T-Mobile Binge On offers streaming video that won’t hurt your data allowance (with a catch)

Last summer, T-Mobile gave its users a new reason to turn to streaming for their mobile music needs as it announced Music Freedom as part of its Uncarrier 6.0 news. With Music Freedom, data consumed from major streaming music providers wasn’t counted against a user’s data cap, enabling them to stream high-quality music around the clock without penalty. A couple weeks back we heard that the latest Uncarrier announcement was on its way, and this one might bring word of a service similar to Music Freedom, but extended to video streaming services. Sure enough, for today’s Uncarrier 10 news T-Mobile announces Binge On, the video equivalent of Music Freedom.

Binge On initially supports some two dozen major streaming providers like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Starz, Crackle, Sling, VUDU, and a number of sports streamers. That already well-rounded list is set to grow even larger as T-Mobile adds new partners. Binge On even supports streaming video from T-Mobile-competitors Verizon and AT&T.

What’s the catch? Well, T-Mobile talks about Binge On “optimizing video for mobile screens” and promising “DVD [480p] or better quality,” which sounds a lot like cranking up the compression and seriously dropping resolution for otherwise high-definition sources. And Binge On is only available at all with one of T-Mobile’s qualifying Simple Choice plans – cutting out users on certain lower-priced tiers.

Speaking of Simple Choice, that’s the other big component of today’s Uncarrier 10 announcement, with T-Mobile double its data allotment for family plans. There’s also the limited-time offer to create a four-line plan for the price of three lines.

Source: T-Mobile

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