Meet TVision Home, T-Mobile's not so disruptive home TV service

Meet TVision Home, T-Mobile's not so disruptive home TV service
T-Mobile has yet to launch its streaming TV service, which the carrier should have done late last year. Unfortunately, not even the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a next-generation cable provider, helped the Un-carrier make all the necessary changes to offer customers a truly disruptive streaming TV service.

Although T-Mobile announced that it won't launch the said TV service until it can offer what's been promised. As such, there's a high chance for T-Mobile's streaming TV service to go live later this year, especially that the carrier recently announced a partnership with Viacom.

Anyway, before the streaming TV service will be fully revealed, T-Mobile is launching a home TV service aimed at the “74% of American households currently paying an average of $107.30 per month for cable or satellite home TV service.”

As the carrier points out, the new TVision Home service is just an upgraded and rebranded Layer3 TV. At launch, TVision Home will be available in eight markets – Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC metro areas, as well as Longmont CO, but it will come to other markets later this year.



Everyone gets a discount, but for a limited time


TVision Home launches on April 14 at $90/month, which includes a $9.99/month discount for T-Mobile customers, but available for everyone for a limited time. For that amount of money, you'll get 150+ channels, local broadcast, regional sports and more.

Also, you'll have to pay $10/month per connected TV, including your entire home DVR for a limited time. If you plan to add premium TV packages like HBO and Showtime, as well as on-demand rentals, you'll have to pay extra.



T-Mobile also confirmed that TVision Home comes with built-in apps for Pandora, iHeartRadio, XUMO, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles, and HSN, but more apps are coming soon, including Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids and more. Furthermore, the carrier promised to release a companion app for iOS and Android, which will allow TVision Home subscribers to stream their TV to their smartphones anywhere in the house.

TVision Home offers a smart home connected experience, which means you can add your social accounts to your service profile to view a slideshow of your Facebook videos and pictures, or even check your Twitter profile.

Also, the TV service fully supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so that you can control it with your voice. You can even monitor your front door with access to your security cameras directly from your TV.


There's nothing disruptive about the service, but there are some benefits


While it's true that the service doesn't have any hidden fees, TVision Home isn't much cheaper than typical cable or satellite services already available on the market. If we take away the $9.99/month discount that's only available for a limited time, the service costs $100, not too far from the average of $107 that T-Mobile says American households usually pay per month for cable.

Not to mention that the price doesn't include any taxes, which could be anywhere between 4 percent and 20 percent of a bill's total. On the bright side, T-Mobile says that it won't change the price as long as you stay on their plan. Also, there's no long-term commitment, which means you can stop using the service at any time without having to pay any early termination fees.

There's really nothing disruptive about T-Mobile's new TVision Home service, even though the carrier did manage to lower the price slightly below the average. You'll probably save a few bucks each month, but the greatest benefit of TVision Home is that there are no hidden fees and no annual service contracts.

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5 Comments

1. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

Who the f**k is paying 107.30 a month for cable? Nah I'm good.......

2. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

If I can stream to my phone then why would I pay for another box when I can cast to another TV?

3. superguy

Posts: 463; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

So they're going to take on Big Cable ... by charging what Big Cable does. No thanks, I'll pass. All that's really doing is allowing you to change from Comcast to T-mobile. And if it's delivered over regular Internet like other streaming services, you're still going to be tied to Comcast if that's the only show in town. They're pricing scheme is already similar to Fios - base service price plus equipment. So just how is Legere planning on shaking things up? Adding yet another streaming option? Oh boy! Tell you what - give us that for about $50 and the ability to stream to multiple devices simultaneously anywhere (home and mobile) and then we'll have something truly disruptive. Otherwise, it's just more Legere noise about nothing.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1162; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Doesn't even come with internet.

5. Reybanz88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I believe it's disruptive in the fact that it's more options for more people. What if I don't like Comcast and I want something else? Now I have the option to get Comcast, At&t, At&t Sat, T-Vision and WOW. Comcast literally just called and offered me a "deal" and when my bill came it was $170 so I ended up cancelling the tv completely. I rather pay T-Mobile $90 and Comcast $50 for my 300Mbps internet until they roll out 5G then I'm sure T-Vision will offer service over 4G and 5G At no additional cost. Then look now I'm actually saving $50.

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