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Published on December 20th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson

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T-Mobile ‘disrupts’ streaming TV service launch until 2019

One year since it promised a “disruptive” TV service in 2018, T-Mobile is delaying the debut of its streaming video service until next year, according to a published report Wednesday.

Bloomberg reports the delay is because the “project proved much more complex than expected.”

Sources said the company faced a difficult choice of either offering a garden-variety streaming platform or waiting until next year to deliver a more groundbreaking product.

A little more than one year ago, T-Mobile announced plans for a “disruptive” internet TV service, set to launch this year. John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, said in announcing the deal that the company would “bring real choice to consumers across the country.”

T-Mobile’s bought TV service Layer3TV in January as the backbone of the planned streaming service for various devices, such as Apple TV. Currently, Layer 3 has a broadband-delivered subscription TV service available online and on mobile devices in Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Layer3TV, founded in 2013, offers more than 275 high-definition channels and 25,000 on-demand titles starting at $75 a month. The current service offers a cloud-based video recording service of up to eight channels at once, and access to apps like YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, and iHeartRadio.

T-Mobile declined to comment for the Bloomberg story. The T-Mobile media relations department did not respond to repeated attempts on Wednesday for comment to BESTAppleTV for this story.

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the Associated Press and United Press International.



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