T-Mobile’s Binge On is a convenient loophole that lets customers stream music and video from a long list of providers without it counting against their 4G data limit. The more services that participate in Binge On, the better, so the news that Apple Music, ABC,
The announcement today brings the list of participating services up to 100. It’s gone from being a select group of video and music services to a who’s who of online video and music.
The new additions today are:
- Apple Music
- Big Ten Network
- CEEK VR
- DISH Anywhere
DisneyChannel DisneyJr. DisneyXD
- FOX NOW
- NAT GEO TV
- Shalom World
- Tubi TV
Binge On isn’t without its drawbacks and critics. For customers signed up to Binge On, video from all the participating services is capped at SD quality, so you can’t watch HD streams. A study also found that T-Mobile’s detection system isn’t flawless, so some video was being incorrectly slowed down or quality-limited.
The service also annoys net neutrality warriors, who argue that by offering preferential treatment to some services, T-Mobile violates the fundamental tenant of net neutrality, to treat all internet traffic as legal.
It doesn’t seem to have spooked T-Mobile’s customers, though. According to T-Mobile’s data, 80% of Binge On video services are seeing customers watch more video on mobile devices. In the 8 months that Binge On has been active so far, customers have streamed 87,000 years of data-free video. That’s a whole lot of Nyan Cat.