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T-Mobile could launch free TV service soon (Update: It's something else)

We've been waiting years for the T-Mobile TV streaming service, but it appears we have to keep waiting.

Published onJanuary 25, 2019

Update, January 25, 2019 (05:39 PM ET): It appears the source listed below got it wrong. Apparently, the video service that will be rolling out soon is for Metro by T-Mobile and will be “a snackable content app launching on two phones next month.” The app’s developers, Xumo, said as much in a tweet in response to the CEO of Cheddar:

Not quite. We’re working with Metro by T-Mobile on a snackable content app launching on two phones next month.
— XUMO (@XumoTV) January 25, 2019

It looks like the T-Mobile “disruptive TV service” and this Metro by T-Mobile service are different beasts altogether. We’ll just have to continue to wait before we can see what T-Mobile has up its sleeve.

Original Article, January 25, 2019 (03:07 PM ET): For well over a year now, we’ve been awaiting the launch of the long-gestating T-Mobile TV streaming service. Now, according to a rumor originating from Cheddar, that day could be only weeks away.

According to Cheddar, the T-Mobile TV service — the name of which is not yet known — will be free, ad-supported, and show both live and pre-recorded content. T-Mobile customers will be able to watch the service on their smartphones, tablets, or other internet-connected devices.

To be clear, this likely is not the separate, “disruptive TV service” T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about last year. This service will be more akin to AT&T’s Watch TV service or the now-defunct Go90 app from Verizon, whereas we assume the “disruptive” service will be more along the lines of something like YouTube TV, which aims to replace cable TV packages.

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However, it could be that this service and the “disruptive” service are one-and-the-same.

Either way, the T-Mobile TV streaming product will be based on technology from Layer3, which T-Mobile acquired in 2018. Layer3 offers consumers a way to watch over-the-air channels through an internet stream, rather than needing a traditional antenna. Layer3 is only available in certain U.S. markets for now.

It’s quite possible the delays in the rollout of this T-Mobile service is due to the company needing more time to license content. However, we won’t really know much about what’s happened until T-Mobile makes the announcement.

What do you think? Are you a T-Mobile customer who will enjoy this free service, or would you think about switching to T-Mobile when this service becomes available? Let us know in the comments!

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