Tag Archives: Binge On

T-Mobile Says Binge On Customers Are Streaming Twice As Much Video, Adds Amazon Video Support

 

Today, T-Mobile added support for a few streaming services that were notably missing from their selection of nearly 40 existing services. Online video addicts can now also stream Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW, and their favorite wrestling moments for the WWE Network without cutting into their data plans. – Lucas Matney, TechCrunch   

T-Mobile’s Binge On: When throttling may not break the rules

T-Mobile CEO John Legere fired back at critics today in a blog post and video. Using the word “throttling” to describe T-Mobile’s video downgrading is just “semantics” and “bullshit,” he said. “What throttling is is slowing down data and removing customer control,” Legere said. “Binge On is neither of those things.” While Binge On streams video at lower bit rates, using less data, the data that is delivered to consumers isn’t slowed down, he said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

How to Stop T-Mobile From Reducing YouTube Video Quality

 

One of the fine print details of the Binge On service is that all forms of streamed video are reduced to 480p quality — and apparently that includes video from services that aren’t even part of the Binge On program, like YouTube. So if you’re enrolled in the Binge On program, you’ll notice that YouTube videos look worse and still count towards your mobile data cap. And the unfortunate thing is that there’s only one way to solve it right now: disable Binge On completely. – Joel Lee, Make Use Of

YouTube has a beef with T-Mobile over its video streaming policy

According to the statement, YouTube is particularly irked that T-Mobile customers on the Binge On plan aren’t able to watch HD versions of YouTube videos. Instead, they get a 480p version. YouTube cites two issues – T-Mobile customers get poor quality YouTube videos and the data counts toward their bandwidth limits. Second, it claims T-Mobile enrolls its customers in Binge On without asking them first. – Mark Huffman, Consumer Affairs

FCC Chair: Streaming That Doesn’t Count Against Data Caps Is “Innovative” And “Highly Competitive”

The commission has opened its process to consider whether they should consider data caps when they report on Americans’ broadband access in the future, but that decision and any future reports that result from it are months if not years away. However, when Wheeler was asked directly about it in a press conference after this month’s regular FCC open meeting, he said he saw a lot of good in it. “It is clear in the Open Internet order that we are pro-competition and pro-innovation,” said Tom Wheeler, “and clearly, this meets both of those criteria. It is highly innovative and highly competitive.” – Kate Cox, The Consumerist

T-Mobile Now Lets You Stream Video Without It Counting Toward Your Data

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[F]or its tenth event, T-Mobile went big. Say goodbye to video streaming nomming away your data. […] [CEO John Legere] just confirmed things during an event in LA, describing the move as “disrupting the scam” that is cellular data. It works a lot like Music Freedom, which T-Mobile introduced in June last year. It works with 24 different services including Netflix, HBO , Hulu, Sling TV, WatchESPN, Vevo, and all kinds of others. T-Mobile calls the service Binge On. It’s all free. Obviously, the biggest missing link is YouTube, but T-Mobile says they’re working with Google on getting YouTube in the program. […] Binge On is available starting November 15 for existing customers and November 19 for new plans, and if you can get Sling TV 30 percent of now if you’re on T-Mobile. – Darren Orf, Gizmodo