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T-Mobile to gift free MLB.TV subscription to customers

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T-Mobile has renewed its partnership with Major League Baseball that allows it to offer customers one of their favorite annual perks.

The deal will see T-Mobile offer its wireless phone customers a free subscription to MLB.TV, a streaming service that allows baseball fans to watch out-of-market games live and on-demand.

The service normally costs $140 per year, but T-Mobile customers have long been allowed to get a free subscription to the service within a limited window around the start of baseball season. Spring training is currently under way, and the start of the MLB’s pro season is slated for March 30.

Eligible customers of T-Mobile, Sprint and Metro by T-Mobile who have qualifying wireless plans will be able to sign up for the free MLB.TV subscription through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app, starting Tuesday, March 28. Customers must save the offer in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and activate their subscription by April 4.

MLB.TV is subject to a blackout policy that will make some out-of-market games unavailable to streamers when they are in-progress, but all games are available to stream on-demand after they conclude. Games offered exclusively through ESPN and Apple TV Plus aren’t available to stream live on MLB.TV, since those broadcasters have national carriage rights.

Password sharers, beware: The fine print on T-Mobile’s offer says the free MLB.TV subscription can only be used on T-Mobile devices (though it will work with smart TVs and Wi-Fi connected tablets just fine). T-Mobile doesn’t allow account sharing with customers who use AT&T or Verizon phones; over the last few years, T-Mobile customers have accused the wireless company of canceling their free subscription when they share login credentials with people who use MLB.TV on AT&T and Verizon phones.

For more information on the free MLB.TV subscription available to T-Mobile customers, click or tap here.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).