T-Mobile's mobile TV service is coming in a matter of weeks, but 'disruptive' plans postpo...

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in iPhone edited January 25
T-Mobile is launching a mobile, ad-based video streaming service in "the next few weeks," a report said on Friday, but a "disruptive" TV service promised by CEO John Legere will apparently have to wait. [Updated with denial by Xumo]

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The near-future service will be based on licensed Xumo technology provided through Layer3, a TV distributor T-Mobile bought in January 2018 for $325 million, according to a Cheddar source. Customers are expected to watch via an app, which will come preloaded on multiple T-Mobile devices, among them some Samsung phones.

People will have to wait however for the more advanced service Legere promised, Cheddar said. The goal had been to launch in 2018, but the effort was supposedly delayed until sometime this year.

Details remain sketchy, but it's thought that the company intends to go beyond the simple mix of cable channels and online content seen on services like Hulu, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.

Depending on a premiere date T-Mobile could find itself immediately going toe-to-toe with new rivals like Disney+ or Apple's upcoming platform. It's uncertain when Apple is planning to launch, but the company is known to be preparing $1 billion or more in original content. That could be made free to people who own Apple hardware, with subscriptions to outside services covering some of the cost, but in the long-term Apple is believed to be seeking "tentpole" shows that could prop up a paid first-party option.

One obstacle to Apple's success is its normally "family-friendly" content policies. These are even reported to pushed away an eight-part series directed by Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron and starring Casey Affleck. More recent rumors have hinted that Apple might be willing to relax its approach.

Update: Xumo disputed the Cheddar story, saying instead that it's "working with Metro by T-Mobile on a snackable content app launching on two phones next month."

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Considering Tmobile originally planned the service for 2018, it has been delayed quite a bit. My guess is the full service is waiting on their 5g network, so that's why it will be very late 2019 at the earliest, but what's coming in a few weeks will be more like direct TV now, where original content is non existent,
  • Reply 2 of 6
    HighCollideHighCollide Posts: 7unconfirmed, member
    T mobile sucks. 
  • Reply 3 of 6
    What exactly is a “snackable content app” I have TMobile and while the coverage is not as good as ATT right now, the unlimited
    video streaming for my kids on trip around the country is really great. Happy not to be sending ATT my money. 
    applesnorangeswilliamhnetling
  • Reply 4 of 6
    bellsbells Posts: 126member
    bulk001 said:
    What exactly is a “snackable content app” I have TMobile and while the coverage is not as good as ATT right now, the unlimited
    video streaming for my kids on trip around the country is really great. Happy not to be sending ATT my money. 
    Coverage is relative. I have ATT home internet. T-Mobile cell. When the ATT home internet went down I was streaming from my T-mobile iPhone to my Apple TV. The ATT guy came out to fix home internet, and was blown away at how fast T-Mobile LTE was compared to what he was getting on his cell phone. 

    I'm excited by the prospect of T-Mobile broadband, and companies like Comcast and ATT should be nervous. 
    bigpics
  • Reply 5 of 6
    “...snackable content...”

    Meh.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    We have 3 lines with T-Mobile and the service has been great. Especially the free data and text service in Mexico, Canada and Europe. Being nickel and dimed by Verizon for international travel was unbelievably annoying.
    Now all I want from T-Mobile is a 5-G hotspot with internet access  so I can kick our cable company out. I don't want or need "content" from T-Mobile.
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