July 6, 2022

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Fans will need Apple TV+ to watch these three Astros games

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There will be three games in the first three months that won’t be televised by AT&T SportsNet Southwest

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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Catcher Martin Maldonado and manager Dusty Baker Jr. are at right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) is taken out of the game in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Catcher Martin Maldonado and manager Dusty Baker Jr. are at right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

The Astros will have three games in the first three months of the season televised exclusively on Apple TV+. The subscription streaming service struck a deal with Major League Baseball to air two games every Friday night throughout the season.

The games will be available to watch for free, even if you don’t have an Apple TV+ subscription, but viewers will have to download the app to see the games, which will not be broadcast by the teams’ regional sports networks, including the Astros’ AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

Baseball’s debut on Apple TV+ will feature the Mets at the Nationals at 6 p.m. April 8, followed by the Astros at the Angels. That first game will be Max Scherzer’s debut with the New York Mets, and Justin Verlander is expected to get his first start since Tommy John surgery in 2020 in the nightcap. Astros manager Dusty Baker hinted on Tuesday that Framber Valdez would be the team’s opening day starter, according to the Houston Chronicle, followed by Verlander the next night.

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The Astros also will be part of the Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball package for home games against the Texas Rangers on May 20 and the Chicago White Sox on June 17.

The games can be found on the Apple TV+ app on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K and HD and at tv.apple.com. According to a statement from the service, the games can be viewed “for a limited time, without the need for a subscription.” An Apple TV+ subscription is $4.99 a month.


The Astros had three games last season air exclusively on YouTube.



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