After years of anticipation, T-Cell is lastly moving into the dwell TV enterprise with the launch of a brand new internet-based streaming service known as TVision, launching on November 1st.
To be clear: TVision isn’t utilizing the fiber-optic-based IPTV expertise that it acquired alongside Layer3 again in 2017. It’s a conventional over-the-top streaming service that merely streams dwell tv over the web, similar to YouTube TV, Hulu’s dwell TV service, Fubo TV, Sling TV, or (in maybe the closest analogy) AT&T TV. However what units TVision aside is its pricing, which goals to supply decrease prices and extra flexibility than its rivals.
To that finish, TVision is damaged up into a couple of completely different merchandise. There’s the $40-per-month TVision Reside, which gives essentially the most conventional cable TV line. It’s centered largely on offering information and sports activities, together with channels like ABC, NBC, and Fox (though notably, not CBS), information networks like CNBC, CNN, ABC Information, and Fox Information, together with sports-focused channels like FS1, FS2, ESPN, and NBC Sports activities. Moreover, TVision Reside consists of basic cable fare just like the Disney Channel, Cartoon Community, SyFy, TBS, TNT, USA, and Bravo.
There are additionally two further tiers of TVision Reside: the $50 Reside TV Plus, which provides further sports activities channels (together with the Massive Ten Community, ESPNU, NFL Community, and regional NBC sports activities channels), and the $60 Reside Zone, which provides a couple of further channels however whose primary draw is NFL RedZone.
All three TVision Reside plans additionally embody a cloud-based DVR, which shops as much as 100 hours of recordings (and, in contrast to some streaming companies, these recordings are direct from the dwell TV feed — not on-demand content material). TVision Reside helps as much as three concurrent streams, which signifies that you’ll have the ability to share an account with members of the family, too.
However TVision Reside is simply part of TVision. There’s additionally TVision Vibe — which, at $10 per 30 days for over 30 dwell channels from AMC, Discovery, and Viacom — is perhaps essentially the most attention-grabbing a part of T-Cell’s TV technique. Channels right here embody AMC, BBC America, BET, Meals Community, HGTV, the Hallmark Channel, MTV, TLC, Comedy Central, and Discovery.
There are a couple of extra limitations right here: TVision Vibe solely helps as much as two concurrent streams, and DVR entry prices an additional $5 per 30 days on prime of the preliminary $10 subscription. However in case you’re within the channels it gives, it’s among the many least expensive dwell TV packages round.
Lastly, there’s TVision Channels, which gives standalone subscriptions to Starz ($8.99 per 30 days), Showtime ($10.99 per 30 days), and Epix ($5.99 per 30 days).
T-Cell’s TVision companies will also be mixed. For instance, you’ll be able to subscribe to each TVision Reside for a primary set of channels after which add TVision Vibe on prime for these further entertainment-focused channels — similar to common cable.
These costs actually spectacular, however different TV companies, like Fubo or YouTube TV, have provided equally low costs at their launches, too, solely to lift costs significantly as content material licensing prices have gone up. It’s not clear but whether or not TVision’s numerous companies will handle to keep away from an identical destiny sooner or later, regardless of T-Cell’s regular rhetoric about providing a distinct kind of service than its rivals.
TVision shall be accessible on a wide range of platforms, together with iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fireplace, and Google TV. (Notably absent on that record is Roku, which received’t be accessible, at the very least at launch, or any strategy to watch on a pc.) T-Cell can also be providing the $50 TVision Hub, a 4K Android TV dongle that’s been custom-made to supply a extra built-in TVision expertise.
To begin, TVision shall be accessible simply to T-Cell postpaid wi-fi clients beginning on November 1st. Dash clients will get entry later in November, with the service opening as much as all clients someday in 2021.