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T-Mobile Home Internet Won’t Support All Live TV Streaming

According to Cord Cutters News, T-Mobile Home Internet will soon be expanding its national footprint. But there’s at least one notable gotcha for the cord cutting crowd in search of streaming television options.

From T-Mobile’s ISP terms:

Not compatible with some live TV streaming services.

Unfortunately, it’s not entirely clear what T-Mobile is communicating. Is this a technical limitation of their LTE that could lift once it goes 5G, a policy intended to ensure bandwidth for all, an anti-competitive practice (as a television service provider), or merely alluding to streaming service’s regional and contractual content blackouts.

I’ve reached out to T-Mobile’s Media Relations team for clarification, but have yet to hear back. In any event, we’ve been down this path before and home-based cellular may be better than DSL in many cases and a boon in under-served areas, but T-Mobile Home Internet likely won’t compare favorably to cable and fiber performance… further exacerbated by content limitations.

UPDATE 2/28: T-Mobile has provided the following comment, which really doesn’t tell us much nor provide reassurances that they’re working the issue with problematic providers.

Most live TV services will work with TMobile Home Internet, but it’s best that customers check with their chosen live TV streaming provider to make sure.

(T-Mobile router photo courtesy of The Gadgeteer)

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  • By stating they are not compatible with some streaming services it could be that they are setting expectations. Although 50mbps is not terrible, it doesn't sound 4K friendly (need some feedback here). And, it's better than AT&T in my area. (Plus it's got no caps!) Charter has 200mbps for $60 in my area ($45 on promo) but I'll keep it in mind if Charter jacks up my rate.

    • Larry, that was my point in inquiring. What exactly are folks signing up for and what should their expectations be. One Twitter pal wonders if it's related to how they currently limit video resolution on phone data and resultant incompatibilities with some live TV streaming approaches leading. Given this is intended for home usage, I'd think they'd want to make sure TV offerings are solid.

  • FWIW: I asked about that in online chat:
    Kendra at 12:18, Feb 26: Hello! My name is Kendra with T-Mobile Home Internet! Thank you for your interest in our service! At this time we support everything but not hula live.

    Me at 12:19, Feb 26: So you support YoutubeTV ?
    Kendra at 12:19, Feb 26: Yes.

    Me at 12:21, Feb 26: Do you limit the resolution on youtubeTV? For example if a show is 720p or 1080p you don't reduce it ?
    Kendra at 12:21, Feb 26: No we do not.

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