Mobile gets into paid TV market

T-Mobile Internet TV

It's no surprise to see T-Mobile bet more heavily on video. Verizon's working on a streaming service that's expected to launch early next year, and an increasing number of internet providers, satellite TV providers, and entertainment companies offer no-contract alternatives to cable TV bundles. Similar to services like YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue, Layer 3 carries the signals of most US cable networks and pay channels like HBO, Showtime, and ESPN, but bundles them with a straightforward HD decoder and PVR set-top box that connects to a television in your living room. "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. ("Layer3 TV") and will work with Layer3 TV's technology and talent to create T-Mobile's new TV service. However, T-Mobile will need to greatly expand that footprint to appease its customer base that stretches nationwide. However the company indicated it plans to bundle wireless with the new TV service, but intends to offer a variety of different programming packages.

I'm new to Layer3 TV, but it appears to be a cable box of sorts that connects throughout your house using additional wireless points. Mobile video is clearly a focus for broadband providers of all types, wireless or otherwise.

So, seeing an opportunity to make a name for itself by shaking things up a bit, T-Mobile is going to enter the TV business.

Layer3 TV operates in many, but not all, US cable markets, selling HD cable service and internet access, either a la carte or bundled.

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Layer3 TV's investors include Evolution Media - whose shareholders include TPG Growth, CAA, and Jeff Skoll/Participant Media - Paulson & Co., France's Altice, and North Bridge Venture Partners.

T-Mobile announced the Layer3 service will continue its current service for the foreseeable future.

T-Mobile's Binge On service already offers unlimited streaming to select video services.

Financial terms weren't disclosed. Legere says T-Mobile wants to bring the same Un-carrier type disruption that changed the wireless carrier industry to the market for TV providers. Binder said in a statement.

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