The wireless giant is set to disrupt the streaming TV space with several services under the TVision brand.
Things to Know About T-Mobile’s TVision Streaming Plans
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the streaming TV bundles and the new TVision HUB streaming media player that’s also making its debut. Here are five things to know from T-Mobile’s big announcement!
1. Plans and Pricing
T-Mobile has been offering a cable TV alternative called TVision Home in select cities since 2019, but these new TVision plans are different. They’re cheaper, don’t require a set-top box and will be available nationwide.
The new TVision app will house three different streaming services: TVision Live, TVision Vibe and TVision Channels.
There are three TVision Live plans. These bundles cost between $40 and $60 per month and include sports, cable news and local stations in many areas. Taxes are extra.
- TVision Live TV is the base plan. For $40 a month, you get 30+ channels from ESPN, ABC, NBC, FOX, Turner and Disney, among others. CBS is not offered.
- TVision Live TV+ includes everything in TVision Live TV, plus NFL Network and about 15 more channels. The price is $50 per month.
- TVision Live Zone includes all of the above, plus another 10 channels including NFL RedZone. It’s $60 a month.
All TVision Live plans include 100 hours of cloud DVR and three simultaneous streams. There are no contracts or long-term commitments.
For $10 a month, TVision Vibe features 30+ entertainment networks that aren’t offered in the Live TV plans. TVision Vibe includes AMC, BET, Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC and many more.
The TVision Vibe plan allows only two simultaneous streams. Cloud DVR is an extra $5 per month.
You can subscribe to TVision Vibe alone or add it to one of the Live TV plans.
TVision Channels brings premium networks Epix, Starz and Showtime into the TVision app. You can subscribe to these services for between $5.99 and $10.99 per month each.
2. Eligibility Requirement
TVision’s new plans will be available to T-Mobile postpaid wireless customers when they launch on November 1, 2020. Shortly thereafter, legacy Sprint postpaid customers will get access. In 2021, TVision will be made available to everyone across the country.
You can go to T-Mobile.com/TVision to stay updated on the expansion of TVision.
3. TVision HUB and Compatible Devices
To coincide with the launch of these new plans, T-Mobile is introducing a streaming media player called the TVision HUB. The Android-powered device is optimized for the TVision service and includes a remote control.
According to T-Mobile, TVision HUB works with more than 8,000 apps, features Google Assistant search capability and Chromecast support.
TVision HUB is available for a one-time cost of $50, but it’s optional. TVision also supports Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google TV devices.
However, Roku players are not compatible.
4. Deal Alert
T-Mobile is offering two limited-time deals for those who subscribe to the TVision Live TV+ or Live TV Zone plans.
When you sign up for one of those plans by December 31, you’ll get Apple TV+ for a year. Also, you can purchase an Apple TV 4K for $99 after rebate, which is an $80 savings.
5. How to Get Started
At launch, T-Mobile is not offering a free trial of TVision. If you want to try it out, you can sign up through T-Mobile’s app starting on November 1. Customers will receive a single bill for both wireless and TV services.
Cord cutters tell me all the time that they want a live TV streaming service that lets them pay for only the channels they watch and nothing else.
Unfortunately, nobody is doing that right now. Not even T-Mobile.
However, TVision has structured its live TV streaming plans so that you don’t have to pay for so many channels that you don’t care about. To recap:
TVision Live plans feature sports, cable news and some local channels.
But if you want more entertainment, you’ll need to add TVision Vibe.
Don’t need sports or cable news? You can pay for TVision Vibe alone.
As TVision launches, you can count on me to provide a thorough review of the pros and cons. Subscribe to Team Clark’s free newsletter to be the first to know.
What are your first impressions of TVision? Let me know in the comments below!