By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman

TV Answer Man, I want to watch the Cubs on Friday, but it’s on Apple TV+ and I don’t want to subscribe. Any ideas on how we can get around this so we can watch the game? — Jodi, Evanston, Illinois. 

Jodi, Apple TV+’s exclusive Friday MLB doubleheaders, start today (April 7) with the Texas Rangers visiting the Chicago Cubs at 2 p.m. ET and the Atlanta Braves hosting the San Diego Padres at 7 p.m. ET.

Apple’s MLB broadcasts, which began last season as part of a multi-year agreement with the league, are exclusive, meaning they will not be available on any other service, including the regional sports networks, MLB TV or MLB Extra Innings.

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The streamer offered the games for free last year, but you have to subscribe to Apple TV+ for $6.99 a month to watch the games this season.

Or do you?

MLB and Apple are now offering a free two-month subscription to Apple TV+ for new and qualified returning subscribers. You can redeem the free sub here. That would take you to June 7, which means you could watch the following games for free:

April 7: Rangers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
April 7: Padres at Braves, 7:20 p.m.

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April 14: Giants at Tigers, 6:40 p.m.
April 14: Angels at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

April 21: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
April 21: Astros at Braves, 7:20 p.m.

April 28: Phillies at Astros, 8:10 p.m.
April 28: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

May 5: White Sox at Reds, 6:40 p.m.
May 5: Twins at Guardians, 7:10 p.m.

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May 12: Royals at Brewers, 8:10 p.m.
May 12: Cubs at Twins, 8:10 p.m.

May 19: Orioles at Blue Jays 7:07 p.m.
May 19: Mariners at Braves, 7:20 p.m.

May 26: Padres at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
May 26: White Sox at Tigers, 7:10 p.m.

June 2: Brewers at Reds, 5:10 p.m.
June 2: Guardians at Twins, 8:10 p.m.

Plus, the two-month free sub entitles you to watch the rest of the Apple TV+ lineup, which includes award-winning shows such as Ted Lasso, Severance and Coda.

Note that you must sign up by July 7 to get the free subscription.

If you need more information on how to watch the MLB games on Apple TV+, click here.

Jodi, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!

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— Phillip Swann