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T-Mobile Adds YouTube to Binge On

T-Mobile announced today that Google's YouTube has been added to Binge On. That means that T-Mobile subscribers with qualifying plans can watch YouTube without it counting against their high speed data cap. Binge On is automatically included with Simple Choice Prepaid Plans priced at $60 and up, as well as with most T-Mobile postpaid plans

Introducing Binge On - Only From T-Mobile
YouTube is by far the most watched streaming video service on mobile devices and its absence from Binge On has been a major complaint about the service. Up to now, Google had refused to participate in Binge On because it objected to the way binge Binge On works. Binge On throttles all video steams to 1.5 Mbps, which Google found caused serious quality issues. T-Mobile is now allowing video providers to do their own video optimization and Google is the first Binge On provider to take advantage of that option.

In addition to YouTube, T-Mobile also added Baeble Music, Discovery GO, ESNE, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, KlowdTV, and Red Bull TV to Bing On today. That brings the total number of supported services to more than 50. Visit www.t-mobile.com/bingeon for the full list.

A major complaint about Binge On by users and video providers is that when Binge On is enabled, which it is by default, all video streams and downloads are throttled to 1.5 Mbps, including videos from services that aren't participating in Binge On. That means that when a Binge On user watches a video from a service that Binge On doesn't support, they get a degraded quality video and the data used watching it counts against their high speed cap. Today T-Mobile announced that video providers can opt out of Binge On throttling. So far, no providers have opted-out but that's likely to change as news of the new opt-out option spreads.

T-Mobile says that its customers are watching  twice as many hours of video per day than before Binge On was launched. According to T-Mobile, Binge On has delivered more than 57 million GB (57 petabytes) of video since the service launched November 10, 2015.

Here's T-Mobile CEO John Legere in a rare profanity-free video announcing that YouTube is now part of Binge On.



Sources: T-Mobile, TmoNews

For more about Binge On see:
T-Mobile Makes It Easier for Users to Manage Binge On
New EFF Report Says T-Mobile is Throttling Content
T-Mobile Announces Binge On Unlimited Video Streaming and It's Coming to Prepaid

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  1. This doesnt apply to me since I have the $40 plan.

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  2. I wish I understood what plans actually qualify, my $30 5gb account info shows "binge on" is on.

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  3. "YouTube is by far the most watched streaming video service"
    I don't think this is true. Netflix is probably #1, and least in volume streamed.

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    1. You're right if you include fixed broadband streaming. )n mobile YouTube and Facebook videos are both bigger than NetFlix. Source: Netflix and Other Streamers Hog 70 Percent of Internet

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  4. I wish they'd bring this option to MetroPCS, it would be a killer plan and I'd drop Cricket in a heartbeat.

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    1. It's not killer compared to Cricket. If I dropped Cricket and went to Metro, I'd get 0 bars of service.

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  5. Does this apply to me I have the tmobile 50 dollar plan with 2gb?

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    1. No, you need 3gb or higer

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  6. Everyone can benefit from the data optimization, whether it's done by T-Mobile or YouTube, the first provider to opt out of T-Mobile compression.
    YouTube will compress their video streams over Binge On, and this will still save high speed mobile data for everyone who uses it.

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  7. You can get zero-rated, XX rated video via Binge ON now, but T-Mo is not advertising it.
    Check out MiKandi - an adult app store offering adult-themed videos, games, comics and chat.

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  8. With much of the initial controversy about potential net neutrality violations behind it, T-Mobile’s Binge On video service continues to grow.
    The Un-carrier announced today it has added 13 new video streaming partners to Binge On’s lineup, including Google Play Music, NBC, Radio Disney, Univision and Spotify. The latest addition brings the total number of Binge On partners to more than 80.

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