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Posted 5/21/16 , edited 5/24/16

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It's far better to support unlimited, un-throttled internet plans instead.


Sure I'd love to support that, except no carrier currently offers it.
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Posted 5/21/16 , edited 5/21/16
The heavens opened, the news was given, and I said "It's all good!"

I can understand that many people aren't pleased with the binge service but lets face it, most data plans are expensive or barely do anything except text or minutes. People need data for streaming and T-Mobile works.
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 5/23/16

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swishstyle wrote:

These kinds of developments are not good for real net neutrality though.


what do you expect? we kept rallying and opposing the choices of the rich, and kept being totally ignored by them. That shows how illogical current establishment is, really. The majority are forced to obey the very few. That is what needs to change IMO. b-but anyway...

It's good that CR got the better of the situation. it's good they are now riding on the high horse. what is bad, however, is what they POTENTIALLY needed to trade off in order to get that. I am afraid that T-Mobile will now have some kind of decisive voice, or something, when it comes to certain-things here. Hope not !

P.S. it really may the the sign of T-Mobile trying to buy our CR tbh O.O
P.P.S. not that it matters, but it's funny how we don' even have that in Poland + I am on an unlimited and not restricted in any way plan, so I don' care XD


Why would T-Mobile have a "decisive voice" in Crunchyroll's operations? All this is, is a program Crunchyroll is participating in to help its customers save on the data a little. Basically all Crunchyroll did was say "Hey T-Mobile, we can limit our streams to 1.5mbps (480p) on our end" and T-Mobile added them to a list.

I'd be more concerned with The Chernin Group and their plans to bring non anime related videos to Crunchyroll through vertical integration than T-Mobile.
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 5/22/16

TheGreekKey wrote:


Qoureno wrote:


swishstyle wrote:

These kinds of developments are not good for real net neutrality though.


what do you expect? we kept rallying and opposing the choices of the rich, and kept being totally ignored by them. That shows how illogical current establishment is, really. The majority are forced to obey the very few. That is what needs to change IMO. b-but anyway...

It's good that CR got the better of the situation. it's good they are now riding on the high horse. what is bad, however, is what they POTENTIALLY needed to trade off in order to get that. I am afraid that T-Mobile will now have some kind of decisive voice, or something, when it comes to certain-things here. Hope not !

P.S. it really may the the sign of T-Mobile trying to buy our CR tbh O.O
P.P.S. not that it matters, but it's funny how we don' even have that in Poland + I am on an unlimited and not restricted in any way plan, so I don' care XD


Why would T-Mobile have a "decisive voice" in Crunchyroll's operations? All this is, is a program Crunchyroll is participating in to help its customers save on the data a little. Basically all Crunchyroll did was say "Hey T-Mobile, we can limit our streams to 1.5mbps (480p) on our end" and T-Mobile added them to a list.

I'd be more concerned with The Chernin Group and their plans to bring non anime related videos to Crunchyroll through vertical integration than T-Mobile.


I do not know anything tbh, I am just speculating -- and being kinda paranoic we all know how money change some ppl into black holes of greed. Plus didn' I add that as the afterthought, really? I said I am glad they managed to pull this off, right?



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Posted 5/22/16

Qoureno wrote:


TheGreekKey wrote:


Qoureno wrote:


swishstyle wrote:

These kinds of developments are not good for real net neutrality though.


what do you expect? we kept rallying and opposing the choices of the rich, and kept being totally ignored by them. That shows how illogical current establishment is, really. The majority are forced to obey the very few. That is what needs to change IMO. b-but anyway...

It's good that CR got the better of the situation. it's good they are now riding on the high horse. what is bad, however, is what they POTENTIALLY needed to trade off in order to get that. I am afraid that T-Mobile will now have some kind of decisive voice, or something, when it comes to certain-things here. Hope not !

P.S. it really may the the sign of T-Mobile trying to buy our CR tbh O.O
P.P.S. not that it matters, but it's funny how we don' even have that in Poland + I am on an unlimited and not restricted in any way plan, so I don' care XD


Why would T-Mobile have a "decisive voice" in Crunchyroll's operations? All this is, is a program Crunchyroll is participating in to help its customers save on the data a little. Basically all Crunchyroll did was say "Hey T-Mobile, we can limit our streams to 1.5mbps (480p) on our end" and T-Mobile added them to a list.

I'd be more concerned with The Chernin Group and their plans to bring non anime related videos to Crunchyroll through vertical integration than T-Mobile.


I do not know anything tbh, I am just speculating -- and being kinda paranoic we all know how money change some ppl into black holes of greed. Plus didn' I add that as the afterthought, really? I said I am glad they managed to pull this off, right?





True, it's just that there is a common misconception that companies like Crunchyroll pay to be added to Binge-On which is not true. T-Mobile actually offers this free of charge to the video companies.
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Posted 5/22/16 , edited 6/4/16

swishstyle wrote: These kinds of developments are not good for real net neutrality though.


What matters the most for net neutrality in the US is broadband access. Cellphone data is only really critical for net neutrality in countries such as here in China, where a very large percentage of the population primarily accesses the internet via smartphone data plans.

Indeed, the Binge-On is a heck of a lot closer to neutrality than something like Facebook Zero ... looking at the list of streaming services, it is not limited to just "A list" streaming services.

And, as discussed above, it doesn't require a "toll charge" from the streaming video site to get onto the "fast lane". And that is because it's not a fast lane ... it's a "medium slow" lane, where customers get flat rate video streaming access in return to throttling their video streaming down to 480p SD.
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Posted 5/22/16
Awesome! Thanks Crunchyroll!
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Posted 5/23/16
Even though its locked on 480p, I've been waiting so long for TMobile to add this to their "Binge On" Plan.

I'm so Happy :D
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Actually T-Mobile offers an unlimited data plan (it includes tethering too) but it does look like the price has gone up a bit. They'll throttle someone to slower speeds for the month if they go nuts on data usage like being a true 1% data hog on their specific network area but they've really limited that to true abusers, not even the heavy video users. So it's pricy but it exists and is a great plan I've had for many years now. My only wish is that their "talk+text" base plan was cheaper.

If someone has a paid CR membership and a high end smartphone, using BingeOn is just silly since it loses so much quality for phone viewing. If folks are just watching on 480p with a free account and a lower end phone, it makes far more sense. (Although I still don't like to support these kinds of preferential data and quality throttling services.
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Posted 5/24/16 , edited 5/24/16
The other thing I would like to point out is especially with anime, (to me at least) I can't tell the difference on my 5.5inch smart phone screen with an anime playing at 480p compared to 720p. Plus, during a power outage when I lose my home internet connection, I don't have to worry about using up data while streaming CR.
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Posted 5/24/16 , edited 5/24/16
As a supporter of net neutrality, this scares me.

Imagine if programs like Binge On becomes popular enough with users, to the point where if Crunchyroll does not continue participate it in, CR would lose massive amount of users to competitors who do participate. Then the internet service providers can start extorting large sums of money from CR and CR's competitors to stay in the program.

I hope we don't get to that point.


TheGreekKey wrote:
True, it's just that there is a common misconception that companies like Crunchyroll pay to be added to Binge-On which is not true. T-Mobile actually offers this free of charge to the video companies.


Free... for now. If we are lucky it stays that way forever, but I'm not betting on it.
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Posted 5/24/16 , edited 5/28/16
As someone who personally benefits from Binge-On, I still care about net neutrality more than having video streaming that doesn't eat up my data. Like many other people have said, net neutrality is a really big issue and every service that is part of binge-on indirectly supports breaking net neutrality.

It doesn't matter if T-mobile forces companies to pay or not. Startup streaming services are still disadvantaged as their users need to use up their data to use the service. That's in direct violation of net neutrality.
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Posted 5/25/16
wow!!! im so excited to hear this!!! hopefully i cant watch all my favorite shows on my GS7!!!!
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Posted 5/25/16
YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've tweeted T-Mobile twice over the past 3 months, requesting they add Crunchyroll. SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!! My anime viewing is almost exclusively done via my phone on Hulu, which only shows half of the shows I want to watch (terrible internet connection at home) and so this is a HUGE boost! Now I can watch all the shows!
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Just tested crunchyroll app on my t mobile plan that has full bingeon.No data is used for YouTube or Netflix but crunchyroll just ate up 450 Meg's of my LTE. What gives?
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