T-Mobile to Delay Streaming TV Service Until 2019

In late 2017, T-Mobile announced plans for a "disruptive" internet TV service, set to launch at some point in 2018. T-Mobile isn't going to make that release date, however, with the rollout pushed back until 2019.

According to Bloomberg, T-Mobile is delaying its TV service because the "project proved much more complex than expected."

T-Mobile executives faced the difficult choice of either offering a garden-variety streaming platform - a service that lets customers watch cable channels and other content online - or waiting until next year to deliver a more groundbreaking product, the people said.
When the project was announced, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made big promises about how it would disrupt the TV industry, and the high bar set by the company has made it difficult to complete the project on time.


T-Mobile's TV service is built in part on its acquisition of Layer3 TV, and while John Legere has promised to "fix the pain points and bring real choice to consumers," few details about the service are available at this time.

The carrier has promised to offer solutions to issues like lengthy contracts, increasing monthly bill costs, confusing bundles, and outdated user interfaces. 2019 is the prospective launch date for the service at this time, but Bloomberg's sources warned that plans could change.

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13 months ago
I always wondered what Evil Dale was gonna do after Twin Peaks! Run a telecom... who knew?
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13 months ago
Fine with me John, I await your product happily.
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13 months ago

All the companies you mention require a “clunky” box.

All of them support various platforms, including Apple TV. I meant clunky as in proprietary set top box you must rent from the cable/satellite company.
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13 months ago
Hmm... this delay is not a great way to begin the “disruption” :D
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13 months ago

I imagine they’re waiting til they can bundle this with a 5G base station.


I would love for this to happen - dump Comcast and its ever-increasing cable bills. But it would really depend on T-Mobile significantly increasing the amount of unthrottled bandwidth a customer can use.

30G a month won’t cut it if high-def TV is included.
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13 months ago

Lol, T-Mobile claims to be "disruptive" about everything they do, but the reality is that they don't do anything better than other carriers, and sometimes they're worse. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


T-Mobile did us all a great service when they announced their incarrier plan in 2013. The status quo at the time was counting your texts, minutes, and data or suffering a sky high bill. We were all also locked into contracts with early termination fees. John, the no-bs CEO, changed all that with uncarrier. They started gaining customers like crazy and the other big players were forced to follow.

Another one of my favorite innovations is their plan which has all taxes and fees included in up-front pricing. Nothing bugs me more than being pitched a $50/mo plan just to have $15-20 in taxes and bs fees added on. Thank you John, you’re awesome!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un-carrier
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13 months ago
T-Mobile should start with fixing the abysmal 4G speeds and coverage before worrying about a streaming service
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13 months ago
I fail to see how T-Mobile could disrupt the market when it has such a little leverage with content producers. I can only see it as a way to offer similar bundling packages as AT&T or Comcast, especially as T-Mobile moves to 5G broadband space.

So far, Layer3 TV starts at around $75/month and requires a set top box just like Comcast. For me to even casually consider T-Mobile TV, it would have to compete with DirecTV Now, Sling, Hulu TV, PS Vue, and YouTube TV price level ($20-$45) without requiring clunky set top box.
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13 months ago

Lol, T-Mobile claims to be "disruptive" about everything they do, but the reality is that they don't do anything better than other carriers, and sometimes they're worse. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Maybe he means your TV service will be frequently disrupted.
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13 months ago

4 lines are $140 (on the web site) and the 5th is $20.

No, the website says each line is $40 per line for 4 lines. That's $160 for 4 lines, not 5. It would be $200 for 5 lines (if they even let you add an additional line, because everywhere I'm seeing says it's only 4 lines).

And the pricing gets even worse the less lines you get. 3 lines is $47 per line ($141), 2 lines is $60 per line ($120), and 1 line is $70.

I just don't understand where you guys are getting your numbers from. I'd really like to know. (Really, I honestly want to know)
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