T-Mobile announced changes that promised to benefit their users' experience. Net neutrality advocates, however, do not seem to be too happy with the way the carrier is managing its data caps. Particularly with T-Mobile's Binge On program, which exempts things like Hulu, Netflix, and others from data limits. One such company that has spoken out on how videos are throttled by T-Mobile is YouTube. According to them, T-Mobile was throttling video services which aren't even part of Binge On (such as YouTube).
Unfortunately YouTube seemed to have missed out T-Mobile's announcement at the Uncarrier X event when Binge On was introduced. When T-Mobile cleared up information on their opt-out service, they specifically stated that all videos identified by their carrier would be streamed at a reduced quality, regardless if they were part of the Binge On program or not. This would then be counted against the data cap of the subscriber since it was not part of Binge On.
Again, T-Mobile clarifies that this is how their Binge On service works. While they explained it in last month's event, it's best to have a deeper understanding on how the service works. Here are some of the things you need to know about Binge On:
- Binge On is automatically switched on on all accounts under T-Mobile's Simple Choice plans.
- If you don't want to view streamed videos over LTE to be compressed to 480p, you will have to switch off Binge On. To do this, you just need to go to your T-Mobile account page and manually turn it off.
- With Binge On switched off, all the videos you view will be counted against your data cap; even if it was from a Binge On partner. On the plus side, you'll be able to stream in HD resolution.
- Binge On only compresses videos when they are accessed over T-Mobile's network. Connecting to Wi-Fi does not affect your video streaming quality.