT) on Apple TV+.
Apple today announced the line-up of broadcasters and production enhancements for “Friday Night Baseball”, which leads off today, 8 April (US Eastern Daylight Time), on Apple TV+.
Beginning 8 April (EDT), 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 at 7:00 pm EDT; and Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Hunter Pence (analyst), Katie Nolan (analyst) and Heidi Watney (reporter) comprise the crew that will call the Houston Astros at the Los Angeles Angels game at 9:30 pm EDT. 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.
“Friday Night Baseball” live pre- and post-game coverage will be hosted by Lauren Gardner, along with a rotating group 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, on Apple TV+ and free for a limited time. Users can find step-by-step instructions to access “Friday Night Baseball” across devices.
Produced by MLB Network’s Emmy Award–winning production team in partnership with Apple, “Friday Night Baseball” will offer a modern and dynamic broadcast experience that appeals to new viewers and veteran fans alike. Each game broadcast will employ state-of-the-art cameras, including high-speed Phantoms, the high-resolution Megalodon and more, throughout the season to present vivid, live-action shots, and offer immersive sound in 5.1 with Spatial Audio enabled. “Friday Night Baseball” will also incorporate new on-screen graphics that include innovative new probabilities-based forecasts of different situational outcomes, plus highlights and live look-ins from around the league integrated right into the broadcast. Throughout the “Friday Night Baseball” broadcasts, fans can enjoy on-screen call-outs about batters’ walk-up songs from Apple Music, test their knowledge of baseball trivia with help from Siri and more. And, in a first for MLB games, “Friday Night Baseball” will feature rules analysis and interpretation from former MLB umpire Brian Gorman.
In Apple Music, fans can find exclusive playlists of batters’ walk-up songs from 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 across devices where Apple TV+ can be found, including on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD, and on tv.apple.com/au, along with smart TVs and gaming consoles. “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 the need for a subscription. 

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home of today’s most imaginative storytellers, offers an award-winning and inspiring line-up of original series, films and now sports, beginning with “Friday Night Baseball”. Subscribers can watch Apple TV+ Originals both 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 at tv.apple.com/au. The Apple TV app is also available on selected smart TVs, including Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL and others; Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices; PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles; and Chromecast with Google TV. More information is available at apple.com/au/apple-tv-app.
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