T-Mobile expands Binge On again with NBC, Univision, Spotify, Tidal, and other services

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T-Mobile is amping up Binge On again, adding some video services to its free streaming options and also bringing some music streaming services to Binge On.

T-Mobile today added services like NBC, Noggin, and Univision to Binge On. Those are some big name networks that greatly expand the number of shows that T-Mo customers can stream free with Binge On. Other video services joining Binge On today include Crunchyroll, Great Big Story, Kiswe, Ligonier Ministries, Streamate, Qello Concerts, QKids, Univision Noticias, and Toon Goggles.

Also joining Binge On today are some music streaming services that were already included with Music Freedom. Those include Google Play Music, Radio Disney, Spotify, and TIDAL. With the addition of these services, you can stream music videos and other video content that they offer without touching your high-speed data allotment, just like you can stream music without using your data.

T-Mo also revealed today there have been more than 377 million hours of video streamed for free with Binge On.

If you’d like a refresher on all of the services that now stream free with Binge On, that list can be found here. Are there any services still missing from Binge On that you’d like to see added?

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Scott

    Is there a problem with the website? This isn’t showing on the main page. Saw it in an RSS feed.

    • matt

      it shows up here ok

  • Melissa Cardenas

    Univision to see my novelas

    • riverhorse

      Ewwww, yuk, barf!

  • I remember there was some guy last year complaining Binge On should be “opt in” and ranting about how the FCC would investigate and make them change it. Instead it proved to be widely popular and praised by the FCC as an example of innovation.

    • kevev

      It was probably me. Has anyone noticed how slow data is now for us “Unlimited” users who pay more $ than the free-loaders? Nothing is free. Someone always pays for it.

      • Fabian Cortez

        It was probably me. Has anyone noticed how slow data is now for us “Unlimited” users who pay more $ than the free-loaders? Nothing is free. Someone always pays for it.

        No one promised you unlimited speed.

        If you are unhappy with your service then you could quite possibly dial 611 and/or port out.

        • kevev

          Hi Fabian. This is true we were not promised unlimited speed. But when the network becomes saturated because of this awesome new plan it begins to hurt everyone. I have been with T-Mobile since 1999 and am a bit hurt by the fact that T-Mobile has never kept up with customer growth. Here in San Antonio Tx. the network is unusable during most of the day in most of the city. HSPA is a little faster than LTE and it has been like this for 1.5 years!!!! It’s as if T-Mobile wants to be the new sprint here. Tech support is no help. They only state that they are having “Network Congestion” but it gets worse. Pretty sad.

        • I can’t imagine a company doing any more to keep up with growth. Has anyone added more miles to their network in the last year than T-Mobile?

          Let’s be honest, if the network were “unusable during most of the day” ANYWHERE they’d have a much bigger problem than one anon forum post.

        • Acdc1a

          I have to agree. Let’s compare with Sprint that hasn’t had the kind of growth…entire major markets like Detroit have virtually unusable speeds.

        • IfYouSaySo

          Poor example when the other two carriers already cover what T-Mobile does and more. You should also be giving them credit.

        • Credit for what exactly? They didn’t DO anything, like rich kids they inherited resources from their monopolistic ancestors. They didn’t do anything smart, or innovative, or clever. They never do more than the very least they can do… and that’s why they stay big, dumb, slow moving monopolies.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Then it seems like you’ve come to your own conclusion.

          It’d be best to port out to a carrier that doesn’t provide unusable data “during most of the day in most of the city.”

          I still don’t understand paying for something that doesn’t work and/or you are uncontent with. T-Mobile no longer has contracts so it should be rather easy to port out.

      • riverhorse

        Not here in NYC, everything AOK.

        • kevev

          That’s awesome for you riverhorse. Enjoy the upgraded network. :)

        • riverhorse

          Two words come to mind: possum or ostrich.

          For those who haven’t been down there, cellular coverage of ALL carriers has problems, general consensus being that Tmo is the least worst of all.
          (so either you Grin and Bear it OR pack up and sing “all my ex’s are in Texas, so I moved to Tennessee”.)
          Yes, 3g / hspa often better than 4g / LTE… And to tell it like it is for all, Tmo hspa is very high latency…so everyone’s frustration is understandable.
          It’s just hard to cover San Antone… one huge country sprawl…pin dots of population clusters separated by miles and miles of pastures and ranches. You need a car plus a second car plus maybe a backup third car. Forget public buses, that’s like a Greyhound trip to another city.

        • kevev

          Uhh…Dude have you ever been to San Antonio? It is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the U.S. Very densley populated.

        • riverhorse

          I got a place on Fredericksburg Road.

      • Still the fastest here in LA. What do you find slow? Where are you? Have you called support to check your area?

        • kevev

          Hi Brett. About 100kbps on LTE & .5mbps on HSPA. In San Antonio Tx. Yes I have spoken with tech support. We are always having “network congestion”. This is the only response from tech support. I know AT&T swapped some spectrum with T-Mobile and this should have helped. I am using a Moto X Pure edition.

        • In a nationwide network there will always be problem areas. Maybe they lost a tower in the area? If you can’t wait for it to be fixed you can always try another device or another carrier?

        • kevev

          Everyone I know in San Antonio on T-Mobile is having issues. And I know a lot of T-Mobile users here. I get the same speeds on other devices It’s definitely saturation as T-Mobile admits.

        • TechnoRealz

          It really is dependent on where you are.
          For example – I sit at work in a downtown Richmond office building by a window & I barely get 250kbs!!

          Walk to the other side of the building & I get 8mbs.

          So no – it’s not network congestion. It can be a myriad of physical & environmental reasons also.

          Don’t get me started on being at home on my mobile phone connected to my Wifi network & having YouTube stuttering.
          Explain that.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Don’t get me started on being at home on my mobile phone connected to my Wifi network & having YouTube stuttering.

          Explain that.

          That is YouTube and all its glory.

          I still suspect YouTube is doing something funny behind the scenes with their video service. You could have the fastest connection in the world and yet, YouTube will still buffer/stutter at times. And I only noticed this start around 5-6 years ago.

        • Then your best bet is to change carriers. No frills, since there are no service contracts with T-Mobile.

        • So switch? Never understood the point of bitching. That’s the whole point of no contract! Obviously others aren’t have results like that, or we’d switch too.

        • Loco Mole

          Who TF are you tell people? They pay, they get to complain. You’re the one bitching. Geez – move on.

        • It’s sort of like going to a restaurant every day and complaining about the food. Sometimes people forget their best option is to find a place they like instead of complaining about the one they don’t.

        • Melissa Cardenas

          what part of LA ? I’M IN East la 90022 which I’m pretty sure u know where that is and not my phone since I have a galaxy s7 edge . Speeds are 2-4 average Montebello 90640 kinda better 3-5 but nothing as before. Att lte (work phone) 10-25 mbps in East la and Montebello . Verizon well my other coworkers have Verizon Verizon not even gonna go there it’s in the 3 digits yes up to 100 dwn I seen it with my own eyes . ..

      • BreakingData

        I haven’t noticed any slow down on the network. If anything my area has gotten faster.

    • VN

      You’re mixing apples with oranges.

      Something being “widely popular” doesn’t make it right. Logic. I bet most people don’t know about Binge On and that they’re being throttled.

      There was only one comment from the FCC at the very beginning, back when everyone thought the videos where “optimized”, saying that it was “innovative”. The FCC is probably still investigating; it’s a slow bureaucracy, don’t confuse it with approval.

      Don’t take it personal.

      • They’ve said there was nothing to “investigate”. But you’re right that most people don’t know they’re being throttled. So what? Just like Verizon and AT&T customers didn’t know they’re were throttled by Netflix for years… which is also NOT being “investigated”.

        • VN

          Nothing to “investigate”? I would like to see a current source for that.

          The “if others do it, it’s alright for me to do it” argument is itself wrong. I respect more the “so what” argument, although it’s closely related to the other one, it’s more honest, I guess.

        • A “current source” about an “investigation” that never occurred? Really?!

          And since T-Mo isn’t doing anything wrong, what would it matter if others did the same? That’d be a GOOD thing!

  • Melissa Powers

    FXNow so I can watch Simpsons everywhere.

    • The FXNow app is SOOO bad I hate it. So hard to watch Archer I just torrent it.

  • Ken Brown

    Shudder and CBSN

  • scruff317

    Add AMC.

  • has anybody else noticed slower speeds in inner cities lately? I had great speeds in indianapolis but I think after we’ve added so many customers these past quarters, we’re getting over hauled :/

    • Charlie

      I still get a consistent 10-30mbps all over Indy. Sure not as consistently high as before, but never even close to being slow.

      • I get those speeds at home, in Franklin Township. but downtown I literally can’t load a non-HD YouTube video.

        • Mike

          Congested area which means prioritizing during peak hours if you use a lot of data other users who don’t use a lot of data gets first priority

    • guest

      So slow we should call the carrier Turtle-Mobile.

  • guest

    If your data speeds are slow you can get service credits, or you can just unlock your phones and switch to a better network.

  • Philip

    I use my phone to watch Xfinity. Thats already binge on.

    • DILAW IDDAHLA

      Xfinity is not included in the list. I wish it was though

  • mike

    if you have binge on tethered to you TV does it count towards your tethering data bucket?

    • Sam_Austin

      You mean you Chromecast to your TV? Or are you sharing your phone’s internet connection with the TV through Wi-Fi tethering? If the former, no, if the latter, then yes it would count.

      • Acdc1a

        If you tether your phone to a Chromecast or TV via WiFi it will not use your data as long as it’s a compatible service. I use my Roku all the time with Sling TV and Netflix. Never touches my data.

    • gmo8492

      I remember someone mentioned that they tethered their laptop and watched Netflix on it. Since Netflix IP address is whitelisted, it supposedly didn’t count against the tethering limit. I haven’t tested out yet to confirm if it’s true.

      • Acdc1a

        I use it in that manner…also to my kids’ tablets. You can actually run 2 480p connections under most circumstances…never had it count against my 10GB.

    • SirStephenH

      No. Services included in Music freedom and Binge On do not count against your tethering allotment.

  • Livestream and Vimeo, pretty please.

  • Sam_Austin

    This sucks for me. I have unlimited high-LTE but I had left BingeOn on my account because of the free Vudu movie and I didn’t mind giving up High Quality YouTube. But now that they’re moving Spotify and Google Play Music into BingeOn, I take it that means the quality of those streams will be reduced as well. I’m something of an audiophile and listen to both services on Extreme Quality setting. I’m not willing to give that up, so I guess I’ll turn off BingeOn.

    • Loco Mole

      BingeOn is video. Spotify music remains in Music Freedom (like it’s been for almost 2 years) and you can continue streaming music in high bitrate. Spotify and Tidal videos will now be BingeOn.

    • @lostsingleton:disqus is correct. If you’re listening to music on Spotify and Google Play Music, the quality will not be affected as listening to music is covered under MusicFreedom. Only if you’re watching music videos on Spotify or Google Play will the video quality be reduced under BingeON.

    • John McMasters

      If you logon to your my T-Mobile account you can disable bingeon or by dialing #BOF# (#263#)Turns it off. and #BON# (#266#)Turns it back on.

  • VN

    Let’s say we all like Binge On and we don’t care about the future of the Internet:

    Shouldn’t T-Mobile just make all throttled video “free”? What’s the point of all these?

    Sorry, I don’t like BS. If you like it, I don’t care, I would just like the answer.

    • Loco Mole

      The point was the plumber aka T-Mobile needs to work with the video source to enable data compression through the pipe. You can’t just sh*t into the toilet and expect the pipe to compress it. It takes more than that. Look up transcoding. It is not “throttled video” as you put it.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Nicely said.

      • VN

        There is no data compression at all, T-Mobile throttles specific detected data to force the provider to send a lower resolution video. Check the EFF report and the P3 report on Binge On.

        • Loco Mole

          I stand corrected. Thank you for reminding me.

          Not to answer your OP, as it would be for T-Mobile to answer, I would agree that all video downloads (not just streaming) should not be counted if T-Mobile continues to manage their network with the current BingeOn approach (which affects all downloaded video, not just streaming). They may expect to improve their approach in the future so they’re packaging it as BingeOn to be up against competitor early, or it may just be marketing BS like you said.

        • VN

          Weel said. I have nothing else to add. :)

    • They’ve essentially done just that in saying anyone can join, but said the format has to be correct and to their specs for it to be free.

      How amazing in one move they were able to make providers happy (consumers watch more video), customers happy (they get more for less), the FCC happy (for being “innovative”), and their network happy by reducing network load. Everyone wins. Genius.

      • Fabian Cortez

        That makes too much sense.

      • VN

        They are throttling videos left and right, not just from those that have “joined”, that’s why I said: why not make all throttled videos “free”? Simple.

        In the second part of your reply… you just generalize too much. God!

        • I thought it was pretty clear. They stated they can’t always tell if it’s video; so if a provider agrees to comply with their requirements and they can accurately identify the video stream they’re in! It’s win/win!

        • VN

          Of course. I was not saying all videos, but most videos are being throttled. I just don’t like T-Mobile deciding what technologies and type of content to make “free” and acting like the middleman between the internet and the users.

          I know they need to save bandwidth and this helps but I think they can do it without becoming the middleman and opening the door for others to do worse. Just my opinion. ;)

        • How are they a “middleman”? They have said “anyone” can participate, they are not discriminating. They’re innovating… more than ANY other carrier is doing. What’s the last cool thing ANY other carrier did??

        • Fabian Cortez

          How are they a “middleman”?

          Maybe you should try putting things into child’s perspective. That way it’ll be easier to understand and confusing opinions won’t be formed.

        • I don’t like when people are patronizing or insulting to me, so I try not to be that way to others. I think it’s kinda pointless.

          I think a better way is to get them to say what they actually mean. If I’m right, their logic will fall apart. If I’m wrong, I’ll learn something. ;)

        • VN

          These quotes are from the Stanford report:

          “Internet service providers that connect us to the Internet should not act as gatekeepers that pick winners and losers online by favoring some applications over others. By exempting Binge On video from using customers’ data plans, T-Mobile is favoring video from the providers it adds to Binge On over other video.”

          “The idea is that any discriminatory effects of Binge On disappear as more providers join the program. However, the technical requirements published on T-Mobile’s website are substantial. They categorically exclude providers that use the User Datagram Protocol (UDP)…”

          “They discriminate against providers that use encryption…”

          “While some providers can join easily, a significant number will need to work with T-Mobile to determine whether their service can be part of Binge On. Many will have to invest time and resources to adapt their service to T-Mobile’s systems. The smaller the provider, the longer it will likely take for T-Mobile to get to it.”

          “The result: Binge On allows some providers to join easily and creates lasting barriers for others, especially small players, non-commercial providers, and start-ups. As such, the program harms competition, user choice, free expression, and innovation:

          First, Binge On distorts competition. Research shows that customers prefer zero-rated content over content that uses their data plans…”

          Second, Binge On limits user choice. Customers on T-Mobile’s lowest qualifying plan can watch unlimited video from Netflix and other Binge On providers until they reach their cap, but not more
          than 4½ hours of video per month, or 9 minutes per day, from providers not included in Binge On. This is not a meaningful choice.

          Third, Binge On stifles free expression. The forty-two providers currently in Binge On deliver mostly commercial video entertainment – not user-generated, educational or non-profit video. If T-Mobile continues to favor entertainment from commercial providers over other content, it turns the mobile Internet offered by T-Mobile into an optimal platform for commercial entertainment at the expense of all other speakers. This undermines the potential of the Internet as a democratic space for free expression.

          Fourth, Binge On harms innovation. The Internet was built on a central principle: As long as innovators respect fundamental Internet standards, they can reach people all over the world at low costs. Binge On changes that. It requires video providers to work with T-Mobile to join Binge On and, in many cases, to change their service to meet the ISP’s technical requirements.

          The above concerns are not hypothetical. Music Freedom…”

          And it goes on and on covering more aspects… :)

        • THANKFULLY, the FCC respectfully disagrees.

          The truth that report ignores is that some exceptions ALWAYS make sense. We have speed limits on highways but when a police car turns on his lights and sirens and everyone moves out if his way he’s violating the equivalent of net neutrality for traffic. As a society we have agreed to prioritize emergency vehicles even though it slows everyone else down. So why aren’t we complain about that? Because it benefits society as a whole.

        • VN

          That’s what you think based in one single comment, but Binge On violates FCC rules. Agree and disagree?

          Let’s see what happens.

        • Well the FCC disagrees. Maybe you should run for office if you know better? ;)

        • The FCC decides what violates THEIR rules, and they COMPLMENTED Binge On. Move on, you lost this one.

        • VN

          I forgot this was about who wins and who loses the argument. Sorry.

        • VN

          No thank you. Most people vote based on their emotions, personal interests, fears… You need to lie to them. Then you gonna need funding and for that you need the big corporations’ money in exchange of tacit promises.

        • VN

          Do you want to know what the future may look like without Net Neutrality?

          Content exclusivity:

          “Customers Score Big as Sprint Provides Exclusive Free Access with No
          Data Charges to Every Live Match of 2016 Copa América Centenario with
          fuboTV”
          (Android Central)

          I apologize for having some imagination and for stumbling on interesting stuff on the web. :)

        • There are always people who don’t see the bigger picture… you’re apparently one of them? I’m surprised you’re not chasing ambulances for “violating the posted speed limit”. Same thing. We allow them to, because it’s for the greater good. That’s what the FCC said from the beginning, that’s what they’re doing, and it’s working incredibly. The “rules” aren’t rigid in an evolving space.

        • VN

          There was only one positive comment about Binge On coming from the FCC and it was at the very beginning when everyone thought the videos were optimized.

          Some rules should evolve, others shouldn’t. That’s why constitutions and commandments exist. But, we are free to disagree.

          If you don’t care about WISPs acting like cable providers and making deals of content exclusivity among other things… it’s fine with me really.

          I posted the quotes from the Stanford report because you asked me a question and because you were like: Dude, I have an open mind! That’s all, I’m not trying to convert you or anyone by postingn this dead thread.

          Peace.

        • The Stanford article was discredited by the voice of consumers and the FCC. What more do you want? Save your complaints for problems, not creativity and innovation.

        • VN

          That sounds like an Ad Populum argument to me.

          And even if that was true, consumers and governments are not always right. We can think of many examples of that.

        • So now you’re saying that you and you alone are “right” and everyone else is wrong? You know what’s best for us better than the FCC?

        • VN

          Do I think I’m right in this topic, yes. Do I think I’m smarter than everyone else, no.

          The idea of Net Neutrality and the arguments of it’s proponents and defenders are more convincing to me than any argument against Net Neutrality I’ve heard so far. In fact i don’t remember any of them. Do you know any?

        • We agree on one thing… it takes some imagination to think Sprint will be around much longer! ;)

        • VN

          That was not the point. Sprint added costumers this quarter btw.

        • I know amazing huh? To watch the death of a company that can’t even win with “half off” (largely because it’s dishonest and not really “half off”).

          What other business would still die at half off their competitors!?

        • But isn’t that the sad part? They claim they’re half off and they still barely add any customers while their “twice as expensive” competitor T-Mo adds 10X as many customers?

          That’s a company about to say “good night”!

        • Great, they needed costumers. Now if only they could add CUSTOMERS. ;)