The 2022 Major League Baseball season is officially here after a 99-day owner-imposed lockout, and if you want to tune into all the action, then we have you covered – whether you are in the UK or US. This guide also includes information on how to watch the games completely for free.
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When does the 2022 MLB season start?
The MLB season has now kicked off. The final scheduled day of the season will be on 5 October 2022.
You can see all the major dates and events – including the All-Star Game – over on the
How to watch the 2022 MLB season in the UK for free
In 2022, the UK streaming service with the rights to the MLB is Apple TV+ – the streaming service’s first step into live sports offerings.
You can sign up for Apple TV+ to stream the MLB 2022 season over on the
Apple’s official press release, the platform will host Friday Night Baseball, a weekly show of two games, along with live pre-and postgame shows. Meanwhile, MLB Big Inning will feature highlights and look-ins, and will air every weeknight.
The first double bill of Friday Night Baseball will air on Friday 8 April 2022. This will kick off with New York Mets at Washington Nationals at 7pm ET (12am BST, 9 April). This will then be followed by Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels at 9:30pm ET (2:30am BST, 9 April).
As these will air in the middle of the night in the UK, we assume that Apple TV+ will have them available on-demand.
You can see the full Friday Night Baseball schedule over on the
It will not be quite as much coverage as you will find in the US. However, there is a massive upside. Apple will be wavering its subscription fees for the first twelve weeks of the season, which means that you can effectively watch some games in the MLB 2022 season completely for free.
Just go to the sports section of the app, or search for Major League Baseball.
Even after this runs out, an
Apple TV+ subscription will not break the bank. You can get one for just £4.99 per month, along with a seven-day free trial. In addition, if you are in the market for a new Apple device such as the new
iPhone SE 3, the
iPad Air 5 or the
iPhone 13, you can get three months of Apple TV+ completely for free.
Last year, BT Sports had the rights to MLB. The license lasted up to the end of 2021. So far, we have not heard anything else about this channel – or any other major UK sports broadcaster – airing the 2022 season.
If this changes, we will update this article.
How to watch the 2022 MLB season in the US
Just like in the UK, Apple TV+ has the same rights in the US for Major League Baseball 2022. This platform will air both Friday Night Baseball and MLB Big Inning, but will also feature a new 24/7 livestream. This will air game replays, highlights, analysis, classic games and on-demand MLB content.
The same subscription-free model will apply for the first twelve weeks. In the US,
Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month, and you can still get a seven-day free trial if you are a new customer, or three months free when you purchase an Apple product from qualifying retailers.
Note that Apple TV+ has no blackout restrictions.
Alternatively, you can sign up for MLB.TV, which offers livestreams of every regular season out-of-market game. You can also use multi-game viewing to watch several games at once, should you wish.
Subscribing to MLB.TV will set you back $129.99 per year to watch all teams’ games or $110 per year to follow a single team. You can sign up on the
Note that your local area will be subject to blackout rules via MLB.TV, so if you want to watch a hometown game, you will have to turn to the regional sports network in your area, most of which are owned by Fox.
Finally, there are other premium services you can use to stream the MLB, including
Hulu with Live TV and
Of all of those, Sling TV is the cheapest at $35 a month. You can get a seven-day free trial of Fubo TV, which then costs $65 per month (the same price as YouTube TV). Hulu with Live TV costs a steep $70 per month, but also includes access to ESPN+ and Disney+.