T-Mobile is throwing in the towel on its ambitious “uncarrier” move to shake up cable TV: The wireless provider is shutting down TVision about six month after launching it. YouTube TV is becoming T-Mobile’s preferred live TV solution, with the three TVision packages it introduced last fall “winding down” on April 29. In addition, T-Mobile is teaming up with over-the-top pay TV provider Philo to offer a $10 base-level video service.
The Uncarrier’s new pay TV service matches up against these specific incumbents well in terms price and channel selection, and executives have noticed
The Newsy channel will be available on Philo’s streaming TV service just in time for the highly-anticipated 2020 election.
Low-cost, sports-free streaming television service Philo said it has reached a deal with Google and is now available via Chromecast. Philo also said it rolled out Philo Connect, which will help Philo users connect and watch programming all of their devices.
On day two of the Pay TV Show a panel of representatives from virtual MVPDs gathered to discuss the future of the TV service and channel bundles.
When the internet TV service Philo led by CEO Andrew McCollum launched in November 2017, it had the cheapest pay-TV bundle on the market in the US. For $16 per month, people could buy a smattering of 45 entertainment TV channels, such as AMC, HGTV, Food Network, MTV and Comedy Central, and add on a small collection of other networks for an extra $4 per month. A year-and-a-half later, the streaming TV company still has one of the most affordable options for live TV services in the U.S. but is being forced to scrap its least expensive offering.
The skinny-bundle TV streaming service, which nixes news and sports for a cut-rate bundle costing $16 a month, is also rolling out support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
The power of human suggestions — or what used to be known as the water cooler — might be coming back, thanks to a new streaming service started by an ex-Facebook founder that’s launching today. Philo costs $16 a month and includes more than 35 channels from A+E, AMC Networks, Discovery, Scripps and Viacom — which are also strategic investors in the company. The service is available nationwide and on most major streaming platforms, including iOS, Android (through the Chrome browser, for now), Apple TV and Roku.