After threatening for years to enter the streaming services industry, wireless carrier T-Mobile has finally announced the launch of TVision, its cost-effective streaming service that will debut on November 1, 2020 exclusively to T-Mobile wireless customers.
T-Mobile sees itself as a disruptor in the cellular industry, offering a range of services that forced other companies to be more competitive such as unlimited talk, text and data, as well as T-Mobile’s competitive pricing. Eyeing an opportunity to expand its business by attracting customers to bundle their streaming and cellphone services into one bill, T-Mobile now has its eyes on the wave of consumers thinking about cutting the cord.
With a marketing campaign that attacks cable and satellite TV providers that offer bloated bundles with channels that we don’t watch or need, TVision will launch with four streaming options:
• TVision Vibe — 30 channels. Doesn’t feature any live sports channels. Includes channels such as AMC, BET, Discovery, Food Network, Hallmark, HGTV, MTV and TLC. ($10/month)
• TVision Live TV — 34 channels. Includes NBCSN, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, ABC, Telemundo, FOX, NBC, ESPNEWS and more. ($40/month)
• TVision Live TV+ — 56 channels. Same channels as Live TV above but also includes Big Ten Network, ACC Network and ESPN College Extra channels. ($50/month)
• TVision Live Zone — 66 channels. Same channels as Live TV+ above except that it also includes NFL Network, NFL RedZone and FOX Deportes ($60/month)
At launch on November 1, it’ll only be available exclusively to T-Mobile wireless customers. Then later in November, it’ll be offered to Sprint customers. And then slowly but surely, it’ll be opened up in waves to non T-Mobile customers in 2021 and beyond.
Pluses? $40/per month would make it the cheapest streaming service in the industry for the channels it offers. Cheaper than Sling Orange+Blue bundle ($45), fuboTV ($55), Hulu + Live TV ($55) and YouTube TV ($65).
Another plus is that TVision Live includes a DVR with up to 100 hours of cloud DVR.
In addition to being able to watch TVision via its app on iOS/Android phones and tablets, TVision will be available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV and GoogleTV, or you can purchase the TVision Hub, which is an Android device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and includes a remote control, for $50. The glaring streaming device that’s missing from the above list is Roku, which is currently the most popular streaming platform in the United States.
What’s missing? For soccer fans, the glaring omissions are all of the channels from beIN SPORTS, Univision and TUDN, which means no Liga MX, LaLiga, Copa Libertadores and more.
As a teaser, T-Mobile also promises to make its 5G T-Mobile Home Internet service available in the future, which will certainly spook Comcast Xfinity and AT&T.
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