The offer comes under the wireless carrier’s renewed pact with MLB for three more years as an official league sponsor. To obtain the free MLB.TV Premium subscription, which regularly costs $110 per season, T-Mobile Simple Choice customers on qualifying plans must sign up between April 3 and 10. The free subscriptions will expire Feb. 28, 2017.
For T-Mobile, streaming live baseball games to mobile devices is a way to persuade AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint customers to switch. In addition to mobile devices, T-Mobile customers will be able to access MLB.TV on a range of other platforms including the Web, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation and Xbox.
MLB.TV, which provides access to all 2,430 regular-season games (outside a user’s home market), will fall under T-Mobile’s Binge On program if the service is accessed over the carrier’s high-speed network. Binge On currently exempts 42 partner streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon Video from counting toward LTE data-usage caps. T-Mobile raised the rates of most data plans with the launch of Binge On last November.
Critics have complained that T-Mobile’s Binge On unfairly lets only participating services deliver unmetered streaming video. In addition, YouTube has objected to T-Mobile’s practice of throttling video streams for all content, regardless of whether it’s part of Binge On. T-Mobile says that video on Binge On “typically streams at DVD quality (480p or better).”
Under its renewed MLB deal, T-Mobile will be title sponsor of the Home Run Derby during All-Star Week and the Junior Home Run Derby, a new nationwide competition for boys and girls launching in partnership with youth organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America.