TVision Review: 7 Things to Know Before You Sign Up

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TVision is a live TV streaming service from T-Mobile
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If you want to cut the cable TV cord and switch to streaming, TVision by T-Mobile is a new option to consider.

Depending on the plan that you choose, it’s possible to lower your monthly streaming TV bill compared to YouTube TV, Hulu Live and even Philo.

The catch? TVision is only for T-Mobile wireless subscribers, at least for now.

TVision by T-Mobile Review: What You Need to Know

T-Mobile gave me early access to TVision and the new TVision HUB streaming device to test out for 10 days. In this article, I’ll share my personal review of the service to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Here’s everything you need to know about TVision before you sign up!

Table of Contents: 

  1. Plans and Pricing
  2. Channels
  3. Cloud DVR
  4. Compatible Devices
  5. Multiple Streams
  6. Navigation
  7. Pros and Cons

1. Plans and Pricing

T-Mobile has been offering a cable TV alternative called TVision Home in select cities since 2019, but these new plans are different. They’re cheaper, don’t require a set-top box and are available nationwide.

The new TVision app is home to 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 (before taxes) and include sports, cable news and local stations in many areas. There are no contracts or long-term commitments. 

  • Live TV: $40/month
  • Live TV+: $50/month
  • Live Zone: $60/month

For $10 a month, TVision Vibe features 30+ entertainment networks that aren’t included in the Live TV plans.

In addition to the Live and Vibe plans, T-Mobile is bringing premium networks into the TVision app. You can subscribe to Epix, Starz and Showtime for between $5.99 and $10.99 a month each.

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Unlike many of its streaming competitors, TVision is not offering a free trial to new subscribers. Get started here.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT: TVision is available to T-Mobile postpaid wireless customers at launch. In 2021, T-Mobile will offer these streaming TV plans to everyone. Check T-Mobile’s website for updates.


2. Channels

The three TVision Live plans (Live TV, Live TV+ and Live Zone) primarily feature live sports, cable news and local stations. Meanwhile, TVision Vibe is a separate service with entertainment networks.

Some subscribers may want to add Vibe to their Live plan for a more well-rounded list of channels.

For the Live plans, you’ll get additional sports networks with the $50 and $60 plans. Live TV+ includes ACC Network, Big Ten Network, NFL Network and a few others. Meanwhile, Live Zone features NFL RedZone.

If you’re looking for CBS, you won’t find it with TVision. Here are free and cheap ways to watch CBS without cable.

Meanwhile, TVision Vibe offers entertainment and lifestyle favorites such as AMC, Food Network, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, OWN, TLC and dozens more. It reminds me of Philo.

Take a look at the channel lineups for TVision below:

Live TV: $40/monthLive TV+: $50/monthLive Zone: $60/monthVibe: $10/month
ABC*ABC*ABC*
ABC News LiveABC News LiveABC News Live
ACC Network (ACCN)ACC Network (ACCN)
AMC
American Heroes ChannelAmerican Heroes Channel
Animal Planet
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
BET Her
Big Ten Network (BTN)Big Ten Network (BTN)
Boomerang
BravoBravoBravo
Cartoon NetworkCartoon NetworkCartoon Network
CMT
CNBCCNBCCNBC
CNBC World
CNNCNNCNN
Comedy Central
Cooking ChannelCooking Channel
Cozi TVCozi TVCozi TV
Destination AmericaDestination America
Discovery Channel
Discovery FamilyDiscovery Family
Discovery LifeDiscovery Life
Disney ChannelDisney ChannelDisney Channel
Disney Jr. Disney Jr. Disney Jr.
Disney XDDisney XDDisney XD
DIY Network
E!E!E!
ESPNESPNESPN
ESPN2ESPN2ESPN2
ESPNewsESPNews
ESPNUESPNU
ESPN College ExtraESPN College Extra
ESPN Deportes
Food Network
FOX*FOX*FOX*
Fox Business NetworkFox Business NetworkFox Business Network
Fox Deportes
Fox News ChannelFox News ChannelFox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
FreeformFreeformFreeform
FXFXFX
FXMFXM
FXXFXXFXX
Golf ChannelGolf Channel
Great American CountryGreat American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
HLNHLNHLN
IFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)
MAVTV
MotorTrend
MSNBCMSNBCMSNBC
MTV
MTV Classic
MTV2
National GeographicNational GeographicNational Geographic
Nat Geo WildNat Geo Wild
NBC*NBC*NBC*
NBC News NowNBC News NowNBC News Now
NBCSNNBCSNNBCSN
NFL NetworkNFL Network
NFL RedZone
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Nicktoons
Olympic ChannelOlympic Channel
Outside
OWN
OxygenOxygenOxygen
Paramount Network
SEC NetworkSEC Network
Science ChannelScience Channel
Sundance TV
SyfySyfySyfy
TBSTBSTBS
TeenNick
Telemundo*Telemundo*Telemundo*
TLC
TNTTNTTNT
Travel Channel
truTVtruTVtruTV
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
TV Land
Universal Kids
Universo
USAUSAUSA
VH1
WE tv
*Check local availability

My Take 

Are four TVision plans really necessary? That was my first reaction. But then I thought about some of the feedback from Clark.com readers after YouTube TV’s multiple price hikes.

People have said they want to stream live sports and cable news, but they can live without entertainment networks.

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By separating the TVision Live (sports and news) and TVision Vibe (entertainment) plans, T-Mobile is giving you more control over the networks in your lineup and your monthly bill.

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3. Cloud DVR

Cloud DVR is an important feature for many streamers. With the three TVision Live plans, 100 hours of cloud DVR storage is included and recordings can be kept for up to nine months.

With the Vibe bundle, DVR is not included. You can pay $5 a month extra to receive 100 hours of cloud DVR storage.

TVision’s cloud DVR gives you the freedom to fast forward and rewind through your recordings. You can choose whether to record new episodes, new episodes and reruns, or only a single episode.

If you fill up your DVR, the first recording will be deleted automatically.

4. Compatible Devices 

TVision is not compatible with Roku players at launch, but it does support Android TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google TV devices to stream content to a TV set.

If you don’t already have a device, T-Mobile has introduced the TVision HUB for a one-time cost of $50.

TVision Hub device

TVision HUB is powered by Android and optimized for the TVision service. The device plugs into your TV and includes a remote with quick buttons to access the home screen, live guide and DVR.

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It also works with plenty of other apps. There are buttons for Netflix and YouTube right on the remote.

TVision HUB remote features

TVision HUB features Google Assistant search capability. I used this often to switch channels with TVision. You just push the Google Assistant button on the remote, say the channel you want and it plays within a few seconds.

To help you find content by the channel number, the TVision HUB remote also has a numeric keypad.

And even when you’re away from a TV, you can access the service on the go. To stream using a mobile device or tablet, download the TVision app for iOS or Android from your app store.

5. Multiple Streams

TVision Live plans (Live TV, Live TV+ and Live Zone) allow you to stream on up to three devices at the same time, while TVision Vibe has a maximum of two simultaneous streams.

In addition to multiple streams, you can set up multiple profiles for the whole family. Up to 10 profiles are allowed.

If I had just one word to describe the navigation for TVision, it would be “simple.”

Home Screen

TVision

The TVision home screen has a carousel of featured content. Below the icons for the services you’re subscribed to, you’ll find content organized in various ways. They include:

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  • On Now
  • Popular Shows & Movies
  • Your Recordings
  • Continue Watching

At launch, the home screen lacks personalization features that Netflix and Hulu are known for. T-Mobile tells me that creating a more personalized experience for users is a work in progress.

TV Guide 

TVision TV Guide

TVision’s live guide will be familiar to anyone who has had a cable or satellite TV service.

The left side of the TV guide displays channels and channel numbers. Then, you’ll see what’s on now and what’s coming up next. Keep scrolling to the right and you can preview content for up to 14 days in advance.

If you click left on your remote, you can filter channels by sports, news, movies and kids. But there’s no further personalization.

Shows & Movies Tabs

TVision Shows and Movies Tabs

If you’re just browsing for something to watch, you can click on the Shows and Movies tabs. From there, you’ll see a list of shows and movies that are available for streaming with TVision.

For some titles, you’ll have the choice to play the on-demand version or record a future broadcast.

The Shows and Movies tabs are more visually appealing than the TV guide, but the sections would benefit from more organization and personalization. It seems like just a massive list.

Without recommendations, I struggled to quickly find something to watch and went back to the TV guide.

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7. TVision Pros and Cons

T-Mobile’s new streaming bundles are competitively priced. Other streaming services offer more networks at the same price point, but TVision’s plans include fewer of what I call “filler channels.”

If TVision has everything you want for $50 to $60 a month, you may be able to save money with the service.

On the other hand, take a closer look at YouTube TV, Hulu Live and Sling TV if you’ll need to subscribe to TVision’s Live Zone ($60) and Vibe ($10) plans to get all of your must-have channels.

Here’s a recap of TVision’s pros and cons:

Pros  Cons
Affordable plans from $10 to $60 per month No CBS offered
100 hours of cloud DVR with TVision Live plans Roku not supported
Simple navigation Eligibility requirement

Overall, TVision offers a solid streaming experience for new and existing cord-cutters.

If you’re not a current T-Mobile postpaid wireless customer, I don’t recommend switching just to get the TV deal. But if you’re already eligible, these plans may be worth a shot.

Before you sign up for TVision, compare your options in Team Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming services!

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