T-Mobile has launched its streaming app, TVision, and T-Mobile customers can now subscribe. Here’s what you need to know about TVision before signing up.
What is TVision?
TVision is a streaming app from T-Mobile. Today, November 1, T-Mobile postpaid customers are first to be able to subscribe to the streaming service. Sprint customers will be able to subscribe beginning November 13. Subscriptions will be available to everyone sometime in 2021.
How Do the TVision Plans Compare?
Within the TVision app, users can choose from several new streaming services TVision Live, TVision Vibe, and TVision Channels. TVision Live has three options (Live TV, Live TV+, and Live Zone) which all offer live TV including sports, news, and locals. Noticeably missing from the list is local CBS stations.
TVision Vibe is loaded with entertainment channels including AMC, Food Network, Hallmark, TLC, and more. On its own, this service looks similar to Philo, which offers 60+ channels for $20/month, compared to Vibe’s 30 channels for $10/month.
T-Mobile is not currently offering a free trial of TVision.
|Live TV||Live TV+||Live Zone||Vibe|
|30+ Channels||40+ Channels||50+ Channels||30 Channels|
|*ABC||All Live TV Channels||All Live TV Channels||AMC|
|ABC News Live||ACC Network||All Live TV+ Channels||Animal Planet|
|Bravo||Big Ten Network||Boomerang||BBC America|
|CNBC||ESPNews||CNBC World||BBC World News|
|Cartoon Network||ESPNU||ESPN Deportes||BET|
|CNN||ESPN College Extra||Fox Deportes||BET Her|
|Cozi TV||FXM||*Longhorn Network||CMT|
|Disney Channel||*Longhorn Network||NFL Redzone||Comedy Central|
|Disney Jr.||Nat Geo Wild||Universal Kids||Discovery|
|Disney XD||*NBC RSNs||Universo||DIY|
|ESPN 2||Olympic Channel||Hallmark Channel East|
|*FOX||SEC Network||Hallmark Channel West|
|Fox Business||*SNY||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries East|
|Fox News||TCM||Hallmark Movies & Mysteries West|
|Freeform||The Golf Channel||Hallmark Drama East|
|FS1||Hallmark Drama West|
|National Geographic||MTV 2|
|NBC News Now||Nickelodeon East|
|NBC Sports||Nickelodeon West|
*Based on Market Availability, click here to enter your zip code for a list of channels available in your area.
**NBC Regional Sports Networks, based on market availability include NBCS Bay Area, NBCS Boston, NBCS California, NBCS Chicago, NBCS Northwest, NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Washington
Finally, TVision Channels allow users to subscribe to premium channels, with a choice of Showtime ($10.99/month), Starz ($8.99/month), and EPIX ($5.99/month).
The Live TV package combined with the Vibe package offers a good mix of locals, news, sports, and entertainment channels for $50/month. That puts it just under the price points of Hulu with Live ($55/month) and YouTube TV ($65/month) – two of the service’s top competitors. Sling still offers a better deal at $45/month for over Sling Orange + Blue.
Simultaneous Streams and Cloud DVR
Along with pricing and channel lineups, simultaneous streams and DVR are two of the top factors cord cutters list when choosing a service. A maximum of 2 concurrent streams is available for TVision Vibe. A maximum of 3 concurrent streams is available for TVision Channels. All three TVision Live packages include 3 simultaneous streams.
TVision Live packages also include a cloud DVR feature with 100 hours of DVR storage. TVision Vibe and TVision Channels do not include the 100 hour DVR but you can pay $5/month to add 100 hours of cloud DVR to your Vibe or Channels subscription. Recordings can be saved for up to nine months. If you use up all of your DVR space, the first recording will be automatically deleted.
How to Watch TVision
The TVision app is available on the following devices:
- Apple TV
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android TV
- iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets
- TVision Hub: T-Mobile’s new streaming device which retails for $50
Roku is noticeably missing from the list of compatible devices.
Navigating the TVision App
If you’ve subscribed to other live TV streaming services recently, the TVision layout will look familiar, and the company says that’s on purpose. The app is user friendly and easy to navigate. The home screen shows featured content in sections including On Now, Popular Movies, and Popular Shows.
On the home screen, each service you’ve subscribed to will have its own home page that you can click into to browse the service’s content. You can also browse by network to find your local news and sports, or to go straight to movie channels to see what’s available. The Shows and Movies tabs make it easy to browse TVision’s on-demand content library. And your DVR recordings are all located in the DVR section.
You can create up to ten profiles in the TVision app settings, giving every member of the family their own profile under the same account. This prevents seeing other people’s activity in your recently watched list and allows each member of the family to save their favorite channels.
What is the TVision Hub?
In addition to launching the TVision app, T-Mobile is launching the TVision HUB, a new Android-powered device. The device includes a remote control and the company says it will support over 8,000 streaming, gaming, and music apps. The HUB will retail for $50. The device has Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus audio support and supports 4K and HDR video.
With the HUB device, you’ll get a power adapter, the TVision remote with Google Assistant, and batteries for the remote. The TVision HUB connects to your TV through the built-in HDMI cable. Use the included USB power adapter to power the device. When you’re connected, simple instructions will appear on screen to help you set up the device and start streaming.