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Yankees-Red Sox will stream on Apple TV+ on Friday

Come Friday night, no matter where Aaron Judge is in his quest for 61 home runs — or more — one thing seems certain: Yankees fans won’t be able to watch the game like they normally do.

Instead of being broadcast on YES Network, Fox or ESPN, Friday night’s game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be broadcast on Apple TV+. It’s part of a deal Major League Baseball made before the season that gave the subscription streaming service exclusive rights to some Friday night games.

The deal is part of a broader effort by MLB to grow its viewership and includes streaming deals with Amazon Prime and Peacock, a service owned by NBC.

Watching Friday night games on Apple TV+ is free for a limited time, according to Apple’s website, but the platform is more difficult to access for some older fans and for sports bars that don’t have smart TVs.

Many baseball fans have taken to social media this week to share their thoughts on streaming the game on Apple TV+ and how it can limit the viewership of a potentially big event. Comedian Jon Stewart posted a videos on Twitter on Thursday that seemed to echo some of that sentiment.

“I’m a fan of the New York Metropolitans, but I’m also a fan of excellence, excellence in general,” Stewart said. “This Aaron Judge thing is getting me really excited. This is going to be the record for home runs without steroids, breaking Roger Maris’ 61, if he pulls it off. And Friday night may be the night I tie or break the record, and then I found out about the Red Sox game, it’s on Apple TV+.”

Stewart, who hosts “The Problem With Jon Stewart” on Apple TV+, then changes the subject, pitching for his network, noting that the service is free for baseball games.

The Yankees did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday about whether the team had asked MLB to change the game to YES.

The issue doesn’t just apply to the Yankees game on Friday night. Fans who want to watch Albert Pujols on his quest for 700 home runs will also need Apple TV+ to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While there is no subscription required to watch the games on Friday nights, anyone who wants to tune in will need an Apple ID account, which is a free service.


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