If you want to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix to your smartphone or tablet right now without having to worry about data caps or throttling, you have one choice right now: T-Mobile’s Binge On program. Net neutrality debate aside, Binge On is a well-liked add on for T-Mobile’s postpaid subscribers that lets them stream an unlimited amount of video at reduced quality from a select group of content providers, Netflix included.
There’s no indication that any rival carriers are planning a similar service anytime soon, but it looks like Netflix is working to take matters into its own hands.
No, it won’t get you unlimited streaming like Binge On does, but Netflix is currently testing a feature that will allow users of its mobile app to reduce the quality of video streams so that they consume less data.
The feature in question is called Mobile Data Saver, and it was spotted recently by Android Police when Netflix accidentally released a private beta version of its Android app to the public. The company has since pulled the app from public view, but not before a few screenshots made it out into the wild:
Netflix has discussed the feature in the past so we knew it was coming, but seeing it hit the beta could be an indication that it will soon make its way to the public. The company hasn’t yet shared any details as far as a release timeline is concerned.