Mobile's New TVVision Home Takes On Cable, Satellite 04/11/2019

Donna Miller
April 13, 2019

You get one consistent price of $90 per month (including a $9.99 per month discount for T-Mobile customers) for 150+ channels of local broadcasts, regional sports and more. It'll be about $10 a month cheaper for T-Mobile customers.

"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.

Along with the new service, T-Mobile is also rolling out a plan it calls "Satellite Freedom", offering to compensate customers who switch to TVision Home from DirecTV or Dish.

In addition to delivering a full-freight pay-TV service that Layer3 TV was already known for (a lineup of 275-plus channels, and a VoD library with more than 35,000 titles), TVision Home will also integrate Netflix and Amazon on its own 4K-capable set-top boxes.

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the first markets for TVision Home, along with the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. metro areas, and Longmont, Colorado, according to the company. Although T-Mobile announced that it won't launch the said TV service until it can offer what's been promised.

T-Mobile did not provide much information on the mobile service today, other than stating the service will launch "later in 2019".

Dedicated Customer Care. TVision Home customers get a TVision-dedicated customer care team from the company that ranks #1 in wireless customer service satisfaction year after year.

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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.

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. "I can't wait to begin un-cabling cable and giving millions the opportunity to cut the cord with Big Cable forever".

If you want premium networks like HBO or Showtime, those cost extra, just like they do on all platforms. At launch, apps from Pandora, iHeartRadio, XUMO, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles and HSN will be available on the platform. Android and iOS apps are also planned so users can access the service from a smartphone or tablet. 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.

No Hidden Fees. Big Cable loves fees like Broadcast Fees, HD fees, Activation fees and Early Termination Fees. Thanks to a new agreement between T-Mobile and Amazon, even Prime Video will be available on TVision Home.

It won't surprise you to hear that T-Mobile is playing up the tech angle.

TVision Home launches at Dollars 90 per month.

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