TVision Home is T-Mobile’s new TV service, launching April 14th

Ruben Fields
April 13, 2019

There will be more than 275 channels available, including local and regional sports, and on-demand options to watch at your own pace. T-Mobile customers get a $10 monthly discount, though the company said the service would be offered to non-customers only for a limited time.

T-Mobile is going heavily after satellite TV subscribers with its Satellite Freedom offer, which will pay off early termination fees (with up to a $500 prepaid card) for DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers who switch over to TVision Home.

Following on its deal with Viacom last week, T-Mobile also announced they will launch nationwide streaming services later in 2019 as part of its disruptive approach. To start, the service will only be available in eight cities, which include Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. metro areas, as well as Longmont, Colo. TVision also will include a $9.99 per month discount for T-Mobile wireless subscribers but the company said that discount will extend to everyone for a limited time. 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.

The TVision Home service is a rebrand of Layer3's service, which is positioned as an alternative to cable or satellite TV in the US. T-Mobile also unveiled plans to launch TVision Home on popular third-party TV platforms in the future. Premium TV packages such as HBO and Showtime as well as on-demand rentals are extra.

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The service, which will go by the new name TVision, isn't quite the same as a full-on streaming service - you'll still need a box from T-Mobile to use it - but it could be a more manageable step for folks looking to cut the cord. 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. 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.

While the pay-TV bundle is getting slimmer, major telecom company T-Mobile is placing a strategic bet that customers will still spark to a hardware-based, higher-priced offering. 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. TVision is also compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices, too.

The TVision announced today is a product strictly intended for home use.

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