Mobile will launch its streaming service TVision Home on April 14

Alfred Osborne
April 13, 2019

When it comes to pricing, TVision Home will cost $90 per month, including a $9.99 per month discount for T-Mobile customers that's available to everyone for a limited time.

"The Un-carrier has already changed wireless for good, and today's news brings us one step closer to taking on Big Cable", said T-Mobile's CEO John Legere.

T-Mobile really wants you to drop you satellite TV and switch over if you live in those markets, so to tempt you into doing that, they'll pay off your Dish or DirecTV termination fees and give you "up to" $500 via prepaid card. The service is initially available only in a handful of cities, but T-Mobile said it will expand further later this year and also add more apps to the platform. At first, it will be available only in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Longmont, Colo.

One week after announcing its content deal with Viacom, T-Mobile has taken the wraps off of its new TV effort. There are promises to launch a streaming service, and that might have been something more in-line with what the industry expected, but this service is attacking an industry where the revenues are already declining. And with the New T-Mobile, we can do more than just offer home TV service ... we can offer millions of Americans more choice and competition for TV AND home broadband.

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The TVision Home service is essentially a rebrand of Layer3's service, which is positioned as an alternative to cable or satellite TV in the US.

T-Mobile today announced TVision but in its current guise it doesn't seem like too much to get excited about. TVision Home launches with apps for Pandora, iHeartRadio, XUMO, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles and HSN, and the company said it will add more soon, including Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids and Amazon Prime Video.

The TVision Home boxes will also allow customers to set up individual viewing profiles and support voice-based control, search and navigation via tie-ins with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. 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.

TVision Home is T-Mobile's television service, a rebranded and upgraded version of the Layer3 TV product that T-Mobile bought previous year. That monthly fee will get you around 150 channels per month, but you'll still have to pay additional fees for premium channels like HBO and Showtime. T-Mobile didn't say if it will eventually offer cheaper, skinny pay-TV bundles, but argued that its initial price compares to the average cable bill of $107.30 per month. On the bright side, T-Mobile says that it won't change the price as long as you stay on their plan. 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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