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 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.
- 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/month||TVision Live TV: $40/month||TVision Live TV+: $50/month||TVision Live Zone: $60/month||TVision Vibe: $10/month|
|ABC News Live||ABC News Live||ABC News Live||ABC News Live|
|ACC Network (ACCN)||ACC Network (ACCN)||ACC Network (ACCN)|
|American Heroes Channel||American Heroes Channel|
|Animal Planet||Animal Planet|
|BBC America||BBC America|
|BBC World News||BBC World News|
|Big Ten Network (BTN)||Big Ten Network (BTN)||Big Ten Network (BTN)|
|Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network|
|CBS Sports Network|
|CNBC World||CNBC World|
|Cooking Channel||Cooking Channel|
|Comedy Central||Comedy Central|
|Cozi TV||Cozi TV||Cozi TV||Cozi TV|
|Destination America||Destination America|
|Discovery Channel||Discovery Channel|
|Discovery Family||Discovery Family|
|Discovery Life||Discovery Life|
|Disney Channel||Disney Channel||Disney Channel||Disney Channel|
|Disney Junior||Disney Junior||Disney Junior||Disney Junior|
|Disney XD||Disney XD||Disney XD||Disney XD|
|ESPN College Extra||ESPN College Extra|
|Food Network||Food Network|
|Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network|
|Fox News Channel||Fox News Channel||Fox News Channel||Fox 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)|
|Golf Channel||Golf Channel||Golf Channel|
|Great American Country||Great American Country|
|Hallmark Movies & Mysteries|
|Investigation Discovery (ID)||Investigation Discovery (ID)|
|National Geographic||National Geographic||National Geographic||National Geographic|
|Nat Geo Wild||Nat Geo Wild||Nat Geo Wild|
|NBC News Now||NBC News Now||NBC News Now||NBC News Now|
|NFL Network||NFL Network||NFL Network|
|Olympic Channel||Olympic Channel||Olympic Channel|
|OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)||OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network)|
|Paramount Network||Paramount Network|
|Science Channel||Science Channel|
|SEC Network||SEC Network||SEC Network|
|Sundance TV||Sundance TV|
|Travel Channel||Travel Channel|
|Turner Classic Movies (TCM)||Turner Classic Movies (TCM)||Turner Classic Movies (TCM)|
|TV Land||TV Land|
|Universal Kids||Universal Kids|
|WE tv||WE 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!