T-mobile shuts down TVision live TV service, partners with YouTube TV and Philo

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Goodbye TVision, we hardly knew you. T-mobile will wind down its live TV streaming service, which launched five months ago, on April 29. Instead the wireless carrier will partner with other services, namely Philo and YouTube TV, by offering $10 off their monthly subscription prices. 

TVision was one of a number of services aimed at delivering regular live TV channels to cord-cutters. It base Vibe package cost just $10 per month, making it the least expensive major live TV streaming service and an excellent value for T-mobile customers who want access to live TV without dealing with a cable subscription. Step-up packages offered more channels, including local stations, starting at $40 per month.

Read more: YouTube TV vs. Hulu vs. Sling TV vs. AT&T TV vs. Philo vs. Fubo vs. T-Mobile TVision: 100 channels compared

The new discounts are available now to all current TVision customers, and will roll out to new T-Mobile and Sprint customers starting April 6. They cut the monthly cost of Philo in half, from $20 to $10, and bring a YouTube TV subscription down to $55 per month. Current customers also get a free month of either YouTube TV or Philo, depending on which package they chose. The carrier says the TVision Hub, an Android TV powered streaming device, will work with Philo and YouTube TV.

TVision launched amid controversy, with three of its partner networks — Discovery, ViacomCBS and Comcast’s NBCUniversal — claiming the service was never properly vetted with them. Soon after the complaints surfaced, T-mobile added more channels to its step-up packages.

The passing of TVision is just the latest change in the fast-paced world of live TV streaming. Stalwarts Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV all raised prices by $5 recently and in January AT&T TV rebranded and consolidated its service — and, yes, raised prices too. Now Philo, which starts at $20 per month with no sports or local channels, is the cheapest such service.

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