New T-Mobile TVision remote spotted in FCC with Google Assistant button

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We’ve heard in recent months that T-Mobile is working on a refresh of its TVision TV service, and now it looks like the remote for a new TVision set-top box may have leaked.

Photos posted to the FCC website show a new TVision remote with dedicated buttons for YouTube, Netflix, and the Google Assistant. As noted by the folks at 9to5Google, this Google Assistant button along with the “Back” and “Home” buttons on its left and right sides of the Assistant button suggest that the new TVision set-top box could run Android TV.

Besides those dedicated buttons, this new TVision remote has a whole lot of other buttons to help you control the set-top box. There are Guide, DVR, and TVision buttons near the top that are magenta-colored, a d-pad for navigation along with volume and channel controls, and a number pad near the bottom with closed caption and settings buttons.

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The FCC filing also confirms that this new TVision hardware is made by SEI Robotics, a company that’s made several other Android TV devices in the past. There’s a page of the user manual for the remote, too, which you can see below.

T-Mobile hasn’t done much with TVision ever since it launched the service in April 2019, but a couple of months ago reports claimed that T-Mo was “retooling and redeveloping” the TVision platform. We also heard in May that the TVision refresh was “tech-ready for launch”, which is seemingly supported by the fact that this updated remote passed through the FCC earlier this year, but that T-Mo was delaying the launch until later this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s still unclear exactly when this refreshed version of TVision will actually launch, but with the news that a new set-top box powered by Android TV may be part of it, we’re even more interested in seeing what T-Mobile is cooking up.

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Via: 9to5Google
Source: FCC

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  • nutmac

    In hindsight, T-Mobile assumed they needed to offer cable TV to compete against Comcast, etc. for home broadband.

    Ironically, Comcast is now betting on Peacock to salvage their shrinking broadband business, AT&T on HBO Max. All T-Mobile had to do was extend Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Netflix to broadband customers.

    • Willie D

      Their original plan was dependent on using Sprint 2.5Ghz spectrum to push home internet and TVision as a cord free one company way to have not only home phone and wireless but the full quad package. Remember their special home security with Nest? Part of the same idea. When they couldn’t merge years ago with Sprint those plans had to change as well as put on hold or discontinued indefinitely. Now that they have Sprint spectrum times are different and I suspect the plan may still be there to do the above or maybe it’s simply to focus on 5G and let consumers decide if they want TVision or a streaming service, perhaps their next TVision box also comes with LTE/5G capability to stream over network without the need for home internet.

      • marque2

        I would love to dump my cable service for Tmobile, however, I wonder if, with all the home internet ads, their backbone can adequately support the extra data usage. They might find they can’t keep up, which may be the reason the Tmobile home internet has been so slow. They have a 4g wifi now, in addition to the very selective 5g home internet, but they make it so expensive, no-one could really use it for typical homes.

        • dcmanryan

          I doubt they could keep up. The wife and kids have been off since March and I’ve had to go unlimited with Comcast as I’m now using a ton of data. I’m currently at 1200gb on July 19th so I’ll be 1.8-1.9 TB this month. I have YouTube TV, Hulu, Netflix, Prime and Disney + and only stream and have 5 TVs. Between all of that and Xbox and social media it adds up in a hurry. My daughter bought some Xbox game the other day that was over 100gb. My usage is heavier than the norm I’m sure but I always was on the border of going over the data cap before this pandemic. I personally don’t see T-Mobile handling the heavy load and especially with people staying home more than normal.

        • marque2

          I still do about 350 gigs a month on cable in addition to my phone data. And my family isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary.

          Yeah adding Internet might cause 5g air ionization with all the data it will have to push through.

      • Jason

        Last I saw before being axed from the tvision department, the box is just like At&t box . It’s an android powered box the size of an apple tv . Embedded with tvision into it . Wifi and ethernet . Everything all digital and cloud based compared to the original boxes which were wired into the house like a regular cable provider

  • marque2

    I can use less google assist in my life. I’ll stick with my Roku.

  • UniBroW

    Live TV is such trash, I have FuboTV and I use it exactly zero aside from watching sports. I’ll never put on a TV show or movie on live TV and suffer through commercials and ads again.