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YouTube isn't happy about T-Mobile's Binge On quality downgrades

By Gabe Carey ยท 7 replies
Dec 23, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/12/2015-12-23-image-9.jpg" /></p> <p>With T-Mobile&#39;s Binge On program that launched last month, subscribers can stream videos from Netflix, HBO Go, and a number of other content providers without the fear of reaching their data limits for the month. In theory, it sounds like a tempting offer, but the reality of the situation is much less attractive.</p> <p>Regardless of whether or not the service is featured in the Binge On program, video providers are having their content downgraded to an embarrassing 480p resolution. This includes YouTube, who&#39;s publicly upset by the notion.</p> <p>The company went as far as reporting a statement to <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/youtube-says-t-mobile-is-throttling-its-video-traffic-1450821730">The Wall Street Journal</a>, claiming that &quot;reducing data charges can be good for users, but it doesn&#39;t justify throttling all video services, especially without explicit user consent.&quot;</p> <p>That&#39;s right -- unfortunately, for T-Mobile users, Binge On is automatically enabled for anyone with a standard data plan, so long as they get at least 3GB of bandwidth every month. This means that if you have a smartphone on T-Mobile, chances are, your video quality is being downgraded without your permission. Of course, Binge On can be turned off at any time; it&#39;s just a matter of knowing it&#39;s there to begin with.</p> <p>Just last week, the FCC started looking into the legalities of T-Mobile&#39;s Binge On and Music Freedom programs, both of which exempt a specific set of services from counting against carrier-enforced data caps. In accordance the the commission&#39;s newly administered net neutrality laws, traffic throttling and prioritization are off-limits. It&#39;s not clear, however, whether or not T-Mobile&#39;s incentives interfere with these rules.</p> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>When asked about YouTube&#39;s statement by Wall Street analyst Walt Piecyk, T-Mobile CEO John Legre responded with expected affirmation:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/WaltBTIG">@WaltBTIG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WSJ">@WSJ</a> Our customers &#10084;&#65039; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BingeOn?src=hash">#BingeOn</a> - streaming video w/o hitting their data bucket AND complete control to turn it on/off at will!</p> &mdash; John Legere (@JohnLegere) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnLegere/status/679447527565996033">December 22, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Wall Street Journal reports alleged that YouTube wasn&#39;t included in the Binge On program because of T-Mobile&#39;s inability to consistently gauge the video provider&#39;s traffic metrics. For the time being, it doesn&#39;t seem like YouTube cared for an invite anyway.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/63245-youtube-isnt-happy-about-t-mobile-binge-quality.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/63245-youtube-isnt-happy-about-t-mobile-binge-quality.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/63245-youtube-isnt-happy-about-t-mobile-binge-quality.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,361   +66

    I don't even believe that is true. Does it have it's own library of all youtube videos? What's the difference on a 1 inch screen anyway?
  3. infiltrator

    infiltrator TS Booster Posts: 159   +26

    All videos that I watch must be in either 720p or 1080p.
    Or else I won't be a happy user.....
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,872   +2,827

    At least you're a little bit more restrained. Some consumers want 4K resolution videos on a 3" TFT screen at 2.5G prices and speeds.
    Personally I don't consume any media on some fiddly mobile device, I couldn't be bothered with that. For me it's either go big or go home.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2015
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,343   +819

    on an 1 inch screen maybe not, but on a fullhd 5/6 inch screen the difference in quality is huge going from 480p to 720/1080p.
  6. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +533

    Watching tv on a 4-5" screen is silly anyway.
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +533

    You'll see why, when you are in your FIFTIES
  8. umbala

    umbala TS Maniac Posts: 197   +176

    My eyes!! The goggles do nothing!!

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