Another service provider is entering the battle of TV streaming. This time it is T-Mobile and its TVision service, including real-time news, entertainment and sports channels, starting at US$10 (about Rs 700) per month.
T-Mobile said its goal is to provide simpler and cheaper services to people who are dissatisfied with cables. But it is entering a crowded field. And most similar streaming services find it difficult to maintain low prices for a long time.
TVision will provide three branches of its services. TVision Live will provide real-time news, entertainment and sports channels on three levels, with prices of US$40 (approximately Rs 2,900), US$50 (approximately Rs 3,600) and US$60 (approximately Rs 4,400), depending on The number of sports channels required. The $40 (approximately Rs 2,900) option offers about 30 channels, including ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, ESPN and Fox Sports Networks.
Then there is TVision Vibe, which is $10 per month (about 700 rupees), including about 30 channels from AMC, Discovery and Viacom, but no sports programs. TVision Channels allows you to register for a single channel streaming service, starting from only three: Starz, Showtime and Epix.
In the past year, a large number of new streaming services have begun to challenge traditional TV providers and major streaming services, such as Netflix, including Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max and Comcast’s Peacock service. CBS recently renamed its CBS All Access service to Paramount Plus and restarted it in 2021.
Some have bitten the dust. Quibi is a video platform designed for people who are out or about to watch it on their mobile phones. The platform was launched in April and said last week that it would close because it could not find an audience. T-Mobile and Quibi have reached an agreement to provide subscribers of unlimited wireless home plans with one year of free service.
Services that provide more traditional bundled services similar to cable TV include Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, etc. Initially, as the cut-in volume of cable TV increases, it heralds the future of TV. The prices they provide for popular TV networks are lower than what you pay to the cable company. Signing and cancellation are easy, no need for a cable expert to come to your home.
However, as prices have risen and the number of channels increased, the customer growth rate of many of these services has slowed or even declined. For example, YouTube TV was launched at a price of US$35 (approximately 2500 rupees) in 2017, increased its price to US$50 (approximately 3600 rupees) last year, and then increased to US$65 (approximately 4700 rupees) in June. , The reason is that it added new channels and lost others. Sony’s PlayStation Vue was one of the first such services, and it closed last year due to high content costs and difficulties in reaching deals with the Internet.
The TVision application is currently available on the App Store and Google Play, and is suitable for mobile phones and tablets, as well as third-party TV platforms (such as Apple TV and Google TV). T-Mobile also launched its own HDMI device and remote control, priced at US$50 (approximately Rs 3,600), called TVision Hub, which works like Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick, allowing you to play from various streams Media application video.
T-Mobile previously launched a more traditional version of TVision in 2019, which requires broadband and a set-top box to get more than 150 channels at a price of US$90 (approximately Rs 6,600) per month. But this service is only available in a few cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. T-Mobile said when it launched that its goal is to finally provide this service across the country through the Internet through applications and third-party TV platforms that people are already using.
The new version of TVision is available nationwide, but will only be available to T-Mobile wireless customers starting November 1. It will be available to legacy Sprint customers on November 13, and will be available to T-Mobile prepaid customers and non-subscribers next year. T-Mobile acquired Sprint for approximately US$30 billion (approximately Rs 221.3374 crore). The transaction was completed in April after a lengthy regulatory review, creating a wireless giant comparable to AT&T and Verizon.
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