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 games (via me more). The streaming service aired the New York Mets vs. the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros vs. the Los Angeles Angels last night, and I think fans of all four teams can agree on one thing: Apple TV Plus’ baseball debut on Friday night not go down as expected.
for starters, a Number from fans said their broadcasts were interrupted during games, even though their internet was working properly. When the stream was interrupted, viewers received an error message that read: “There was a problem loading this video. If this continues, check your internet connection.” It looks like Apple has been experiencing some widespread connectivity issues, but there has been no confirmation from the company. Apple didn’t immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment.
Nothing can ruin baseball… and then along came Apple TV+
— Evan Roberts (@EvanRobertsWFAN) April 9, 2022
When fans actually got to see the game, something called They muted it due to the distracting and at times obviously off-topic commentary. Instead of focusing on the game, viewers said the announcers talked about it squirrelJapanese restaurant chain Benihanaand even Apple Products. Other 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 – didn’t have much baseball experience.
So were fans disappointed at the lack of playback controls that prevent them from pausing, rewinding or fast-forwarding during the game. In honor of Apple, the company does say that these controls are not supported during Friday Night Baseball his sidebut it would still be a handy feature.
Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV+ (produced by MLB Network) feels like watching the MLB app on an iPad.
Simple and clean graphics. Very brand compliant for Apple; except for the fonts.
Combined with 1080p and the flat DoF camera surrounding the shelters, the overall show is pin sharp. pic.twitter.com/N4ANJug3KK
— Brandon Costa (@SVG_Brandon) April 9, 2022
However, it wasn’t all bad. Some fans were impressed by the crisp image quality and the lack of obnoxious banner ads. Other pointed the clean, simple on-screen graphics, such as the subtle player’s name at bat and probability stats in the lower-right corner of the screen. Brandon Costa, Director of Digital at Sports Video Group, highlighted the use of the sans serif font that Apple typically uses for its marketing materials (called “San Francisco” for all you font nerds), making it an Apple meets MLB experience.
Apple first announced its Partnership with the MLB at his Peek Performance event last month. In addition to broadcasting live baseball, Apple TV Plus gives fans access to and also broadcasts replays MLB big innings, a show featuring highlights and analysis of the latest baseball games. Live baseball games are available for free on the Apple TV app for a limited timebut it’s unclear when Apple plans to require a subscription for all viewers.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/9/23017927/apple-tv-plus-friday-night-baseball-debut-mlb-fans-disappointed Apple TV Plus’ Friday night baseball debut wasn’t what home run fans expected