T-Mobile is promising baseball fans a unique look at player warm-ups before the start of the World Series on Tuesday, with 5G-powered FieldCams and BatterCams streaming the action.
The Bellevue, Wash.-based wireless carrier, which has an ongoing partnership with Major League Baseball, said Monday that the technology will bring fans closer to the action than ever.
T-Mobile 5G BatterCams will be mounted on the caps of players and coaches to provide a first-person view of batting practice on the field in real-time. And with 360-degree T-Mobile 5G FieldCams, viewers will also get an immersive view. T-Mobile and the Seattle Mariners offered up a similar promotion back in July as the team sought innovative ways to engage with fans during the pandemic.
A pre-game livestream will air before Game One of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Fans can watch hours before the first pitch via the MLB app, MLB.TV, MLB.com, Twitch, @MLB on Twitter, the Official MLB Facebook page and the MLB VR app on Oculus, as well as T-Mobile’s Beyond the Bases page.
“We are always exploring new ways to increase access to the game and players, bringing them closer to our fans and this year that is more important than ever,” Noah Garden, MLB chief revenue officer, said in a statement. “Throughout our partnership, T-Mobile has continually brought innovation and creativity to their MLB promotions and this 5G BP streaming show is yet another great example of that.”
T-Mobile is beyond bullish on its 5G position, calling itself “America’s only 5G network” and saying that the World Series tech “offers a glimpse at how wireless connectivity is set to transform the way we watch and interact with live sporting events and more.”
CEO Mike Sievert said last week that the unveiling of the new 5G-enabled iPhone 12 was the “firing gun” for 5G and that T-Mobile is leading the race.