T-Mobile adds Amazon Video and more to Binge On, makes it easier to turn it off or on
T-Mobile continues to expand its Binge On video streaming program, adding four new content providers for customers to access without affecting their monthly data service. The new providers include Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW and WWE Network.
T-Mobile also says it has made it easier for customers to access the settings for Binge On through their smartphone's dialer
Just dial #BNG# (#264#) and hit send to check your settings, #BOF# (#263#) to turn it off and #BON# (#266#) to turn on Binge On. So, when you're ready to cast a movie to your TV (and aren't on your home Wi-Fi), you can choose to quickly toggle Binge On off for big-screen resolution – and then flip it back on when you're ready to stretch your LTE data farther.
The official T-Mobile support site will also be updated so users can change Binge On settings with fewer clicks, and it will be rolling out updates soon to its mobile apps with the same functions. The changes were made due to some complaints that Binge On was throttling data by keeping video streams down to 480p resolutions.
Finally, the carrier offered up some new data on how its customers are using Binge On:
- Customers with limited high-speed data who qualify for free Binge On streaming are watching more than twice as many hours per day from free services than before.
- One major video service, included in the list of services that stream without eating up your data, is seeing a 79% jump in daily viewers.
- Another major video service, not yet included in the Binge On list of free services, is seeing customers watch 33% more hours than before, thanks to Binge On optimization providing up to 3x more video from their data plan
- Since launching Binge On, T-Mobile customers have streamed 34 petabytes for free. That's 34 million gigabytes – the equivalent of more than 109 million episodes of Game of Thrones at DVD quality (480p)!