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Posted 11/10/15 , edited 11/10/15
T-Mobile just announced that their new "Uncarrier" perk is unlimited video streaming from approved apps!

I would love to see Crunchyroll be a part of this as watching unlimited anime on the go would be great. T-Mobile has stated that ANY video streaming service is eligible as long as they meet certain technical requirements.

More info can be found here: http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/binge-on-streaming-video.html

List of Approved Services: http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/binge-on-streaming-video-list.html
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Posted 11/10/15
Damn, someone beat me to it!
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Posted 11/10/15
One step forward for technology, good job T-Mobile.
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Posted 11/10/15
So basically approved video streaming apps don't affect your data plan use?
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Posted 11/10/15
That's correct, ShinAmaterasu.
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Posted 11/11/15
I don't post on this forum, but I came here to suggest that Crunchyroll gets this set-up, looks like you beat me to it. I'd love to not eat up all my data streaming videos. And I'm sure that it shouldn't be a problem for Crunchyroll to partner with Tmobile. Would love to see it happen!
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So, even if this sounds like a good deal on the surface, in effect, they are extorting streaming companies to pay an additional premium price to get included on their list. Isn't that what net neutrality was supposed to eliminate, "preferred" partners? Or do you consider this to be different, somehow, because it is mobile instead of being cable/DSL. etc, based?

At the same time they jacked up their "unlimited" data plan 50% from $30 to $45 (grandfathered unlimited users exempted)
http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9713874/t-mobile-unlimited-data-plan-huge-price-hike
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Posted 11/11/15

asharka wrote:

So, even if this sounds like a good deal on the surface, in effect, they are extorting streaming companies to pay an additional premium price to get included on their list.

Reportedly T-Mobile isn't charging providers. They do have to meet certain technical specifications, however. Apparently the video being delivered is optimized 480p, so viewers won't be binging on HD.

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asharka wrote:
At the same time they jacked up their "unlimited" data plan 50% from $30 to $45 (grandfathered unlimited users exempted)
http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9713874/t-mobile-unlimited-data-plan-huge-price-hike

Nice. For a long time I just grumbled to myself and accepted their crappy coverage because I thought it was cheaper, and I liked their theoretical promise of "no overage charges because even if you go over the limit we just slow you down until next month".

I finally got cheesed off enough by the crappy coverage to realize "It's not 'saving' money to pay for something I can barely use. I need to find out how much more it would be for good service, then choose between 'Usable service is more expensive than it's worth' and 'I need it enough to justify paying the extra'."

So I actually compared prices to a competitor that's well-known for better coverage, and found out I would actually save money (and that was before this hike). I switched, and haven't looked back.
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Posted 11/11/15
Another effect of T-Mobile's "Binge On" program, per http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/11/t-mobile-exempts-video-from-data-caps-but-lowers-resolution-to-480p/:

"If customers have Binge On turned on and use another service that isn’t included for free, it will still be optimized and will allow them to use up to 3X as much data (so it would count against the allotment, but will be optimized)," T-Mobile told Ars today.

To put it another way, if you have "Binge On", you would need to turn it off to stream in HD, even from a provider that wasn't on the list.
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Be happy about their "unlimited" data plans, over here in their native Germany they give you 300Mb to work with for a month on the basic level. At a much higher price, if you use one of their subsidized mobile phones.
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I read on Plex media forum, that all CR has to do is share their SSL cert with T-Mobile. T-Mobile inspects the certs to label the traffic under the binge on program. Wish it wasn't just 480p
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Posted 11/28/15

asharka wrote:

So, even if this sounds like a good deal on the surface, in effect, they are extorting streaming companies to pay an additional premium price to get included on their list. Isn't that what net neutrality was supposed to eliminate, "preferred" partners? Or do you consider this to be different, somehow, because it is mobile instead of being cable/DSL. etc, based?

At the same time they jacked up their "unlimited" data plan 50% from $30 to $45 (grandfathered unlimited users exempted)
http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9713874/t-mobile-unlimited-data-plan-huge-price-hike


T-Mobile isn't charging for their service and they even advertise they do not charge providers for this service. There is no extorting any money what-so-ever. Click on their "Add your favorite video streaming service to Binge On. Learn how" link and you get below

Want to see your favorite video streaming service added to Binge On?

We want all of your favorite video streaming services to be included as a part of Binge On. If your go-to video streaming service isn’t part of the program yet, tweet us your favorite service @TMobile, along with the hashtag #BingeOn. If they meet our requirements, we’ll investigate the feasibility of adding them. No one pays to join and no money is exchanged.

If you are a streaming service provider Click here, send us an email and we’ll get back to you to begin the process. For more information about technical criteria, Click here.

T-Mobile will review all submissions to ensure identification of video stream and technical requirements, including optimization for mobile viewing.
Only T-Mobile is committed to maximizing YOUR choice and providing access to as many great providers as possible.

also if you look at their technical criteria link you will see
http://www.t-mobile.com/content/dam/tmo/en-g/pdf/BingeOn-Video-Technical-Criteria-November-2015.pdf
T‐Mobile is excited to launch our Binge On video offering, under which customers on qualifying rate
plans who choose to receive standard DVD quality video (typically 480p or better) receive zero‐rated
video streams from qualifying content providers.  As with the Music Freedom offering that came before
it, T‐Mobile wants to encourage as many content providers as possible to participate.  There is no charge
‐ any content provider who meets the technical criteria can participate in the offering
.   To be included, a
content provider's video streams will meet the following requirements:
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Posted 11/29/15
Wow. That didn't sound copypasted at all. (^_~)

There's a good article on the subject over at techdirt.
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ANYONE can use it and it's free. If a provider doesn't want to jump on it it then it's own them. Net Neutrality was on the basis have to BUY in, and give competitive advantage towards those buying in. Since it isn't buy in and no technical needs out of pocket T-Mobile isn't violating it. Also customers can opt in or opt out on their own. T-Mobile isn't stopping any provider from jumping on.

Also as for them "throttling" all video. When you opt in, and people have little to no reading comprehension it even says it will force 480 streaming if you opt in to make data last 3 times longer for those who are not on unlimited data plans.

It's a good thing, and people are fear mongering about it.

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