T-Mobile could launch its long-awaited free TV streaming service in weeks

For well over a year now, we’ve been awaiting the launch of the long-gestating T-Mobile TV streaming service. Now, according to a rumor originating from Cheddar, that day could be only weeks away.

According to Cheddar, the T-Mobile TV service — the name of which is not yet known — will be free, ad-supported, and show both live and pre-recorded content. T-Mobile customers will be able to watch the service on their smartphones, tablets, or other internet-connected devices.

To be clear, this likely is not the separate, “disruptive TV service” T-Mobile CEO John Legere talked about last year. This service will be more akin to AT&T’s Watch TV service or the now-defunct Go90 app from Verizon, whereas we assume the “disruptive” service will be more along the lines of something like YouTube TV, which aims to replace cable TV packages.

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However, it could be that this service and the “disruptive” service are one-and-the-same.

Either way, the T-Mobile TV streaming product will be based on technology from Layer3, which T-Mobile acquired in 2018. Layer3 offers consumers a way to watch over-the-air channels through an internet stream, rather than needing a traditional antenna. Layer3 is only available in certain U.S. markets for now.

It’s quite possible the delays in the rollout of this T-Mobile service is due to the company needing more time to license content. However, we won’t really know much about what’s happened until T-Mobile makes the announcement.

What do you think? Are you a T-Mobile customer who will enjoy this free service, or would you think about switching to T-Mobile when this service becomes available? Let us know in the comments!

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