After years of anticipation, T-Mobile is lastly getting into the live TV enterprise with the launch of a new internet-based streaming service referred to as TVision, launching on November 1st.
To be clear: TVision isn’t utilizing the fiber-optic-based IPTV expertise that it acquired alongside Layer3 again in 2017. It’s a standard over-the-top streaming service that merely streams live tv over the internet, identical to YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV service, Fubo TV, Sling TV, or (in maybe the closest analogy) AT&T TV. But what units TVision aside is its pricing, which goals to supply decrease prices and extra flexibility than its rivals.
To that finish, TVision is damaged up into a number of completely different merchandise. There’s the $40-per-month TVision Live, which affords probably the most conventional cable TV line. It’s centered largely on offering information and sports activities, together with channels like ABC, NBC, and Fox (though notably, not CBS), information networks like CNBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News, alongside with sports-focused channels like FS1, FS2, ESPN, and NBC Sports. Additionally, TVision Live consists of basic cable fare just like the Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, SyFy, TBS, TNT, USA, and Bravo.
There are additionally two extra tiers of TVision Live: the $50 Live TV Plus, which provides extra sports activities channels (together with the Big Ten Network, ESPNU, NFL Network, and regional NBC sports activities channels), and the $60 Live Zone, which provides a number of extra channels however whose major draw is NFL CrimsonZone.
All three TVision Live plans additionally embrace a cloud-based DVR, which shops as much as 100 hours of recordings (and, in contrast to some streaming providers, these recordings are direct from the live TV feed — not on-demand content material). TVision Live helps as much as three concurrent streams, which implies that you’ll have the ability to share an account with relations, too.
But TVision Live is simply part of TVision. There’s additionally TVision Vibe — which, at $10 per thirty days for over 30 live channels from AMC, Discovery, and Viacom — is likely to be probably the most attention-grabbing a part of T-Mobile’s TV technique. Channels right here embrace AMC, BBC America, BET, Food Network, HGTV, the Hallmark Channel, MTV, TLC, Comedy Central, and Discovery.
There are a number of extra limitations right here: TVision Vibe solely helps as much as two concurrent streams, and DVR entry prices an additional $5 per thirty days on high of the preliminary $10 subscription. But when you’re within the channels it affords, it’s among the many most cost-effective live TV packages round.
Lastly, there’s TVision Channels, which affords standalone subscriptions to Starz ($8.99 per thirty days), Showtime ($10.99 per thirty days), and Epix ($5.99 per thirty days).
T-Mobile’s TVision providers can be mixed. For instance, you’ll be able to subscribe to each TVision Live for a primary set of channels after which add TVision Vibe on high for these extra entertainment-focused channels — identical to common cable.
Those costs actually spectacular, however different TV providers, like Fubo or YouTube TV, have provided equally low costs at their launches, too, solely to lift costs significantly as content material licensing prices have gone up. It’s not clear but whether or not TVision’s varied providers will handle to keep away from an analogous destiny sooner or later, regardless of T-Mobile’s regular rhetoric about providing a special kind of service than its rivals.
TVision will likely be obtainable on quite a lot of platforms, together with iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, and Google TV. (Notably absent on that record is Roku, which gained’t be obtainable, not less than at launch, or any approach to watch on a pc.) T-Mobile can also be providing the $50 TVision Hub, a 4K Android TV dongle that’s been custom-made to supply a extra built-in TVision expertise.
To begin, TVision will likely be obtainable simply to T-Mobile postpaid wi-fi prospects beginning on November 1st. Sprint prospects will get entry later in November, with the service opening as much as all prospects someday in 2021.