How 5G wireless will change pay-TV industry virtually overnight

Fifth generation wireless is coming with speeds 10–100X faster than we have today.

What this means for the pay-TV industry: More competition. Cable companies are going into wireless (see Comcast) and wireless companies are going into pay-TV (see AT&T).

Big threat: If a wireless company like Verizon is able to offer fast home broadband delivered via mobile, then the number of home broadband options jumps from 1–2 to 4–5 overnight.

Remember: The majority of profit for pay-TV providers comes from selling broadband rather than the actual pay-TV service.

Flashback: T-Mobile Is Buying Layer3 And 5G Is The Reason

Watch: How it works: 5G

More #1: 5G To Drive $1.3 Trillion Media, Entertainment Revenue By 2028: Intel Study

More #2: TVs new supporting role to connectivity


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