Mobile acquires Denver's Layer3 TV, aims to disrupt industry

T-Mobile Is Going to Un-carrier Your TV | T-Mobile Newsroom

In an announcement published to YouTube on Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the carrier had finalized the acquisition of TV tech company Layer3 TV, and that it'd begin to secure the necessary content deals, contracts, and services for a competitive TV service launch in 2018. Layer3 resembles a regular cable company in a lot of ways: you get a fiber optic cable hookup for your house, which you wire up to your cable box. T-Mobile has since moved to offer only unlimited-usage plans to new customers. The company did not announce how much the service would cost, what exactly would be available or when it would launch. T-Mobile isn't wrong in pointing all of that out, as the TV industry is indeed the worst.

"People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers", said Legere.

Layer3 TV integrates television, online video content and social media and is available online and on mobile devices in five cities across the United States, T-Mobile said.

T-Mobile didn't disclose terms of its purchase of Layer3, which will keep its base in Denver. T-Mobile has had a major impact on the wireless industry in recent years, though, making its own Un-carrier moves and getting the competition to change, too.

T-Mobile says that the new pay TV service launching next year will take full advantage of its nationwide retail presence. David Fellows, a former Comcast Chief Technology Officer, co-founded Layer3 TV with Jeffrey Binder in 2013. "It's time for a disruptor to shake things up and give people real choice like only the Un-carrier can".

Not that buying Layer3 TV is a dumb way to do it.

T-Mobile didn't hint at the forthcoming service's subscription tiers, features, or availability, and was equally mum on whether its debut would affect any of the carrier's existing promotions.

"T-Mobile has always been a leader in mobile video - first, giving customers the freedom to stream as much as they want with Binge On and T-Mobile ONE, and then giving T-Mobile ONE families a free Netflix subscription included at no extra charge", a release from the company reads.

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