Mobile acquires Layer3 to launch TV service

Gwen Vasquez
December 14, 2017

T-Mobile's TV service will be offered as part of a package, company executives said, but will also give customers several options. "It only makes sense for the un-carrier to do to TV what we're doing to wireless: change it for good".

Layer3 TV's broadband-delivered subscription TV service is available online and on mobile devices in Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Dallas/Ft.

Yes indeed, in the latter part of the year 2017, DirecTV just announced its 1 millionth customer, delivering content over the internet to nearly any device they want to use, soon over a next-generation technology platform, monetized by both subscription fees and advanced addressable advertising. Between service contracts, no real competition in many places around the USA, and poor customer service, this notion that everyone hates big cable shouldn't really come as much of a surprise.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced today that the Uncarrier will be launching its own television service sometime in 2018.

Right now we know very little about T-Mobile's upcoming TV service, so it's tough to have much of an opinion about the service itself. Again, T-Mobile was short of specifics as to what it plans to launch.

T-Mobile is approaching it from the opposite direction, as primarily a data provider moving into media distribution.

Mobile acquires Layer3 to launch TV service

Others have come out in 2017 with similar cord-cutting services that offer traditional TV fare but allow viewers to cut tie with cable companies.

The third-place USA wireless carrier is making this move thanks to its acquisition of Layer3 TV, which launched in 2013 as an internet-based TV platform.

There's no indication that T-Mobile will be offering this service.

While T-Mobile is planning to launch this service, we don't have further details such as cost, channels availability, or when the service will launch. The company plans to build an integrated IP-based home and mobile TV service that "disrupts" the legacy TV model and alleviates pain points associated with traditional cable and satellite television. Jeff Binder, CEO of Layer3 TV, said in a press release.

We can expect this information to surface in the coming months.

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