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Old 12-13-17, 06:19 PM
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T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018

Details are vague other than that they acquired Layer3 TV.


https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/13/...rvice-in-2018/

You'd think that telecoms would want to bail on conventional TV services given how many people are cutting the cord, but don't tell that to T-Mobile. The carrier has revealed that it's launching a TV service in 2018, and that it has acquired Layer3 TV (a company that integrates TV, streaming and social networking) to make this happen. It claims that it can "uncarrier" TV the way it did with wireless service, and has already targeted a few areas it thinks it can fix: it doesn't like the years-long contracts, bloated bundles, outdated tech and poor customer service that are staples of TV service in the US.

T-Mobile hasn't gone into detail about the functionality of the service yet. How will it be delivered? How much will it cost? Where will it be available? And will this affect the company's free Netflix offer? This is more a declaration of intent than a concrete roadmap, so it's far from certain that the company will live up to its promises.

Ultimately, the move represents a big bet on T-Mobile's part: that people like TV and are cutting the cord based on a disdain for the companies, not the service. There's a degree of truth to that when many Americans are all too familiar with paying ever-increasing rates to get hundreds of channels they don't watch. However, there's no guarantee that it'll work in an era when many people (particularly younger people) are more likely to use Netflix, YouTube or a streaming TV service like Sling TV. And being tech-savvy doesn't guarantee success -- just look at how Google Fiber dropped TV from its latest rollouts amid budget issues.

If T-Mobile create a compelling service, though, it could shake up the TV industry. Many Americans only have a handful of TV options at best, and often just one or two if they're not willing to go with satellite access. In theory, this could force cable and fiber rivals to offer more competitive pricing and provide more flexibility with their plans.

Here's the announcement from T-Mobile's CEO

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Old 03-09-18, 01:48 PM
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Re: T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018

https://www.t-mobile.com/tv?irgwc=1&...mpname=VigLink


Some early information about T-Mobile's Live TV streaming service.

No specific timeframe when it's going to launch.


Why is T-Mobile offering a TV service?

We see a huge opportunity to disrupt and improve another important market that currently mistreats consumers, and Layer3 TV has an awesome team and great technology to help us do that.

Why Layer3 TV?

Layer3 TV is stacked with talent and great technology to create something truly new for people who love TV and improve the way we watch everything.

Will big content providers work with you?

Absolutely. Layer3 TV already has access and relationships with hundreds of channels, and we intend to leverage those relationships to build future offerings.

Will you bundle your new TV service with wireless?

We don’t believe in carrier bundles where you’re forced to pay more for things you don’t want. Instead, we always look for innovative ways to deliver great services to our customers.

Do I have to have T-Mobile wireless to get TV from T-Mobile?

No. Our vision is to launch a TV service that will work on any device with an Internet connection.

Will people in rural areas be able to use your TV service?

Our vision is that our new TV service will work on any internet connection, so yes—people can use it even if they don’t have T-Mobile coverage in their area, YET.
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Re: T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018

T-Mobile still plans to launch TV service this year

https://variety.com/2018/digital/new...18-1202892702/
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