The world of television is changing every single day. With Viacom acquiring Pluto TV, we can expect some of our favorite television shows from MTV to appear online for free. In addition, Hulu has stepped into the world of live sports with ambassadors such as Joel Embiid and Damian Lillard leading the way. Not to mention, Netflix continues to grow each day. With all of that going on, YouTube has decided to make its latest move in the world of live programming.
According to Variety, YouTube has landed a deal with Major League Baseball for the rights to air thirteen games on their YouTube TV service. The games have yet to be determined, but will air exclusively on YouTube TV during the second half of the season. As a result, these games will not air on MLB TV, ESPN or any other major network. Also, the partnership will include pregame and postgame shows that include popular YouTube content creators. MLB and YouTube are set to roll out a more detailed description of the partnership in the coming weeks.
After the deal was announced, Timothy Katz of YouTube said, “It’s incredible to team up with Major League Baseball for this first-of-its-kind deal together to provide both diehard baseball fans and our YouTube community with live games exclusively on YouTube and YouTube TV.” He added, “With Major League Baseball’s expanding international fanbase, we are confident YouTube’s global audience will bring fans around the world together in one place to watch the games and teams they love.”
YouTube TV is available online now for the price of $50 per month.