Verizon now letting its customers watch go90 videos over LTE without using data

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When Binge On launched last year, T-Mobile included Verizon’s go90 among the services that would stream without using your monthly data. Now Verizon customers are getting the same benefit.

Verizon today updated its go90 apps for Android and iOS, and the big new feature is that postpaid Verizon customers can now stream go90 videos over LTE without using their data. go90 serves up video from providers like Comedy Central, IGN, Icon Network, Nerdist, DreamWorks TV, and the NBA.

Verizon does note that not all go90 usage will be data-free. App activity like browsing, commenting, clipping, and sharing will still use your data.

What Verizon has done is likely going to draw comparisons to T-Mobile and Binge On. One difference between the two is that Verizon is only zero-rating its own go90 app, while T-Mobile’s Binge On offers data-free streaming from a number of different partners. We’ll have to wait and see if the FCC has anything to say about Verizon’s move, but in the mean time, there will almost certainly be arguments that free go90 streaming violates net neutrality.

Via: PRNewswire
Sources: go90 apps for Android, iOS

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  • Verizon’s network is Verizon’s property, so it should be able to do with it whatever it pleases. Unless, of course, someway or somehow, private property has been socialized or put under the control of some entity other than those who funded and built it, also know as theft.

    • k

      I’m with ya. and more importantly, Verizon owns Go90 (content provider) AND the network. I could possibly see this as the future method for providing content on wireless. Content providers can go it alone OR sign up for the wireless carriers app OR both.

      • VINN

        Yeah, who needs the www when you can get content for free?

    • Adam

      I don’t understand why Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile cannot do a four way merger. It’s their company. Owning a content provider and using public airwaves is a conflict of interest.

      • Like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc?

        • Adam

          Yes, FOX should have never been allowed to buy DirectTV. It made TV crap. The others mostly have local stations independently owned.

        • VINN

          I really don’t know but, wasn’t the idea of clearing the frequencies of TV channels to benefit telecommunications?

          Like the FCC is for Federal Communications Commission, and not Corporate Entertainment Something.

        • Adam

          Yes, the high power analog transmissions were shutdown to make more airwaves available.

          Most local stations are franchised. Like McDonalds, they buy stuff from another company and deliver it to consumers. (except local news). I personally don’t have a problem with local stations making their own news shows.

      • notyourbusiness

        Because competition and consumer choice are good things?

    • kevev

      The spectrum is Public property.

      • None of the infrastructure is and neither is the exclusive spectrum license.

        • Hector Arteaga

          The Communications Act of 1934 grants authority for spectrum management to the President for all federal use (47 USC 305). The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) manages the spectrum for the Federal Government. Its rules are found in the NTIA Manual of Regulations and Procedures for Federal Radio Frequency Management”.

          The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) manages and regulates all domestic non-federal spectrum use (47 USC 301). Its rules can be found here: http://wireless.fcc.gov/index.htm?job=rules_and_regulations

        • SirStephenH

          At least someone’s done their homework…

        • Typical of internet legal experts. Hint, quoting a legal text as if it necessarily applied to the point in question is a sophism. You’re reading into authority to manage the spectrum as authority to tell what services mobile carriers can offer.

        • Hector Arteaga

          The FCC’s enforcement powers include fines and broadcast license revocation (see FCC MB Docket 04-232). Burden of proof would be on the complainant in a petition to deny.

          -Wikipedia

        • Mobile communications is not broadcast.

        • Hector Arteaga

          You’re wrong. The FCC can revoke a license, because it is public.

    • Hector Arteaga

      You have some political agenda to push?

    • Tim

      It’s kinda like a public utility at this point in our lives so it’s regulated. How many people in this day and age can survive without their phone. I’m guessing not many

  • Matt

    It does violate net neutrality. T-Mobile does not charge for participation in the Binge On program.

    • VINN

      You seem like a reasonable person, I suggest you take a look at the Stanford report, just the index at least. (pages 1 and 2)

      • Tim

        You must not be an innovating person. Tmobile is highly innovating and Binge on is the best thing that’s out right now by far. The program could be better by making it easier for people to join and maybe even making it opt in rather than opt out. Verizon is only offering it on their own app. That seriously violates net neutrality.

        • VINN

          You’re wrong about me, I just don’t like carriers interfering with our open access to the www.

          And, I think I have a better idea for us to control our usage and manage our consumption of videos: I say manufacturers and software makers should get together to make devices where there are settings where we could select the video quality of our choice. Before sending the stream the provider could quickly check your settings and adjust the streaming. Something like that would be innovative.

          Besides that, people already have learned how much data they use and buy the plan that fits their consumption. Binge On by default is like stealing from those people that don’t know about Binge On.

        • Kim

          Well, after all the topic is not about blinge on and it doesn’t make Verizon much less of a violator of NN. Your suggestion is already there, YouTube allows you choose the quality as well as others. So I don’t how innovative would that be. You said people buy what fits is not accurate too, people are instinctively greed wants everything but they don’t want to pay the extra cost for the luxury. And again the subject is about Verizon, you put the spot light back on T-Mobile but it is just a distraction doesn’t make version look any better. Technical standard can be adjust but sponsor data not much start can pay for. I’m sure the standard is somewhat standard or other company may not even bother to join. I think T-Mobile will make the change of they see the video streaming is changing or technology is changing.

        • Why, then screw the so called net neutrality, or rather, the Internet off switch plus SOPA redux.

        • VINN

          In the case of YouTube, yes it let’s you choose quality but the default is automatic and if you have a fast connection it’s gonna stream at the highest quality. If there were presets, YouTube could quickly know your preference and stream that quality without us having to manually adjust the quality. Or the app could have it in its settings too, and all video apps should, then there’s no need for something like Binge On.

        • No, he’s right. Someway, somehow, you are against what makes it easier and cheaper to access parts of the Internet. Was net neutrality created for man or was he created for net neutrality?

        • VINN

          Cheaper?! Plans went up with the release of Binge On and the new Simple Choice.

          I think without BO we would’ve been given more Gigs per plan, I’m thinking 5GB for $50, but instead we get 3GB and few “freebies”.

        • You did get more GB per plan. But, if you’re not happy about the cost, there’s no contract binding you.

      • StankyChikin

        Fact still remains.. T-Mobile let’s you turn their service off.

        • JTrip

          First of all you have to know about it to choose to turn it off. A lot of people don’t know about it and that’s what T-Mobile wants. That IS why T-Mobile won’t make it opt-in. Secondly, Just the fact that T-Mobile is throttling the data, just that FACT alone violates net neutrality.

        • StankyChikin

          Well.. Since they sent me texts and an email, it was sort of obvious that it could be done.

  • MisterSuperGod

    i love how T-Mobile’s practices are forcing the other carriers to change theirs. Not really a Verizon fan, but this is a step in the right direction.

  • Daniel Marchand

    I have a huge issue with that, that’s the equivalent of binge on if it only allowed you to use T-Mobile TV. I’m OK with binge on since it allows any service to be a part of it not just those T-Mobile profits from.

    • VINN

      There is more about Binge On on that aspect; this is part of the index of the Stanford report:

      “IV. Binge On’s discriminatory effects are here to stay.

      1. T-Mobile’s technical requirements are substantial.
      2. Only video streaming applications that automatically meet T-Mobile’s technical requirements can be added to Binge On quickly and easily.
      3. T-Mobile’s technical requirements categorically exclude applications that use innovative protocols.
      4. T-Mobile’s technical requirements discriminate against applications that use encryption and certain other technologies.
      5. T-Mobile’s technical requirements threaten the freedom to innovate without permission.
      6. The experience with T-Mobile’s Music Freedom shows that these are real concerns.”

      (from page 2, for pages 17-26)

      • #1 is patently false. #2 is not true, since anyone can meet any technical requirement. #3 is true, but, as such protocols pass muster, there is nothing in their way to being allowed by BO. #4 is true, so what? #5 is hogwash, as even measly 4 major carriers make a market rather competitive. #6 nails this report as a hit piece of no merit.

        • VINN

          Have you even read the report, pages 17 to 26?

      • monkey consumer

        I’ll see what that Stanford law professor will say about this. If she didn’t say anything on this Verizon program, her report is nothing but BS.

        • VINN

          She did actually, check the report. This is not a conspiracy against T-Mobile, we are really concerned about carriers messing up with the free flow off information.

      • vinnyjr

        If Netflix can meet BO tech requirements than any application or Video service can. If these others want in then it’s simple, change your protocol. Binge On is a great service. T-Mobile has changed the Mobile Industry. It’s amazing how far and fast T-Mobile has come. John Legere is a genius.

  • jj201367

    Haha lol @ verzion, they are falling

  • Mirad77

    Who said TMUS is not changing the industry? Lately every move TMUS makes is being replicated by the other giants in the room.

    • VINN

      Not me, T-Mobile has changed and is changing the industry. And Genghis Khan has changed the world

      • VINN

        Bad example… only Asia and Eurasia at least. But you get the point.

  • mingkee

    T-Mobile had made itself an industrial leader with some feature which other carriers are following suit:
    1. Wi-Fi calling aka UMA.
    2. Device financing.
    3. Zero rated video aka. Binge On which is a bit controversial though you can save your data over supported video services (I play hours of Netflix on 5GB data match tablet and the usage is never touched).

    • VINN

      1. Wi-Fi Calling was out of necessity.
      2. Device financing and “no contracts”, I think it was to differentiate itself from the others and to be competitive, and all that out of necessity.
      3. Binge-On/Data-Maximizer, I believe it is to differentiate itself from the others, have something new to “sell”, save bandwidth, make the rates hike more digestible, and all that out of necessity.

      If T-Mobile would’ve remain the same as 10 years ago with contracts and everything it would’ve be like Sprint is now or worse.

      I say it’s just doing the right things for itself.

  • cellularcrazy09

    Does anybody else get weirded out by the go90 marketing? They look like mindless drones controlled by their phones.

    • TylerCameron

      Yeah, the article’s picture looks creepy af

  • steveb944

    It’s sounding more like T-Mobile TV.

  • taxandspend

    BingeOn is innovative. No pay to play. go90 is similar to what Comcast was doing that brought net neutrality into the spotlight.