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T-Mobile shutting down older TVision service

Customers are being pushed to sign up for the company's new TVision Live service instead.

Customers are being pushed to sign up for the company's new TVision Live service instead.

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T-Mobile says it will sunset its first attempt at pay television at the end of the year.

Starting December 30, T-Mobile says it will completely discontinue its TVision Home service and stop offering customers an associated high-speed home Internet service.

“TVision Home was just the start of our mission to make TV better for everyone and remove customer pain point,” T-Mobile said in a statement posted on its website. “We’ve been hard at work on a streaming solution since we started this journey in 2017.”

That was the year T-Mobile acquired Layer 3, a startup Internet-based pay television service. The company relaunched the service a year later as TVision Home, a $99 a month pay TV offering that was available in less than a dozen cities.

TVision Home ultimately led to the creation of TVision Live, a new streaming service that offers a handful of channels from Comcast, Disney, Fox Corporation and others for $40 a month. T-Mobile also offers a smaller streaming service, TVision Vibe, that includes 30 general entertainment channels for $10 a month.

Before December 30, T-Mobile will push its existing TVision Home customers to sign up for TVision Live. Existing TVision Home customers can try out TVision Live’s top package, Live Zone, and companion streaming service TVision Vibe for free through the middle of 2021.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).