T-Mobile is discontinuing its month-old streaming package TVision, and replacing it with discounts on Philo and YouTube TV.
Both services will be $ 10 off, making Philo only $ 10 a month and YouTube TV $ 55. The main difference between the two is sports. YouTube, which has passed 3 million subscribers, has a variety of sports networks and live games. Philo, which became national in 2017, deliberately avoids sports as a way to keep the price point of the $ 20 per month package intact.
TVision’s mobile service was launched in November last year. A more expensive, wired version called TVision Home was unveiled in the spring of 2019.
In a blog post announcing the move, T-Mobile CEO characterized the new options as a “major upgrade”
Disney + and ESPN + are launched on Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex
“Innovation rarely follows a straight line,” the CEO wrote. “Since the launch of the TVision initiative, we have learned a lot about the TV industry, about streaming products and of course about TV customers. We also saw trends that made us take another look at how we can best do in video what we always do: put customers first. When our TV software provider faced some financial challenges and with our broader, strategic partnership with Google and Philo, we saw an opportunity to deliver unique value to our customers and strengthen the TVision initiative with the best partners. “
The new setup allows T-Mobile to return to a more familiar role as a wireless provider. The company will continue to stream partnerships with Netflix and MLB.tv.
T-Mobile’s postpaid wireless and Sprint consumer customers will receive a $ 10 discount on Philo and YouTube TV as long as they remain customers. Existing TVision Live customers receive one month of YouTube TV’s free $ 65 monthly service, and three free months of YouTube Premium, typically $ 12 per month.
Existing customers from TVision Vibe can get an introductory month with Philo for free.
For Philo, wider access to T-Mobil’s customer base is the latest tailwind. The service, which has networks from Discovery, AMC Networks, ViacomCBS, A + E Networks and others, was founded as a thin package aimed at university campuses. In 2017, it was launched commercially, with the aim of taking advantage of wire cutting trends. While it tracks some of the best services, with around 700,000 subscribers, it has kept the price line and not experienced car stress from expensive competitors.
“This partnership with T-Mobile takes Philo’s amazing value to another level,” McCollum said in a statement. “With T-Mobile’s leading 5G network and an extensive customer base, this partnership will give a huge boost to our shared vision of reinventing television by creating an experience people love as much as the shows they watch.”
TVision ends on April 29. In addition to the YouTube TV element, T-Mobile also announced a broad agreement with Google that will see services like Messages and Google One become standard tools for its mobile users. Pixel and Android devices and their capabilities on T-Mobile 5G networks will also be marketed through the partnership.