T-Mobile TV service may be delayed until at least April


Last week, we got word that T-Mobile’s upcoming streaming TV service that we’d been expecting to see in 2018 was being delayed into 2019. Now we’re getting more of an idea of how long that delay might be.

T-Mobile’s streaming TV service has been pushed back to at least the second quarter of 2019, according to a report from BestAppleTV. It’s said that the service is having issues with performance and that there are concerns that the Layer3 TV system that’s expected to be used as the backbone for T-Mo’s service may not be able to support the service’s expected demand from customers.

Additionally, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is described as being disappointed with the “look and feel” of the upcoming TV service.

T-Mobile announced at the end of 2017 that it had acquired Layer3 TV and that it planned to launch a pay TV service in 2018. While we did get a peek at a T-Mo-branded set-top box thanks to the FCC, T-Mobile hasn’t really said much about its TV service this year. And while these rumors of a delay into 2019 haven’t been confirmed by T-Mo, it’d certainly be a surprise to see the service launch in the final few days of this year. Now it sounds like we may have to wait awhile into 2019 before we finally see T-Mobile’s TV service launch.

Source: BestAppleTV

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  • Brenden Morris

    At this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was pushed out even further than April 2019. That’s really only 4 months away from this post. 4 months is definitely not long enough for service testing, updating software & hardware to support better proformance, early 5G Testing, sending back to FCC for spec bumps and finally soft launching a product with employee training. We’ll most likely see soft launching in summer 2019 & full product release by fall 2019 with 5G support rollout.

    • Sayahh

      They’ll be better off launching next Christmas.

  • Mike

    it’ll probably be delayed until the Sprint meger is officially approved.

  • Disqus5218

    It’s not even priced well. $70? Are they smoking? Should be $10 for customers, $30 or whatever for non. AND be multi-use like Netflix or DirecTV.

    • Acdc1a

      It’s priced the same as when they purchased the platform. You can bet it won’t be launching at $70.

    • JG

      Should be $10 for customers, $30 or whatever for non. AND be multi-use like Netflix or DirecTV.

      I don’t know if T-Mobile will have a discount for subscribers. If I’m not mistaken, Legere specifically mentioned AT&T doing that with DirectTV.

      As to the pricing, we’ll have to wait and see what exactly T-Mobile is going to offer. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for anything close to $10… Its believed each YouTube TV subscriber costs Google $45/month in network access fees. Assuming T-Mobile launches with a comparable channel lineup, I’d say we’re probably looking at a $50 service.

      In this undertaking, T-Mobile doesn’t own anything. They’re going to have to set up contracts with the various networks and studios and such to get access to the rights to broadcast their content. I don’t really see any reason for the networks to offer T-Mobile a substantially better deal than they’ve given Comcast, Spectrum, YouTube TV, et al. Especially the networks and studios that are owned by the cable giants T-Mobile is trying to disrupt.

      • Tim Hotze

        The one thing T-Mo does have is whatever contracts Layer3 negotiated with rights providers, and the underlying relationships to renegotiate them later. Past that, Layer3’s only real asset was its fiber backbone, and I’m not sure that was worth that much to T-Mobile (since T-Mo obviously has its own owned/leased backbones).

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  • MarkMcCoskeyTech

    T-Mobile needs to package it in a real nice APK, and price it better than Netflix, Amazon, Sling TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW. Gotta be #UnCarrier.

  • steveb944

    At this point they should wait for 5G if they’re that worried. They’re doing 4K, so I’m sure it’s heavy duty.

    • riverhorse

      I think way more than that is needed. It’s internet too. Lots of wiring, regional CDN needed… even satellites and balloons would be of good use. Maybe an acquisition of a Telco/cable/satellite giant is needed, plus partnership with one of the FAANGS.
      Possibly 200 million people could sign up and overwhelm everything.

      • steveb944

        Hmm maybe they’ll wait for the Sprint thing to go through, then after the dust settles and they’ve divested assets they’ll do it.
        Allegedly 5G is the bee’s knees, but that’s what they said about 4G, so you’re probably right.

        • Mike

          The Sprint merger plus 5G would give Tmobile the capacity they need to launch the tv service.

  • riverhorse

    This is a beyond huge undertaking.. . Internet, TV,
    VOIP and cellular. Theoretically the only ones capable are Amazon and Google and maybe a big player that acquires other companies in any and all related fields.
    You need to own or lease cheap everything possible- below, on and above ground, in the air and in space…

  • Tim Hotze

    The Layer3 purchase seemed odd at the time, and it doesn’t seem less so now. Fundamentally, the company’s tech isn’t like Sling or DirectTV Now; instead, it uses dedicated fiber to local cable exchanges in target markets, where it then negotiates with local providers for access. In most cases, that means that a customer needs to be a cable Internet subscriber in order to be eligible for Layer3, so the mobile component doesn’t easily shoehorn in. MAYBE they’ve been wiring fiber from Layer3’s backbone to T-Mo cell towers, but it still seems odd, and then T-Mobile’s offering STILL would be pretty different from say, how AT&T’s service (DirectTV Now) works, since you’d likely need to be an existing T-Mo customer to be eligible.