T-Mobile and Google today issued a pretty big love-fest of a press release, with the former praising the services of the latter — they've been longtime partners on all sorts of things, including the first Android phone.
For our purposes here, though, we're talking about T-Mobile's TVision Live skinny bundle streaming TV service, which is now the short-lived TVision streaming service. T-Mobile announced that it's shutting down the Live, Live + and Live Zone flavors of TVision and will offer current T-Vision customers $10 off the monthly YouTube TV subscription, taking the cost down to $54.99. And to try to make it up to those subscribers, they're also throwing in three months of YouTube Premium, which gets rid of those annoying pre-roll ads on YouTube.
T-Mobile will continue to sell its TVision Hub hardware — it'll just now feature YouTube TV instead of its own service.
And if you don't have T-Vision services (which you almost certainly did not), you're not out of luck, either. All T-Mobile subscribers will be eligible for those cheaper YouTube TV rates starting April 6. You'll be able to sign up at t-mobile.com/tvision.
And ya know what? That's not awful. YouTube TV — the second-largest live TV streaming service in the United States — has nearly 100 channels for that single price. It also comes with unlimited recording, and the ability to have up to six profiles within a single family. (They'll all be tied to individual Google accounts.) That means everyone has their own recommendations and their own recordings.
YouTube TV also has a strong slate of premium add-ons, like HBO Max and Showtime, which allow you to watch even more within the YouTube TV app. (And you can now add those add-ons directly within the YouTube TV app on your TV, which is nice.)
Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.
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