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Mobile launches a TV bundle that sounds a lot like cable

Mobile launches a TV bundle that sounds a lot like cable

T-Mobile has yet to launch its streaming TV service, which the carrier should have done late past year.

The carrier today reiterated its plans to launch a nationwide streaming service later this year. On top of all that, you will be charged an extra $10 per month for every connected TV.

The announcement also very clearly indicated the box is more of a temporary measure as the company is now working on making the service available on third-party TV platforms in the future.

The TVision Home service is a rebrand of Layer3's service, which is positioned as an alternative to cable or satellite TV in the US. The service will launch on April 14 in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Longmont, Colorado, and T-Mobile subscribers can get a $10-per-month discount.

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This is the company's new TV solution for the home as it looks to take on cable in a similar way to how it did with mobile. I can't wait to begin un-cabling cable and giving millions the opportunity to cut the cord with Big Cable forever, said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile.

Now, we do. T-Mobile has officially launched its pay TV service, TVision Home. You get one consistent price of $90 per month (including a $9.99 per month discount for T-Mobile customers) for 150+ channels of local broadcasts, regional sports and more. Also, you'll have to pay $10/month per connected TV, including your entire home DVR for a limited time. A companion app for iOS and Android will also be released for viewing on mobile devices. You'll be able to use Amazon's Alexa or Google Home to control TVision as well, making it a flawless option for smart home lovers. You can even monitor your front door with access to your security cameras directly from your TV.

Along with the new service, T-Mobile is also rolling out a plan it calls "Satellite Freedom", offering to compensate customers who switch to TVision Home from DirecTV or Dish. T-Mobile didn't say if it will eventually offer cheaper, skinny pay-TV bundles, but argued that its initial price compares to the average cable bill of $107.30 per month. Not to mention that the price doesn't include any taxes, which could be anywhere between 4 percent and 20 percent of a bill's total. Also, there's no long-term commitment, which means you can stop using the service at any time without having to pay any early termination fees. T-Mobile also announced that Netflix and other streaming apps will be available on TVision Home, and the operator shared plans for TVision to run on popular third-party TV platforms in the future.

TVision Home launches at Dollars 90 per month.