The Yankees will have 21 games only available on Amazon Prime
Yankees fans will need Amazon Prime Video if they want to make sure they can watch every game this season.
This season, 21 Yankees games can only be viewed on the gigantic e-commerce company’s streaming service. Matches, sources say, will take place mostly on Friday nights.
Game 1 is Friday, April 22, when the Yankees host Cleveland, The Post has learned.
Amazon and YES declined to comment.
To be as clear as possible, these games will not be on YES or any other service. Only Amazon Prime Video. They will only be available in the local Yankees footprint, which is primarily in the New York tri-state area. These are the games that were on Ch. 11.
It’s all part of the evolution of sports streaming, which is upon us as fans are asked to pay for more services to see their team’s games.
The first local touchpoint this season likely to cause a row will be Apple TV+’s new Friday Night package, which will have the Mets’ second game of the season on April 8 when Max Scherzer is set to make his debut against his former team. , the Nationals.
MLB Network will produce the Apple TV+ game, which means Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling will not be on the call. MLBN still determines who will be on the mics. (It’s a week away, folks. Let’s go!) The Yankees also have two Apple TV+ games in the first 12 Friday nights.
In addition to the Apple TV+ deal, MLB plans to add weekly late morning/early afternoon Sunday games on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock. That deal is yet to be announced, as those games aren’t expected to begin until May. Therefore, there is no timetable yet.
Meanwhile, baseball fans still need cable. Regional sports networks, like YES and SNY, have the vast majority of games. ESPN offers exclusive “Sunday Night Baseball” games. TBS will have a new schedule on Tuesday nights, but the matches won’t be exclusive.
Amazon’s news may surprise viewers, but it’s been in sight for years. As early as June 2019, The Post reported that Amazon might have Yankees games on its video streaming service. This was after Amazon took a stake, along with Sinclair and the Yankees, in YES.
On the Yankees Amazon show, YES announcers like player-by-player Michael Kay and regular analysts, such as Paul O’Neill, will call the games. So unlike Apple TV+, the viewing experience will feel familiar.
As for fans outside of the Yankees’ tri-state footprint who have the out-of-market package to watch the Yankees through MLB.TV, it is expected that those fans will still be able to watch those 21 games.
Amazon’s sports video strategy has focused on securing the rights to the most impactful programs. Besides the Yankees, he will premiere his exclusive NFL coverage “Thursday Night Football” in the fall. Internationally, it has made inroads with top football games, such as the Premier League and cricket.
Amazon Prime said it has over 200 million subscribers. Its ubiquity is largely due to its “free shipping,” which is included in the $139 annual fee.
The company recently raised the price by $119 per year, in part citing its new NFL contract, which is worth more than $1 billion per season. Now, in the New York tri-state area, Yankees games are being added to the service. This will be the only place you can watch these Yankees games.
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