YouTube TV is facing new competition from T-Mobile’s live TV streaming service called TVision. But is TVision really a suitable replacement for YouTube TV?

T-Mobile certainly thinks so, but I have my own thoughts after extensively testing both streaming TV services.

YouTube TV vs. TVision Comparison

This article will review the key features of TVision and YouTube TV. I’ll take a look at the plans and pricing, channels lineups, DVR, compatible devices and multiple streams.

Let’s dive in to the comparison, starting with the plans and pricing!


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Plans and Pricing

  • YouTube TV: $64.99 per month
  • TVision Live: $40 to $60 per month
  • TVision Vibe: $10 per month

YouTube TV is $64.99 per month after its latest price hike in the summer of 2020. When the service first launched a few years ago, it was only $35 per month.

The monthly price gradually increased over time as YouTube TV added new networks to its list of channels.

TVision is marketing its plans toward people who may be upset with those price hikes. Here’s an excerpt from T-Mobile’s news release announcing TVision:

“And even the streaming services designed to help you cut the cord with live TV have begun to look a lot like Big Cable. Over time, they’ve become more and more bloated, forcing you to pay more and more for additional channels, especially if you want live news and sports. In fact, five of the largest cord-cutting providers have raised prices 15 times in the last three years, some almost doubling the price from when they first launched.”

T-Mobile’s TVision has four main bundles. Its cheapest plan is TVision Vibe. It’s $10 per month and includes 30+ live and on-demand networks that focus on entertainment programming.

If you want sports, cable news and local channels, TVision’s Live TV, Live TV+ and Live Zone plans are $40 to $60 a month.

TVision Vibe$10/month
TVision Live TV$40/month
TVision Live TV+ $50/month
TVision Live Zone$60/month

By separating the entertainment-only channels from the rest, TVision gives you greater control over your monthly bill. You can get the Vibe plan, one of the Live plans or both.

YouTube TV offers a free trial period of one or two weeks, but there’s no free trial with TVision.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Only T-Mobile wireless customers were allowed to sign up for TVision when it launched in November 2020. The service will expand to everyone sometime in 2021. Learn more here.


Channel Lineups

  • YouTube TV: 85+ channels
  • TVision Live plans: Mostly sports, news and locals
  • TVision Vibe: Entertainment channels

YouTube TV has the best overall channel lineup. You get 85+ networks from the leading sports, cable news and entertainment networks. Local channels are also available.

As YouTube TV has raised its prices, some customers have complained that it added networks they didn’t want.

That’s where TVision comes in. The TVision Live plans (Live TV, Live TV+ and Live Zone) feature live sports, cable news and local stations in many cities. However, CBS is not included.

The more you pay, the more sports networks you’ll get: NFL Network is in Live TV+ and NFL RedZone is in Live Zone.

But as you review the channel lineups below, consider whether you would need to add the Vibe plan to a Live plan. That would increase your monthly bill.

Vibe includes networks like AMC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, MTV, OWN, TLC and more.

YouTube TV: $64.99/monthTVision Live TV: $40/monthTVision Live TV+: $50/monthTVision Live Zone: $60/monthTVision Vibe: $10/month
ABC*ABC*ABC*ABC*
ABC News LiveABC News LiveABC News LiveABC News Live
ACC Network (ACCN)ACC Network (ACCN)ACC Network (ACCN)
AMCAMC
American Heroes ChannelAmerican Heroes Channel
Animal PlanetAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBBC America
BBC World NewsBBC World News
BETBET
BET Her
Big Ten Network (BTN)Big Ten Network (BTN)Big Ten Network (BTN)
Boomerang
BravoBravoBravoBravo
Cartoon NetworkCartoon NetworkCartoon NetworkCartoon Network
CBS*
CBS Sports Network
Cheddar
CMTCMT
CNBC

CNBCCNBCCNBC
CNBC WorldCNBC World
CNNCNNCNNCNN
Cooking ChannelCooking Channel
Comedy CentralComedy Central
Comet
Court TV
Cozi TVCozi TVCozi TVCozi TV
CW
Destination AmericaDestination America
Discovery ChannelDiscovery Channel
Discovery FamilyDiscovery Family
Discovery LifeDiscovery Life
Disney ChannelDisney ChannelDisney ChannelDisney Channel
Disney JuniorDisney JuniorDisney JuniorDisney Junior
Disney XDDisney XDDisney XDDisney XD
DIY Network
E!E!E!E!
ESPNESPNESPNESPN
ESPN2ESPN2ESPN2ESPN2
ESPN3
ESPNewsESPNewsESPNews
ESPNUESPNUESPNU
ESPN College ExtraESPN College Extra
ESPN Deportes
Food Network
Food Network
FOX*FOX*FOX*FOX*
Fox Business NetworkFox Business NetworkFox Business NetworkFox Business Network
Fox Deportes
Fox News ChannelFox News ChannelFox News ChannelFox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
FreeformFreeformFreeformFreeform
FXFXFXFX
FXMFXMFXM
FXXFXXFXXFXX
Golf ChannelGolf ChannelGolf Channel
Great American CountryGreat American Country
Hallmark Channel
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTVHGTV
HLNHLNHLNHLN
IFCIFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)Investigation Discovery (ID)
Local Now
MAVTV
MLB Network
MotorTrendMotorTrend
MSNBCMSNBCMSNBCMSNBC
MTVMTV
MTV Classic
MTV2
National GeographicNational GeographicNational GeographicNational Geographic
Nat Geo WildNat Geo WildNat Geo Wild
NBA TV
NBC*NBC*NBC*NBC*
NBCLX
NBC News NowNBC News NowNBC News NowNBC News Now
NBCSNNBCSNNBCSNNBCSN
Newsy
NFL NetworkNFL NetworkNFL Network
NFL RedZone
Nick Jr.
NickelodeonNickelodeon
Nicktoons
Olympic ChannelOlympic ChannelOlympic Channel
Outside
OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)
OxygenOxygenOxygenOxygen
Paramount NetworkParamount Network
PBS*
PBS Kids*
Pop
Science ChannelScience Channel
SEC NetworkSEC NetworkSEC Network
Smithsonian Channel
Start TV
Sundance TVSundance TV
SyfySyfySyfySyfy
Tastemade
TBSTBSTBSTBS
TeenNick
Telemundo*Telemundo*Telemundo*Telemundo*
Tennis Channel
TLCTLC
TNTTNTTNTTNT
Travel ChannelTravel Channel
truTVtruTVtruTVtruTV
Turner Classic Movies (TCM)Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
TV LandTV Land
TYT Network
Universal KidsUniversal Kids
UniversoUniverso
USAUSAUSAUSA
VH1VH1
WE tvWE tv
*Based on local availability

After you finish reading this review, I encourage you to go directly to YouTube TV and TVision’s websites to confirm the local channels available in your area.

In addition to the broadcast networks, additional regional sports networks may be offered.

Cloud DVR

  • YouTube TV: Unlimited DVR
  • TVision Live plans: 100 hours of DVR storage
  • TVision Vibe: $5 a month extra

YouTube TV’s secret sauce is its unlimited DVR. You can record as many shows as you want and those recordings will be kept for up to nine months.

YouTube TV’s DVR is not only better than what TVision offers, it’s the best in all of streaming.

With TVision, you get 100 hours of cloud DVR storage if you sign up for any of the Live plans. Recordings can also be kept for up to nine months.

If you subscribe to TVision Vibe only, DVR storage is not included. It’s an extra $5 per month.

Compatible Devices

  • YouTube TV: All major streaming media players
  • TVision: Roku not supported at launch

YouTube TV supports all of the major devices to stream to a TV set. They include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Chromecast with Google TV.

At launch, TVision will work with most of those streaming media players — but not Roku.

TVision has also launched its own Android-powered device called the TVision HUB. The $50 device plugs into the back of your TV and comes with a remote that’s optimized for the TVision service.

I tested the TVision HUB and liked it, but it’s not necessary. You can use any compatible device.

If you want to learn more about the TVision HUB, I go into more detail in my full review of TVision. I also share a demonstration in this YouTube video.

Multiple Streams

  • YouTube TV: 3 streams
  • TVision Live plans: 3 streams
  • TVision Vibe plan: 2 streams

If you have multiple people in your household who want to stream at the same time, you’ll want to find a streaming TV service that allows simultaneous streams.

Fortunately, YouTube TV and TVision let you stream on up to three devices at the same time.

However, there’s a catch with TVision. Only the TVision Live plans allow three simultaneous streams, while the Vibe plan includes two streams at once.

Although multiple streams are allowed, these services are intended for one household per account.

Final Thought

If you’re a YouTube TV subscriber who’s fed up with the price hikes, TVision may be a money-saving solution.

However, my gut tells me that most households won’t be able to get a TVision Live plan only. Your must-have channels will likely include something in the Vibe plan.

If you end up paying for a Live plan and the Vibe plan, the savings compared to YouTube TV may be minimal.

And if you take the channels out of it, YouTube TV is the better option because it has unlimited cloud DVR storage and more streaming media players are supported — specifically Roku.

Have you considered signing up for TVision? Let me know in the comments below!


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