MLS Season Pass is the new subscription service available on the Apple TV app that allows customers to watch any Major League Soccer game without any outages or regional restrictions. Every match is streamed live, with replays and highlights available on-demand afterwards. There is also a hosted MLS 360 whip show to recap all the games that took place on the day.
The MLS Season Pass is $14.99/month or $99 per season. Apple TV+ subscribers get the pass at a discounted price of $12.99/month or $79 per season. Here’s more on how to watch MLS this year.
The MLS Season Pass is a unique deal between a sports league and a streaming service. Under a ten-year exclusive deal, Apple is the exclusive streaming destination for Major League Soccer worldwide. The Season Pass includes all regular MLS season games, playoffs and MLS Cup games as well as Leagues Cup matches.
That means all games are available to stream and on-demand, no matter where you live. (Some games are simulcast on broadcast networks such as Fox, but these games can also be viewed through the MLS Season Pass.)
The MLS Season Pass broadcasts matches in English and Spanish, each with dedicated on-air talent. Matches involving Canadian teams will also be broadcast in French. MLS games are streamed in 1080p quality with high bitrate and 5.1 surround sound. Viewers can also choose to tune in to the local radio station commentators for the home team instead of the MLS broadcast crew.
MLS matches will be played around the same time: kick-off at 19:30 local time, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. MLS 360 is a new whip-around show featuring highlights and analyst commentary on all games played on the day and can also be viewed as part of the MLS Season Pass subscription.
Do I need Apple TV+ to watch MLS?
No. You’ll need to use the Apple TV app, but you don’t need a subscription to Apple TV+ itself. Apple TV+ is Apple’s original content streaming service. The MLS Season Pass is available as a separate channel in the TV app. As mentioned earlier, Apple TV+ subscribers can get a discount if they opt for the MLS Season Pass.
How to watch MLS for free
There are a number of ways you can get the MLS Season Pass for free. If you are a T-Mobile subscriber, you can take advantage of the T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion. This will give you a code to redeem the MLS Season Pass for free for the 2023 season. Remember to cancel or it will renew at the standard price.
If you’re a season ticket holder at any MLS club, you’re also eligible for a complimentary MLS Season Pass subscription. You will receive a voucher code from your club partner; They will email it to you.
The MLS Season Pass can also be shared with up to six people at no extra charge. This uses Apple’s Family Sharing system. So if one person in the family has a Season Pass, five others in the family group can use their subscription without paying more.
Also, some MLS games are free to watch without the need for the Season Pass. A few games will be available each week before the paywall, so you don’t have to pay anything to sign up – including all of opening weekend. Even more games stream free for Apple TV+ subscribers without subscribing to the full Season Pass.
How to find MLS on the Apple TV app
The MLS Season Pass will appear as an Apple TV channel. To find Apple TV channels, go to the Watch Now tab in the TV app and scroll down until you find the Channels row — it looks like a list with circular buttons. The first channel in the list is Apple TV+, the second is the MLS Season Pass. Tap the button to enter the MLS Season Pass section. Unfortunately, there’s no good way to add a channel shortcut so you don’t have to scroll around so much every time you open the app.
If you’re in the United States, MLS content will also appear prominently as a tab in the TV app’s main navigation. This is a great shortcut to access MLS Season Pass content. You can also use the “My Sports” feature to add your favorite teams so that matches from these teams are automatically recommended to you in your “Up Next” queue.
MLS Season Pass will not appear on the Apple TV app
If you are unable to find MLS Season Pass in the Apple TV app, for example if you search for MLS Season Pass and the app shows “No Results”, you will need to update your app/device. MLS Season Pass content requires a current version of the Apple TV app in order to view.
If you are looking for MLS Season Pass on an Apple device such as iPhone or iPad, you should update your iOS (or macOS) operating system via Settings. This will update the TV app to the latest version. Then the MLS content appears. If you’re on the TV app for other platforms, e.g. B. Game consoles, watch TV, update the app using the appropriate method. If you are using a preview or beta version of the app, delete it and download the official TV app for that platform.
How to watch the MLS Season Pass on Android and Windows
Unfortunately, Android and Windows users can currently only watch via the website at tv.apple.com. You can sign in with your Apple ID account and watch MLS games through the web browser. However, the web app experience is mediocre at best.
A native Apple TV Windows app is currently in beta testing and is expected to launch later in 2023. Apple hasn’t announced any plans for an Apple TV Android app yet. (The Apple TV app can be found on most Android TV platforms, just not Android phones or tablets.)
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