MLS Season Pass goes live on Apple TV in UK and US as 10-year deal finally kicks off
APPLE has finally launched its MLS Season Pass on its TV app in over 100 countries.
The iPhone maker is letting fans sign up today, ahead of the February 25 kick-off for 2023’s Major League Soccer season.
It’s part of a 10-year broadcasting deal with MLS, giving Apple global streaming rights for all MLS and Leagues Cup matches, as well as MLS Next and MLS Next Pro games.
The MLS Season Pass available through the Apple TV app, which can be accessed on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac.
But it also means MLS fans can watch on non-Apple devices with access to the app, including some Samsung, LG and Sony TVs, PS5 and Xbox models, and Amazon Fire TV Sticks.
Major League Soccer is the highest level of football in the USA.
It’s made up of 29 teams (three of which are from Canada), and is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York.
MLS fans and newbies will be able to stream games through the Apple TV app.
Streamers will pay a subscription fee to watch rather than “pay-per-view” – although some matches will be available for free.
“Having accessibility is huge for the sport,” said midfielder Kellyn Acosta, of Los Angeles Football Club.
“It’s going to help grow MLS not only domestically, but internationally. You’ll have eyes all over watching our games.
“We talk about how we want the league to continue to grow and bridge the gap in comparison with other leagues, and I think having this Apple partnership is a step in the right direction.
“Leading into the World Cup in 2026, you want to build momentum and gain more exposure, and I think this partnership is going to truly be beautiful.
“I know my family is excited to have all the games in one place, and I think it’s going to be huge for the league and for the sport in the US.”
You can sign up to the MLS Season Pass for £14.99 / $14.99 per month or £99 / $99 per season.
But you’re already an Apple TV+ subscriber, it’s discounted to £12.99 / $12.99 a month or £79 / $79 per season.
You’ll be able to watch the games, as well as highlights, match replays, and documentary-style vignettes.
Each MLS club will have its own themed section on the Apple TV app, so you can catch up on the latest content for your favourite team.
MLS Season Pass will include pre-game and post-game shows, as well as a five-hour live whip-around show that captures the key moments from every match.
Fans in the US and Canada can also choose their home team’s radio for the broadcast audio on Apple TV.
And Apple has promised no “blackouts”, which means all matches will be available no matter where you are – as long as you’re in a supported country.
Apple TV+ is available for a free 7-day trial, before the normal monthly fee of £6.99 / $6.99 kicks in.
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