T-Mobile is a household name in the US due to its overwhelming presence in the telecommunication space. It is one of the top three telecom service providers in the US. They have decided to test some uncharted waters. Television is the highest used consumer durable product and businesses have reported high revenues and profits operating in this sector.
According to Tech Crunch’s report, T-mobile acquired Layer3 TV in 2017. TVision’s services will first be available in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, L.A., NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. metro and Longmont. Layer3 TV catered earlier to these areas. The launch date was supposed to be in 2018 but due to some technical issues, it was delayed until 2019.
TVision is planning to offer 275 channels for a monthly fee of $100. The initial users will get a discount of $9.99, however, later on, the discount will continue to exist but only for the subscribers of T-mobile telecom services.
TVision is an advanced television services setup that includes the following features:
- 400-hour HD DVR (with support for recording multiple programs simultaneously)
- Voice control via either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
- Access to Nest security cameras
- A range of 4K content and more than 35,000 on-demand movies and shows
The smart TV setup is different from the traditional cable TV setups. While the cable TV required loads of cables running through the cabinet, the TVision just needs Lite Boxes that connect to the main set-top box over Wi-Fi for $10/month each. These new setup technologies will help declutter the users’ living spaces and make them more beautiful and clean.
TechCrunch also mentioned in their report that TVision’s service also includes streaming apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, XUMO, CuriosityStream, Toon Goggles and HSN. The company is planning to add Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids and Amazon Prime Videos to their service list as well.
According to the company’s COO, the new service is meant for the future and the upcoming 5G era. This will change the way people perceived TV services and telecom services. Similar disruptions can be expected in the rapidly growing markets, especially in India with the business behemoth Reliance.