Just 5 months after launching TVision, T-mobile is shutting down their live TV streaming service TVision. The final day of service will be on April 29th, 2021. This is quite a turnabout for T-Mobile, who just last year promised consumers they were going to revolutionize TV. It seems T-Mobile underestimated the competition as they are entering into partnerships with YouTube TV and Philo to replace the soon shuttered TVision service. In a rare conciliatory tone from the mobile provider, CEO Mike Sievert wrote the following on the following in a blog post:
Since launching the TVision initiative, we’ve learned a lot about the TV industry, about streaming products, and of course, about TV customers. We also saw trends that made us take a fresh look at how to best do in video what we always do: put customers first. With our TV software provider encountering some financial challenges and with our broader, strategic partnerships with Google and Philo, we saw an opportunity to deliver unique value to our customers and strengthen the TVision initiative with the best partners.
This isn’t all bad news. T-Mobile customers will now have the chance to sign up for Philo and YouTube TV at a $10 discount for each service. This would put the price of Philo at only $10 per month, making it quite a deep discount. YouTube TV becomes a much more affordable $55 per month when subscribing through T-mobile.
These services make an excellent replacement for TVision. Philo does a great job of replacing the TVision low-priced Vibe plan by focusing on entertainment channels and eschewing sports networks. Furthermore, YouTube TV is a fine alternative for the higher-priced Live and Live+ fans, offering customers a broader array of sports and entertainment networks. While this may seem like a loss to subscribers to TVision, it looks like a win for T-mobile customers who can now save a few bucks on two well-established live TV streaming services.
T-Mobile TV Streaming Deals
Starting April 6th, all T-Mobile postpaid wireless and Sprint consumer customers can get $10 per month off YouTube TV and/or Philo. If you subscribed to TVision Live, you will be provided a free month of YouTube TV from T-Mobile. TVision Vibe subscribers receive a free month of Philo.
Philo Through T-Mobile
T-Mobile customers can get $10 per month off Philo’s already low $25 per month price tag. Philo skips sports channels but offers favorites like HGTV, AMC, TLC, and over 60 other channels. That price includes a cloud DVR for recording your favorite shows. You can check out a free trial and see if the service is right for you. If you decide to subscribe after the free trial, Philo doesn’t require a contract, and you can cancel the service at any time.
- Philo is supported on Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
- Philo keeps its service affordable by packaging more affordable entertainment channels together instead of expensive sports channels.
- You can use your Philo credentials to sign on to the TLC app and watch some episodes.
See our review of Philo for more information on this Live TV Streaming Service.
YouTube TV Through T-Mobile
If you are looking for a more robust TV streaming service offering a mix of local, sports, and entertainment channels, T-mobile customers can get $10 per month off YouTube TV’s $64.99 per month price. A subscription to YouTube TV provides:
- Cable News, ESPN, FS1, Local Network Channels, and over 70 other channels
- unlimited cloud DVR storage
- stream on three devices at once
- YouTube TV supports Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. The YouTube TV app has also returned to Roku devices after settling a dispute between the two companies.
- Includes YouTube TV on-demand
- offers a 1-week free trial.
Check our review of YouTube TV for more details.
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