T-Mobile launches overpriced “TVision Home” cable TV competitor for $90 per month
Cable TV has long been the most popular form of consuming content on the big screen in your living room, but that has been changing in recent years. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube have become very popular alternatives. There’s still a place for linear TV and that is where services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV come in. T-Mobile is throwing their hat in the ring with a puzzling service called “TVision Home.”
While most of these internet TV services aim to undercut cable prices with smaller channel packages, TVision Home is unabashedly more cable-like. TVision Home offers over 150 channels, including local broadcast and regional sports channels. You can also add premium channels like HBO for an extra fee. Each member of the home can have their own account and everyone splits 1TB of storage for DVR.
TVision Home will launch at the promotional price of $90 per month. T-Mobile is arguing that this is a good deal because the average cable bill is $107.30 per month. However, TVision Home will bump up to $100 after the promotional period and taxes are not being factored into these prices. On top of all that, you will be charged an extra $10 per month for every connected TV. The good news is there are no contract commitments and T-Mobile customers will save $10 per month, but that’s still not a great deal.
At launch, the service requires a cable box, but their goal is to get it on devices that people already own. The box supports apps for Pandora, iHeartRadio, and some others. Netflix and YouTube will not be available at launch. Google Assistant and Alexa support are also included. They didn’t specify what OS will be running on the box, but it’s likely some form of Android or Android TV. There will also be Android and iOS apps to watch TVision Home on the go.
TVision Home will be available on April 14th in T-Mobile stores and online in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Longmont, CO. If you want to switch, T-Mobile will pay off early termination fees for Dish and DirecTV customers up to $500 with a prepaid card. What do you think about this service? Is it compelling at all?