January 24, 2018
T-Mobile in December made an announcement about acquiring Layer3, a small cable TV company to leverage disruption of the satellite and cable TV industries in the US. Cable firms are always blamed that they will pull additional charges in monthly bills.
The reason why consumers feel this is, many times there is only one cable or internet company able to serve an area and there exists no competitor in sight. This then translates to TV firms and makes consumers feel that they have no other choice in TV provider.
The question remains to be, will T-Mobile be able to disrupt such a large TV market? T-Mobile says the new TV service will work over any internet connection, so the carrier is after the current offerings for streaming TV services like DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and Sling TV. Of course streaming TV services are still pretty new, so channel options are still limited and streaming TV has its own pros and cons.
If T-Mobile can help those who still have multi-room DVR and packages with many channels to switch, people will opt for streaming rather than cable services.
T-Mobile asserts that the introduced TV service will work over any internet connection and the present offerings for streaming TV services are DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and Sling TV.