Games on Apple and Peacock this weekend


“We hope at some point that Peacock is as ubiquitous as the pay-TV ecosystem and that this is a moment in time.”

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At least for now, the new platforms will require an adjustment for Braves fans who are accustomed to watching games on Bally Sports South/Southeast and, occasionally, ESPN, Fox or Turner.

Under their new deals with MLB this season, Apple has two games every Friday night and Peacock one game every Sunday for 18 consecutive weeks. The games on Apple and Peacock won’t be shown on any other network, locally or nationally.

While Friday’s 7:20 p.m. Braves-Padres game will be available on Apple TV+ without a paid subscription, Sunday’s game will require a Peacock Premium subscription (typically $4.99 per month). The games can be watched on devices, including smart TVs, where Apple TV+ and Peacock are available. (For more on how to access the games, visit tv.apple.com and peacocktv.com.)

Apple said its MLB telecasts will remain free for a “limited time.” Peacock said about 20 million premium accounts currently have access to its MLB package, including 13 million paid subscribers and 7 million “highly engaged bundled subscribers from Xfinity and other top distributors, who use Peacock every single month and currently receive Peacock Premium at no extra cost.”

Melanie Newman, a Baltimore Orioles broadcaster, is scheduled to be the play-by-play announcer for Friday night’s Braves game on Apple. She grew up in Woodstock. According to Apple, she is the second woman to lead play-by-play duties for a national MLB broadcast team.

“For a certain segment of the population, the only baseball game of the week was on NBC. We’re proud of that heritage. We’re going to lean into it. But we’re taking our own twist to it.”

NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood

Former Braves player Brian Jordan, who is a member of the Bally Sports South/Southeast broadcast team, and Yahoo Sports baseball writer Hannah Keyser will be the game analysts on Friday’s telecast, according to the Braves.

For Sunday’s game on Peacock, the play-by-play announcer will be Jason Benetti, the primary TV play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox, with analysis by former Braves star Andruw Jones and former Padre Mark Sweeney. Jones will make his debut as a game analyst. Sweeney is a Padres broadcaster on Bally Sports San Diego.

Another adjustment for Braves fans this weekend is Sunday’s starting time, two hours earlier than normal for Sunday home games.

Peacock’s deal calls for its Sunday telecasts to start at 11:30 a.m. through June 12 and at noon after June 12. The early time slots appealed to Peacock because of the absence of competition from other MLB games around the country for the first 90 minutes to two hours of the telecasts, but may prove less popular with fans attending in person.

“Look, there’s not a lot of exclusive hours around baseball,” Cordella said. “There’s a…

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