Apple TV Plus’ first-ever live baseball broadcast left some fans frustrated and disappointed, with complaints about connectivity issues and the quality of commentary that surfaced during and after the games (via I more† The streaming service aired the New York Mets against the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Angels last night, and I think fans of all four teams can agree on one thing: Apple TV Plus’ Friday Night Baseball- debut didn’t going down as expected.
For starters, a number by fans said their broadcasts were interrupted during the games, despite their internet working just fine. When the stream stopped, viewers received an error message that read, “There was a problem loading this video. If it persists, please check your internet connection.” It appears that Apple has been experiencing widespread connectivity issues, but there is no confirmation from the company, Apple did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.
Nothing can ruin baseball… and then Apple TV+ came along
— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) Apr 9, 2022
When fans could actually watch the match, some said they put it on mute for the distracting and at times blatantly off-topic commentary. Instead of focusing on the game, viewers said what the announcers were talking about squirrelsJapanese restaurant chain Benihana, and even Apple Products† others thought the commentators — a team made up of Melanie Newman, Chris Young, Hannah Keyser, Brooke Fletcher, Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence, Katie Nolan, and Heidi Watney — came across as not having much baseball experience.
Fans were too disappointed in the absence of playback controls, preventing them from pausing, rewinding, or fast-forwarding during the game. To the credit of Apple, the company is doing say these controls won’t be supported during Friday Night Baseball on the site, but it would still be a handy feature to have.
Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+ (produced by MLB Network) feels like watching the MLB app on an iPad.
Simple and clean gfx. Very proprietary for Apple; down to the fonts.
Combined with 1080p and the shallow DoF camera around the dugouts, the overall show is bright. pic.twitter.com/N4ANJug3KK
— Brandon Costa (@SVG_Brandon) Apr 9, 2022
It wasn’t all bad though. Some fans were impressed by the sharp image quality and the lack of annoying banner ads. others orphan from the clean, simplistic on-screen graphics, such as the subtle player’s hit name and chance stats in the lower right corner of the screen. Brandon Costa, Digital Director at Sports Video Group, marked using the sans-serif font that Apple typically uses for its marketing materials (called “San Francisco” for all font geeks), making it an Apple-meets-MLB experience.
Apple first announced its partnership with the MLB at its Peek Performance event last month. In addition to broadcasting live baseball, Apple TV Plus gives fans access to replays and broadcasts it MLB Big Inning, a show featuring highlights and analysis around the latest baseball games. Live baseball games will be available for free on the Apple TV app for a limited time, but it’s unclear when Apple plans to require a subscription for all viewers.