Mobile US launches own TV service with Layer3 platform

Doris Richards
April 13, 2019

TVision is priced at $99.99 per month and this price drops down to $90 per month for existing T-Mobile customers. "And with the New T-Mobile, we can do more than just offer home TV service ... we can offer millions of Americans more choice and competition for TV AND home broadband". T-Mobile explains it plans to expand to additional locations by the end of the year although details on which, or how many were not provided. At launch, TVision Home will be available in eight markets - Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC metro areas, as well as Longmont CO, but it will come to other markets later this year.

To start, T-Mobile is bringing its no-shock billing to TV. There are promises to launch a streaming service, and that might have been something more in-line with what the industry expected, but this service is attacking an industry where the revenues are already declining.

It's nice to see T-Mobile getting the ball rolling on its home TV service more than a year after first announcing plans to get into the TV business. "I can't wait to begin un-cabling cable and giving millions the opportunity to cut the cord with Big Cable forever".

The service, which will initially be launched in eight USA cities on April 14, is the re-branded and upgraded version of Layer3 TV, the platform it acquired in early 2018.

Along with traditional TV channels, T-Mobile says that streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CuriosityStream, Toon Googles, and HSN will be available at launch, with Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Video coming later. Any premium TV packages - like HBO, Showtime and others - or on-demand rentals and purchases are extra. A companion app for iOS and Android will also be released for viewing on mobile devices. You can connect your social networks to view Facebook photos and Twitter profiles, too, and you can access your security cameras to keep an eye on your house while you're on the couch. Also, the TV service fully supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so that you can control it with your voice. T-Mobile didn't say if it will eventually offer cheaper, skinny pay-TV bundles, but argued that its initial price compares to the average cable bill of $107.30 per month.

No Hidden Fees. Big Cable loves fees like Broadcast Fees, HD fees, Activation fees and Early Termination Fees.

No Bill Creep or Exploding Pricing.

It won't surprise you to hear that T-Mobile is playing up the tech angle. TVision Home has more than 275 channels available, including 4K channels. T-Mobile plans to launch its own cable television solution, TVision Home.

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