- T-Mobile acquired cable TV startup Layer3 TV in an effort to become a cable TV provider.
- The TV service will be available in 2018, but it’s still unclear exactly where the service will be available.
- T-Mobile will compete against traditional cable TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner.
Telecoms company T-Mobile announced on Wednesday that it will offer a cable TV service that rivals traditional providers like Comcast and Time Warner in 2018.
To power its new TV service, T-Mobile acquired Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount, the company announced on Wednesday. Layer3 TV is a relatively new cable TV service provider that uses your internet connection to deliver TV channels in higher quality compared to the traditional copper cable infrastructure capabilities.
Layer3 TV currently boasts a-la-carte channel selection, online streaming apps, and a premium cable box that can be linked to smaller boxes via WiFi so you can watch TV in other rooms.
- Layer3 TV
So far, Layer3 TV is only available in Chicago, Washington D.C, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth. It’s unclear where and exactly when T-Mobile’s cable TV service will be available, but it will arrive in 2018.
T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere said in a video announcing the new service that “T-Mobile is going to Un-Carrier your TV,” referring to the company’s “Un-Carrier” mobile data service that’s meant to be fairer and more attractive to customers than traditional mobile data plans from companies like Verizon and AT&T.
“We’re about to take the fight to Big Cable and Satellite TV on behalf of consumer everywhere,” Legere said. You can check out Legere’s video announcement below: