MLB Network is set to televise Game 2 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Indians on Friday night, but many homes that do not normally receive the channel need not fear missing the action.
Starting Wednesday night and through Oct. 11, the channel is being offered as a free preview on most pay television services, which vastly will expand its reach. Nationally, MLBN will be seen in about 90 million homes compared to its usual 63 million or so.
Most major pay television services, including Altice’s Optimum, are participating in the preview. Charter Spectrum will not, but its customers who normally get MLBN will not be affected.
The expanded carriage will put MLBN’s distribution in line with other pay-TV postseason outlets such as ESPN and TBS.
MLBN also will carry exclusively Game 1 of the Red Sox vs. Astros ALDS on Thursday.
Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz, who will call Game 1 of the Yankees series for FS1 on Thursday, also will be in the booth for Game 2 on MLBN.