New York AG wrongly said Yankees games on Apple TV+ cost extra

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 City.

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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is looking to break the American League’s one-season home run record on Friday.

The only place to watch the Yankees take on the Red Sox on Friday is Apple TV+, the streaming service, which raised concerns from some Yankee fans who wanted to watch the game on the regular TV channel, YES Network, and with the team’s. regular broadcaster.

On Friday, before the game started, Yankee fans opposing Apple found a new ally: New York Attorney General Letitia James, who asked Apple to allow the game to be broadcast on the YES Network.

“New Yorkers are paying their cable bills in the hope of seeing live sports programming. Now they are being asked to pay extra if they want to watch this exciting home run, and potentially historic game,” James said in a statement. calls on Apple and MLB to reach fair accommodation with the YES Network so fans can watch what we all hope will be history made tonight.”

However, there’s no need to pay extra to watch Friday Night Baseball broadcasts — it’s free for anyone who signs up for an Apple account or already has one. Users don’t have to pay a $5 per month fee for Apple TV+ to get baseball. Apple said earlier this year that free baseball games were “for a limited time” but had not yet started charging.

Users also don’t need an Apple device to watch: In a break from their 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 broadcasts to reach a wider market. You can even watch it on any computer with a web browser and fairly fast internet access.

James later walk back that statementnotes, “While there are ways to watch games without paying more, it creates requirements including an Apple ID, smart TV or streaming device, or Wi-Fi or cellular service.”

The dust-up is an example of the tension bubbling up as high-profile sports broadcasters switch from linear TV to streaming services like Apple’s. Major League Baseball and Yankees have tried to clear up the confusion, posting a guide on how to watch the game to their social media and website.

Apple asked comedian Jon Stewart, who owns the show on Apple TV+, to let viewers know there’s no paywall on Friday. He joked that he pushed Apple executive, “Mr. App,” to make the game free.

“All you need is an app, and it’s on everything. It’s probably already on your phone, your TV, your microwave, behind your eyeball, because Apple is so technically proficient,” Stewart jokes in the video.

An Apple representative did not immediately comment.