Apple names broadcasters for MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+


MLS Season Pass





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Apple and Major League Soccer have released a list of broadcasters for MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+, which starts on February 1.

MLS Season Pass will launch in the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions. Major League Soccer will announce the complete production plan for the service before the MLS 2023 season starts on February 25.

MLS Season Pass broadcasters

The team of broadcasters covers three categories and includes many of the industry’s qualified announcers, including some soccer legends. Apple made the announcement on Tuesday.

Match & studio analysts

  • Marcelo Balboa
  • Maurice Edu
  • Sacha Kljestan
  • Sebastien Le Toux
  • Lori Lindsey
  • Danielle Slaton
  • Kyndra de St. Aubin
  • Taylor Twellman
  • Diego Valeri
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips

Studio hosts

  • Tony Cherchi
  • Liam McHugh
  • Jillian Sakovits

Play-by-play

  • Max Bretos
  • Steve Cangialosi
  • Frederic Lord
  • Pablo Ramirez
  • Jake Zivin

MLS Season Pass

MLS Season Pass will feature every regular season match, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, and Leagues Cup in one place, with consistent match times and no blackouts. Apple says this is a first in live sports broadcasting.

The Season Pass will include pregame shows and a whip-around show that will share live look-ins from every match and feature every goal, penalty kick, and big save. Analysis and discussion of all of the crucial moments, and a postgame wrap-up, will also be included.

MLS Season Pass will feature every regular season match, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, and Leagues Cup

MLS Season Pass will feature every regular season match, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, and Leagues Cup

Every match will have commentary in English and Spanish, while games involving Canadian teams will also offer commentary in French. Pregame shows and the postgame wrap-up will also be available in English and Spanish.

Fans in the US and Canada can also choose their home team’s radio for broadcast audio on the Apple TV app where it’s available. MLS Season Pass will have matches on Saturdays and select Wednesdays at 7:30 PM local time starting February 1.

Starting February 1, fans can subscribe to MLS Season Pass in the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month during the season or $99 per season, and Apple TV+ subscribers can sign up at a special price of $12.99 per month and $79 per season.

Each full-season ticket account will include a subscription to MLS Season Pass. And through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscription using their own Apple ID and password.

Major League Soccer announced the 2023 season schedule for the Season Pass in December 2022. Highlights of the season will include “MLS is Back,” the debut of expansion team St. Louis City SC, the return of Rivalry Week, and more.



Apple Music Sing turns iPhone & Apple TV into karaoke machine


Apple Music Sing on iPhone, iPad, and television





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Apple Music has a new extra called Apple Music Sing, which lets subscribers sing along, replace the lead singer, or perform a duet.

Apple has announced a new Apple Music service, but it’s not the classical one it’s promised for before the end of the year. Instead, it’s Apple Music Sing, which leverages Apple Music’s lyrics to provide a Karaoke-style experience.

“Apple Music’s lyrics experience is consistently one of the most popular features on our service,” Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, said in a statement. “We already know our users all over the world love to follow along to their favorite songs, so we wanted to evolve this offering even further to enable even more engagement around music through singing.”

“It’s really a lot of fun,” insists Schusser, “our customers are going to love it.”

More than presenting the main song lyrics on screen as it can now, Apple Music Sing will optionally show “multiple lyric views.” It will enable users to “take the lead, perform duets, sing backup, and more.”

With a new Adjustable Vocals feature, users can control a song’s vocal levels. The real singer can be silenced enough for the user to take over, or dipped enough for that user to perform backing vocals.

The Karaoke feature will not be available for the whole of Apple Music’s library. Rather, a “suite of more than 50 dedicated companion playlists” is being launched. They will each feature “all of the epic songs, duets, choruses, and anthems that have been compelling people all around the world to sing.”

Apple Music Sing is free to Apple Music subscribers worldwide. It launches later in December, and will be available on iPhone, iPad, and the Apple TV 4K.

It appears to be specifically the Apple TV 4K that is required — reportedly, older Apple TV sets are not supported.



Apple TV+ unveils trailer for final season of ‘Servant’







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Premiering from January 13, 2023, the fourth season of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Servant” sees the conclusion of one of the first Apple TV+ dramas.

The first episode of this last season will debut on Friday, January 13, 2023, with the series finale on March 17, 2023. Described by Apple as an “epic and emotional conclusion,” the season is the “final chapter of the Turner story.”

“Leanne’s war with the Church of Lesser Saints heightens, threatening Spruce Street, the city of Philadelphia, and beyond,” says Apple in a statement. “Meanwhile, the shattered Turner family must not only confront the increasing threat of Leanne, but the certain reality that Dorothy is waking up.”

“As the Turner family brownstone continues to crumble,” it continued, “questions are finally answered: who is Leanne Grayson and who is the child in their home?”

“Servant” was one of the first shows to air on Apple TV+, premiering on November 28, 2019. It’s also been the subject of a protracted lawsuit, which accuses the show’s creators of plagiarism.



New holiday Hue lights, Apple TV 4K review, & more


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In a busy episode of the Homekit Insider podcast, your host discusses the new Hue string lights, reviews the Apple TV 4K, and answers some listener questions.

In smart home news, Level has responded to criticism on how easy its lock can be picked, essentially confirming our sentiments in a previous episode. The deadbolt uses a common cylinder design and Level is exploring keyless options in the future to mitigate any picking issues.

Furthermore, it was revealed that the Level Lock has a secret Thread radio and will be updated to support Thread and Matter in a future update.

Before the holidays, Signify had one more announcement ready to go with its new Festavia string lights. These smart lights are perfect for decorating for the holidays. We discuss the new lights and compare them to the existing Twinkly options.

Related to Hue, when the Hue bridge gets updated to support Matter, it will automatically add any other non-Hue lights to HomeKit. When other lights are paired with the Hue bridge, like those from Ikea, they previously would not show natively in HomeKit.

Finally, Nanoleaf is introducing a right-angle connector for its Lines series. They can be used in tandem with the 60-degree adapters to create all new designs.

In this episode we also review the updated Apple TV 4K and the Belkin MagSafe car charger.

Keep up with everything Apple in the weekly AppleInsider Podcast — and get a fast news update from AppleInsider Daily. Just say, “Hey, Siri,” to your HomePod mini and ask for these podcasts, and our latest HomeKit Insider episode too.

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Daily deals Nov. 13: $159 AirPods, $500 off 14-inch MacBook Pro, $730 off LG 48-inch OLED Smart TV, more


Best deals for November 13



Sunday’s best deals include $150 off the M2 MacBook Air, 68% off Klipsch Reference R-625FA 5.0 Home Theater Pack, 71% off Garmin Forerunner 735XT, and much more.

AppleInsider checks online stores daily to uncover discounts and offers on hardware and other products, including Apple devices, smart TVs, accessories, and other items. The best offers are compiled into our regular list for our readers to use and save money.

In some cases, out-of-stock items can still be ordered at the discounted price for later delivery, so be sure to check in such cases. As Amazon discounts usually last only a short period of time, it’s best to take advantage of the offer earlier rather than later.



Early Black Friday Samsung TV deals: save up to $3,000 on The Frame, Neo 4K, 8K, OLED TVs


Save up to $3,000 on Samsung TVs.



Samsung has launched Black Friday savings on its TV line, with discounts of up to $3,000 off Neo QLED 4K and 8K panels, as well as The Frame and OLED sets.

The AppleInsider team has first-hand experience using Samsung’s The Frame TV and we highly recommend it to Apple TV users. The native Art Mode built into the Frame switches off automatically when waking the Apple TV using the remote or remote app, and starts again when no content is active.



Apple no longer selling 2015 Apple TV HD







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Apple has discontinued sales of its fourth-generation Apple TV after unveiling the new Apple TV 4K at its Take Note event on Tuesday.

Apple announced two versions of the Apple TV 4K on Tuesday, which feature an A15 processor and varying network and storage options.

The introduction of the new device has seemingly bumped off the Apple TV HD, which was introduced seven years prior. The 2015 Apple TV HD was the first Apple TV to run tvOS and the first that came with the Siri Remote.

While the Apple TV HD was priced at $149, the new Apple TV 4K starts at $129.

As 9to5Mac points out, Apple will still provide software updates for the fourth-generation Apple TV, but it’s possible that the device may not be supported much longer.



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Saturday’s best deals include up to 31% off Samsung’s The Terrace outdoor TV, $105 off an xTool laser engraver, up to 35% off eero mesh Wi-Fi 6 systems, and much more.

Every day, AppleInsider searches online retailers to find offers and discounts on items including Apple hardware, upgrades, smart TVs, and accessories. We compile the best deals we find into our daily collection, which can help our readers save money.

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