How Apple benefits from the baseball brouhaha

From friend-of-the-blog Bartley Yee:

Well, whether frustratingly lucky for The YES network or Yankee fans, Judge didn’t hit his 61st and record tying home run while on Apple TV+.  But Apple got plenty of viewers and it will be interesting if Apple got a lot of new Apple ID’s or at least tons more checking in on the streaming broadcast.

But Apple TV+ (and LA Dodgers fans in attendance) REALLY got its Friday Night MLB Baseball money’s worth with the evening St. Louis Cardinals vs LA Dodgers game and Albert Pujols’ historic #699 AND #700 home runs off Dodgers’ pitching.  EVERY replay shown worldwide on news and sports channels, and on YouTube - Twitter - Facebook will have the Apple TV+ logo in it for eternity. So even though my LA Dodgers didn’t put up much of a fight, they and Apple TV+ were part of history making today with Albert Pujols.

My take: If you missed the brouhaha, here's a rundown from The Verge

NY AG tries to explain how Apple’s free Yankees stream is worse than cable TV

Too long; didn't read? Here's a video:

Everyone complaining about Apple TV's Yankees game sounds dumb 

2 Comments

  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Everyone complaining about Apple TV’s Yankees game sounds dumb

    No they don’t, they sound stupid.

    Given iPhone/iPad market share in the US, I’d correctly guess that >60% of mobile users have an Apple ID (and growing).

    On top of that, cheap ass Android users probably aren’t paying the extra bill to get premium sports networks.

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    September 24, 2022
  2. John Butt said:
    I can add some colour.

    We have just returned from a break where we stayed in motels and other accomodation where a new TV screen is not a top priority and Wifi is also not yet available – in a country where 85% of the population have fibre at 300mb/s this seems stupid actually.
    The net impact is that we had to watch sports on our cellular connection and starting with 80GB we ran out after 3 weeks (also iOS updates killed a lot of data) and for some equally stupid reason our cellular company 2Degrees has prices of $20/10GB or $50/15GB. Userous, but bought about by stupidity within the cellular company and the delay in TV set updates – plus the lack of wifi.

    My point is that we still have crazy behaviour out there that gets in the way of sensible options for data use and access.

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    September 24, 2022

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