T-Mobile TVision streams live TV channels starting at $10 per month
Attention, the fight for yours Dollar got a little more interesting. T-Mobile’s TVision is being radically redesigned and rolled out nationwide to accommodate cable companies and streaming TV services such as , and .
The original TVision service, the, was similar to cable, complete with the need for a special box and a starting price of $ 90. The revamped TVision, which will be available to T-Mobile subscribers from November 1 and to everyone else from 2021, is more similar to its streaming competitors. It runs on an app that is available on numerous TVs and mobile devices – no box required – and the monthly fees are much lower than cable.
The cheapest package, TVision Vibe, is only $ 10 per month. It’s entertainment-centric, with 30 channels including AMC, BET, Comedy Central, Food Network, MTV, and Nickelodeon, but no sports, news, or local channels. To get this you need to subscribe to one of the TVision Live Step-up packages. The cheapest is $ 40 per month and has 30+ channels including local ABC, NBC and Fox in certain markets, as well as the main cable supports CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ESPN, FS1, TBS, TNT and USA.
T-Mobile says there will be local NBC partners in each market and “either the local ABC and / or Fox partners or the national feeds of ABC and Fox” if the ABC and Fox partners are not available .
Fans looking for the NFL network, the college-conference-focused ACC, Big Ten, or SEC network, or a variety of NBC regional sports options (as well as FXM, TCM, and Nat Geo Wild) can check out the Live TV Plus option for $ 50 per month. The top tier, called Live Zone, adds channels like NFL RedZone, Boomerang, ESPN Deportes, and Fox Deportes and costs $ 60 per month.
Starz, Showtime, and Epix are available as add-ons (or so-called channels), although CBS is not included in any of the plans. (Editor’s note: ViacomCBS is the parent company of CNET.) Sinclair regional Fox Sports channels are also unavailable.
T-Mobile includes 100 hours of cloud DVR storage with the TVision plans costing $ 40 and up. Those who use Vibe or just subscribe to the add-ons can get 100 hours of DVR for $ 5 per month.
Fees like regional sports fees are included in the sticker price, though you’re still hooked on all state and local taxes.
As an incentive to get people to sign up before the end of the year, T-Mobile is offering those who subscribe to Live TV Plus or Live Zone a free one-year subscription to Apple TV Plus. T-Mobile is also offering the option to purchase an Apple TV 4K for $ 99. This equates to a savings of $ 80 versus the regular price of $ 179.
Watch on mobile and TV, but no Roku at launch
No special TVision hardware is required. The service works through dedicated apps on Apple iOS and Android phones and tablets as welland smart TVs including , and .
However, there is no support for Roku, game consoles, Chromecast orat the start. T-Mobile told CNET that development efforts were currently underway for Roku and game consoles, but would not specify when additional devices or platforms would be supported.
T-Mobile will also sell its own TVision hub streamer for $ 50 that integrates the service directly. The hub is running Android TV (and not the new), can stream apps like Netflix in 4K HDR and link them directly to the Google Assistant to simplify the search and control of the TVision service. It also has a number pad for setting channels by number. The hub can also be used to download and stream other apps from the Google Play Store, including owned by T-Mobile’s wireless rival AT&T. Game services like and will come with you in 2021 available at startup.
T-Mobile recommends download speeds of at least 15 Mbps (or 5 megabits per second per stream) for television and no longer requires you to have certain Internet service providers to use the new service. However, unlike the current TVision, none of the service’s channels are streamed in 4K, and you can only stream for TVision Live on up to three devices at the same time, with up to two simultaneous streams being available for TVision Vibe.
The company will first make the new streaming service available to postpaid T-Mobile cell phone users who pay their cell phone bills at the end of the month. Postpaid Sprint users should be able to get it later in the month. T-Mobile plans to make the service available to everyone over the next year, including those who don’t get cellular service from the network operator and those who have prepaid service.