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Moog
June 14th, 2022, 03:42 PM
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/06/apple-and-mls-to-present-all-mls-matches-for-10-years-beginning-in-2023/


CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple and Major League Soccer (MLS) today announced that the Apple TV app will be the exclusive destination to watch every single live MLS match beginning in 2023. This partnership is a historic first for a major professional sports league, and will allow fans around the world to watch all MLS, Leagues Cup,1 and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches in one place ? without any local broadcast blackouts or the need for a traditional pay TV bundle.

From early 2023 through 2032, fans can get every live MLS match by subscribing to a new MLS streaming service, available exclusively through the Apple TV app. In addition to all of the match content, the service will provide fans a new weekly live match whip-around show so they never miss an exciting goal or save, and also game replays, highlights, analysis, and other original programming. This live and on-demand MLS content will provide in-depth, behind-the-scenes views of the players and clubs that fans love. A broad selection of MLS and Leagues Cup matches, including some of the biggest matchups, will also be available at no additional cost to Apple TV+ subscribers, with a limited number of matches available for free. As an added benefit to fans, access to the new MLS streaming service will be included as part of MLS full-season ticket packages.

The MLS live and on-demand content on the Apple TV app will be available to anyone with internet access across all devices where the app can be found, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL, VIZIO, and other smart TVs; Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices; PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles; Chromecast with Google TV; and Comcast Xfinity. Fans can also watch on tv.apple.com.

?For the first time in the history of sports, fans will be able to access everything from a major professional sports league in one place,? said Eddy Cue, Apple?s senior vice president of Services. ?It?s a dream come true for MLS fans, soccer fans, and anyone who loves sports. No fragmentation, no frustration ? just the flexibility to sign up for one convenient service that gives you everything MLS, anywhere and anytime you want to watch. We can?t wait to make it easy for even more people to fall in love with MLS and root for their favorite club.?

?Apple is the perfect partner to further accelerate the growth of MLS and deepen the connection between our clubs and their fans,? said Don Garber, MLS?s commissioner. ?Given Apple?s ability to create a best-in-class user experience and to reach fans everywhere, it?ll be incredibly easy to enjoy MLS matches anywhere, whether you?re a super fan or casual viewer.?

At launch, all MLS and Leagues Cup matches will include announcers calling the action in English and Spanish, and all matches involving Canadian teams will be available in French. Apple and MLS will also provide enhanced league and club coverage for fans to easily follow the league or their favorite clubs in Apple News, with the ability to watch highlights right in the News app.
Complete details for the new service, including when fans can sign up, subscription pricing, specific details about the new MLS programming, an improved match schedule, broadcast teams, production enhancements, and pre and postgame coverage ? as well as all the ways fans will be able to enjoy MLS content across the Apple ecosystem ? will be announced in the coming months.
Major League Soccer is the fastest-growing soccer league in the world, more than doubling in size to 29 clubs over the last 15 years. The momentum will continue as soccer will grow throughout North America on the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico. With players representing 82 countries, MLS has the most global player pool in all sports, and its fan base is one of the youngest, most diverse audiences in North American sports.
Apple really stepping into the sports world now.

No local blackouts - NICE!

What is unclear is that there appear to be tiers in cost/access to the matches.
It appears that there is a "free" level that is VERY limited.
An Apple TV + subscription level that gets you "more matches".....not clear if you get all of your team matches or not.
Then there is a high-er paid tier for everything .but that may be "free" if you are a season ticket member.

Interesting to see how this will all pan out.

Moog
November 16th, 2022, 11:27 AM
Staring Feb 1
“MLS Season Pass,” the subscription unlocks access to all MLS games, live and on demand. The service is priced at $14.99 per month, or $99 per season. Apple TV+ subscribers will be able to watch some games at no cost, and can get the full MLS Season Pass at a discounted rate …


Pricing​:
If you are already an Apple TV+ subscriber: $12.99/month or $79/season
If you are not an Apple TV+ subscriber: $14.99/month or $99/season
Free - For season ticket members of any club

Ice24
November 16th, 2022, 03:07 PM
Isnít Apple in the running for the Sunday NFL Ticket as well? From what I heard it was either Apple or Prime? DirecTV had a long run, but I believe it is done. We shall see.

Moog
November 16th, 2022, 03:51 PM
^^ That's the rumor.

ucsdguy1
November 16th, 2022, 03:54 PM
I don't have an Apple+ subscription nor do I plan to get one. But - will Galaxy games still be shown on Spectrum SportsNet? I have Directv primarily for sports (Kings/Galaxy/baseball), and if Apple+ becomes the only way to watch Galaxy games I'm going to be pissed off.

Moog
November 17th, 2022, 11:52 AM
I don't have an Apple+ subscription nor do I plan to get one. But - will Galaxy games still be shown on Spectrum SportsNet? I have Directv primarily for sports (Kings/Galaxy/baseball), and if Apple+ becomes the only way to watch Galaxy games I'm going to be pissed off.

You are going to be pissed off.
Apple TV+ is THE home for ALL of MLS. If you want to watch the G's you have to pay to play (Apple TV+ and/or MLS subscription)

There may be some games that will be nationally simulcasted on Fox or ESPN.....big matchups.....but that still remains unseen.

Unless yowhatkalvin continues to bootleg matches on youtube, you are going to have to pay the man to watch MLS.

ucsdguy1
November 17th, 2022, 04:30 PM
You are going to be pissed off.
Apple TV+ is THE home for ALL of MLS. If you want to watch the G's you have to pay to play (Apple TV+ and/or MLS subscription)

There may be some games that will be nationally simulcasted on Fox or ESPN.....big matchups.....but that still remains unseen.

Unless yowhatkalvin continues to bootleg matches on youtube, you are going to have to pay the man to watch MLS.

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That's ridiculous. Will they allow starting games late e.g. dvr? I pay for Peacock already because of the premier league, but really don't like that you can't start a game late or later in day. I think they don't run replays until 24 or 48 hours later. But otherwise I'm pissed off!

Moog
November 18th, 2022, 11:21 AM
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That's ridiculous. Will they allow starting games late e.g. dvr? I pay for Peacock already because of the premier league, but really don't like that you can't start a game late or later in day. I think they don't run replays until 24 or 48 hours later. But otherwise I'm pissed off!

Great questions. The ability to start a match at the beginning while its currently under way is a must........versus having to join it live, or having to wait another 24-48 hours to watch from the beginning.