Mobile launches TV service in the U.S. as TVision Home

Yolanda Curtis
April 13, 2019

TVision Home offers over 150 channels, including local broadcast and regional sports channels.

T-Mobile has officially launched its pay TV service, TVision Home, a rebranded and upgraded version of Layer3 TV that will retail for $90 per month.

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

T-Mobile is also launching Satellite Freedom and will pay off early contract termination fees for Dish and DirecTV customers, up to $500 via prepaid card, when they switch to TVision Home.

At the outset TVision Home will be available in the Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., metro areas, as well as Longmont, Colorado. Customers can add connections at Dollars 10 per TV, including a whole-home DVR for a limited time, and premium packages can also be added for extra fees, such as HBO, Showtime and others. 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.

Those services might not offer all the channels that T-Mobile plans on offering, and they require you to own a streaming stick or a smart TV to watch them on your TV, but they still seem like significantly better values than TVision. Premium TV packages like HBO and Showtime as well as on-demand rentals are extra.

Along with traditional TV channels, T-Mobile says that streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CuriosityStream, Toon Googles, and HSN will be available at launch, with Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Video coming later. 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. You can connect your social networks to view Facebook photos and Twitter profiles, too, and you can access your security cameras to keep an eye on your house while you're on the couch. 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. Plans for TVision Home took root when T-Mobile acquired Layer3 TV in late 2017.

T-Mobile said 74 percent of American households now pay an average bill $107.30 per month. When you add everything together, it isn't that much of a discount on the average cable cost across the US, which T-Mobile US claims is $107.30 per month. According to T-Mobile US, 48% of US customers are locked into a contract and face paying hundreds in early termination fees. Not with TVision Home.

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