T-Mobile TVision review: Everything you need to know

Joe Supan

Nov 1, 2020 — 7 min read

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  • Currently only available to T-Mobile wireless customers — except for prepaid customers
  • Prices range from $10 to $60/mo.
  • TVision channel lineups fall in the middle of the pack compared to other services
  • Not a great option for sports fans — doesn’t include regional sports networks to watch your local team’s games
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use interface

If you’re a T-Mobile customer looking to cut the cord, you now have one more option. It’s called TVision, and it’s the latest live TV streaming service to enter the race. You’ll get anywhere from 34 to 56 channels, with packages costing between $10 and $60/mo. T-Mobile is also releasing its own streaming device called the TVision Hub for $50, but you can also stream TVision on some smart TVs and streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

TVision channels 

TVision has four packages to choose from, ranging from just $10/mo. all the way up to $60/mo. 

T-Mobile’s TVision streaming service has two tiers of packages: one ultra-cheap $10/mo. plan and three ranging from $40 to $60/mo. There’s no overlap in channels between those two tiers. If you want the channels in the $10/mo. package, that’s the only way you can get them through T-Mobile. That said, you can subscribe to both the Vibe and Live TV packages if you want to combine their channel lineups. 

TVision Vibe ($10/mo.)

TVision’s cheapest plan includes 34 channels in total. Here’s everything you’ll get:

  • AMC 
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • BET
  • BET Her
  • CMT
  • Comedy Central
  • Discovery
  • DIY Network
  • Food Network
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Motortrend
  • MTV
  • MTV2
  • MTV Classic
  • Nickelodeon East
  • Nickelodeon West
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nicktoons
  • OWN
  • Paramount Network
  • Sundance TV
  • TeenNick
  • TLC
  • Travel Channel
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • WE tv

TVision Live TV ($40/mo.)

The Live TV package also has 34 channels, but because of its lineup of sports, news, family and local channels, it’s considerably more expensive than the Vibe plan. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • ABC
  • ABC News Live
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Cozi TV
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Jr.
  • Disney XD
  • E! 
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • FOX
  • FOX Business
  • FOX News
  • Freeform
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXX
  • HLN
  • National Geographic
  • NBC
  • NBC News Now
  • NBC Sports Network
  • Oxygen
  • Syfy
  • TBS
  • Telemundo
  • TNT
  • truTV
  • USA

TVision Live TV+ ($50/mo.)

For $10 more per month, the Live TV+ plan takes everything in the Live TV lineup and adds another 12 channels:

  • ACC Network
  • Big Ten Network
  • ESPN College Extra
  • ESPNews
  • FX Movie Channel
  • Golf Channel
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • TCM

TVision Live Zone ($60/mo.)

At $60/mo., the Live Zone is TVision’s most expensive plan. It has everything in Live TV+, plus the following: 

  • Boomerang
  • CNBC World
  • ESPN Deportes
  • FOX Deportes
  • Longhorn Network
  • MavTV
  • NFL RedZone
  • Outside TV
  • Universal Kids
  • Universo

Premium channels

TVision also offers STARZ, SHOWTIME and EPIX as add-ons to any of the above packages. Unfortunately, there’s no discount for going through T-Mobile. STARZ will cost you $9/mo., SHOWTIME is $11/mo. and EPIX is $6/mo. — all the same prices you’d pay if you subscribed through the networks directly. For more information, check out our complete guide to the cheapest ways to get premium networks.

What channels is TVision missing?

There are a number of channels that aren’t available in any of TVision’s plans. Here are some of the most popular channels you’ll miss out on with T-Mobile’s streaming service:

  • A&E
  • CBS
  • Cinemax
  • The CW
  • HBO
  • History
  • ION 
  • Lifetime
  • MLB Network
  • Music Choice
  • NBA TV
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr.
  • PBS
  • Science
  • Weather Channel

It’s actually a fairly short list as far as streaming services go, but that’s a bit misleading. Because none of the Vibe plans channels are included in the higher priced plans, it’s unlikely you’ll find a TVision plan that has every channel you want. 

Is TVision good for sports?

College sports fans can get by with TVision, but you won’t be able to watch your MLB, NBA or NHL team’s locally televised games.

TVision is not a great streaming service for sports fans. That’s because it doesn’t include any regional sports networks (RSNs) — the channels that play your local MLB, NBA and NHL team’s games. Without these, you’d miss out on the vast majority of your favorite team’s games.

And even if you only care about catching the nationally televised games, TVision still leaves a lot to be desired. You’ll miss out on half of the Sunday football games during the day, plus the league-operated channels from the MLB, NBA and NHL.

The one group of sports fans who TVision is a good option for? College sports fans. When you sign up for the $50/mo. plan or above, you’ll get the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, eight ESPN College Extra channels and the Longhorn Network. That’s a college sports lineup that can compete with any TV package around. 

How does TVision’s channel lineup compare to other streaming services?

TVision has the cheapest Live TV streaming plan out there right now, but its channel lineup overall is weaker than similarly priced services.

The channels you want in your package are highly personal, but generally speaking, TVision’s lineup isn’t nearly as strong as more established streaming services like Hulu + Live TV ($55/mo.) and YouTube TV ($65/mo.). To evaluate streaming services, we utilized TiVo’s recent survey of 3,330 adults, which asked “Which channels would you be interested in including in your TV package?” We then ranked the most popular channels and compared TVision’s results with other popular streaming services.

TVision’s Vibe plan is the cheapest Live TV streaming service you’ll find anywhere, but it’s channels are very limited. It only has 34 channels total, and none of them have any content you actually need to see live like sports or news. That said, it is still a terrific value for just $10/mo.

We can’t say the same about TVision’s $40 and higher plans. It has eight fewer channels that made TiVo’s top 100 list than Philo, and it costs twice as much. You will get sports channels like ESPN and FS1, locals like ABC, FOX and NBC and news channels like CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, but overall, its lineup is pretty thin compared to other services in its price range. 

The best option might actually be to combine the Vibe and Live TV packages. This combination graded out as better than Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV NOW and Sling TV, but still below YouTube TV, fuboTV and AT&T TV

User experience

TVision’s user experience feels a little bland, but it’s easy-to-use and functional at every step.

To see how TVision feels to use, we tested it out on two devices: an Apple TV and TVision’s new HUB streaming device (more on that below). In both cases, TVision felt simple to use, intuitive and a little primitive.

Like all Live TV streaming service and cable setups from the past decade, it relies on a TV guide to do the heavy lifting of channel navigation. It shows about eight channels and three hours of programming at once, so you can quickly get a feel for what’s playing live. It’s not a groundbreaking interface by any means, but it was perfectly serviceable and comfortable to use.  

TVision also has thousands of hours of on-demand TV shows and movies available from the channels in your subscription. This is a standard feature of Live TV streaming services these days, but TVision’s navigation and search functionality in this section was better than most services we’ve tested. 

TVision Hub

In addition to the TVision streaming service, T-Mobile is also launching its own streaming device called the TVision Hub for $50. It runs on the Android operating system, and uses Google Assistant voice search on its remote. 

We’ll be honest, we were skeptical going in. Do we really need another streaming device — from a phone carrier, no less? But the TVision Hub was a pleasant surprise. Its remote was incredibly responsive and enjoyable to use, and it took just a few minutes to feel like we’d mastered it. 

The Hub isn’t a perfect device by any means — the home screen is a fairly bare bones row of streaming apps — but we’d put it on par with similarly priced models from Roku and Amazon Fire TV. It also supports 4K HDR 60 streaming, which typically costs a little more. The Amazon Fire TV 4K retails for $50, while the cheapest Roku device with 4K is $40.

Is T-Mobile’s TVision worth it?

TVision’s channel lineup isn’t particularly impressive — it scored worse than every streaming package except for Sling’s Orange plan in our analysis — but it does have some strengths going for it. 

For one, it’s $15 cheaper than any other streaming service that includes ABC, FOX, NBC, ESPN and CNN. If its unique combination of channels works for you, $40/mo. isn’t a bad price to pay for live TV. It’s Vibe plan is also the very cheapest live TV streaming package available. For just $10/mo., you can get 34 cable channels, all of which you’ve actually heard of.

But for most people — especially sports fans — TVision’s gaps will be hard to overcome. You won’t be able to watch any of your local MLB, NBA and NHL team’s games, and it’s also missing CBS for Sunday football games. 

TVision FAQs

Which streaming devices does TVision support?

Right now, TVision works on the following streaming devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android devices 
  • Android TV
  • Apple devices 
  • Apple TV
  • Google TV
  • TVision HUB

Yes. Right now, TVision is only available to T-Mobile post-paid wireless customers. If you have a prepaid plan through T-Mobile (or Metro by T-Mobile), you won’t be able to use the service just yet. That said, T-Mobile says they’re “going to make it available for everyone over time.” If you’re eager to test it out yet, you can enter your information on TVision’s waiting list.

You can stream on two devices at once with the $10/mo. Vibe plan and three devices on the $40/mo. and up Live TV plans. 

You’ll get 100 hours of cloud DVR storage included with the Live packages ($40/mo. and higher), but the Vibe plan ($10/mo.) doesn’t come with any DVR storage. Vibe customers can add 100 hours for an extra $5/mo.

If you sign up for the TVision Live TV+ or Live Zone packages by December 31, T-Mobile will throw in a subscription to Apple TV+ ($5/mo.) for free for a year. You also have the option to add Apple TV 4K for just $99 — $80 off the retail price after rebate.

No. The TVision HUB streaming device is a one-time $50 purchase plus tax.

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Joe Supan

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Senior Writer, Broadband Content

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