Why aren’t the Detroit Tigers on TV?
If you find yourself asking that question Friday, June 3, you’re likely not alone. But their game against the New York Yankees is being broadcast, just not where you’re used to seeing it.
Apple TV+ will carry the game, which begins at 7 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Fortunately for Tigers fans, you won’t need to pay anything extra to watch it on the streaming platform. But if you don’t already have the Apple TV app or an Apple ID, there will be some work to do.
How to watch the Tigers on Apple TV+
If you already have an Apple ID and the Apple TV app, watching the game will be simple. Just load the app, select the game and voilà, you’re all set, even if you don’t have an Apple TV+ subscription.
Those without the app can download it from the app store, or visit https://tv.apple.com/. You will need to login with your Apple ID. If you’re an iPhone user, you can use the same account that’s connected to your phone. You can also access it through the Apple News App on your phone or tablet once the game begins.
If you do not have an Apple ID, you will need to create one, and you can do so through the link above.
Once that is completed, you’ll be able to watch the game.
Do I need a subscription to watch the Tigers on Apple TV?
The partnership between Major League Baseball and Apple doesn’t require you to subscribe to Apple TV+ in order to watch the games.
So, yes. It’s free.
When creating a new Apple ID, however, it may ask for credit card information. It will not be charged to watch Friday Night Baseball.
Are other Tigers games on Apple TV+?
This is the first of two Detroit Tigers games scheduled to appear on Apple TV+. The second will be on June 24 when the Tigers travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks.
So, Tigers fans that go through the process in order to watch the game on June 3 will be all set heading into that second game.
While the games are exclusive to Apple TV+, they are free from local broadcast restrictions. That means they won’t be blacked out the way some ESPN+ offerings are.
It’s good news for those who stream live television and don’t have access to Bally Sports Detroit, as the Apple TV games will be two of only a handful available to them throughout the season.