Mobile to Launch TV Service in 2018, Challenging Cable and Satellite Giants

T-Mobile TV service coming 2018

Knowing how T-Mobile has brought a lot of success to itself over the last few years, you can expect the service to be discounted for its customers or even bundle it with its wireless plans like AT&T has done with DirecTV Now service.

T-Mobile will leverage its LTE network speeds and Layer3's technology to roll out a TV service in 2018.

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

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T-Mobile is getting into the the TV busines with the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a TV tech company. The channels are also high definition. The company plans to build on this service for its own service.

While T-Mobile will not rule out original content, it will not be a focus to start, Chief Operating Officer Mike Sievert said.

T-Mobile has billed the service as a breakthrough for people who "love their TV, but they hate their TV providers".

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The wireless carrier said it expected its 17,000 retail stores and more than 30 million smartphone shipments per year to help drive customer trials. "We are going to accelerate what we do with customers by entering and disrupting this market", said John Legere, T-Mobile's outspoken CEO, during a conference call about the deal. This service is a hybrid between traditional cable service and over-the-top services like Sling TV.

T-Mobile shares rose 0.5 percent to close at $63.83.

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