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T-Mobile will launch a TV service in 2018

2017-12-13 12:29 by
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T-Mobile seems to have plans to take on the pay-TV market. The carrier said it will acquire Layer3 TV, which plans to launch an alternative pay-TV service in 2018.

The service as "a breakthrough" for people who "love their TV, but ... hate their TV providers." The service will combine streaming TV and online video at a lower cost and won't restrict customers to lengthy contracts or bundles that include channels or content they don't want to watch, T-Mobile said Wednesday.

"People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere. "And worse, they have no real choice but to simply take it – the crappy customer service, clunky technology and outrageous bills loaded with fees!"

T-Mobile, which recently ended merger talks with Sprint, has 15,000 retail stores and "access to tens of millions of handsets," as Legere put it, giving it advantages in terms of ramping up the service. He noted that the plans for a pay-TV offering pre-dated the merger talks with Sprint.

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