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Here's How You Can Switch Off Binge On From Your Device

Over the last few years, 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.
There are over 20 streaming services that are included in T-Mobile's Binge On program. When enabled, all streamed videos are compressed to 480p. You can then stream as much video as you want without worrying about going over your data cap. If you would like to keep viewing content in HD quality, you just have to switch off the service.

Source: AndroidPolice

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  1. Are there subscription fees for the streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix

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    1. Netflix is subscription only, Hulu is freemium but the free tier is only available on PCs. Some of the other Binge On services like Crackle are free.

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  2. So they throttle certain types of traffic (videos) but not others AND allow certain services to exceed preset data caps WHICH effectively limit access to the interweb.

    Either the FCC is completely out of touch or they don't actually give a damn about three practics which mop the floor with the spirit of net neutrality.

    Even ignoring the caps and throttling that apply to everyone, T-Mobile is still giving preferential treatment to users of certain services while leaving everyone else at the mercy of limited bandwidth.

    If that's not a violation of NN then nothing is.

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    1. Preach on! Not including sites like redtube in free unlimited streaming is a blatant violation of net neutrality.

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  3. Frankly I love binge on, even though I'm on unlimited I've hard a harder time reaching the 23gb deprioritization point. I'm streaming just as much as before or even more and I've used less than half of data that I used previously. While the 23gb deprioritization only hindered me during rush hour in Manhattan it was always usable for browsing and music streaming! I'm not sure why binge on is such a problem when it can be turned off! My brother didn't even realize he was on it and chose to keep it on after he realized how much less data he uses on his 10gb plan, it's a win win to me! Using Hulu all day long and Netflix binges on the weekends his 10gb plan is just as fruitful as my grandfathered unlimited plan. The quality is not really noticeably different on his Verizon lg vista (5.5)

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    1. I totally agree. I like binge on...love it love it...Even with a 3gb plan I can Stream ALL i can watch. Amanzing. Buffet non stop from netflix and hulu: what a gift. And I can still roll over extra data for YOutube time when I'm not on wifi. Hey this is a win win. Of course, those who do not like it well just turn it off and you're back to your original state. So what's the problem????

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    2. Plus one little secret I"m not sure people know about BINGE: You can hotspot UNLIMITEDLY netflix or Hulu (and 20 others) to your Computer, and Tablet with much bigger screen. Unlimited hotspot is included for certain devices like Computer or Tablet.

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  4. If you are using 23gb a month you need to get a real life.Seem to me your life is noting more then watching youtube and netflick all day.

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  5. Hulu is free on Android tablets. Not sure about smartphones, but I use it on my Android tablet for free all the tiem.

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  6. "...your Computer, and Tablet with much bigger screen."
    480p on a bigger high-res screen looks like dog doodoo and you know it.
    I tried this watching netflix JJ last month, you can really really see the dithering, its bad.

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  7. I realize that this may be a language issue but the title is How to do something, but there are no instructions on how to do that thing. So please consider adding instructions or not implying that the article teaches how to do something by using the word How.

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    1. Well there's this from the post,

      "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."

      It really is that easy, there's an actual Binge On toggle on your T-Mobile account dashboard.

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  8. If YouTube video isnt included in BingeOn (free data cap) - it shouldnt be resized at all for anyone.
    That is going to be the coffin nail for Tmobile and Net Nutrality

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  9. People who can't afford cable would be a fanboy for this BingeOn nonsense.

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    1. Do you have mobile cable?
      How does that work, exactly?

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  10. This is not the way I understand what John Legere had said at the event! What I took from his words was that the video stream from YouTube etc (those on included in Binge On) could NOT by limited to 480p because they refuse to work with T-Mobile to allow them access to know what is and what is not video. If this is not how the service works then I see corporate deception at a height in T-Mobile doing this. They are only trying to face their own network's bandwidth to quench an ever increasing data hungry populous instead of doing what they ought which is add more carriers to their network increase the amount of data they can sell to their customers with higher quality service. I bet Verizon and all the cellular companies have been doing this (giving a lower quality service) from the start without even telling their customers!

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    1. To reduce congenstion, T-Mobile provides an incentive for customers to watch lower resolution video. Overall usage may be higher but it is spread out. It's a smart move. It reminds me of electric companies offering incentives to customers who reduce personal usage during periods of peak aggregate demand.

      Bottom line, T-Mobile customers can choose to opt out and watch high resolution video on a tiny screen if they insist. It's easy as pie. However, when somebody chooses to opt out and then whines that others are rewarded for playing nice, they sound like a spoiled child.

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  11. YouTube is not part of BingeOn, yet it is altered. How does one opt out from that??

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    1. Toggle off Binge On from your T-Mobile account dashboard.

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  12. You missed the point. T-Mobile just got caught in a lie. The free video service they say wasnt part of BingeON, is still being compressed. So why isnt it part of free data for BingeOn? Paid services are......free service isnt.

    "Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, T-Mobile VP of Engineering Grant Castle explained that the problem is a technical one. T-Mobile needs to be able to identify incoming traffic as video so that it can apply the optimization tech"



    http://www.tmonews.com/2015/11/t-mobile-sheds-some-light-on-youtubes-absence-from-binge-on/

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