In an exciting development for soccer enthusiasts, Apple and Major League Soccer (MLS) have joined forces to launch a one-month free trial of the highly anticipated MLS Season Pass. Fans can activate a 30-day trial period for the first time, granting them access to a host of thrilling soccer matches. This limited-time offer is available to both new subscribers and regular monthly users.
Upon the conclusion of the trial period, the subscription will automatically renew at the standard monthly rate of the MLS Season Pass, which is priced at $14.99. For Apple TV+ members, a discounted rate of $12.99 is applicable. Subscribers have the option to cancel their subscriptions at any time.
Enthusiasts have until October 31 to take advantage of this free trial, aligning conveniently with the culmination of this year’s gripping soccer season. As the partnership between Apple and MLS unfolds, the impact and success of the MLS Season Pass subscription remain uncertain. Neither company has disclosed any data concerning subscription numbers or viewership, leaving fans eagerly awaiting updates on the service’s performance in its inaugural year.
Launched earlier this February, the MLS Season Pass offers an unparalleled streaming experience, granting users access to all MLS games without the hassle of geo-restrictions or other limitations. The service has garnered praise for its exceptional video quality and broadcast value, delivering a premium viewing experience to soccer fans.
Nonetheless, specific concerns have been raised by users. One notable critique revolves around the varying availability of game replays after a live stream, with delays of several hours depending on the platform being used. Until recently, the app’s user interface failed to display reproductions, leaving many uncertain about their accessibility. Furthermore, some football fans have expressed frustration with the default setting that shows sports scores, as it inadvertently spoils matches for those joining late.
Additionally, the option to disable the display of sports results on game thumbnails is not universally accessible across all platforms, such as the tv.apple.com web interface. The absence of a native Android app has also disappointed MLS fans outside of Apple’s ecosystem.
However, the primary concern voiced by supporters centers on the cost associated with accessing local team games. Previously available on national broadcasts or popular cable channels, these matches are now exclusively accessible through the MLS Season Pass subscription. Critics argue that the package’s price point is prohibitively high for access to only one league, especially considering competing subscriptions like Peacock or Paramount, which offer a more comprehensive range of sporting events and other content at a lower monthly cost.
As the MLS Season Pass continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how Apple and MLS will address these concerns while enhancing the subscription experience for soccer fans.