T-Mobile TV service set-top box appears in FCC filing

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Details about T-Mobile’s TV service continue to trickle out, and today we’re getting an early peek at the set-top box that’ll pipe the service’s content into your TV.

An FCC filing for a T-Mobile-branded set-top box has appeared. Spotted by Variety, the box is referred to as the “T-Mobile Mini” in the user manual and is made by Kaonmedia, the same company that made set-top boxes for Layer3 TV, which T-Mobile purchased earlier this year. In fact, the FCC label included with the filing has a Layer3 TV logo.

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The box itself features three rounded corners and one more squared off corner. There’s a T-Mobile logo on the front, and around back is an Ethernet port, HDMI in and out, and a power port. There’s also a USB port on the side of the device for software updates. Inside, there’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth LE.

When asked about the T-Mobile-branded set-top box and its appearance in the FCC, here’s what a T-Mo spokesperson had to say: ““We’re hard at work on our new home TV solution, and after launch, we’ll continue to innovate and expand T-Mobile’s entertainment solutions over time.”

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While we still don’t know exactly when T-Mobile’s TV service is going to launch, T-Mo has hinted that it could arrive later this year. Considering that, it makes sense that we’d see the set-top box for T-Mobile’s TV service gain FCC approval before being sold to consumers. Few other details about the service are known, but T-Mobile recently said that it would offer “hundreds of high definition choices” and that a mobile version is expected in 2019.

Via: Variety
Source: FCC

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  • Alex Pilaia

    Might be interested, if Tmo will agree to buy customers out of there Verizon & AT&T contracts… Would be nice to have TV, cell, and Internet thru Tmo. And I hope Tmobile doesnt come out with like 5 tiers of TV packages. Just Simple & Ultimate. thats all. Simple has all normal channels. Ultimate has Simple + special channels (Like HBO, STARZ, etc)

    • Bklynman

      I think I saw a 24 hr. cat channel,should they put that in package too yes? LoL!

  • Claude

    I might be interested, but I don’t want just basic channels otherwise I wouldn’t be interested. I do want affordable tho.

  • steveb944

    TYPO:

    Considering that, it makes sense that we’d SEE the set-top box for T-Mobile’s TV service gain FCC approval before being sold to consumers.

    • Alex Wagner

      Fixed. Thank you!

  • Bklynman

    Later this year?? It is already almost middle of Nov,what just before Christmas they will release it.

  • SirStephenH

    Still more expensive than cable options. Hard pass.

  • ugp5

    Where does it get data? Does it have a cellular modem?

    • Eric A

      That ethernet port is a clue.

    • BobbieDooley

      Angels.

    • SirStephenH

      “There’s a T-Mobile logo on the front, and around back is an Ethernet port, HDMI in and out, and a power port. There’s also a USB port on the side of the device for software updates. Inside, there’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth LE.”

      Your home internet. One would think the built in Ethernet port and WiFi would have given it away.

  • Brett S

    More than a little disappointed it’s a “box” and not an app for Apple TV or Roku. Not really interested in new hardware.

    • riverhorse

      Well, if this box provides Home Internet…and…
      IF said box can also be carried and plugged in anywhere, without needing to call / ask permission….but…
      I would also like to see what you say– ability to cast & spot from the phone as well, with the necessary zero limits and throttling.
      As well I would like to see a true ALL tier, the price wouldn’t be such a concern BECAUSE one could get ALL Cell Data/TV/Home Internet @ one company/device/bill WHILE doing away with piecemeal stream subscriptions just to watch missing packaged channels.

      An interface to plug in rabbit ears(or software ability to watch the local channels when on the road) would be a finishing touch to a very useful service.

      • BobbieDooley

        T-Mobile would need to license that kind of patented technology from TiVo…

        Based on how halfassed the box looks, (and is not intergrated in a TV panel/display which can be subsidized), I don’t expect it to do much, nor do I expect it to provide data or WiFi service at your home.

        At home, we have Comcast for TV, 250Meg internet. Xfinity Mobile costs $12/month per line. We use WiFi hotspots primarily. Comcast also has streaming and Cloud DVR which is handy. Total Comcast Bill is $145-ish because we own our cable modem, cell phones, and TiVo. In all, not too shabby.

        A friend at AT&T was waiting to see if T-Mobile was going to use their technology without paying licensing fees. They mentioned something about patents too.

        So it’s difficult to see how T-Mobile plans to make a profit at this service and keep it as a high quality service. Maybe they’ll find some unforeseen corners to cut or just be forced to give the tv service away when 36 month contracts for iphone XR are made illegal.

      • Brett S

        While T-Mobile does have aspirations to provide home internet at some point it doesn’t appear this is it.

  • riverhorse

    I think a whole bunch of comments disappeared from this thread.

  • Jay Holm

    A “mobile version”, does that mean we will be able to subscribe to this service on our smartphones?

    • Brett S

      Just like the DirecTV Now app I would assume?

    • Trevnerdio

      Yeah, they’re going to offer that. Remember the T-Mobile TV app from forever ago? Just think of that, but amped up lol

  • teaReactor

    I cut the cord a while ago. It’s going to take a nice price for me to want to sub to anything else. IF this included Netflix+hulu, etc, it would make much more sense I think…