Last year, US mobile operator T-Mobile launched its Binge On scheme, which enabled people to watch online video services without incurring data charges.
YouTube was missing from the launch though, due to a dispute over whether T-Mobile was “throttling” the video quality of participating services without users’ consent. Now the pair have settled their differences, and YouTube is part of the scheme.
In a blog post, parent company Google explained that it had persuaded T-Mobile to make several changes to the way Binge On works, including making it easier for customers to turn it on or off; and enabling some video services to “optimise” (i.e. throttle) their streams for themselves, rather than leave it to the operator.
“We think these changes, which T-Mobile is making for all users and video providers on a non-preferential basis, can help ensure that the program works well for all users and the entire video ecosystem.”