T-Mobile TV service reportedly delayed to 2019


When T-Mobile announced its acquisition of Layer3 TV one year ago, the carrier said that it would launch a new TV streaming service in 2018. Now 2018 is nearly over and there’s still no new T-Mobile TV service to be found, though, and so T-Mo may have pushed the launch to 2019.

T-Mobile has delayed the launch of its streaming TV service, according to a report from Bloomberg. It’s said that T-Mo executives had to decide whether they wanted to launch a streaming TV service that would be similar to existing services and allow customers to watch cable channels and other shows online or wait until 2019 and deliver something more unique. It appears that they chose the latter option.

T-Mo declined to comment on this rumor.

When T-Mobile acquired Layer3 TV in late 2017, CEO John Legere said that his company planned to “fix the pain points and bring real choice to consumers across the country.” T-Mo said very little about the service throughout 2018, though some T-Mobile stores across the U.S. sold Layer3 TV service, perhaps as a way to test out its pricing strategy. We also caught a glimpse of a T-Mobile-branded set-top box in the FCC, but it didn’t reveal much about the service itself.

With less than two weeks to go in 2018 and no sign of a TV service launch from T-Mobile, this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Now it looks like we’ll have to wait until sometime in 2019 to see what T-Mobile has cooked up for its streaming TV offering. What do you want to see from it?

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Hurlamania

    I think they had to change some things around because of the way AT&T is planning to distribute its DirecTV and with its new Android TV box

  • Kevin

    Talk about timing…I just came here yesterday to see if there was an update to Layer3. I have had Sling, DirecTV Now and will be trying out PSVue soon. Curious to see how this will be in terms of channels vs price.

    • Acdc1a

      PSVue is the best of that list, but it’s expensive.

      • justin l

        its not priced too bad i think, YoutubeTV is priced low but poor programming options. also im not a fan of PS Vue’s prog guide

    • justin l

      ive had Directv now, YoutubeTV and now PSVue, DTV Now was good at first then they jacked their prices. YTTV was great also but poor programming options. PSVue so far is ok with some faults, the issue with programming or channel bundles is everyone watches completely different bundles and there really are no bundles that accomodate every need. choosing individual channels a la carte sounds cool but when you have multiple channels owned by one company, you either would get all or none. i would be interested to see what TmoTV will offer. likely its the same as the others with pros and cons.

    • SirStephenH

      So far the pricing (especially when you take internet into consideration, which T-Mobile doesn’t currently provide) is far more expensive than cable.

  • riverhorse

    Would like to see combo internet and TV package accessible and hotspottable on phone, not just a dedicated box. This would by necessity mean unlimited data/tether. And portable anywhere.
    I doubt the streaming will be glitch free though.

  • ChiTownT3x

    Want to fix the pain points? Easy enough.

    Currently cable has over 100+ channels in which most people end up using about 10 to 15 on average. Do an Ah La Carte with any channel pick you want at 1 dollar per channel (excluding premiums like HBO). Not only would this disrupt the TV industry but it would probably kill any other TV provider that didn’t follow suit almost over night.

    If T-Mobile is looking for a way to make AT&T shit themselves this is it.

    • Acdc1a

      Sounds easy, but when you realize that the cable companies get these channels as bundles it becomes much more difficult than it sounds.

    • riverhorse

      There’s a LOT of channels I don’t regularly watch But once or twice a month they’ll have something can’t miss. Almost the same applies to the ones I hate. Even the local community channels, only available on cable, are useful at times…strike 1.
      But even ONLY pricing the ones I watch regularly, it’s NOT less than the package price… strike 2.
      I have never seen proof cable cutting works… strike 3.
      It only works in the way a cellular pay as you go VS unlimited works, by making do with less.

  • dcmanryan

    My opinion is it was delayed partially because it offered nothing new. The market is flooded with streaming services (a good thing) and seriously, what could T-Mobile offer that’s different? There whole sales pitch sounded good last year but they will be forced to bundle channels just like everyone else is forced to bundle some channels you don’t want to get some you do want. T-Mobile will also pay dearly for ESPN and Disney just like everyone else. The only incentive they can do is give existing customers a slight discount like AT&T does with their various DirecTV services. All this talk of changing the TV industry is laughable because they don’t own the channels and those companies who do are not giving T-Mobile any special deals. Expect nothing more than just another streaming service once it’s released. Once 5g is the norm we could see TV/Internet packages but that will be years away.

  • JG

    These may not be new and disruptive, but…

    I’d like to see T-Mobile replicate YouTube TV’s DVR service. No more having to worry about scheduling conflicts or running out of space on the hard drive (and being able to view the recordings on any device). Though hopefully T-Mobile can solve the problem YouTube has with converting DVR recordings to OD content with unskippable ads.

    I’d also like the ability to download a local cached copy of my recordings (and maybe OD content). Especially if I can set the app up to automatically download specific shows as soon as a new recording is available. Spotify, YouTUbe Music, iTunes, Google Play Movies, Netflix, et al all allow me to download and store content locally. No reason the T-Mobile TV app couldn’t automatically download Last Week Tonight while I sleep so it’s ready for me to watch Monday morning during my commute to work.

    Maybe they could offer some kind of add-on to remove commercials. Obviously it wouldn’t work with live broadcasts. But recordings and on demand content could potentially have their ads stripped out (like Dish’s Hopper).

  • stacks3000

    did you really need a report to tell you this? there’s 11 days left in 2018.

  • SirStephenH

    “When T-Mobile acquired Layer3 TV in late 2017, CEO John Legere said that his company planned to “fix the pain points and bring real choice to consumers across the country.” ”

    The top two pain points are cost and being forced to pay for stations you’ll never watch. The service it’s offered so far is more expensive than cable and still forces you to bundle all the stations. T-Mobile has apparently done nothing to address pain points.

    • Sean sorlie

      This is exactly why they are waiting to roll it out. What is currently available is simply what Layer3 already offered. I would expect the actual release to be a whole different deal.