NEW YORK, Online video giant YouTube will
exclusively livestream 13 Major League Baseball (MLB) games in the second
part of its 2019 season, the firm announced Tuesday.
Fans will be able to simply subscribe to the MLB YouTube channel which
already has 1.6 million subscribers for free access to the games,
including pre and postgame content.
They will be available in most countries, including the US, except places
where existing broadcasters have deals with the MLB that exclude YouTube
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, said Timothy Katz,
YouTube's head of sports and news partnerships.
The agreement hints at a renewed appetite for live sports at YouTube, an
area in which other internet giants, including Facebook, Amazon and Twitter,
are also slowly staking claims.
In 2018, YouTube broadcast professional soccer matches from Brazil,
available to internet users in several countries in Europe and Asia.
Such initiatives are separate from YouTube TV, the live channel package
that launched in the US in 2017, which offers original programming in
addition to traditional channels and has online broadcast agreements with
three Major League Soccer clubs.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)