What you need to know
- After being in service for less than half a year, TVision is already shutting down.
- Instead, T-Mobile users will be able to get $10 off YouTube TV, at $55 instead of $65 a month.
- Current TVision customers can switch now and save, and other T-Mobile users can take advantage of the deal starting April 6.
- TVision will go dark on April 29, just shy of six months after it first launched on November 1.
The streaming market is a cutthroat and competitive space in 2021, and the live TV streaming market even more so. While AT&T and Verizon have major partnerships with services like HBO Max and Disney+, T-Mobile instead had to build their own, and the resulting TVision service launched this winter with a mediocre streaming box and a trio of plans to choose from. The service itself was decent, but it was only available to T-Mobile subscribers, limiting its reach and keeping it from really competing.
Today, as T-Mobile announced an expanded partnership with Google concerning Android and Google services like Google One backups and Google Messages RCS, it also rang the death knell for TVision, as T-Mobile will instead broker a deal to get T-Mobile subscribers a discount on YouTube TV instead, which works on more platforms and has a proven track record. TVision will now go dark on April 29. TVision subscribers will have until June 30 to log into their account and instead switch to YouTube TV for a reduced price of $55 a month — and if you were a Live Zone subscriber to add in NFL RedZone and other sports content, you'll still be able to add on the $11 a month Sport Plus add on for RedZone, Fox College Sports, GOLTV, Fox Soccer Plus, TVG, Stadium, and MAVTV.
I'd be lying if I said I expected TVision to succeed long-term, but at least T-Mobile will still offer an incentive for live streaming TV, and there's finally someone offering a discount on YouTube TV after all the price hikes it's gone through in the last couple years. If you're wanting to take advantage of the new YouTube TV offer on T-Mobile but you're not a TVision subscriber, you'll have to wait until April 6 for the promotion to open up to you.
Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.
That is impressive they shut it down so quickly.
Ara, can current YouTube TV subscribers take advantage of this?
According to T-Mobile's website "After 12 months, users may need to take additional action to continue the $10/month discount on YouTube TV. YouTube TV offer is available to current T-Mobile Wireless and Home Internet service customers. Redeem by 7/31/2021. If you're currently subscribed to YouTube TV and wish to take advantage of this offer, you'll need to cancel and reactivate your subscription via the unique SMS you'll receive from T-Mobile
Wait, so I will be getting discounted Netflix and after April 6th a discount on my YTTV? That's cool.
You'll have to cancel and resubscribe to YTTV using a unique code you'll get from T-Mobile.
Also sounds like they'll be giving $10 off Philo which is pretty good (especially considering it's only $20 to begin with)
Doesn't discount YTTV enough to entice me to switch from Fi (which is pretty much a T-mobile MVNO now) to T-Mobile. The savings on my YTTV sub don't cover the increase in the plan price.
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