T-Mobile in December 13, 2017 announced that it will launch its own over-the-top TV service in 2018, which will be fueled in part through the acquisition of Layer3 TV. Details about the service are scarce, but T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that it will continue the company’s theme of being a “disruptive” solution to its rivals, this time in both the internet TV and paid cable markets.
Layer3 TV will help T-Mobile build the service, which is said to provide solutions to lengthy contracts, increasing monthly bill costs, confusing bundles, outdated user interfaces, and more. T-Mobile will fold in Layer3 TV’s current services and expand it to a wider audience. Right now this includes select TV channels, streaming online video content, and social media, but is only available in five U.S. cities.
John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, said:
People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers. And worse, they have no real choice but to simply take it – the crappy customer service, clunky technology and outrageous bills loaded with fees! That’s where we come in. We’re gonna fix the pain points and bring real choice to consumers across the country. It only makes sense for the Un-carrier to do to TV what we’re doing to wireless: change it for good! Personally, I can’t wait to start fighting for consumers here!
T-Mobile’s service will enter a busy streaming TV market, which currently includes DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and many more. Companies are even beginning to offer internet streaming bundles that focus on catering to specific audiences, like Philo, which is aimed at viewers not interested in sports channels and offers much cheaper monthly costs.
User’s comment on a popular website:
I like T-Mobile because they broke the phone subsidy model for all the wireless carriers. However, they have been slowly creeping up their price over the year by adding small gimmicks to their service and bundling it in. On average it really is not much cheaper on average because they shifted costs around. For example, after the T-Mobile Un-Carrier started, everyone got rid of their unlimited plans. Now unlimited plans are back. Everything is full circle. I imagine T-Mobile will bundle it like AT&T bundles Direct TV Now. If it is $70 for one line, it will be $100 with that line and TV. Also, there is nothing stopping the internet provider from charging you up the Wazoo for only getting internet and not bundling it. Although I am glad T-Mobile is entering this space, it really is nothing game changing at this point.
T-Mobile and Sprint almost merged recently, but the companies called off the merger in November because they were unable to find “mutually agreeable terms.” At the time, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that while a deal with Sprint was a “compelling” idea, it would have needed to offer “significant benefits” for both consumers and shareholders.
User’s opinion on popular website:
John Legere actually cares and listens to his customers. T-Mobile has tried to have content like MLB and so forth. It is not easy negotiating with these people. John does not have the best technical background. John looked like a creepy robot when he came to T-Mobile and then went all kinds of nuts. In any case my bills was $200 for 6 lines on T-Mobile One with Promo plus +Netflix. I contacted John and asked my account be reviewed. I look on the account last month and it had dropped from $200 to $43. Then this month it finally stabilized because they took $100 off the bill to make sure while they fixed it the bill never went over the price I would expect. It is 153 dollars. John gave me his personal 20% hookup code.
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About Layer 3 TV. Layer3 TV, Inc. is The New Cable®. Layer3 TV offers customers a revolutionary, intuitive interface that seamlessly integrates the best of cable TV, premium channels, streaming online video content, social media, and smart home devices. Founded in 2013, the company is backed by highly respected players in entertainment and private equity including Evolution Media (whose shareholders include TPG Growth, Creative Artists Agency, and Jeff Skoll/Participant Media), Paulson and Company, Inc., Altice, and North Bridge Venture Partners. The company is represented by Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and LionTree Advisors. To learn more follow Layer3 TV on Twitter and Facebook @Layer3TV or visit.