T-Mobile TVision channels compared vs. Philo, Sling TV, Hulu and YouTube TV

The wireless carrier has a live TV service starting at $10 per month. Here's how its channels and features stack up.

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T-Mobile's new TVision service has a bunch of channels you can stream live. We break them all down below.


T-Mobile, best known as a company that you pay for phone service, is gunning for your TV now, too. Its revamped TVision service comes out Nov. 1 and offers packages of familiar TV channels that you stream live. It's a direct competitor to not only traditional cable TV but also to a bunch of other similar services like YouTube TVSling TV and Hulu Plus Live TV.

Since it starts at $10 per month, it's actually cheaper than any other such service -- half the price of Philo, the least expensive multichannel livestreamer. But that $10 package, called TVision Vibe, lacks local channels (think ABC, Fox and NBC) as well as sports and news channels. To get those you need to step up to the more expensive TVision Live package and pay at least $40 per month. 

So what channels do you get with TVision? Glad you asked.

Top 100 channel comparison

At CNET we maintain a list of the top 100 channels available across the major streaming services. For this article we've adapted that list to add the two main TVision packages -- the $10 Vibe and the $40 Live -- so you can compare them directly to the competition. Before you dive in, however, our standard caveats apply.

  • The list doesn't have every channel available on all of the services, just the top 100 as determined by CNET editors (namely, me). Sorry, AXS TV, Discovery Life, GSN, Longhorn Network and Universal HD. 
  • To conserve space I didn't include FuboTV or AT&T TV Now in the chart below, but I did include them in the big Google spreadsheet upon which the chart below is based. 
  • Yes = The channel is available on the cheapest pricing tier. That price is listed next to the service's name.
  • No = The channel isn't available at all on that service. 
  • $ = The channel is available for an extra fee, either a la carte or as part of a more expensive package or add-on. 
  • For TVision Live, I used the "$" to denote channels reserved for the step-up $50 and $60 packages.
  • Regional sports networks -- channels devoted to showing regular-season games of particular pro baseball, basketball and hockey teams -- are not listed. (TVision includes a few RSNs starting in its $50 Live Plus package; RSN coverage on the others varies widely.)
  • ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, MyNetworkTV and The CW networks are not available in every city and availability of these local channels varies per service. (Editors' note: CNET is owned by ViacomCBS.)  
  • The chart columns are arranged in order of price, so if you can't see everything you want, try scrolling right.

TVision Top 100 channel comparison

ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
Total channels: 27402638326076
ABC NoNoNoNoYesYesYes
CBS NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Fox NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
NBC NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
CW NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
MyNetworkTV NoNoNoNoYesYesYes
ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
A&E NoYesYesYesNoYesNo
ACC Network NoNo$No$YesYes
AMC YesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Animal Planet YesYesNoNoNoYesYes
BBC America YesYesYesYesNoNoYes
BBC World News YesYes$$NoNoYes
BET YesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Big Ten Network NoNoNoNo$YesYes
Bloomberg TV NoNoYesYesNoYesNo
Boomerang NoNo$$$YesNo
Bravo NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
Cartoon Network NoNoYesYesYesYesYes
CBS Sports Network NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Cheddar NoYesYesYesNoYesYes
Cinemax NoNoNoNoNo$$
CMT YesYes$$NoNoYes
CNBC NoNoNo$YesYesYes
CNN NoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Comedy Central YesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Cooking Channel NoYes$$No$No
Destination America NoYes$$No$No
Discovery Channel YesYesNoYesNoYesYes
Disney Channel NoNoYesNoYesYesYes
Disney Junior NoNo$NoYesYesYes
Disney XD NoNo$NoYesYesYes
DIY YesYes$$No$No
E! NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
EPIX No$$$NoNo$
ESPN NoNoYesNoYesYesYes
ESPN 2 NoNoYesNoYesYesYes
ESPNU NoNo$No$YesYes
ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
Food Network YesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Fox Business NoNoNo$YesYesYes
Fox News NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Fox Sports 1 NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Fox Sports 2 NoNoNo$YesYesYes
Freeform NoNoYesNoYesYesYes
FX NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
FX Movies NoNoNo$$YesYes
FXX NoNoNo$YesYesYes
FYI NoYes$$No$No
Golf Channel NoNoNo$$YesYes
Hallmark YesYes$$NoNoNo
HBO/HBO Max NoNoNoNoNo$$
HGTV YesYesYesYesNoYesYes
History NoYesYesYesNoYesNo
HLN NoNo$YesYesYesYes
IFC YesYesYesYesNoNoYes
Investigation Discovery YesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Lifetime NoYesYesYesNoYesNo
Lifetime Movie Network NoYes$$No$No
ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
MLB Network NoNo$$NoNoYes
Motor Trend YesYesYesNoNoYesYes
MSNBC NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
MTV YesYes$$NoNoYes
MTV2 YesYes$$NoNoNo
National Geographic NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Nat Geo Wild NoNoNo$$YesYes
NBA TV NoNo$$NoNoYes
NBC Sports Network NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Newsy NoYesYesYesNoNoYes
NFL Network NoNoNoYes$NoYes
NFL Red Zone NoNoNo$$No$
NHL Network NoNo$$NoNoNo
Nickelodeon YesYesNoNoNoNoYes
Nick Jr. YesYesYesYesNoNoNo
Nicktoons NoYes$$NoNoNo
OWN YesYesNoNoNoNoYes
Oxygen NoNoNo$YesYesYes
Paramount Network YesYes$$NoNoYes
ChannelTVision Vibe ($10)Philo ($20)Sling Orange ($30)Sling Blue ($30)TVision Live TV ($40)Hulu with Live TV ($55)YouTube TV ($65)
Science NoYes$$No$No
SEC Network NoNo$No$YesYes
Showtime NoNo$$No$$
Smithsonian NoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Starz No$$$No$$
Sundance TV YesYes$$NoNoYes
Syfy NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Tastemade NoYes$$NoNoYes
TBS NoNoYesYesYesYesYes
TCM NoNo$$$YesYes
Telemundo NoNoNoNoYesYesYes
Tennis Channel NoNo$$NoNoYes
TLC YesYesNoYesNoYesYes
TNT NoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Travel Channel YesYesYesYesNoYesYes
TruTV NoNo$YesYesYesYes
TV Land YesYes$$NoNoYes
USA Network NoNoNoYesYesYesYes
VH1 YesYes$$NoNoYes
Viceland NoYesYesYesNoYesNo
Weather Channel NoNoNoNoNoNoNo
WE tv YesYes$$NoNoYes

Features comparison

If you've ever used a live TV service to stream, you know it's a lot like cable: There's a grid guide you can choose from live channels and you can "record" shows to a cloud DVR, pause live TV and access some on-demand content. We haven't used TVision yet, but it looks similar on paper. Here's how its features stack up. 

For an explanation of these features (and a lot more) check out our guide to the best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters in 2020.

T-Mobile TVision features comparison

TVision VibeTVision LivePhiloSling TVHulu Plus Live TVYouTube TV
Base price $10/month for 30 channelsStarts at $40/month for 30+ channels$20/month for 60+ channels$30/month for 30+ channels$55/month for 60+ channels$65/month for 85+ channels
ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels NoABC, Fox and NBC in select markets (no CBS)NoFox and NBC only in select citiesYes in many marketsYes in many markets
Step-up packages with more channels No$50/month, $60/monthNoYes, an extra $5/month eachNoNo
Simultaneous streams per account 2331 or 32 ($15 option for unlimited)3
Family member/user profiles NoNoYesNoYesYes
Pause, rewind, fast-forward YesYesYesYesYesYes
Record shows for later (cloud DVR) Yes ($5 per month)YesYesYes ($5 per month)YesYes
Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR YesYesYesYesNo (Yes with $10 option)Yes
Video on demand YesYesYesYesYesYes
Compatible with authentication/TV Everywhere apps NoNoYesYesYesYes

What else do I need to know about TVision?

Beyond channels and features, TVision has some similarities and major differences compared to the others. Here's a quick list of top-line stuff to know.

  • This year TVision will only be available to T-Mobile subscribers.
  • Some time next year it will be available to everyone, but it will probably cost more.
  • Historically prices for these services increase at a regular clip anyway.
  • New subscribers to the $40-and-up packages can get a free one-year subscription to Apple TV Plus and can buy an Apple TV 4K for $99, a savings of $80 from its regular $179 price. 
  • Like its streaming competitors (and unlike cable) TVision doesn't require a contract (you can cancel anytime) and doesn't need special equipment to watch on -- just an app.
  • TVision apps are available for many TV and mobile devices at launch but not for Roku streamers or TVs.

For more details, including exact device support and information on the $50 TVision Hub streamer, check out our full TVision writeup. We expect to publish our hands-on impressions soon.

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Correction, Oct. 29: Chart updated to include the availability of Newsy, Starz and Epix on Philo.