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Published on December 13th, 2017 | by Dave Martin


T-Mobile to launch new streaming TV service in 2018, acquire Layer3 TV

T-Mobile US will launch a new streaming television service in 2018 and has acquired startup Layer3 TV to make it happen.

In its announcement, T-Mobile gave few details about the future TV offering – everything from the available channels to its cost, or if it will be available on competing platforms like Apple TV via an app.

“People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers,” John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile said in announcing the deal Wednesday. “We’re gonna fix the pain points and bring real choice to consumers across the country.”

Company COO Mike Sievert said Wednesday T-Mobile “probably” won’t look to offer its own original content like Amazon, Netflix and Apple.

“Would we rule out getting involved in content? No, but I wouldn’t say it’s the beginning of our strategy. We’re going to solve those other big issues of access, discovery and service first,” Sievert said.

The acquisition and service announcement comes a month after T-Mobile and rival Sprint ended merger talks.

Layer3 TV’s broadband-delivered subscription TV service is available online and on mobile devices in Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

The Denver-based startup, 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 announced the Layer3 service will continue its current service for the foreseeable future.

The planned T-Mobile wireless TV service will join a growing host of other streaming services including Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV service, FuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and Philo, all of which are currently available as apps on Apple TV.

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